Phylomania 2015

The UTAS Theoretical Phylogenetics Meeting

 November 11-13 inclusive, 2015


Organized by: Michael Charleston and Jeremy Sumner

Phylogenetics is concerned with what is probably the most important problem in biology: reconstructing the evolutionary history of present-day organisms from molecular data, such as DNA, or morphological characters. Hidden from view, in phylogenetics software packages used by biologists, are algorithms implementing stochastic and combinatorial methods on binary trees, as well as more general network structures. The mathematics involved represent a unique confluence of probability theory, discrete mathematics, stochastic methods, and statistical inference, as well as algebraic methods such as group theory. There are many important theoretical and practical problems that arise, such as statistical identifiability of models, consistency and convergence of methods. These problems can only be solved using a multi-disciplinary approach. Phylomania brings together internationally recognised experts, with the aim of discussing the pressing research problems in phylogenetics.

Programme and Abstracts

The talks will be scheduled for the Wednesday 11th, Thursday 12th, and the morning of Friday 13th. We will arrange a group excursion for Friday afternoon, such as a walk (depending on weather). The conference dinner will be on Thursday night. Download the programme here.

Social Whatnots

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  • Confirmed Speakers

    Long talk, short talk, or a poster?

    There are limited slots for speakers, but if you miss out don't despair as we will also provide space and time for posters and a Q&A session. When you register please let us know if you would like to give a a 40 minute talk, a 20 minute talk or present a poster.


    Registration cost is $150 with a reduced rate of $50 for students. Registration is to cover catering --- morning and afternoon tea / coffee / snacks, and lunch, and is worked out based on previous conferences: we think it's pretty reasonable and we think the food and drink will be excellent.
    Online payment is now set up! Once you've registered, you should also pay because we'll need to buy supplies.

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    Last modified 6th August 2015 by Michael Charleston.

    Photo of Mount Wellington taken from University sports ovals courtesy of Dr Kym Hill.