ESEB Global Training Initiative

Recent years have seen the rise of research interest in evolutionary biology in regions outside of the traditional strongholds of the discipline (i.e., Western and Northern Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand and Japan). In some countries of these new regions the funding situation for research in evolutionary biology has also been improving, leading to a nascent community of researchers who are beginning to organize. This Global Training Initiative (established in 2013) aims to

  • promote conceptually‐driven research in evolutionary biology in those regions;
  • support the scientific development of young researchers;
  • foster the growth and integration of local evolutionary research communities, and their links with the evolutionary biology community in Europe.

To achieve these aims, the Initiative co-finances and supports the organization and teaching of multi‐day workshops for young researches (graduate students and postdocs) in selected target regions. The workshops focus on development of practical research skills, such as application of particular approaches to research and analysis, designing question-driven research project, writing papers and proposals, and presenting science in English. The workshops are organized in collaboration with local evolutionary biology communities and involve a mix of local and European faculty.

The Initiative does not offer grants to individual students/researchers for attending workshops or conferences.

The Global Training Initiative is managed by a committee consisting of Leonardo Bacigalupe (Universidad Austral, Chile), Spencer Barrett (University of Toronto), Jacob Høglund (University of Uppsala) and Tadeusz Kawecki (Chair, University of Lausanne), and responds to the ESEB Council and Membership.


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Upcoming events

Workshop – Quantitative Evolutionary Biology 2016 – Building bridges between evolutionary theory and empirical approaches to evolution in the genomic era
Place & Dates: Sirince, Turkey
Organizers: Ezgi Özkurt (Max Planck Institute, Plön, Germany), Hannes Svardal  (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK), and Murat Tuğrul (IST, Klosterneuburg, Austria).

Note that this workshop had been cancelled for 2016.

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Past events

Workshop – Computational Ecology & Evolutionary Biology 2016 (CEEB2016)
Place & Dates: Sirince, Turkey, 18-24 September 2016
Organizers: Mehmet Somel (Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey) and İsmail K. Sağlam (Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey) on behalf of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Society of Turkey.
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Photos – Participants CEEB2016

Workshop – Quantitative Evolutionary Biology – Understanding Evolution with Models and Genomes
Place & Dates: Sirince, Turkey, 14-21 September 2014
Organizers: Murat Tuğrul (IST, Klosterneuburg, Austria), Hannes Svardal (Gregor Mendel Institute, Vienna, Austria), and Mehmet Somel (Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey)

Photo – Participants QEvolution 2014

WorkshopBiological Adaptation: Theoretical and Practical Approaches
Place and Dates: Calfuco Marine Laboratory, Valdivia, Chile, 14-22 November 2014
Organizers: Leonardo Bacigalupe (Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile), Marco Mendez (Universidad de Chile, Chile & Chilean Evolution Society), and Tadeusz Kawecki (University of Lausanne, Switzerland & Global Training Initiative).

Photo – Participants Chile 2014