The MPDE annual conference (recently at Osnabruck, Turin , Niteroi and Marseille) is a vibrant meeting point for theory and experimentation in ecology. Ecology encompasses many scales, and models of populations provide a strongly integrating perspective on processes at the individual as well as at the landscape and ecosystem levels. This makes the MPDE a perfect interdisciplinary opportunity for biologists to see their work from a theoretical perspective and for mathematical modelers to discover relevant, exciting and important problems to work on in the ecological field.
This year in Cape Town, hosted by the universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch, and taking place at the Waterfront, which apart from being a haven for tourists is a hub of innovation as well as part of a working harbour.
The focus is on Global Change, and the contribution of models and data at the population level to understanding of, mitigation of and adapting to what will remain humankind's most profound challenge for many decades.