Dynamics Energy Budget (DEB) theory is a set of coherent assumptions from which mathematical models follow for the study of metabolic organization at the individual level and the interaction with a varying environment (see Kooijman, 2010 for a complete description or Souza et al., 2010 for a general presentation with recent advances).
The event concerns the organization of a School and a Symposium, for an international audience interested in the further development and application of DEB theory in the context of theoretical biology and the associated mathematical analysis
The school will be organized in two steps. In February-March 2015, five weeks of international course will be organized via internet. This step aims to present and discuss the basic concepts of the theory as well as the standard model of the theory.
In the second step, the interested participants will join the group in Marseille. It has 3 components: classes, discussions and exercises. This second step is followed by an international symposium, with five keynotes speakers and contributed talks and posters. Typically all participants of the second step attend the symposium, but it is also open to people who did not follow the course.
1 – mixing students in biology, mathematics, engineering, chemistry, and physics to solve biological/ecological problems;
2 – providing students with a theoretical background in biology which helps them to organize their data and solve ecological problems;
3 – providing students with some mathematical methods to analyze the models derived from the theory;
4 – introducing new challenging problems where mathematical analysis is used for solving ecological questions.
5 – stimulation of biological research in a physics style, using explicit mechanistic assumptions, rather than descriptions and to think about implications of these assumptions for new situations (which were possibly never studied before)