Description
An ICTP Meeting in presence

Microbial communities populate every corner of our planet, providing essential services to the ecosystems they are part of. The forces shaping their organization act on wide spatial and temporal scales. The fundamental constituents of communities are individual cells, which, typically, experience a local environment of the order of tens of microns and duplicate as fast as 20 minutes. On the other hand, microbial communities modify the environment on a scale of tens of meters. Understanding how the interactions, the environmental fluctuations, and the phenotypic heterogeneity occurring at the micro-scale affect the large-scale properties of microbial communities is one of the main challenges in microbial ecology. More broadly, microbial communities are the prototypical example of complex adaptive systems: a large number of heterogeneous, adaptive, agents interact at a microscopic scale giving rise to emergent properties at the macroscopic scale. This huddle aims at bringing together experimentalists and theorists to develop new understanding and new approaches to connect the fundamental biological processes occurring at the microscale with the phenomena observed at the macroscale.
 
Topics:
  • Microbial ecology
  • Theoretical community ecology
  • Spatial ecology
  • Eco-evolutionary dynamics
  • Stochastic processes
  • Single-cell experimental ecology
  • Macroecology
  • Ecological networks
  • Population genetics
 
Grants: A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants, with priority given to participants from developing countries. There is no registration fee.

In person participation: As regards the COVID-19 policy, we advise to follow the updated rules available on the ICTP page Access Guidelines for Visitors.
 
Go to day
  • Monday, 6 June 2022
    • 10:00 - 10:30 Registration formalities
      REGISTRATION: Upon arrival, Visitors not staying in the ICTP Guest Houses, are kindly requested to complete registration formalities at the Adriatico Guesthouse as follows: 
      Registration Desk (Lower level) from 10.00 till 10.30.
      
