Workshop: Bridging theoretical and experimental evolution

Posted on March 26th, 2013 | News

A workshop on “Bridging theoretical and experimental evolution” will be held in La Fouly (Valais, Switzerland) next June 12-15 2013.

The aim of the proposed workshop is to unite experimental and theoretical evolutionary biologists, both working to resolve fundamental questions at the center of a century-old debate. For example – what is the distribution of fitness effects of new, segregating, and fixed mutations? What is the relative importance of adaptation vs. genetic drift in the evolution of natural populations? By combining expertise across wet and dry lab biology, and due to the progress of new genomic technologies, it is becoming increasing possible to gain traction on these questions which are fundamental to any basic understanding of the very mode and tempo of the evolutionary process.

The workshop will bring together top researchers in the field and students in la Fouly, a remote and beautiful location in the Swiss Alps (see, allowing for close interactions and vivid exchanges. The scientific program will consist in 2 1/2 days of a mixture of talks by invited speakers and students, and posters sessions.

The workshop will end by a hike to some nearby magnificent view points over the Mont Dolent and Mont-Blanc region.

Invited speakers: Martin Ackermann (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) Dan Bolon (University of Massachussetts, USA) Michael Desai (Harvard University, USA) Isabel Gordo (Instituto Gulbenkian Ciência, Lisbon, Portugal) Oskar Hallatschek (Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen, Germany) Peter Keightley (University of Edinburgh, UK) Alex Wong (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada)

Cost: 400 CHF for non-CUSO students, including conference fees, meals and accommodation (with sleeping bags).

Web site and registration (max 35 students):

Note that deadline for registration is April 20th, and that a maximum of 35 students can participate. Whereas the primary target are PhD students, other people can attend, knowing that priority will be given to CUSO members and students presenting a talk or a poster.

The organizers: Jeff Jensen, Laurent Excoffier, Claudia Bank, Stephan Peischl

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