Detailed information about the course
Ancient DNA: A Time Machine to Study Evolution
Aug 29 - Sept 1
|Lang||Workshop language is English|
|Responsable de l'activité||
Prof. Laurent Excoffier, UNIBE
While the sequencing of DNA extracted from fossils has been attempted since 1983, several technological revolutions such as rigorous lab practices and the availability of next-generation sequencing now make it possible to obtain high-quality ancient DNA data for many organisms. This opens up an unprecedented opportunity to include data from multiple time points when studying evolutionary processes such as past demographic events or the action of selection. In this workshop we will explore the range of evolutionary questions that will benefit from ancient DNA, and discuss important considerations in designing and executing research projects using ancient DNA, as well as best practices in analyzing ancient DNA data. While the ancient DNA field had arguably its largest impact on the study of human evolution, we want to focus on its broader implications: how can ancient DNA help to disentangle the effect of selection and demography? How should modern population genomic analyses be tailored to be applicable to ancient DNA? What are appropriate samples sizes for ancient DNA to make a real contribution? And the ultimate question for participants: would the inclusion of ancient DNA data make a difference in answering my evolutionary research questions? In order to address and discuss these questions, we will bring together renowned international experts working with ancient DNA in various organisms.
Each speaker will be giving
1) a full length talk on his/her latest research
2) a full length talk on his/her view how the ancient DNA field will contribute to our understanding of evolutionary processes
3) chair a breakout session discussing one of the main questions we hope to address during this workshop.
Prior to these discussions, we will also offer a hands-on session focusing on the analysis of ancient DNA data for 1.5 days.
The workshop is aimed at students in evolutionary biology that are using or are planning to use genetic data for their research. All participants will have the opportunity to present their work either in a short talk or a poster, and to discuss questions regarding their work with the invited experts and organizers.
Sunday, August 28th
Monday, August 29th
Tuesday, August 30th
Wednesday, August 31st
Gemmi Pass, Leukerbad
The course is organised in collaboration with the CUSO Doctoral Programme StarOmics
The registration fees cover full board from Monday to Thursday (4 nights).
Reimbursements for CUSO EE and StarOmics students:
Deadline for registration: June 15
- 10 places for CUSO DPEE
Free for participants enrolled in the CUSO doctoral programmes.
|Deadline for registration||15.06.2022|