Special Events

2022 MathBio Canoe Trip and Picnic

Saturday, September 10, 2021

The trip started at 8am with a bus taking everyone from Laurier Park to Devon, where the canoeing began. This year we had a beautiful day! Roughly 5 hours was spent canoeing, with a quick stop for lunch along the way and everyone returned to Laurier Park later in the afternoon where a picnic was set up and waiting.

A big thank you to Pablo, Yurij and Jay for helping to organize the canoe trip and to Alexandra and Liane for arranging the picnic!

 Canoe Trip 2022
Canoe Trip 2022 

Mark Lewis' Farewell Lunch

Monday, April 4, 2022

It's with heavy hearts that we have to say good bye to Mark Lewis who, as of July 1, 2022 will move to the University of Victoria as the Kennedy Chair in Mathematical Biology

This is an endowed position intended for an outstanding, high-impact researcher who will, together with U Vic's existing mathematical biology group, establish a world-leading centre for research in the field.

We all wish Mark the very best in this new chapter of his career!




2021 MathBio Canoe Trip

Sunday, September 12, 2021

The trip started at 8am with a bus taking us from Laurier Park to Devon, where the canoeing began. This year we had a rainy start to the day but by the afternoon the blue sky was peeking through the clouds. We spent roughly 5 hours canoeing, stopped for lunch along the way and returned to Laurier Park later in the afternoon. Despite the rainy start, a good time was had by all!

All skill levels were welcome and encouraged to come! 



2020 Virtual MathBio Holiday Party and Gift Exchange

Monday, December 7, 2020

Unfortunately, we were unable to gather in-person this year, but there was still ways to celebrate the holidays together. The MathBio Group celebrated the holiday season by participating in a trivia contest, an "ugly Christmas background" contest, and a virtual gift exchange!

 Virtual Gift Exchange 2020Gift Exchange 2020Participants


2019 MathBio Canoe Trip

Sunday, September 15, 2019

The trip started at 8am with a bus taking us from Hawrelak park to Devon, where the canoeing began. We spent roughly 5 hours canoeing, stopped for lunch along the way and returned to Hawrelak park later in the afternoon.

All skill levels were welcome and encouraged to come!




MathBio Joint Lab Meeting 2019

Friday, April 12, 2019 - CMB (549 CAB)

Elevator Pitches

The idea of an elevator pitch is to explain your research in a minute or two in a clear and approachable way, as if you had to explain it to someone in an elevator.


Saville Community Sports Centre
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm



MathBio Winter Retreat 2019

January 25 - 27, 2019 - Rundle's Mission Site
Pigeon Lake, Alberta

Organizers - Eric Foxall, Mark Lewis

The MathBio Winter Retreat is a weekend event and team-building experience in which faculty and students tackle issues surrounding our work, including reasons for doing science, the roles of scientists in policy and politics, and time management both inside and outside of the academic setting.

MathBio Winter Retreat 2019

The Pacific Institute for Mathematical Science presents;
Marsden Memorial Lecture

Naomi Ehrich Leonard
Princeton University

Symmetry, bifurcation, and multi-agent decision-making
Leonard will present nonlinear dynamics for distributed decision-making that derive from principles of symmetry and bifurcation. Inspired by studies of animal groups, including house-hunting honeybees and schooling fish, the nonlinear dynamics describe a group of interacting agents that can manage flexibility as well as stability in response to a changing environment.
Date & Time
Thursday, September 27, 2018
6 p.m.
L2-190, (CCIS)
University of Alberta


PIMS Workshop on stochastic and deterministic modelling in Biology

September 20 - 23, 2018 - Palisades Stewardship Education Centre,
Jasper National Park, Jasper, Alberta

Organizers: Thomas Hillen, Eric Foxall (UAlberta)

The traditional modelling with partial differential equations has often ignored the stochastic nature of the underlying biological processes, and focused on the deterministic description.This has led to significant results and has helped to grow our understanding o real world mechanisms. More recently however, as more and more detailed data become available, small scale changes, uncertainties and randomness become more and more important. Many areas of mathematical modelling have opened up to include stochastic formalisms, for example random walk models for species distributions, or random mixing models for epidemic infections etc.

In this workshop, leading experts in stochastic and deterministic modelling will give tutorial lectures to an audience of postdocs and senior PhD students. This workshop is part of the PIMS Postdoctoral Training Centre in Stochastic.

