Stefano Allesina (University of Chicago, USA), Akshit Goyal (ICTS-TIFR, India), Jacopo Grilli (ICTP, Italy) and Meghna Krishnadas (CSIR-CCMB, Hyderabad, India)
06 January 2025 to 17 January 2025
NCBS, Bengaluru

Ecosystems embody a remarkable diversity of life, forming intricate networks that exhibit both stability and the potential for rapid change. These systems, governed by complex interactions among organisms and their environment, present a rich tapestry for scientific exploration. This Winter School on Quantitative Systems Biology (QSB) will dive into the heart of understanding how biodiversity underpins ecosystem stability, resilience, and the mechanisms that drive their dynamics. We will explore cutting-edge questions such as: How does biodiversity contribute to the robustness of ecosystems against perturbations? What are the underlying principles that predict the stability of ecosystems? What happens to ecosystem dynamics when they become unstable? And how can we model the interplay between species to understand potential critical or tipping points? Through a multidisciplinary approach that combines theory with data, participants will engage with the latest methodologies and tools in theoretical ecology, complex systems, and statistical physics. The school aims to shed light on the fundamental processes that sustain biodiversity, while charting open questions and future challenges.


  1. Akshit Goyal, ICTS, India (Local Organizer)
  2. Jacopo Grilli, ICTP, Italy
  3. Meghna Krishnadas, CCMB, India
  4. Stefano Allesina, UChicago, USA


  1. Vijay Balasubramanian (University of Pennsylvania)
  2. Antonio Celani (ICTP Trieste)
  3. Sanjay Jain (University of Delhi)
  4. Vijaykumar Krishnamurthy (ICTS Bengaluru)
  5. Matteo Marsili (ICTP Trieste)
  6. Mukund Thattai (NCBS Bengaluru)

Previous editions of this school

Eligibility criteria: Scientists and students from all over the world can apply for the School. Researchers from developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply. As the program will be conducted in English, participants should have an adequate working knowledge of this language. There is no registration fee. 

The application form will be available for registrations from June 1, 2024.

ICTS is committed to building an environment that is inclusive, non discriminatory and welcoming of diverse individuals. We especially encourage the participation of women and other under-represented groups.

01 September 2024
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