News & Events

Alfredo Rago
From 19-21 Feb 2019, we will be visited by Alfredo Rago. Alfredo has currently a postdoc position in Tobias Uller’s group (Lund Sweden; Tobias is one of the driving forces behind the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis) and in Richard Watson’s group (Southampton, UK; an AI expert working on network evolution). Alfredo’s research interests are almost identical to those of our group (consult his blog on this). He will give a talk during our monthly TRES seminar:

Can plasticity create irreversible constraints?

Andreas Limper
On 31 Jan 2019, we will be visited by Andreas Limper (an engineer and old friend of mine) and two experts on machine engineering from the University of Aachen (Germany). We will discuss options for using evolutionary algorithms to solve complex engineering problems that are based on designing optimal response strategies (i.e. machines that adapt to cues related to input variables, such as the composition of the material to be processed).
On 30 Jan 2019, there will be MEME winterschool, with interesting talks on diverse evolutionary topics.

Location: 5172.880 – Open to all interested


09:00 – 09:15 Introduction
09:15 – 10:00 Anne-Lise Gérard – Transmissible cancers from an evolutionary perspective
10:00 – 10:45 Yuanshu Pu – Climate-driven distribution shifts of marine organisms
10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 11:45 Zimai Li – Homosexual behavior: an evolutionary perspective
11:45 – 12:30 Diego Londoño Correa – Adapted, adaptive, adapting? Evolutionary perspectives on human behavior
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 14:15 Catalina Garcia Escudero – The Evolutionary perspective of human nutrition
14:15 – 15:00 Yin Xun Tan – Shifting baseline syndrome in conservation
15:00 – 15:15 Tea break
15:15 – 16:00 Giorgio Boccarella – The evolution of modularity
16:00 – 16:45 Samyuktha Rajan – Visual systems and signals : A chicken and egg scenario

Stefano Tiso
In the same week (15-17 Jan 2019), Stefano Tiso, a MEME graduate, will visit us to evaluate the options for collaboration. He has done a Master’s project on evolutionary robotics and is very interested in questions related to MARM.
Félix Geoffroy
From 15-17 Jan 2019, Félix Geoffroy (Montpellier) will visit us to evaluate the option of writing a grant application for a postdoc in our group. Félix has just defended his PhD thesis on mechanistic models of (human) cooperation. He will give a talk during our monthly TRES seminar.
Joost Raeymaekers
On 10 Jan 2019, Joost Raeymaekers from Nord University, Bodø, Norway, will visit us and give a talk at the GELIFES seminar on Local adaptation in a common landscape – A tale of two stickleback species. Joost is an expert on the genomic architecture of sticklebacks. He has been involved in studying how various factors, including ecological heterogeneity, genomic architecture, population connectivity and life history, influence adaptive potential in key model organisms such as three-spined sticklebacks. His research is of particular relevance for the project of Apu.