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
M R: Tidyverse for Data Science University of Lausanne

Dr Jan Wunder, Wunder Consulting Wald ZH
Dr Tina Cornioley, ETH Zürich

1635980400 4-5 November 2021 COMPLET/FULL 0 / 16 joint
K Evolution and impact of socially exchanged materials (adapted title for 'Social Exchanges and Indirect Genetic Effects') University of Fribourg map

Rebecca Kilner, University of Cambridge, UK (

Barbara König, University of Zurich, Switzerland (

Tim Linksvayer, University of Pennsylvania, USA (

Stuart Wigby, University of Liverpool, UK (

Joris Koene, University of Amsterdam, Neatherlands (

Katharina Gapp, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

1636326000 8 - 9 November 2021 8 / 24 registration
M Advanced R University of Lausanne

Dr Frédéric Schütz, UNIL

1636930800 15-16 November 2021 COMPLET/FULL 0 / 20 joint
M Training in ade4: advanced methods University of Lausanne

Dr Stéphane Dray, University of Lyon (F)

1639350000 13-15 December 2021 5 / 15 registration
M Molecular Population Genetics Training course 2021


Prof. Alicia Sanchez-Mazas, UNIGE

Dr Estella Poloni, UNIGE

Dr Mathias Currat, UNIGE

Dr José Manuel Nunes, UNIGE

1610578800 14-20 January 2021 7 / 6
K SeeDS 2021


Andrea Hacker, University of Bern. CH
Natasha Glover, University of Lausanne, CH
Kimberly Gilbert, University of Bern, CH
Roel van Klink, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Germany
Olga Vvedenskaya, Dragonfly Mental Health, Germany
Wassilis Kassis, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, CH

1614034800 23 February 2021 32 / 40
K The Use of Machine Learning in the Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution


Prof. Magnus Enquist, Department of Zoology, Stockholm University, Sweden

Prof. Florian Hartig, Group for Theoretical Ecology, Faculty of Biology and Pre-Clinical Medicine, Regensburg University, Germany

Dr Jennifer Hoyal Cuthill, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Analytics and Data Science, School of Life Sciences, University of Essex, UK

Prof. Olof Leimar, Ethology division, Department of Zoology, Stockholm University, Sweden

Dr Tim Lucas, Centre for Environment and Health, Imperial College, London, UK

Prof. Sara Mathieson, Computer Science Department, Haverford College, US

1615244400 9 & 10 March 2021 24 / 30 joint
M Data Visualization With R


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

1615417200 11-12 March 2021 13 / 20 joint
M Biostatistics for Non-Statisticians: Good Practices, Misuse and Pitfalls


Dr Romain-Daniel Gosselin, CHUV, Lausanne

1615935600 17 - 19 March 2021 18 / 18
M Introduction to Bayesian Inference in Practice


Prof. Daniele Silvestro, University of Fribourg

Tobias Andermann, University of Gothenburg (SE)

1618178400 12 - 16 April 2021 16 / 16
M Training in ade4 in R - Module I: Basic methods 2021


Dr Stéphane Dray, Université de Lyon (FR

1618783200 19 - 21 April 2021 11 / 15
K Visions for a Sustainable Agriculture 2021


John Pickett, Cardiff University, UK
Segenet Kelemu, icipe Director, Kenya
Ulrich Kuhlmann, CABI, CH
Johan Six, ETH-Zurich, CH
Claudio Screpanti, Syngenta, Basel, CH
Manuele Tamò, IIAT, Cotonou, Republic of Benin
Lucius Tamm, FiBL, CH
Salvatore Di Falco, University of Geneva, CH
Decio Gazzoni, EMBRAPA, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Brazil

1620165600 5-7 May 2021 8 / 40 joint
S Engage, Inform, Inspire online only!

Dr Samuel Lagier, Sam Speaks Science

Hedwig Ens, Sam Speaks Science

1620597600 10 & 17 May 2021 16 / 16
M Remote Animal Tracking Technology


Dr Bernhard Voelkl, University of Bern
Dr Elisa Perinot, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria
Dr Roxana Triguero-Ocaña, Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos, Spain

1621980000 26 - 28 May 2021 10 / 16
M An Introduction to R


Prof. Jérôme Goudet, University of Lausanne

1623016800 7-10 June 2021 16 / 30
S Peer Reviewing in Natural- and Life Sciences: From Submission to Retraction


Dr Markus Geisler, Lecturer, University of Fribourg

1623362400 11 & 18 June 2021 8 / 30 joint
M Metabarcoding Pipeline Building University of Fribourg

Dr. Gerhard Thallinger, Technical University of Graz
Dr Rachel Korn, University of Fribourg
Dr Magdalena Steiner, Agroscope, Wädenswil

1625436000 5 - 9 July 2021 8 / 16
M Computer Skills for Biological Research: Introduction to GNU/Linux and Bash Scripting


Dr Mathias Currat, University of Geneva
Dr Jose Manuel Nunes, University of Geneva

1629669600 23 - 27 August 2021 COMPLET/FULL 8 / 8
K The Search for Selection


Prof. Bruce Walsh, University of Arizona, US

1630879200 6-10 September 2021 20 / 20
K Discovery Days: Food Microbiology Agroscope, 3097 Liebefeld

Dr. Remo Schmidt (AGS, local organizer)
Prof. Laure Weisskopf (UNIFR)
2 scientists from Agroscope

1631743200 16 September 2021 4 / 5 joint
M Advanced Data Management & Manipulation Using R University of Neuchâtel

Dr. Jan Wunder, Wunder Consulting Wald (ZH)

Dr. Tina Cornioley, University of Zurich

1632348000 23 & 30 September 2021 0 / 16 joint
S Patenting in Life Sciences & Chemistry Studienzentrum - Hotel Schloss Grenzensee

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1633903200 11 & 12 October 2021 3 / 8 joint
S Scientific Writing Workshop


Dr Kaycie Butler, ButlerSciComm

1634680800 20 - 21 October 2021 COMPLET/FULL 21 / 20