September 5-9, 2003. Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), Spain.


Third Announcement



Mathematical Ecology originated in the work of Vito Volterra, although some would date its origins even earlier with Fibonacci's counts. Nowadays it has developed into a vast segment of ecology and has considerably broadened its scope, using mathematical techniques as varied as fractals or stochastic differential equations. It has also evolved towards computer implementation, which is now growing as a separate body but which we believe should still attract the interest of mathematicians. The aim of the Alcalá conference is to witness advances made in this field through plenary lectures given by some of the leading experts in ecology, oral communications and posters. Altogether, more than 230 papers will be presented, covering notably, but not exclusively the following topics: population ecology, behavioral ecology, evolutionary dynamics, management of living resources, population grouping, spatial aspects of ecology, stochastic models in ecology, individual based models, multiple scaling, etc. The conference is organized under the patronage of the University of Alcalá, and will be held at Colegio Mayor de San Ildefonso, which is part of the university. Financial support was provided and is warmly appreciated from the following organisms:
Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology, MCYT,

French Institute of Research for Development, IRD,

Technical University of Madrid, UPM (E.T.S.I Industriales)

University of Alcalá, UAH (Vicerrectorado de Investigación, Departamento de Matemáticas, Facultad de Ciencias Ambientales, Facultad de Biología y Departamento de Ecología.


The 2nd AICME is a follow-up of the 1st one, which was held in September 1998 in Alcalá de Henares (; attended by more than 200 participants, it gave rise to special issues in four journals (Ecological Modelling, Mathematical Biosciences, Natural Resource Modeling and Nonlinear Analysis R.W.A.) ( .




- Robert ADLER (Technion, Israel)

Why do plankton cells aggregate: a view from superprocesses.

- Philippe CURY (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France)

Diversity: Future Challenge for modelling in fisheries Oceanography

- André M. de ROOS (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

The influence of size-dependent life history traits on the structure and dynamics of populations and communities

- Lev GINZBURG (University of Stony Brook, USA)

Ecological Orbits. How planets move and populations grow

- Louis GROSS (University of Tennessee, USA)

Spatial Control in Ecology: Turning Theory into Practice for Natural System Management 

- Yoh IWASA (University of Kyushu, Japan)

 Synchronized reproduction of trees in the forests

- Mathew KEELING (University of Warwick, UK)

Understanding local structure in epidemics: Networks and pair-wise approximations.

- Bob KOOI (Free University Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Food web models as dynamical systems

- Michel LANGLAIS (University of Bordeaux, France)

Structured population dynamics problems with spatial migration: applications to heterogeneous insular populations.

- Nils Chr. STENSETH (University of Oslo, Norway)

Modelling ecological effects of climate fluctuations through the statistical modelling of long-term time series data.

- Mark WOOLHOUSE (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Modelling infectious diseases of livestock.


ORAL COMMUNICATIONS (25 mn, organized in sequences of five parallel sessions)


TOPICS (and organizers)


- Behavior-mediated population dynamics.

Vlastimil Krivan (Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic)

- Bifurcation and singularities in models of biosystems

 Faina Berezovtskaya (Howard University, USA)

 - Control and optimization in ecological problems

Jean Luc Gouzé (INRIA, France)

- Demography and dispersal: integrating spatial movement and the life cycle.

Hal Caswell and Michael G. Neubert (WHOI, USA)

- Dynamic Energy Budget theory for metabolic organization.

S.A.L.M. Kooijman (Free U. Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

- Ecological applications of theoretical and simulation studies of branching stochastic processes.

Maroussia Slavtchova-Bojkova (Sofia, Bulgaria) and Manuel Molina ( Extremadura, Spain)

- From individuals to populations and communities.

Eva Sánchez (U.P. Madrid, Spain) and Pierre Auger (U. Lyon 1, France)

- Individual-based spatial simulations of ecological systems.

Tania Kostova (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)

- Life history problems and structured populations.

