Workshop: Workshop: Molecular Evolution: Patterns and Causes

In connection to 12th Jyväskylä Winter School of Ecology
Organizers: Prof. Hannu Ylönen (University of Jyväskylä)
Workshop assistant: Dr. Marko Haapakoski (University of Jyväskylä) and Thorbjörn Sievert (University of Jyväskylä) 
Speakers: Confirmed invited speakers include Prof. Adam Eyre-Walker (University of Sussex), Prof. Sylvain Glemin (University of Montpellier), Prof. Andreas Wagner (University of Zurich) and Prof. Ville Mustonen (University of Helsinki).
Time: 20.-22.2.2019
Place: Konnevesi Research Station of the University of Jyväskylä, Konnevesi, Finland

Every year the Jyväskylä Winter School of Ecology hosts a high-standard workshop. In 2018 theme was “Population Cycles and Outbreaks: Still of interest or historical debate?" and in 2017 there was one on the wildlife biology, “Human – wildlife coexistence”. Previous very succesfull ones related to population ecology course were “Rodent Population Ecology, Behavior and Management in North and South” in 2012 and “Fear, individuals and populations” in 2015.

The rate of molecular evolution varies at several levels of biological organization, e.g. among sites, among proteins, among chromosomes, and among lineages. The forces underlying this variation include mutation rate and the strength of natural selection, which are in turn affected by e.g. population size, linkage, generation time, gene function, gene expression, pleiotropy, and biophysical properties of gene products (e.g. proteins). While there is a reasonable understanding of these patterns and forces, many questions still remain, and a holistic view of molecular evolution is still somewhat underdeveloped. The aim of this workshop is to bring together leading researchers who study molecular evolution at different scales and from different viewpoints to foster development of a broader view of molecular evolution.

The idea of the Konnevesi workshop 2019 is to bring together many molecular evolution ecologists. In addition to younger generation researchers and students and discuss the current state of molecular evolution and future research. We hope to greet you here again 2019!

With this annual workshop we will commemorate the invaluable work of our good friends in enthusiastic commitment for ecology, intellectual scientific discussions and excellent teaching. The workshop is open for all interested ecologists and the estimated number of participants is 50. 

Registration to workshop 
  • Participation fee
    • for 19.2.-22.2. (Tuesday evening to Friday) 250 €
    • for 20.2.-22.2. (Wednesday morning to Friday) 200 €
    • for students, 80 €. Only students accepted to the course Introduction to Molecular Evolution and taking also the workshop additionally (price includes food, beverages and accommodation during 19.–22.2.2019)
  • Participation fee includes accommodation, meals, beverages, and banquet during workshop.
  • The registrations and payments to workshop are performed through an online form. Registration opens on October and ends 31st of of January, 2019.

Any questions regarding scientific program of the workshop should be addressed to Prof. Hannu Ylönen (hannu.j.ylonen@jyu.fi), any questions regarding travel or registration, please contact Winter School Secretary (winter-school-ecology@jyu.fi).