Summer School
„Adaptation in nature – from ecology to genomes”
September 27th - 28th 2016
Technische Universität Braunschweig

Environmental conditions change constantly and individuals have to adapt in order to persist. Adaptation therefore plays a central role in evolutionary processes. However, there are considerable gaps between ecological and genetic perspectives on adaptive evolution. Despite revolutionary changes in data acquisition in molecular biology, our current knowledge about trait evolution in natural systems is scarce. A holistic view on evolutionary processes is typically hampered by a lack of knowledge about the threads connecting molecular genetic traits with higher-level phenotypes. Filling these gaps has been considered a key challenge for biologists of the 21st century.

Research towards these goals must be highly integrative and cover results from organismal biology as well as molecular biology. The summer school „Adaptation in nature – from ecology to genomes” from September 27th - 28th 2016,held at the Technische Universität Braunschweig, brings together scientists and students studying adaption in natural systems. It is a joint meeting of the Society of Genetics together with the DIP research unit (Gene expression underlying parallel habitat adaptation in salamanders) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) organized by Sebastian Steinfartz (Braunschweig) and Arne Nolte (Oldenburg). The meeting covers a broad range of topics in the context of adaptation, such as convergent and parallel evolution, phenotypic plasticity, ancient adaptation, the ecological context of evolutionary processes and adaptive radiations. It is the goal of the meeting to highlight studies that reveal the interplay between molecular evolution, organismal biology and ecological conditions.

Format and registration: Selected invited speakers will present their results, but abstracts for additional oral or poster contributions can be submitted by email to Sebastian Steinfartz ( extended poster session will be organized such that the presentation of posters takes a prominent spot in the conference schedule. If you are interested in joining the meeting, please send an email to Sebastian Steinfartz ( before May 31st 2016. Further details on the conference and registration will be sent upon registration.

Awards: The GfG will award the Elisabeth-Gateff-Preis and Anders-Preis to outstanding young researchers during the conference.

When: 2 days, Sept. 27th 9:00 am – Sept. 28th16:00 pm.

Where: Technische Universität Braunschweig (Hauptgebäude).

Fee: Admission fee of 40 € for members of the GfG – otherwise 80 €. Admission fee students: 0 € for members of the GfG – otherwise 40 €. Payment details will be communicated upon official registration.

Conference Dinner: Location tba. Conference dinner can be attended for a fee of 25 €.Payment details will be communicated upon registration.

Accommodation: Attendees are requested to book their own accommodation. We can provide information on the conference venue, traveling and accommodation in and around Braunschweig to those who registered.

Confirmed speakers:

Key Notes:
Leif Andersson (Uppsala) – Functional genomics
Michael Hofreiter (Potsdam) – Evolutionary adaptive genomics
Axel Meyer(Konstanz) – Parallel adaptation in cichlid fishes

Invited Speakers
Lutz Becks (Plön) – Eco - evolutionary dynamics
Mathilde Cordellier (Hamburg) – Population transcriptomics in Daphnia
Kathryn Elmer (Glasgow) –Colourvariation in salamanders
Thomas Flatt (Lausanne) – Genomics of adaptation in Drosophila
Florian Leese (Essen) – Signatures of selection in aquatic invertebrates
Markus Pfenniger(Frankfurt) – Fish adaptation tot oxic hydrogen-sulphide
Karl Schmid (Hohenheim) – Adaptation and drift in Arabidopsis relatives
Kai Stölting (Fribourg) – Hybridisation and evolution of Populus

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