VIII Southern-Summer School on Mathematical Biology

January 14 – 20, 2019

São Paulo, Brazil




This school is aimed at graduate students in Physics, Mathematics, Ecology and Epidemiology, having at least a basic knowledge of calculus and differential equations. Lectures cover the basics of population dynamics and are supplemented with modelling exercises addressing mainly problems in ecology, epidemiology and evolution. Undergraduate students with exceptional records are also encouraged to apply. Limited funds are available for travel and local expenses.

This activity will be followed by the ‘Joint ICTP-SAIFR/ICTP-Trieste School on Mathematical Models of Evolution’. Candidates may apply either for one or both schools, and preference will be given to PhD students in South America. There is no registration fee and limited funds are available for travel and local expenses.

Please note that acceptance cannot be taken for granted, as we expect a much higher number of applications than the maximum number of participants. We advise the candidates to carefully complete the application form, providing enough information for the selection committee to take a decision.

In order to have an idea of the kind of activities that take place during the course, please visit the homepages of the previous editions of this school at


  • Marcus Aguiar (UNICAMP, Brazil)
  • Marcel Clerc (Universidad de  Chile)
  • Roberto Kraenkel (IFT-UNESP, Brazil)
  • Paulo Inácio Prado (USP/SP, Brazil)


Introduction to Population Biology

Roberto Kraenkel (IFT-UNESP, Brazil):

1)    single species dynamics

2)    interacting species I: competition

3)    interacting species II: predator-prey dynamics

4)    models in epidemiology

5)    spatial population dynamics


Online application is now closed. 


Program & Wiksite

Group Wiksite:

  • relevant information on group projects, lectures and tutorials. Click here

School program: PDF updated on January 08, 2019


Videos and Files


VIII Southern-Summer School on Mathematical Biology

Additional Information

Registration: ALL participants should register. The registration will be on January 14  at the institute at 09:00 am.

List of Participants:  Updated on January 18, 2019

Visa information: Nationals from several countries in Latin America and Europe are exempt from tourist visa.  Nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan and USA can apply for an e-visa through VSF Global. Please check here which nationals need a tourist visa to enter Brazil.

Accommodation: Participants, whose accommodation will be provided by the institute, will stay at The Universe Flat. Hotel recommendations are available  here

How to reach the Institute: The school will be held at ICTP South American Institute, located at IFT-UNESP, which is across the street from a major bus and subway terminal (Terminal Barra Funda). The address which is closer to the entrance of the IFT-UNESP building is R. Jornalista Aloysio Biondi, 120 – Barra Funda, São Paulo. The easiest way to reach us is by subway or bus, please find instructions here.

Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for travellers going to Brazil. Note that the vaccine needs to be taken at least ten days before the trip to be effective. Information:

Ground transportation instructions: 

Ground transportation from Guarulhos Airport to The Universe Flat

Ground transportation from Congonhas Airport to the Universe Flat

Ground transportation from The Universe Flat to the institute