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Keynote speakers

Prof. Dr. Christina Kuttler
Christina Kuttler studied Mathematics, Physics and Informatics at the University of Tubingen. After nishing her PhD (Freie Randwertprobleme fur eindimensionale Transportgleichungen) she stayed for a further position as Postdoc in Tubingen (dealing with mathematical problem of granular matter and the prediction of proteasomal cleavages in the context of the immune system). In 2004 she got a Postdoc position at the Institute of Biomathematics and Biometry, Helmholtz Center Munich, where she was involved in the interdisciplinary research project `Molecular interaction in the rhizosphere' and contributed mathematical models for biological questions. Since 2008, she has been at the Technical University Munich, as an extraordinary professor, with the topic `Mathematics in Life Sciences'. Her main interest are focussed at the moment in the area of deterministic mathematical models. A main project deals with the modeling of bacterial communications, where especially the intracellular regulation mechanisms and di usion processes are considered. Prof. Kuttler's research interest can be summarized as including (i) Mathematical modeling of biological and physical processes by ordinary and partial di erential equations, (ii) Reaction-di usion equations, (iii) Parameter estimation, and (iv) Systems Biology.

Prof. Pat Sullivan
Patrick J. Sullivan is a Professor of Population and Community Dynamics in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Prior to that he was a Population Dynamicist for 10 years with the International Paci c Halibut Commission in Seattle, WA. He received his Masters and PhD degrees from the University of Washington in Fisheries Science and Biostatistics and Biomathematics respectively. His research focusses principally on the spatial and temporal dynamics of sh populations in marine and estuarine waters, the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, and the inland lakes and streams of New York. However, he also oversees a long term research project in association with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation focusing on terrestrial biodiversity conservation in the Hudson River Valley watershed. He is spending his sabbatical leave this year as a Hjort scholar at Hjort Centre for Marine Ecosystem Dynamics in association with the Institute for Marine Research, Bergen, Norway. Dr. Sullivan is a member of the Scienti c and Statistical Committee that advises the New England Fisheries Management Council, is a member of the Steering Committee for the Center for Independent Experts that provides peer review for the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service stock assessment review process, and had chaired or co-chaired three National Academy of Sciences reviews, the most recent being the Committee to Evaluate the E ectiveness of Stock Rebuilding Plans of the 2006 Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act.

Dr. Geir Huse
Geir Huse is a Research Director at the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in Bergen. He received his masters and PhD at the Institute of Fisheries and Marine Biology at the University of Bergen, and worked as a post doc there for four years before moving to IMR in 2003. Research interests: Dr. Huse has worked on developing and utilizing individual based models, in particular utilizing novel adaptive techniques to incorporate behavioural and life history decisions into individual based models based on heuristic methods such as genetic algorithms coupled with arti cial neural networks. Spatial sh ecology has been another key interest area where he has worked on several problems related to horizontal distribution and migration in shes both in relation to stock demography, predator-prey interactions and oceanographic processes. Recently he has worked on developing end-to-end ecosystem models.