The SIAM Activity Group on the Life Sciences was established to foster the application of mathematics to the life sciences and research in mathematics that leads to new methods and techniques useful in the life sciences.
The life sciences have become quantitative as new technologies facilitate collection and analysis of vast amounts of data ranging from complete genomic sequences of organisms to satellite imagery of forest landscapes on continental scales. Computers enable the study of complex models of biological processes. The activity group brings together researchers who seek to develop and apply mathematical and computational methods in all areas of the life sciences. It provides a forum that cuts across disciplines to catalyze mathematical research relevant to the life sciences and rapid diffusion of advances in mathematical and computational methods.
The activity group organizes the biennial SIAM Conference on the Life Sciences as well as minisymposia at SIAM meetings and conferences. Every two years, the activity group also awards the SIAG/LS Early Career Prize to an outstanding early career researcher in the field of mathematics applied to the life sciences.Members of the SIAG/LS receive a complimentary subscription to the all-electronic, multimedia SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems. The activity group maintains a member directory and an electronic mailing list.