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. The Global Training Initiative (2013 – 2021) aimed 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-financed and supported the organization and teaching of multi-day workshops for young researches (graduate students and postdocs) in selected target regions. The workshops focused 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 were organized in collaboration with local evolutionary biology communities and involved a mix of local and European faculty.
The Global Training Initiative was 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).
Course “VI Escuela Latinoamericana de Evolución (ELAEVO)”
Workshop Website: http://evolucion.fcien.edu.uy/elaevo/ProximaEdicion.html
Place & Dates: Montevideo, Uruquay, 6–18 October 2019.
Coordinators: Enrique Lessa & Daniel Naya, Universidad de la República, Uruguay
Workshop “Evolutionary Genomics Training for the Neotropics (EGTN 2019)“
Workshop Website: Evolutionary Genomics Training on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia – http://egt3c.uniandes.edu.co/
Place & Dates: Cartagena, Colombia, 14–20 November 2019.
Organizers: Andrew J. Crawford & C. Daniel Cadena, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
Workshop “Molecular and Phenotypic Evolution: theoretical and practical approaches (MolPhE2018)“
Workshop Website: https://molphe2018.wixsite.com/home
Place & Dates: Petnica Science Center, Serbia, 3–10 June 2018.
Organizers: Biljana Stojković, Uroš Savković and Mirko Đorđević
Workshop on Ecology and Evolution of Plant Reproduction
Place & Dates: Field station of the Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso del Sul, Brazil, 26 April – 1 May 2017
Organizers: Nicolay Cunha and Erich Fischer from the Graduate Program in Ecology and Conservation of the Federal University of Mato Grosso del Sul in Campo Grande, Brazil.
Aykut Kence Evolution Conference
Place & Dates: Middle-Eastern Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey, 18–19 February 2017
Organizers: METU Biology and Genetics Student Society – www.biyogen.org
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.
Visit the website: http://compecoevo2016.wixsite.com/home
Workshop – Biological 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).
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)