IX Southern-Summer School on Mathematical Biology

January 12 – 18, 2020

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 ‘School on Community Ecology: from patterns to principles’. Candidates may apply either for one or both schools, and preference will be given to graduate students in South America. Advanced undergraduate students are also welcome to apply.

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.

The School will have short lectures and intensive group work on mathematical modelling. 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

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Roberto Kraenkel (IFT-UNESP, Brazil): Introduction to Population Biology

1) single species dynamics

2) interacting species I: competition

3) interacting species II: predator-prey dynamics

4) models in epidemiology

5) spatial population dynamics


  • Ana Paula Assis (USP)
  • Wendell Pereira Barreto
  • Renato Mendes Coutinho (UFABC)
  • Kate Pereira Maia (IB-USP)
  • Marina Costa Rillo (University of Oldenburg )


  • Henrique Retti de Andrade (IB-USP)
  • Marco Lazaro de Sousa Batista (USP)
  • Amanda Campos (UFBA)
  • Caroline Franco (IFT-UNESP)
  • Rafaela Ferraz (UFABC)
  • Rafael Lopes (IFT-UNESP)
  • Rafael Menezes (UFBA)
  • Silas Poloni (IFT-UNESP)
  • Pietro Rebouças (UFBA)
  • Pamela Cristina Santana (IB-USP)
  • Matheus Januario Lopes de Sousa (IB-USP)
  • Vítor Sudbrack (IFT-UNESP)


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



Online application is now closed

Program & Wiksite

Group Wiksite:

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

School program: PDF updated on December 19, 2019

Videos and Files

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  • 09:30 - Roberto Kraenkel (IFT-UNESP, Brazil): Group presentations




IX Southern-Summer School on Mathematical Biology

Additional Information

Registration: ALL participants should register. The registration will be on January 12 (Sunday) at the institute at 09:00 am.

List of Participants:  Updated on January 17, 2020

Visa information: Nationals from several countries in Latin America and Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan and USA are exempt from tourist visa. Please check here which nationals need a tourist visa to enter Brazil.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: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/yellow-fever-brazil