11.11.16 | At many scales, biology presents an astounding diversity of or species that coexist. This includes the genetically identical cells in our body, different species that coexist in spite of fierce competition, and a vast diversity of viruses and diseases that propagate and interact though the immune systems of their hosts. How does diversity in living systems organise itself to allow coexistence?

In his English-language lecture “Self organization of diversity in living systems” Professor Kim Sneppen, from the University of Copenhagen will discuss these broad features of diversity in terms of a few illustrative models whilst also drawing inspiration from daily social phenomena.

Title: “Self organization of diversity in living systems” by Professor Kim Sneppen, Director, Center for Models of Life, Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark
Date: November 17, 2016
Location: Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)

About Professor Kim Sneppen
Professor Kim Sneppen is the head of the Center for Models of Life at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark. His background is in nuclear physics, statistical mechanics, and complex systems. His articles on punctuated equilibrium in evolution, genetic networks, epigenetics, and phage biology are highly cited. Some of his recent work suggests new approaches to understand influenza epidemics, provides an extension of the competitive exclusion principle in food-webs, and offers a new view on DNA methylation in the human genome.

About the lecture series “Bremen Earth and Social Science Talks”
ZMT invites internationally renowned experts to Bremen for its new lecture series “Bremen Earth and Social Science Talks” to give top-class scientists a forum to present and discuss their latest scientific findings and to give us a glimpse into the future. The aim of the series is to present food for thought and to instigate discussion on a multitude of subjects at the interface of natural and social sciences. The English-language talks of 45 minutes followed by a podium discussion take place on a Thursday of each month at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT). The talks are geared towards an academic audience as well as the science oriented public. http://www.zmt-bremen.de/en/BEST_Lecture_Series.html