Welcome to the ECMTB 2020

The submission period is now over. A total of 388 submissions were received: 82 mini-symposia, 225 contributed talks and 81 posters. We will evaluate all submissions and let you know as soon as possible of the results, as per our proposed schedule. Take care and stay safe!

Dear all, We are aware that due to the current situation, certain concerns may arise and, of course, health and safety come first. We would like to assure you that we are considering solutions for various scenarios, which we will announce soon on the webpage, on Facebook and Twitter @ecmtb2020 – so please check these regularly for updates. Nevertheless, we would like to encourage applicants to submit their proposals and abstracts before the deadline (20th March), as this is the only way to ensure proper organization, if the situation stabilizes. Also note that submitting does not require registration/payment and, in case of postponing and rescheduling the conference, applicants will have the option to cancel, change or withdraw their abstracts. Take care and stay safe! The ECMTB 2020 Organizing Committee

ECMTB 2020:

The 12th European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology will take place from the 31st August to the 4th September 2020 in Heidelberg, Germany, and is a joint event organized by the European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ESMTB) and the Society for Mathematical Biology (SMB).

The meeting will bring together researchers and students interested in mathematical modelling with applications to life sciences. We invite you to join us in Heidelberg to hear from leading researchers in mathematics and life sciences from around the world, to present your work and to exchange scientific ideas.


  • Plenary talks – held by prestigious researchers from the field of Mathematical Biology
  • Mini-symposiafour 25-minute presentations (each with 5 minutes for discussion) on a single topic of substantial current interest and importance in Mathematical Biology
  • Contributed talks25-minute presentations with 5 minutes allocated for discussions
  • Postersall researchers, at all stages of their careers, are encouraged to opt for presenting a poster, in order to reduce the high number of parallel sessions

All contributed talks, mini-symposia and posters will be grouped thematically.

Mentoring scheme:

Early-career scientists will also have the opportunity to take part in our mentoring program, to be paired with well-established experienced researchers who will offer feedback on conference presentations, advice on career objectives and help with networking.

Early Career Workshop:

As it has become customary at every joint ESMTB/SMB meeting, the SMB will organize a pre-conference workshop, where early career scientist will have the opportunity to learn about career tracks in mathematical biology.

Social program:

The social program will include the conference dinner and various exciting excursions, both being an excellent opportunity to network in an informal setting.


The event will be hosted in the New University building (Neue Universität) located in the charming Heidelberg old town (Altstadt). Heidelberg University was founded in 1386 and is the oldest university in Germany. Noted alumni include 11 domestic and foreign Heads of State or Heads of Government and, as of 2017, 27 Nobel Prize winners have been affiliated with the university.



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