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The Temporal Dynamics of Evolution


9-10 Septembre 2019


Prof. Thomas Flatt, UNIFR
Prof. Daniel Wegmann, UNIFR
Dr. Esra Durmaz, UNIFR


Lutz Becks (University of Konstanz, Germany)
Katerina Guschanski (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Nina Overgaard Therkildsen (Cornell University, USA)
Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
Paul Schmidt (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Ole Seehausen (University of Bern, Switzerland)
Daniel Wegmann (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)


One-time sampling of natural populations provides only a static view of patterns of genetic variation and the resulting evolutionary dynamics. Allele frequency (as well as phenotypic) changes can be highly dynamic even across very short (e.g., seasonal) timescales, and adaptation in natural or laboratory populations can take place very rapidly. Theoretical work also suggests that temporal fluctuations may be an important mechanism by which genetic variation is maintained. However, temporal evolutionary dynamics still remain understudied, and the role of temporally varying (balancing, fluctuating) selection remains largely unclear.

The objective of this 2-day mini-school and symposium is to introduce Ph.D. students in ecology and evolution, through a series of expert talks, to this important subject at the forefront of evolutionary biology and population genetics. The invited speakers are all internationally renowned leaders in population genomics and evolutionary genetics and have been selected to include both empiricists as well as theoreticians. The idea is to have a highly interactive workshop, with talks by speakers meant to encourage stimulating discussions between students and speakers.

The expected size of the meeting will be around 50 participants – this small size should encourage interactions amongst the participants.


Monday 9, September 2019

0815    Arrival, registration and coffee

0855    Welcome

0900    Daniel Wegmann (University of Fribourg): Time-series data - the speed camera to quantify evolution

1000    Coffee break (30’)

1030    Nina Therkildsen (Cornell University): Combining experiments and analysis of historical samples to elucidate the genomic basis of rapid fisheries-induced evolution

1130    Speed talks by students, selected from abstracts (10x3’ plus transitions, questions = 45’)

1215    Lunch

1400    Paul Schmidt (University of Pennsylvania): Rapid and polygenic evolution in temporally fluctuating environments

1530    Coffee break & poster session I (1 hr)

1630    Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas (University of Lausanne): Insights into human evolution from ancient DNA

1800    Conference dinner in town

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

0900    Katerina Guschanski (Uppsala University): Time travel for conservation: Genomic analyses of historical samples reveal consequences of anthropogenic actions on mammals and their microbiomes

1000    Coffee break & poster session II (1 hr)

1100    Ole Seehausen (University of Bern): The ecological and genomic basis of explosive adaptive radiation in sympatry

1200    Lunch

1330    Lutz Becks (University of Konstanz): Role of coevolution in generating diversity: lessons from experimental evolution studies

1430    Breakout session: 3 roundtables with students & speakers

1600    Farewell drinks & goodbye


University of Fribourg


1-1.5 ECTS


1 ECTS: Full attendance and active participation

1.5 ECTS: Full attendance, active participation and presentation of your research (poster ± short talk)

Abstract submission:

Please send your abstract (200 words long max) to Thomas(dot)Flatt(at)unifr(dot)ch mentioning in the email subject “Abstract submission”, before 14.07.2019 Deadline extended: 11.08.2019



9-10 September 2019


University of Fribourg (CH)


Marta Bellone

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

Phone: +41 (0)26 300 88 91


PhD students of the DPEE are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class). Please send the original tickets along with the reimbursement form to:

 Marta Bellone
 Doctoral Program in Ecology and Evolution
 PER04 building
 University of Fribourg
 Chemin du Musée 10
 CH-1700 Fribourg

Reminder: NO reimbursement of your meal expenses

Regarding reimbursement of accomodation, please contact the coordinator of the doctoral program (ecologie-evolution(at) BEFORE the beginning of the course. NO reimbursement of accomodation without the agreement in advance of the course of the coordinator of the doctoral program.


CUSO PhD students: through your MyCUSO account. 

External participants (non-CUSO PhD students, post-docs, etc...): use the icon "registration" at top of page and the last gray box "non-CUSO student" ("personne hors myCUSO").

Registration fees:

CUSO DPEE PhD Students: 25 CHF

Other CUSO members: 85 CHF (it includes the collective lunches, coffee breaks and a social dinner)

External participants (i.e. from a non-CUSO university): Please contact ecologie-evolution(at)cuso(dot)ch before registering!

Deadline for registration: 11 August 2019



Deadline for registration 12.08.2019
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