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An Isaac Newton Institute Event

Spitalfields Day

Yggdrasil: Reconstructing the Tree of Life

Thursday 6 December 2007

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, UK

Organisers: Elizabeth Allman (University of Alaska) and Vincent Moulton (University of East Anglia)

London Mathematical Society

in association with the Newton Institute programme entitled Phylogenetics

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The talks are aimed at final year undergraduate/beginning postgraduate students in biology, mathematics, and computer science, and will address the problems and challenges of reconstructing evolutionary relationships from molecular sequence data. The interdisciplinary nature of phylogenetic studies -- biological, computational, and mathematical problems arise naturally -- will be highlighted

13:00 14:00
Professor Peter Lockhart (Massey University, New Zealand) Phylogenetic models and the origins of chloroplasts
14:00 15:00
Professor Tandy Warnow (The University of Texas at Austin, USA) Algorithm design for large-scale phylogenetic analysis
15:00 15:30
15:30 16:30
Professor John A Rhodes (University of Alaska, Fairbanks, USA) Phylogenetic models and algebra
16:30 17:30
Professor Andreas Dress (Chinese Adacemy of Sciences, China) Phylogenetic combinatorics: analysing branching patterns in evolutionary trees
17:30 18:30
Wine Reception at the Newton Institute

Anyone interested is welcome to attend; talks will be aimed at a general mathematical audience. Please let Tracey Andrew at the Institute know by 30 November 2007 if you intend to come: telephone (01223) 760992; fax: (01223) 330508; e-mail:

There are limited funds available to assist research students to attend, please apply by 30 November 2007 to Tracey Andrew by email or post at the Newton Institute, 20 Clarkson Road, Cambridge, CB3 0EH.

Scientific enquiries may be addressed to Elizabeth Allman

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