Stochasticity in Biology: Is Nature Inherently Random?
07/15/12 - 07/20/12
Centre de recherches mathématiques, Montréal
There is a large element of “chance” in all biological systems. Whether it is a biochemical process within a cell, the movement of cells throughout an organism, or the evolution of those organisms, stochasticity plays a large part in biology. Unfortunately, this notion is often missed, or at least neglected, by scientists - either because they fail to grasp the concept or it is never even presented to them.
The goal of this summer school is to introduce to young researchers in various fields including biologists, bio-informaticians and bio-mathematicians the importance of randomness (or stochastic effects) in biology, at the molecular and cellular levels as well as at the organismal and ecological levels.