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Fachgruppe Evolutionsbiologie


Dear colleagues,

The annual DZG meeting in Würzburg has been postponed to Sept. 2021, nevertheless, some online-symposia and meetings will take place online next week and you are all very welcome to participate!

As there are so many interesting Evolutionary Biology Symposia and Webinars already out there for you to watch, we decided to offer a virtual section group meeting only. We will set up a Zoom-Meeting which will be open on Friday, 11. September, 15:30 o’clock (just before the general DZG member assembly). You’re all invited to join us for a meet and greet, especially if you have any requests or questions.
Zoom-link will be sent to the members of the section group.
Please also stay tuned for the upcoming 25th Graduate Meeting Evolutionary Biology, which will be held online, 28. – 30. September!
Looking forward to seeing you next Friday!
All the best
The speakers of the section group Evolutionary Biology
Monika Eberhard
Claudia Fricke

Volker Nehring

25th DZG Graduate Meeting Evolutionary Biology will take place online

by evolutionsbiologie | 29.07.2020

Genetics of adaptation: from single loci to polygenic traits

  • The meeting will be held online (a zoom link will be sent to all participants).
  • Application deadline:until 1. Sept. 2020
  • Invited Speakers: Joachim Hermisson, Kelly Swarts

The 25th DZG (German Zoological Society) Graduate Meeting in Evolutionary Biology will be organized by the Institute of Population Genetics at the Vetmeduni Vienna in September 2020. While the meeting’s main topic is “Genetics of adaptation: from single loci to polygenic traits“, all scholars of evolutionary biology are welcome to discuss their plans and results. The meeting is supported by the DZG.



Meeting Schedule

Invited Speaker

Joachim Hermisson Kelly Swarts
University of Vienna GMI Vienna

Talks and Poster

We have over 20 slots available for 15 minutes talks (+ 5 minutes discussion) and an unlimited capacity for poster presentations.

If you would like to participate at the meeting, please send us an email (dzg25th@gmail.com) no later than the 1.5.2020 with the following information:
– indicate if you prefer a talk or a poster
– in case of talk: your consent to record your talk and put it online (not mandatory, if you prefer your talk not to be recorded, please inform us)
– short abstract (<250 words) with title and all authors, indicate presenting author
– let us know if you want to participate at the first dinner (Heurigen) and/or the second dinner (choose either dinner at a restaurant or Vienna Night Walk with visit to Würstelstand)

Venue and Travel details

How to reach us

likely venue Hörsaal B (lecture hall B) – details may change and will be announced


You can have lunch in the canteen at the university (mensa). They also have vegetarian dishes and a salad bar. Typically you need to 5-6 Euros (without drinks).

There are also 2 restaurants very close to university that are open during lunch time:

  • Tokyo house (one of our favorites) is only 5 minutes walk from university gate. It has South Asian food (mix of Japanese and Chinese food). Note that they are not open for lunch on Monday
  • Fengshui is right across Tokyo house and specialized on Chinese food. Note that they are closed on Tuesdays.

There is a supermarket (Spar) right in front of the university.


Vienna is attractive to many tourists. We therefore recommend to book your accommodation early.

Some affordable hotels near the venue:


Neda Barghi / Robert Kofler     /  Christian Schlötterer


Graduate Meeting 2019 in Hamburg – a report

Closing picture before heading for a well deserved conference dinner!

On March 25th to 27th, 2019 the 24th DZG Graduate Meeting on Evolutionary Biology was held at the Institute of Zoology of Universität Hamburg.  The focus this year was on the topic “hybridization” but participants from all areas of evolutionary biology were welcome.

The local graduate project “Hybrids” was strongly connected to this conference with all members participating in the DZG Meeting. The “Hybrids” project consists of international students and experienced PIs working on zoological and botanical hybridization-related case studies, aiming to answer general questions in hybridization research. The meeting offered the opportunity to discuss research projects with graduate students as well as experienced researchers from the DZG community and to learn more about novel technical methods, especially in genomic and Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) analysis which has been employed more widely to study hybridization.

A total of 34 participants, Master and PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and professors from Germany, Austria and the UK attended the meeting. The program included 12 talks from PhD students and postdoctoral researchers from the Universität Hamburg, Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Evolutionary Biology Plön, MPI for Marine Microbiology Bremen, University of Innsbruck, Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig Bonn, University of Bath, University of Potsdam and University of Münster. The first guest talk was given by Anja Westram (IST Vienna) on replicate hybrid zones and their role in adaptive divergence and speciation. The second keynote speaker Leslie Turner (University of Bath) presented her work on the genetics of male sterility in wild-derived hybrid mice. In addition, the poster session included 4 contributions from CeNak (Hamburg) and University of Duisburg-Essen.

The day before the conference we organized a workshop “Defining your contribution” by Iain Pattern. Eight persons seized the opportunity to learn more about topics such as structuring your research framework, telling a research story from different viewpoints and towards a different audience. The conference was concluded with a dinner on Wednesday evening, during which a short prize giving ceremony was held to honor the best oral and poster presentation voted by all the participants.

Our winner for best talk was Merle Ücker, a PhD student at the MPI for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, with her talk entitled „Symbiosis in a mussel hybrid zone“. Sonja Bamberger (University of Hamburg, Cenak) won the poster prize with her poster “Species delimitation in an Austrian endemic land snail: The case of Trochulus oreinos (Pulmonata: Hygromiidae)”.

The generous funding from the DZG, the hybrid graduate project and MINGS allowed us to offer the conference and the optional workshop at no cost for the participants and provided travel grants for PhD students from Austria and the UK.

We were happy to welcome so many motivated young researchers in Hamburg!

The organizers: Jana Nickel, Cen Zeng, Lisa Gottschlich & Mathilde Cordellier

Extended Deadline – Graduate Meeting 2019 in Hamburg

Extended Deadline – Graduate Meeting 2019 in Hamburg

The registration deadline for the Evolutionary Biology Graduate Meeting in Hamburg is extended til January 31st!

We further received financial support from the MIN Graduate School and are able to subsidize accomodation for PhD students based outside of Germany. Get in touch with us!

Find more details on this page.

See you soon in Hamburg!

Mathilde, Jana and Cen.