Activities in the DPEE are divided in three basic categories:

  1. Scientific knowledge (K): scientific seminar series, workshops for improvement of scientific knowledge, topic groups, national and international congresses.
  2. Methodological improvement (M): workshops and courses on specific methods and softwares (e.g. statistical or phylogenetic course), scientific exchanges to learn new methods.
  3. Acquisition and reinforcement of skills (S): courses/workshops for reinforcement of expertise (e.g. scientific writing, scientific presentation, developing a grant proposal).

Activities are primarily for PhD students belonging to the DPEE. If there are places available, master students, PhD students, postdocs and academics from CUSO Universities can attend for free but traveling/accommodation expenses cannot be reimbursed.

    Scientific knowledge (K)     Methodological improvement (M)     Acquisition and reinforcement of skills (S)

Cat. Title Location Map [d] Speakers Dates Places
K Comparative Social Evolution Arolla map

Trine Bilde, Aarhus University (DK)

Jacobus Boomsma, University of Copenhagen (DK)

Charlie Cornwallis, Lund University (SE)

Julia Fischer, German Primate Center (DE)

Michael Griesser, Zürich University (CH)

Judith Korb, University of Freiburg (DE)

Dieter Lukas, MPI for Anthropology (DE)

Shinichi Nakagawa, University of new South Wales (AU)

Dustin Rubenstein, Columbia University (US)

1532383200 24-27 July 2018 19 / 25
S Storytelling and Storyboarding Science at Locarno Festival Locarno, CH

Dr. Samer Angelone (Science Film School)

1533204000 2-5 août 2018 3 / 15 joint
M Computer skills for biological research: an introduction to GNU/Linux and bash scripting University of Geneva, Sciences II, Room 4-421 map

Dr. Mathias Currat, University of Geneva (CH)

Dr. Jose Manuel Nunes, University of Geneva (CH)

1535450400 28-31 August 2018 10 / 10 registration
M Ancient DNA: A Time-Machine to Study Evolution Hands-on training Bern (BE)

Prof. Daniel Wegmann, University of Fribourg (CH)

Dr. Zuzana Hofmanová, University of Fribourg (CH)

1535493600 August 29, 2018 17 / 35
K Ancient DNA: A Time-machine to Study Evolution Leukerbad (VS) 1535493600 August 29 - September 01, 2018 27 / 35
K Villars Symposium 2018: «Microbiome» Villars-sur-Ollon

Prof. Shinichi Sunagawa, Institute of Microbiology, ETHZ

Dr. Klaus Schläppi, UNIBE

Prof. Corné Pieterse, Utrecht University, NL

Dr. Geoffrey House, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Dr. Robb Finn, European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge

Prof. Gilbert Greub, Institut de Microbiologie, CHUV

Dr. Laurent Falquet, Biochemistry, UNIFR

Dr. Vladimir Lazarevic, Genomic Research Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine, UNIGE


 Second part "Bioinformatics":

Dr. Robb Finn, European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge

Dr. Laurent Falquet, Biochemistry, UNIFR

Dr. Geoffrey House, Los Alamos National Laboratory

1536573600 10-15 septembre 2018 0 / 50 joint
K Predicting outcomes of biological interactions: linking ecology and evolution with demography and spread Fribourg

John Maron (University of Montana, USA)

Jake Alexander (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)

Stephen Keller (University of Vermont, USA)

Antoine Guisan (University of Lausanne, Switzerland) 

Elizabeth Crone (Tufts University, USA)

Marjo Saastamoinen (University of Helsinki, Finland)


Summarizer: Suzanne Lommen (Leiden University, Netherlands)

1536789600 13-14 September 2018 17 / 40 registration
M Applied statistical regression modelling for biologists using R University of Neuchâtel

Prof. Dr Diego Kuonen, CStat PStat CSci, Statoo Consulting, Bern

Dr Marc-Olivier Boldi, Research Center for Statistics, Geneva

1539295200 12, 19, 26 October, 2 & 9 November 0 / 20 joint
M Training in ade4 in R - Module II: Advanced Methods Lausanne

Dr. Stéphane Dray, Université de Lyon (FR)

1539554400 15-17 October 2018 7 / 15 registration
M Advanced data management & manipulation using R University of Bern

Dr. Jan Wunder, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) Birmensdorf & Wunder Consulting Wald ZH

1540159200 22-23 October 2018 16 / 16 registration
K SeeDS 2018 Neuchâtel

The main speakers are the PhD students of the program and three invited speakers.