Àngel Calsina and Joan Saldaña (U. Girona, Spain)

- Mathematical aspects of fragmentation and coagulation models with application to ecology.

Ovide Arino (IRD, France) and Ryszard Rudnicki (Silesian University, Poland)

- Mathematical modeling and computer simulations in the context of the management of renewable resources.

Moulay L. Hbid (U. Marrakech, Morocco) and Omar Ettahiri (INRH, Morocco)

- Mathematical modelling of population dynamics involving delay differential equations

Paolo Fergola (U. Naples, Italy)

- Matrix models of population dynamics: straightforward applications and inspiring mathematics.

Dmitrii O. Logofet (Moscow State U., Russia) and Hal Caswell (WHOI, USA).

- Modelling the spread of diseases in animal populations.

Suzanne Touzeau (INRA, France)

- Molecular Ecology.

Marek Kimmel (Rice U., USA)

- Pattern and process in terrestrial plant communities: integrating empirical and theoretical approaches

Miguel Ángel Zavala (U. de Alcalá, Spain)

- Pattern formation, spatio-temporal chaos and noise in theoretical population dynamics.

Horst Malchow (U. Osnabrück, Germany) and Frank M. Hilker (U. Osnabrück, Germany) 

- Small and mesoscale processes in the ocean and their impact on the marine ecosystem.

Henning Wehde and Corinna Schrum (Institute of Oceanography, Hamburg, Germany)

- Spatio-temporal complexity in population dynamics.

Shigui Ruan (U. of Miami, USA)

- Stochastic versus Deterministic Modeling in Population Biology

Shay Gueron (U. of Haifa, Israel) 

- Theory and observations of invasion processes

Sergei V. Petrovskii (Russian Academy of Science, Russia) and Horst Malchow (U. Osnabrück, Germany)



The oral presentation rooms will be equipped with over-head projector and video projector.



Will be displayed permanently around the cloisters. Each poster will be allocated a surface of 120cm by 120cm (larger upon request). Periods of time will be reserved during the conference for the presentation of posters.



R. Arditi (Inst. Nat. Agronomique, France), P. Auger (U. Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France), J. Brindley (U. Leeds, UK), A. Calsina (U. Girona, Spain), H. Caswell (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA), J. Cushing (U. Arizona, USA), A. de Roos (U. Amsterdam, The Netherlands), P. Fergola (U. Naples, Italy), J.L. Gouzé (INRIA, France), T. Hallam (U. Tennessee, USA), A. Hastings (U. California, USA), M.L. Hbid (U. Marrakech, Morocco), H. Heesterbeek (U. Utrecht, The Netherlands), S.E. Jorgensen (U. Copenhagen, Denmark), V. Kaitala (U. Jyvaskyla, Finland), S.A.L.M. Kooijman (Free U. Amsterdam, The Netherlands), T. Kostova (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA), V. Krivan (Institute of Entomology, Czech Republic), S. Levin (Princeton U., USA), H. Malchow (U. Osnabrück, Germany), F. Milner (Purdue U., USA), C. Mullon (I.R.D., France), M. Pascual (U. Michigan, USA), S. Rinaldi (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), H. Smith (U. Arizona, USA), A. Stevens (Max-Planck Institute, Leipzig, Germany), L. Stone (U. Tel Aviv, Israel), S. Tuljapurkar (Stanford U., USA).



O. Angulo (U. Valladolid, Spain), O. Arino (I.R.D., France), A. Blasco (U. Alcalá, Spain), R. Bravo de la Parra (U. Alcalá, Spain), S. Charles (U. Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France), Pablo Gómez (U. Politécnica de Madrid, Spain), M.L. Hbid (U. Marrakech, Morocco), J.C. Poggiale (Marseille Oceanographic Center, France), E. Sánchez (U. Politécnica de Madrid, Spain), L. Sanz (U. Politécnica de Madrid, Spain), M.A. Zavala (U. de Alcalá, Spain).



