Summer 2017


Prof. Dr. Martin Nowak

Professor of Mathematics and Biology, Director of the Program in Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University




Prof. Dr. Nowak works on the mathematical description of evolutionary processes, including the evolution of cooperation and human language, as well as the dynamics of virus infections and human cancer. His major scientific contributions and discoveries include: the mechanism of HIV disease progression; the rapid turnover and evolution of drug resistance in HIV infection; quantifying the dynamics of HBV infection; the evolution of virulence under superinfection and coinfection; the role of chromosomal instability in human cancer; quantifying the dynamics of chronic myeloid leukemia; the accumulation of drivers and passengers in cancer progression; the evolution of drug resistance in targeted cancer therapy; the mechanisms for the evolution of genetic redundancy; “generous tit-for-tat” and “win-stay, lose-shift”; the alternating Prisoner’s Dilemma; the evolution of cooperation by indirect reciprocity; spatial game dynamics; adaptive dynamics; evolutionary game dynamics in finite populations; evolutionary graph theory; the five mechanisms for the evolution of cooperation; the evolution of eusociality by natural selection; a mathematical approach for studying the evolution of human language; the dynamics of language regularization; culturomics; “winners don’t punish”; prelife; and the origin of evolution.


As the 2017 Salzburg Institute Visiting Scholar, Prof. Nowak will give two lectures as part of the University of Salzburg’s Salzburger Hochschulwochen Lecture Series. For a detailed program of the Salzburger Hochschulwochen lecture series visit their website. For more information on Prof. Nowak’s scholarship, see his Harvard University website.


Previous Salzburg Institute presenters at the Salzburger Hochschulwochen have included Prof. Dr. Yaakov Ariel (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Prof. Dr. Dr. Jens Zimmermann (Trinity Western University and Salzburg Institute Scholar-in-Residence), Prof. Dr. Mark Roche (University of Notre Dame), Prof. Dr. Gregor Thuswaldner (Salzburg Institute), and Prof. Dr. Russell Berman (Stanford University). For more information on the Salzburg Institute’s involvement with the Salzburger Hoschschulwochen Lecture Series click here.