ESEB Global Training Initiative

This initiative was replaced by the new Global Evolutionary Biology Initiative that started in September 2021.

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 (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), and responds to the ESEB Council and Membership.


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Past events

Course “VI Escuela Latinoamericana de Evolución (ELAEVO)

Workshop Website:
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 –
Twitter: #EGT3C_2019
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:
Place & Dates: Petnica Science Center, Serbia, 3-10 June 2018.
Organizers: Biljana Stojković, Uroš Savković and Mirko Đorđević

Participants of MolPhe 2018
Photo – Participants MolPhe2018

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 –

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

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).

Participants GTI Chile2014
Photo – Participants Chile 2014

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)

Participants QEvolution 2014
Photo – Participants QEvolution 2014