Phylomania 2016

Name:Phylomania 2016
Calendar:Conferences & meetings
When:Wed, November 16, 2016 - Fri, November 18, 2016

scene of Univ. Tasmania

The Eighth UTAS Theoretical Phylogenetics Meeting

Date & venue: 16–18 November 2016; University of Tasmania

Phylomania will be held within the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Tasmania. The meeting will bring together mathematicians and biologists to discuss current research in phylogenetics.

Phylogenetics is concerned with the problem of reconstructing the past evolutionary history of organisms from molecular data, such as DNA, or morphological characters. There is ongoing interest in the further development of the mathematics that underlies computational phylogenetic methods. Hidden from view, in the software packages used by biologists, are algorithms performing statistical inference using Markov models on binary trees. The mathematics involved represents a unique confluence of probability theory, discrete mathematics, statistical inference, algebraic geometry, and group theory. There are many important theoretical 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 phylogenetic researchers with a strong theoretical leaning, with the aim of discussing some of the more pressing problems.

Programme and Abstracts

  • The talks will be scheduled for the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
  • We will arrange a group excursion, such as a walk (weather permitting) for Friday afternoon or for Saturday, depending on how busy the schedule gets.
  • The conference dinner will be on Thursday night.


Registration cost is $175AUD for academics/professionals and $120AUD for students. For completely unfunded delegates (students who have to pay from their own pocket), we have a budget rate of $50AUD. The 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.
— Register via the website.

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