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Spatially Explicit Eco-Evolutionary Simulations


11-12 November 2020


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.


This course will set the basis for further research aiming to understand the past and future evolution of any taxa. The course 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 freely available on the web and will run under a Linux environment. Basic knowledge of bash is useful for this course.


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






Full attendance and active participation




11 - 12 November 2020

9:30-12:30 and 14:00-17:00



University of Geneva, site de Mail

Baud-Bovy building, Passage Daniel Baud-Bovy

room 01 PC



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).


!New! We are testing a new system so the reimbursement will have to be demanded online through your MyCUSO account (as implemented for the CUSO skills courses already since a while).




NO reimbursement of your meal expenses!


Regarding reimbursement of accommodation, please contact the coordinator of the doctoral program (ecologie-evolution(at) BEFORE the beginning of the course. NO reimbursement of accommodation without the agreement in advance of the course of the coordinator of the doctoral program. In case you're eligibile and demand the reimbursement of accommodation, a classical reimbursement request has to be prepared, with original tickets and bills attached.



Through your myCUSO account


Registrations are now open!


Priority is given to PhD students of the DPEE until 15 October 2020. After this deadline, first comes, first serves! 


Registration Fees:


Free for participants enrolled in the CUSO Ecology & Evolution doctoral program.

In case of cancellations, before the deadline: free

Late cancellations or no-show: Administrative fee of 50 CHF will be demanded

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




Deadline for registration 25.10.2020
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