International Summer School on Genetic Adaptation

15th -18th March 2016
Venue: Greifswald University, Zoology Lab Building, Soldmannstraße 14

The DFG funded Research Training Group RESPONSE (Biological Responses to Novel and Changing Environments; organizes a summer school on genetic adaptation. We are broadly interested in responses to environmental change, for which genetic adaptation may play an important role. The summer school aims at deepening the knowledge of the prospects and limitations of different genetic approaches in understanding adaptation to environmental change.

We will cover the following topics: Adaptive genetic variation and its detection, Omics technologies in ecological research, heritability and quantitative genetics, dynamics of rapid adaptation and niche evolution. The programme will include lectures given by renowned experts in the field and a young investigators’ day providing the opportunity to present the own research project. There will also be computer courses including exercises on estimating heritabilities and on eco-evolutionary population modelling (see attachment for details).

The summer school is open to a limited number of external graduate / PhD students. If you would like to participate, please send an email including a short CV and a letter of motivation (no more than half a page) to Michael Schöner ( before 15th February 2016. Participation is free of charge, though we cannot cover travel expenses and accommodation.

Programme (for download .pdf)

Tuesday, 15th March

Adaptive genetic variation
09.00-09.15: Welcome and opening
09.15-10.15: Simone Sommer (Ulm): Genetic adaptation in wildlife
10.15-11.15: Remy Petit (Bordeaux): Evolution in changing environments
11.15-11.30: Break

Omics technologies in ecological research
11.30-12.30: Tim Urich (Greifswald): Meta-Omics in environmental sciences - challenges and opportunities
12.30-14.00: Lunch Break
14.00-15.00: Christian Müller (Greifswald): Sequencing technologies
15.00-16.00: Martin Schnittler (Greifswald): Genotyping: neutral and adaptive markers
16.00-16.30: Coffee Break
16.30-18.00: Discussion: Using omics!? (chair: Simone Sommer)
Evening: Social event

Wednesday, 16th March

Detecting genetic adaptation
09.00-09.15: Welcome and announcements
09.15-10.15: N.N.
10.15-11.15: Christian Schlötterer (Wien): Understanding the genomic response to a new thermal environment: evolve and resequence studies in Drosophila
11.15-11.30: Break
11.30-12.30: Olivier François (Grenoble): TBA
12.30-14.00: Lunch Break

Heritability and quantitative genetics
14.00-15.00: Phillip Gienapp (Wageningen): Genetic adaptation to climate change: expectations, evidence and consequences
15.00-18.00: Phillip Gienapp (Wageningen): Exercise - estimating heritabilities using R

Thursday, 17th March

Dynamics of rapid adaptation and niche evolution
09.00-09.15: Welcome and announcements
09.15-11.15: Katja Schiffers (BiK-F Frankfurt): Exercise - eco-evolutionary population modelling
11.15-11.30: Break
11.30-12.30: Katja Schiffers (BiK-F Frankfurt): Dispersal - a double-edged sword in genetic adaptation. Lessons from eco-evolutionary population modelling
12.30-14.00: Lunch Break

Handling omics data
14.00-15.00: Jörg Bernard (Greifswald): Visualisation of omics data
15.00-???: Excursion

Friday, 18th March

Young investigators’ day
09.00-12.30: Presentations of participants

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