Philip Maini’s 60th birthday workshop September 18-19 2019

On growth and pattern formation

A celebration of Philip Maini's 60th birthday


Description of the meeting

This meeting is being held in celebration of Prof Philip Maini's 60th birthday. Prof Maini has been an internationally leading researcher in mathematical biology for decades. He is currently the Director of the Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology, a position he has held since 1998. In the past 20 years he has grown the group significantly. He has established countless interdisciplinary collaborations, has over 400 publications in numerous areas of mathematical biology, with major contributions in mathematical modelling of tumours, wound healing and embryonic pattern formation. He has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci), and Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (FNA). He has served or is serving on editorial board of a large number of journals, and was Editor-in-Chief of the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology [2002-15]. And yet his service to the community cannot be captured just by numbers and titles. Anyone who has met him and worked with him cannot but notice and be touched by his unfailing generosity and the many sacrifices he has made and continues to make day in and day out to help students, early career researchers, and fellow faculty alike.

This meeting provides an opportunity to celebrate Prof Maini's many accomplishments; to thank him for all of his sacrifices; and to bring together the large number of researchers – mathematicians, biologists, physiologists, and clinicians – that he has worked with and interacted with over the years. More broadly, the meeting provides a unique opportunity to reflect on mathematical biology, to provide perspectives on the trajectory of a field that was scarcely recognised and had very few dedicated researchers in the days of Prof Maini's own DPhil; yet a field that has grown tremendously since then. Much of this growth is attributable to the work of Prof Maini, so that today the value of mathematics in biology is increasingly recognized by biologists and clinicians, and with theoretical predictions of mathematical models having cemented a role in advancing biological understanding. 

When and where

Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, 18-19 September, 2019

For links to some accommodation options, click here

Timetable, Abstracts, and Speaker bios

Available here


David Sumpter, Uppsala University (Public lecture)

Derek Moulton, University of Oxford

Hans Othmer, Minnesota University

Jim Murray, University of Oxford

Jonathan Sherratt, Heriot-Watt University

Kevin Painter, Heriot-Watt University

Linus Schumacher, University of Edinburgh

Lucy Hutchinson, Roche

Mark Chaplain, University of St Andrews

Mark Lewis, University of Alberta

Mary Myerscough, University of Sydney

Natasha Martin, University of Bristol

Noemi Picco, Swansea University

Paul Kulesa, Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Ruth Baker, University of Oxford

Santiago Schnell, University of Michigan

Tim Pedley, University of Cambridge

Poster session

Deadline for poster session has passed. For schedule of posters with abstracts and titles, click here.


The cost for registration is £80. This includes lunch and coffee both days of the workshop, and drinks at a reception following the public lecture on Wednesday 18th September. Registration should be completed through the University of Oxford Online stores:

Deadline for registration: Extended to 8th August 5pm BST. 

Travel support

A small number of travel awards will be made available for students and early career researchers. If you would like to be considered for one of these, please send a CV and covering letter, including estimated travel costs, to

Deadline for travel support has passed.

Organising committee

Ruth Baker (University of Oxford)

Derek Moulton (University of Oxford)

Helen Byrne (University of Oxford)

Santiago Schnell (University of Michigan)

Mark Chaplain (University of St Andrews)





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