      Time zone: You can choose your time zone (in place of Europe/Rome) on the top right of the page and the programme time will be modified accordingly.
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Registration desk
    • 10:30 - 16:00
      • 10:30 Opening and introductions 1h30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall )
      • 12:00 Lunch Break 2h0'
      • 14:00 Spatial Ecology and Game theory 1h30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall )
        Speaker: Ricardo MARTINEZ GARCIA (ICTP-SAIFR, Italy)
      • 15:30 Discussion 30'
  • Tuesday, 7 June 2022
    • 10:30 - 16:00
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall
      • 10:30 The statistical ecology of strains in microbiomes 1h30'
        Speaker: Akshit GOYAL (Massachussets Institute of Technology, USA)
      • 12:00 Discussion 30'
      • 12:30 Lunch Break 1h30'
      • 14:00 Can plankton abundance patterns be explained by interaction-driven chaos? 1h30'
        Speaker: Emil MALLMIN (Max Planck Institute, Germany)
      • 15:30 Discussion 30'
  • Wednesday, 8 June 2022
    • 10:30 - 16:00
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall
      • 10:30 Investigating emergent patterns and scaling laws in diatom communities 1h30'
        Speaker: Samir SUWEIS (University of Padua)
      • 12:00 Discussion 30'
      • 12:30 Lunch Break 1h30'
      • 14:00 The effect of microbial selection on the occurrence-abundance patterns of microbiomes 1h30'
        Speaker: Román ZAPIÉN-CAMPOS (Max Planck Institute, Germany)
      • 15:30 Discussion 30'
  • Thursday, 9 June 2022
    • 10:30 - 16:00
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall
      • 10:30 Warmer temperatures favor slower-growing bacteria in natural marine communities 1h30'
        Speaker: Martina DAL BELLO (Massachussets Institute of Technology, USA)
      • 12:00 Discussion 30'
      • 12:30 Lunch Break 1h30'
      • 14:00 Dynamic proteome allocation regulates the profile of interaction of auxotrophic bacterial consortia 1h30'
        Speaker: Daniela REYES GONZALEZ (National Autonomous University of Mexico)
      • 15:30 Discussion 30'
  • Friday, 10 June 2022
    • 10:30 - 16:00
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall
      • 10:30 Rank ordered beta distributions of nonlinear map symbolic dynamics families with a first-order transition between dynamical regimes 1h30'
        Speaker: Roberto Carlos ALVAREZ-MARTINEZ (Autonomous University of Queretaro)
      • 12:00 Discussion 30'
      • 12:30 Lunch Break 1h30'
      • 14:00 Not so well mixed: the role of range residency in the dynamics of ecological communities 50'
        Speaker: Rafael MENEZES DOS SANTOS (Sao Paulo Universirty, Brazil)
      • 14:50 Discussion 10'
      • 15:00 Allee effect across spatial scales 50'
        Speaker: Daniel CARDOSO PEREIRA JORGE (ICTP-SAIFR, Brazil)
      • 15:50 Discussion 10'
  • Monday, 13 June 2022
    • 10:30 - 16:00
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall
      • 10:30 Some Wrong Models in Macroecology 2h0'
        Speaker: Jacopo GRILLI (ICTP, Italy)
      • 12:30 Lunch 1h30'
      • 14:00 From Rules to Patterns and Backwards: Unraveling the Microbial World 1h0'
        Speaker: Amanda BARRETO CAMPOS (University of São Paulo, Institute of Biosciences, Brazil)
      • 15:00 Gene Transfer and Social Interactions Promote the Evolution of Modular Gene Clusters 1h0'
        Speaker: Gabriel TONEATTI VERCELLI (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA)
  • Tuesday, 14 June 2022
    • 10:30 - 16:00
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall
      • 10:30 Spatial Interaction Networks in Microbial Communities 2h0'
        Speaker: Alma DAL CO (Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research for Microbiomes, Switzerland)
      • 12:30 Lunch 1h30'
      • 14:00 How do Communites Change? From Ecology to Evolution - and Back 2h0'
        Speaker: Silvia DE MONTE (CNRS, Institute of Biology of ENS, Italy)
  • Wednesday, 15 June 2022
    • 10:30 - 12:30
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall
      • 10:30 A macroecological perspective on genetic diversity in the human gut microbiome 2h0'
        Speaker: William SHOEMAKER (University of California, USA)
  • Thursday, 16 June 2022
    • 10:30 - 12:30
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall
      • 10:30 Reinforcement learning in spatially extended microbial communities 2h0'
        Speaker: Francesco MOTTES (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Friday, 17 June 2022
    • 10:30 - 12:30
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall
      • 10:30 Can We Use Lattice Models for Studying Bacterial Spatial Patterns? 1h0'
        Speaker: Alessia DEL PANTA RIDOLFI (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
      • 11:30 Microbial Social Interactions under Chaotic Environmental Flows 1h0'
        Speaker: Miranda João Pedro VALERIANO (State University of São Paulo, Brazil)
  • Monday, 20 June 2022
    • 10:30 - 11:30
      • 10:30 Modeling evolution without equations: an individual-based model applied to a viral spread 1h0'
        Speaker: Vitor MARQUIONI MONTEIRO (UNICAMP, Brazil)
  • Tuesday, 21 June 2022
    • 10:30 - 12:30
      • 10:30 A non-equilibrium framework for bacterial growth physiology including sensiing by ppGpp and ribosome allocation 2h0'
        Speaker: Marco COSENTINO LAGOMARSINO (IFOM, Italy)
  • Wednesday, 22 June 2022
    • 10:30 - 12:30
      • 10:30 Microbiota-derived metabolites inhibit Salmonella virulent subpopulation development by acting on single-cell behaviors 2h0'
        Speaker: Gabriele MICALI (Humanitas Research Hospital, Switzerland)
  • Thursday, 23 June 2022
    • 10:30 - 11:30
      • 10:30 Demographic noise in random Lotka-Volterra metacommunities 20'
        Speaker: Giulia GARCIA LORENZANA (Ecole Normale Superieure, France)