Fribourg Ecology & Evolution Days 2019: The Temporal Dynamics of Evolution

9-10 September 2019

Venue: University of Fribourg

Workshop in collaboration with the CUSO Doctoral Program in Ecology & Evolution and the University of Fribourg

Organizers: Prof. Thomas Flatt (University of Fribourg), Prof. Daniel Wegmann (University of Fribourg) and Dr. Esra Durmaz (University of Fribourg)



The course is aimed at students with a general interest in ecological and evolutionary aspects of species interactions, demography and species distributions relevant both for basic science as well as for applied fields such as pest management and conservation ecology. Participants will also have the opportunity to present their work in a 20 min. talk or as a poster.

The workshop will be structured into different sessions and a final wrap-up composed of a discussion in small groups and a summary by an invited expert.


Lutz Becks,University of Konstanz, Germany
Katerina Guschanski, Uppsala University, Sweden
Nina Overgaard Therkildsen Cornell University, USA
Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Paul Schmidt, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Ole Seehausen, University of Bern, Switzerland
Daniel Wegmann, University of Fribourg, Switzerland


One-time sampling of natural populations provides only a static view of patterns of genetic variation and the resulting evolutionary dynamics. Allele frequency changes can be highly dynamic even across very short (e.g., seasonal) timescales, and adaptation in natural or laboratory populations can take place very rapidly. Theoretical work also suggests that temporal fluctuations may be an important  mechanism by which genetic variation is maintained. However, temporal evolutionary dynamics still remain understudied, and the role of temporally varying (balancing, fluctuating) selection remains largely unclear.

The objective of this 2-day mini-school and symposium is to introduce PhD students in ecology and evolution, through a series of expert talks, to this important subject at the forefront of evolutionary biology and population genetics.

The invited speakers are all internationally renowned leaders in population genomics and evolutionary genetics and have been selected to include both empiricists as well as theoreticians. The experts have been asked to "pitch" their talks at a fairly introductory level and to give an overview of the major key concepts and methods in the field.

Preliminary Program

General information

Date: 9-10 September 2019

Schedule: 8.55-17.00

Venue:  University of Fribourg, room 0.110, Route Albert Gockel 3, 1700 Fribourg

ECTS: 1.0 or 1.5 with poster/oral presentation (Scientific activities)

Evaluation: Full attendance and active participation

Information: see the CUSO E&E webpage or contact the doctoral program coordinator Sara Santi (administration)

Registration fee: DPOB PhD Students: 25 CHF

Meals: External meals are not reimbursed. Collective lunches are part of the activity.

Travel expenses: For participants of the Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology (DPOB ): see reimbursement conditions. For participants of the CUSO doctoral program in Ecology and Evolution: see CUSO E&E website

Make sure that you sign the attendance list each and every day and take your certificate of attendance at the end of the course (no attestation will be sent by mail).


Registration on the web site of CUSO doctoral program Ecology & Evolution Closed

Abstract submission: Please send your abstract (200 words long max) to Thomas(dot)Flatt(at)unifr(dot)ch mentioning in the email subject “Abstract submission”

Deadline for abstract submission (talk and poster): 14 July 2019 18 August 2019

Deadline for registration: 14 July 2019 18 August 2019