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[ANNULÉ] Spatially Explicit Eco-Evolutionary Simulations


19-20 October 2022 (POSTPONED to 2023)

Lang EN Workshop language is English
Responsable de l'activité

Mathias Currat


Dr Claudio Quilodran, UNIGE
Dr Mathias Currat, UNIGE


Dr Mathias Currat, UNIGE
Dr Claudio Quilodran, UNIGE


This course aims to present useful bioinformatics tools for young researchers interested in simulations of spatially explicit eco-evolutionary dynamics. It will set the basis for further research aiming to understand the past and future evolution of any taxa.
The training will focus on simulations using the SPLATCHE series software
, which is a spatially explicit tool that allows the joint simulation of ecological information and molecular diversity. This framework offers the advantage of being able to simulate complex evolutionary scenarios, taking into account the spatial dynamics between interacting populations. It is also used in studies simulating ecological and evolutionary dynamics.

The course will also give an overview of model comparison and estimation of parameter values by using an approximate Bayesian computation approach (ABC). Indeed spatially explicit simulations with SPLATCHE3 will be integrated within this Bayesian framework.

All programs presented in the course are free, and easy to install on any kind of computer.

Upon conclusion of the course, the attendees are expected to be able to:

  •  Simulate ecological and molecular data for any question related to eco-evolutionary dynamics.
  •  Discriminate alternative simulated scenarios and estimation of parameter values in a context of ABC.

The training will provide an introductory theoretical basis in spatially explicit simulations and concentrate on practical aspects through case study applications. It will enable students to work autonomously to solve problems while handling data and conducting data analyses pertinent to biological research.


University of Geneva




19 - 20 October 2022 [cancelled this year - taking place in 2023, first semester]
9:30-12:30 and 14:00-17:00

University of Geneva, Sciences II
Anthropology Unit, 4th floor
Quai Ernest-Ansermet 30, 1205 Geneva


Catherine Suarez
@: ecologie-evolution(at)cuso(dot)ch


Reimbursements for CUSO students:
- Train ticket, 2nd class, half-fare from the main train station of your university location to the place of the activity.
- NO reimbursement for your meal expenses.

Reimbursement of your travel tickets can be asked online through your MyCUSO account.

See HERE for the procedure.

For any question regarding reimbursements please contact the CUSO EE coordinator Catherine Suarez at: ecologie-evolution(at) cuso(dot)ch.


Registrations extended until Oct 12 --> activity cancelled for 2022. Postponed to 2023 (first semester)

Registration Fees:

Free for participants enrolled in the CUSO Biology doctoral programmes.
In case of cancellations, before the deadline: free
Late cancellations or no-show: admin fee of 50 CHF.

Other participants: please contact the program coordinator at ecologie-evolution(at)



Deadline for registration 12.10.2022
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