The official language of the conference is English.



The conference begins on Friday, September 5, with an opening ceremony  and a session of invited talks in the morning and a session of contributed talks in the afternoon. On Saturday and Monday, there will be two sessions each day, one before lunch and one after (lunch time in Spain is around 2pm). On Tuesday, there will be a morning session so as to close the conference before lunch. Sunday, September 7, is a free day to enjoy the endless possibilities of Madrid and its surroundings.



A welcoming reception will take place on Friday after the opening lecture. A welcoming party will be organized on Friday evening and a banquet will be held on Monday evening. Sunday September 7th will be a free day, but some local excursions will be proposed. Information is available on the web page of the conference.



Colegio Mayor de San Ildefonso
Plaza de San Diego
28801, Alcalá de Henares
Madrid, Spain


Registration will take place on September 4, from 4pm through 10pm and September 5, from 8am through 11am at the conference office.
The conference office is located in the courtyard of Colegio San Ildefonso.
For participants having already paid their fee: please bring evidence of payment with you (for example, a copy of the bank transfer order).




220 EURO


170 EURO


100 EURO

The conference fee will include registration fee, coffee breaks, a book of abstracts, the welcoming party and the banquet.

Reduced fees are offered to members of the following societies or associations: ESMTB, SFBT, SMB

The conference fee (from July 30 on) should be paid in cash when registering in Alcalá.



Information is included on our web site.



Alcalá (30 km from Madrid) can be reached easily from Madrid by train, bus or taxi.

From the airport Barajas (Madrid international airport):

First take the subway (“Metro”) at the airport to Nuevos Ministerios station. The price of a one-way ticket is 1.10 €.

Nuevos Ministerios is also a train station from which you must take the RENFE urban train (“CERCANÍAS”) to Alcalá de Henares. There are three lines connecting Nuevos Ministerios with Alcalá de Henares (lines C-1, C-2 and C-7). The price of a one-way ticket is 1.55 €. There is a train every 10 or 12 minutes from 5:35am to 11:10pm

You can also take a taxi from the airport to your hotel in Alcalá; the price should not exceed 40 € and it will take you 30 minutes to get there which is less than half of the time you will need by train.

From Chamartin railway station (Madrid railway station coming from the north)

You must take the RENFE urban train (“CERCANÍAS”) to Alcalá de Henares. There are three lines connecting Chamartin with Alcalá de Henares (lines C-1, C-2 and C-7). The price of a one-way ticket is 1.55 €. There is a train every 10 or 12 minutes from 5:35am to 11:10pm.

Once in Alcalá de Henares you can reach your hotel by walking if it is in the city center and either by bus or taxi if it is not. The conference site is in the city center.

All the details concerning this information, including maps, are available on our web site.



Collections of papers based on the presentations, oral or poster, made during the Conference will appear as special issues of international journals. We have agreements with Ecological Modelling, Mathematical Biosciences, Comptes Rendues de l’Academie des Sciences de Paris : Biologies, Nonlinear Analysis: Real World Applications and Ecological Complexity. It is envisaged to have several different issues in order to cover the variety of the themes of the Conference from Theoretical Ecology to Mathematical Ecology. The general policy of the organizers regarding the contents of the papers is as follows: There will be no page limitation, the papers should comply with the criteria of novelty and quality required in journals. Papers must in no way be an extended summary of previous work, or work to appear elsewhere. Papers assimilated to “proceedings papers” or “advertisement papers” will not be considered for publication. The papers considered for publication will be refereed. A few review papers will possibly be solicited by the editors.

The period for submission of manuscripts will be announced after the Conference.



Please fill in on line from the Conference web site.





Should electronic mail be unavailable, please mail to:


Rafael BRAVO de la PARRA

Departamento de Matemáticas

Universidad de Alcalá

28871 Alcalá de Henares (Madrid)


Fax:  (+34) 91 8854951


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