Phylogenetic Symposium 2019

23.10.2019 – 2nd Announcement

Dear colleagues,

soon the 61st Phylogenetic Symposium with the topic “Reticulate Evolution” will take place at the University of Göttingen from November 22-24, 2019. Registration for the conference is for free, while we ask for 10€ support for coffee breaks. You can participate in the social event for 20€. We would like to ask you to submit poster presentations (with abstract) till Oct 31 and for planning please let us know till November 13 if you want to participate in the meeting (and the dinner). Please email regarding conference participation, social event or poster registration. You will find this information online under

In this meeting, we are looking forward to bring together experts from different backgrounds to summarize recent progress in the field of reticulate evolution. The preliminary program is as follows (see also meeting homepage):

Friday, November 22

18:00 – 22:00 Arrival and registration
19:30 Ice Breaker (Foyer, Untere Karspüle 2, 37073 Göttingen)

Saturday, November 23
(Lecture hall MN34, Untere Karspüle 2, 37073 Göttingen)

08:30 – 08:45 Welcome address from the University of Göttingen
08:45 – 09:00 Introduction to the Phylogenetic Symposium (Christoph Bleidorn, Elvira Hörandl)
09:00 – 10:00 Andrew Watson (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France). Chimeric genes in chimeric genomes

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:30 Pamela S. Soltis (University of Florida, USA). Polyploidy and Plant Diversification
11:30 – 12:30 Christian Roos, Dietmar Zinner (German Primate Center, Göttingen, Germany). Hybridization and introgression in primates

12.30 – 14.00 Open lunch

14.00 – 15:00 Marta Barluenga (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales Madrid, Spain). Hybrid speciation in cichlid fish
15:00 – 16:00 Judith Fehrer (The Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic). Reticulate evolution at different levels in plants: detection and interpretation

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break

16:30 – 17:30 Mathilde Cordellier (University of Hamburg, Germany). Ecological genomics in Daphnia: travelling in space and time
17:30 – 18:30 Bengt Oxelman (University of Gothenburg, Sweden). Species delimitation and phylogenetics of allopolyploids under the multispecies coalescent model

18:30 – 19:30 Poster session

20:00 – Conference dinner in the restaurant “Zum Szültenbürger”

Sunday, November 24
(Lecture hall MN34, Untere Karspüle 2, 37073 Göttingen)

09:00 – 10:00 Christoph Oberprieler (University of Regensburg, Germany). Gordian Networks – The dark arts of phylogenetics and species delimitation in polyploid complexes
10:00 – 11:00 Alexander Suh (Uppsala University, Sweden). Reconciling the phylogeny of birds with trees and networks

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 12:30 Summary and general discussion of presented topics (Christoph Bleidorn, Elvira Hörandl)

12.30 – 12.40 Farewell (Christoph Bleidorn, Elvira Hörandl)

13.00 – Optional: guided tour through the Old Botanical Garden


We are looking forward to welcome you in Göttingen!


Christoph Bleidorn

Elvira Hörandl



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