4-8 July 2022
Europe/Berlin timezone

Game theory has played an instrumental role in developing concepts, hypotheses, and empirical studies in biology.

The workshop aims to discuss the old and new themes, mechanisms, and methods that could play a crucial role in defining game theory in biology as we look to the future of this theory.

Organisers: John McNamara (University of Bristol), Olof Leimar (Stockholm University), Chaitanya Gokhale (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology)

The future of game theory in biology

To identify how new theoretical approaches in game theory and novel applications of the theory can enhance our understanding of biology.

Although in use much earlier, game theory was popularly introduced to biologists by John Maynard Smith in his 1982 book Evolution and the Theory of Games. Drawing primarily from economics and several other disciplines, game theory in biology has been a melting pot of diverse ideas and concepts. While a swathe of research has focused on human cooperation, the applicability of games in biology is much broader and arguably as diverse as the different organisms it is applied to. This workshop aims to discuss this breadth of application of games in biology, the novel frontiers that are yet to be tackled, and how this will enrich the nature of game theory itself in the context of biological theory.

Invited Speakers

  • Sigrunn Eliassen

  • Yoh Iwasa

  • Rufus Johnstone

  • Nichola Raihani

  • Franjo Weissing

  • Peter Hammerstein

  • Christian Hilbe

  • Jens Krause

  • Hans Metz

  • Willem E. Frankenhuis