Invited speakers:


  • Yong-Jung Kim (KAIST, Korea): Fokker-Planck versus Fickian Diffusion
  • Zhongwei Shen (U Alberta): Front propagation for stochastic and deterministic PDE
  • Eric Foxall (U Alberta): Stochastic population models
  • Subhash Lele (U Alberta): Identifiability
  • Jinniao Qiu (U Calgary): Stochastic PDE
  • Thomas Hillen (U Alberta): Professional Development

Each participant will had the opportunity for a short talk (7-10 min).




The 6th G. J. Butler Memorial Conference on Differential Equations and Population Biology

In memory of H.I. Freedman

July 23-27, 2018 - University of Alberta

Organizers: Hao Wang (Chair), Michael Li, Zhongwei Shen

The Sixth G. J. Butler International Conference on Differential Equations and Population Biology will be held on the University of Alberta campus, Edmonton, from July 23-27, 2018. This conference in the memory of our late colleague, Geoffrey James Butler, follows five highly successful previous such conferences. The Butler conference series has developed into a premier international event in the highly active research field of differential equations, nonlinear dynamics, and mathematical biology, with a distinct Canadian character.

Each Butler conference will feature a Butler Speaker, a distinguished researcher who will deliver three Butler Memorial Lectures throughout the conference. The Butler Speaker for 2018 will be Professor Yang Kuang of Arizona State University. Previous Butler Speakers were Professors Paul Waltman, Jean Mahwin, Jack Hale, Gail Wolkowicz, and Jianhong Wu.

An important tradition of the Butler conference is its emphasis on promoting research and training of graduate students and young researchers. Special funds are designated for the reduction of registration fees for all HQP participants and for travel support for selected HQP participants. The regional, national and international network that has formed through the Butler conference series will be extremely beneficial for graduate students and young researchers.

Plenary Speakers

  • Yang Kuang - Butler Speaker (Arizona State)
  • Jifa Jiang (Shanghai Normal University, China)
  • Rachel Kuske (Georgia Tech)
  • Mark Lewis (U Alberta)
  • Shigui Ruan (U Miami)
  • Gauthier Sallet (University of Lorraine, France)
  • Pauline van den Driessche (U Victoria)
  • Howie Weiss (Georgia Tech)
  • Gail Wolkowicz (McMaster)
  • Xiao-Qiang Zhao (Memorial U of Newfoundland)
  • Xingfu Zou (Western Ontario)


Graduate Summit in Mathematical Biology and Applied PDE

May 25 - 28, 2017, Jasper, Alberta


Graduate students are invited to the Palisades Centre in beautiful Jasper National Park. We will offer a series of scientific and professional development activities, where we will discuss mathematical modelling of biological problems, analysis of partial differential equations, career development in applied and industrial mathematics, and the art of communication. Participants have the opportunity to give either a short talk or a poster.

Activities will include:

  • Tutorials on modeling of collective behavior with PDEs (R. Eftimie, U Dundee)
  • Lecture on Industrial Mathematics (J. Stockie, Simon Fraser U)
  • Workshop on public speaking
  • Discussion of career paths in applied mathematics
  • Talks and posters of participants with poster awards
  • Hike in Jasper National Park
  • Art and music night


Dynamics of Biological Systems
Séminaire de Mathématiques Supérieures (SMS)

May 30 - June 11, 2016, Edmonton, Canada

The purpose of this summer school is to focus on the interplay of dynamical and biological systems, developing the rich interplay between science and mathematics that has been so successful to date. We will focus on five key areas: complex bio-networks, multi scale biological dynamics, biological waves, nonlinear dynamics of pattern formation, and disease dynamics.

Confirmed Speakers:
Réka Albert (Penn State), Henri Berestycki (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales), Chris Cosner (University of Miami), Gerda deVries (University of Alberta), Zhilan Feng (Purdue University), Marty Golubitsky (Ohio State), Michael Li (University of Alberta), Yuan Lou (Ohio State), Philip Maini (Oxford), Benoit Perthame (Université Pierre et Marie Curie), Hong Qian (University of Washington), Jianhong Wu (York University).
Scientific Committee: Marty Golubitsky (Ohio State), Philip Maini (Oxford), Benoit Perthame (Universite Pierre et Marie Currie), Jianhong Wu (York), Lai-Sang Young (Courant).
Local Organizers: Mark Lewis, Thomas Hillen, Yingfei Yi (University of Alberta).
Sponsors: Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences (PIMS), Centre de Recherches Mathématiques (CRM), Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), Fields, University of Alberta, Institute des Sciences Mathématiques (ISM), Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS), Springer-Verlag, Centre for Mathematical Biology and the Université de Montréal.