Thematic Programs

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We are excited to launch Thematic Activity as new part of the Theoretical Sciences Visiting Program (TSVP), with the first programs being held in 2023. In this podcast DJ Nick Luscombe, OIST Podcaster in Residence, talks to two of the coordinators of the first two Thematic Programs.

Thematic Programs (TPs) are held at OIST for 2 weeks up to 3 months. TPs are be hosted by a group of two or more researchers (coordinators) who will be invited to stay at OIST for the duration of the TP. Successful proposals will be provided with the financial and administrative support needed to bring participants to OIST, 4-8 of whom are expected to be present at any one time. Where it fits the goals and timeframe of the program, a symposium linked to the program can be hosted at OIST.

The call for Thematic Programs in FY2025/26 is now open! All fields, Deadline: August 31,2024.

Thematic programs in FY2023/24

Name Field(s) Starting Date End Date Symposium
Exact Asymptotics: From Fluid Dynamics to Quantumgeometry Mathematics, Theoretical Physics 2023/08/01 2023/10/30 Nonlinear Differential Equations and the Stokes Phenomenon, 2023/09/4-15

Response Diversity and Ecosystem Stability (Samuel Ross and Owen Petchey)


2024/03/01 2024/03/29 The Future of Response Diversity and Ecosystem Stability, 2024/03/25-28
Neuromodulation of Adaptive Learning: Theoretical Lessons Learned From Invertebrate and Vertebrate Brains (Srikanth Ramaswamy, Arvind Kumar, Upi Bhalla, Vatsala Thirumalai)


2024/07/01 2024/08/11 Neuromodulation of Adaptive Learning,
Computational and Physical Understanding of Biological Information Processing (Tetsuya J. Kobayashi, Simon K. Schnyder, and Naoki Honda)

Evolutionary Biology

2025/02/24 2025/03/16 Yes, 4 days