Mathematics of Evolution-Phylogenetic Trees and Networks

(04 Sep 2023–29 Sep 2023)

Organizing Committee






Contact Information

General Enquiries: ims-enquiry(AT)

For Scientific Aspects: Louxin Zhang matzlx(AT) or

Daniel Huson daniel.huso(AT)


This is a one-month program on the mathematics of evolution. It will focus on three themes of phylogenetic networks and applications:

  •       Algorithmic aspects of phylogenetic trees and networks;
  •       Combinatorial and stochastic properties of phylogenetic networks; and
  •       Dynamics and evolution of viruses.

This event brings together mathematicians, computer scientists and bioinformaticians to discuss cutting edge research in the theory of phylogenetic networks and trees and its applications.


Workshop 1: Foundations of Networks

The focus of this workshop is on the mathematical, statistical and algorithmic aspects of phylogenetic networks. Topics may include enumeration, statistical properties, the structure of space of networks, reconstructibility and identifiability of specific classes of phylogenetic networks, and other fundamental aspects.

Workshop 2: Algorithms and Software in Phylogenetics

One aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers working on new mathematical and algorithm approaches that address theoretical and practical problems in phylogenetics, such as the development of model-based methods for determining phylogenetic networks or improved methods for inferring phylogenetic trees and other evolutionary parameters. The other main aim is to present software that implement such methods.

Workshop 3: Evolution of Viruses

This workshop will focus on mathematical, statistical and algorithmic approaches to analysing and understanding viral and phages evolution and transmission dynamics, in particular in the content of human disease.


Each workshop will consist of  one to two keynote talks  (40+10 minutes) and approximately 20 contributed presentation (20 +5 minutes). In addition, there will be a poster session.

Workshop 1: Foundations of Networks6–8 Sep 2023N/A
Workshop 2: Algorithms and Software in Phylogenetics11–13 Sep 2023N/A
Mini-workshop: Metagenomics using DIAMOND+MEGAN15 Sep 2023N/A
Workshop 3: Evolution of viruses25–27 Sep 2023N/A


IMS Auditorium

Invited speakers

  • Elizabeth Allman (University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA)
  • Hector Banos (Dalhousie University, Canada)
  • Francois Bienvenu (ETH Zurich, Zürich)
  • Minh Bui (Australian National University, Australia)
  • Alessandra Carbone (Sorbonne Université, France)
  • Siyu Chen (Oxford Big Data Institute, UK)
  • Kwok Pui Choi (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • James Degnan (University of New Mexico, USA)
  • Vijaykrishna Dhanasekaran (The University of Hong Kong, China)
  • Nadia El-Mabrouk (Université de Montréal, Canada)
  • Jie Feng (Lanzhou University, China)
  • Mareike Fischer (Universität Greifswald, Greifswald)
  • Andrew Francis (Western Sydney University, Australia)
  • Michael Fuchs (National Chengchi University, Taipei)
  • Philippe Gambette (Université Gustave Eiffel, Eiffel))
  • Olivier Gascuel (Institut Pasteur, France)
  • Bernhard Gittenberger (TU Wien, Austria)
  • Pawel Gorecki (University of Warsaw, Poland)
  • Elizabeth Gross (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Hawaii)
  • Momoko Hayamizu (Waseda University, Japan)
  • Katharina Huber (University of East Anglia, UK)
  • Daniel Huson (University of Tübingen, Germany)
  • Mark Jones (TU Delft, Netherlands)
  • Tsz Ho Kwan (Chinese University of Hong Kong, China)
  • Manuel Lafond (Université de Sherbrooke, Canada)
  • Jue Tao Lim (Nanyang Technology University, Singapore)
  • Simone Linz (The University of Auckland, New Zealand)
  • Peter Lockhart (Massey University, New Zealand)
  • Jian Lu (Peking University, China)
  • Siavash Mirarab (University of San Diego, USA)
  • Swapnil Mishra (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Vincent Moulton (University of East Anglia, UK)
  • Luay Nakhleh (Rice University, USA)
  • Joan Carles Pons (University of the Balearic Islands, Palma)
  • Sebastien Roch (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
  • Charles Semple (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)
  • October M. Sessions (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Jessica Stockdale (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
  • Benedikt Stufler (TU Wien, Austria)
  • Mark Tanaka (UNSW Sydney, Australia)
  • Michael Wallner (TU Wien, Austria)
  • Lusheng Wang (City University of Hong Kong, China)
  • Mathias Weller (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany)
  • Kristina Wicke (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Taoyang Wu (University of East Anglia, UK)
  • Yufeng Wu (University of Connecticut, USA)
  • Aiping Wu (Suzhou Institute of Systems Medicine, China)
  • Yifei Xu (Shandong University, China)
  • Guan-Ru Yu (National Kaohsiung Normal University, Kaohsiung)
  • Norbert Zeh (Dalhousie University, Canada)


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