Modelling living systems – Icelab

The strong research environment consists of researchers from different scientific areas that are looking for innovative ways to understand a living system. They utilize mathematical modelling in order to understand the relationship between cause and effect.

Despite the obvious differences between a physicist’s atom, an ecologist’s species and a molecular biologist’s genes, the underlying mechanisms in the systems that they study are often surprisingly similar.

Understand, predict or affect reality

Mathematical modelling is a central method in the natural sciences that can be used to understand, predict or to affect reality. The method can be applied to a multitude of different areas, everything from creating a scenario for climate changes, studying the flow of information, or calculating the speed of evolution and understanding how often new species arise, to figuring out how a population should be vaccinated in order to achieve maximum effect despite limited access to the vaccine. Even the behaviour of humans and animals, for example, why we cooperate so often, can be studied through mathematical modelling.

IceLab – a creative laboratory

IceLab is a physical site, a creative laboratory, which is striving to be a hub for multidisciplinary theoretical science at Umeå University. The environment is not just for scientists, but also for researchers from different disciplines, for example, law, psychology and medicine are included.

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Creative opening of IceLab research centreEverything changes – and now it is possible to see precisely how Web creates snowball effects in real life


About Strong Research Environments 2011–2015

In 2010 Umeå University designated 14 strong research environments of high international quality, which was given special support during the period 2011–2015. This initiative will be evaluated shortly.

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