1542236400 mid November 0 / 50
M Molecular Population Genetics training course University of Geneva map

Prof. Alicia Sanchez-Mazas, University of Geneva (CH)

Dr. Estella Poloni, University of Geneva (CH)

Dr. Mathias Currat, University of Geneva (CH)

1515578400 10-12 & 15-16 January 2018 7 / 5
M Advanced programming with R University of Lausanne map

Frédéric Schütz, University of Lausanne & Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (CH)

1516615200 22-25 January 2018 15 / 20
M Phylogeny and Molecular Evolution University of Geneva

Dr. Juan Montoya, University of Geneva (CH)

1517785200 5-9 February 2018 2 / 5
K Biology 18 University of Neuchâtel

Prof. Raphaël Arlettaz, University of Bern (CH)

Prof. Anna-Liisa Laine, University of Helsinki (FI)

Prof. Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas, University of Lausanne (CH)

Prof. Nicolas Perrin, University of Lausanne (CH)

Prof. Klaus Zuberbühler, University of Neuchâtel (CH)

1518688800 15-16 February 2018 71 / 50 joint
K Conservation Day 2018 University of Lausanne map

Caroline Sonnay, Professionnelles en Environnement
Glenn Litsios
, Office Fédéral de l’Environnement
Alice Cibois
, Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Genève
Yvan Matthey
, Pro Natura Suisse & Bureau d’écologie appliquée Ecoconseil
Benoît Stadelmann
, WWF Suisse
Sonja Stutz
, Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (in English)
Fridolin Zimmerman
, KORA Bern (in English)
Anna Lisa Mascitti
, Centre-nature BirdLife
Jennifer Kelleher
, IUCN (in English)
Olivier Pagan
, Zoo de Bâle
Jean-Nicolas Pradervand
, Station Ornithologique Suisse
Sophie Dunand-Martin
, Ville de Lausanne


1520848800 12 March 2018 4 / 20 joint
S Peer Reviewing in Natural- and Life Sciences: From Submission to Retraction University of Fribourg

Dr. Markus Geisler, University of Fribourg (CH)

1520895600 13 & 27 March 2018 17 / 20 joint
M Landscape Ecology Workshop: Introduction to Pattern, Scale and Landscape Modeling University of Bern

Dr. Samuel Cushman, US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station Flagstaff (US)

Dr. Zaneta Kaszta, Wildlife Conservation Research, University of Oxford (UK)

1521414000 19-23 March 2018 13 / 15
K Visions for a Sustainable agriculture University of Neuchâtel map

Romano DeVivo, Syngenta (CH)

Segenet Kelemu, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Kenya

Ulrich Kuhlmann, Plantwise, CABI (CH)

John Pickett, Rothamsted Research (UK)

Lucius Tamm, FiBL (CH)

Salvatore Di Falco, University of Geneva (CH)


Other speakers will be announced soon

1525212000 2-4 May 2018 11 / 40 joint
S Conserving Biodiversity - from Academia to Practice University of Lausanne Anthropole building, room 2106

Prof. Georgina Mace, Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems, Head of the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research at University College London

Prof. Jonathan Hutton, Director of the Luc Hoffmann Institute, Chair of the IUCN Red List Committee

Prof. Wendy Foden, Associate Professor at the Department of Botany and Zoology, University of Stellenbosch

Prof. Philip McGowan, Director of Institute for Sustainability, Newcastle University

Prof. Yvonne Buckley, Professor of Zoology at Trinity College Dublin

1527760800 May 31, 2018 12 / 50 joint
M An Introduction to R University of Lausanne

Prof. Jérôme Goudet, University of Lausanne (CH)

1528063200 4-7 June 2018 14 / 30
S Making the Most Out of My Research - Patents, Licenses and Other Things I Cannot Afford to Ignore Murten map

Dr. Anna Deplazes, University of Zürich (CH)

Dr. Stefan Emler, SmartGene (CH)

Dr. Raluca Flükiger, University of Geneva (CH)

Prof. Heinz Mueller, University of Basel & Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (CH)

Dr. Mark Schweizer, Swiss Federal Patent Court (CH)

Prof. Herbert Zech, University of Basel (CH)

1528711200 11-12 June 2018 4 / 3 joint
M Introduction to simulation for experimental design using R University of Lausanne

Dr Etienne Low-Decarie, University of Essex (UK)

1531346400 12 July 2018 20 / 20
M Approaches to fitting non-linear models University of Lausanne

Dr Etienne Low-Decarie, University of Essex (UK)

1531432800 13 July 2018 20 / 20