Workshop: Theoretical and empirical evidence of adaptations (Swiss Alps)

Posted on March 31st, 2015 | News

La Fouly (Valais, Switzerland), June 17-20, 2015

Workshop announcement – registration deadline approaching (15 April 2015)

A few places are still available in our workshop on “Theoretical and empirical evidence of adaptations” to be held in La Fouly (Valais, Switzerland) on June 17-20, 2015.

The aim of the proposed symposium is to bring together experimental, empirical and theoretical evolutionary biologists, all 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?
  • What are the genetic and genomic bases of adaptations and speciation(s)?

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 with graduate students and junior researchers in La Fouly, a remote and beautiful location in the Swiss Alps (see, allowing for close interactions and vivid exchanges due to the very limited number of participants (max. 35). The scientific program will consist in 2 1/2 days of a mixture of talks by invited speakers and students, and poster sessions. The workshop will end with a hike to some nearby magnificent view points over the Mont Dolent and Mont-Blanc region.

Confirmed invited speakers:

Prof. Peter Andolfatto, Princeton University (US) Prof. Joachim Hermisson, University of Vienna (AT) Dr. Felicity Jones, Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society, Tübigen (DE) Prof. Hanna Kokko, University of Zurich (CH) Prof. Bret Payseur, University of Wisconsin (US) Prof. Ole Seehausen, University of Bern & EAWAG (CH) Prof. Olivier Tenaillon, Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale, Paris (FR)


400 CHF, including conference fees, all meals and accommodation (with sleeping bags).

Free attendance for CUSO students.

Web site and registration:

(If this link does not work, you can access the workshop page via the newsfeed entry on the Jensen lab webpage:

The organizers:

Laurent Excoffier
Jeff Jensen
Stephan Peischl
Claudia Bank

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