Paleonet: REMINDER: Taming the BEAST Phylogenetics Workshop June 2018 Switzerland

Rachel Warnock rachel.warnock at gmail.com
Thu Mar 22 16:28:55 GMT 2018


Dear colleagues,

We are happy to announce our summer school "Taming the BEAST" and would
kindly ask you to forward this email to interested students and PostDocs.
We apologize if you receive this email more than once.

Phylogenetics and phylodynamics are central topics in modern biology and
paleontology. Phylogenetic inferences reconstruct the evolutionary
relationships between organisms, whereas phylodynamic inferences reveal the
dynamics that lead to the observed relationships. These two fields have
many practical applications in disciplines such as epidemiology,
developmental biology, macroevolution, ecology and even linguistics.
However, phylogenetics and phylodynamics are complex and fast-evolving
fields. As such, inference tools are not easily accessible to researchers
who are not from a computational background.

*Taming the BEAST* is a summer school focusing on the BEAST2 software and
consisting of a mix of invited talks, lectures and hands-on tutorials by
leading and renowned experts in the field (including several of the core
developers of BEAST2). The aim of this summer school is to equip
participants with the skills necessary to confidently perform their own
phylogenetic and phylodynamic inferences in Bayesian settings, while
providing them with a firm grasp of the theory behind those
inferences. Participants are also highly encouraged to bring their own
datasets along and to engage with the organizers and speakers to address
any problems specific to their own datasets/analyses.

*Registration will open end of February. *We welcome applications from
graduate students and early-career scientists in the life sciences.
Preference will be given to applicants who are not from a computational
background and applicants who have already collected/assembled a dataset
that they need to analyze.

*Invited speakers*:
Alexei Drummond (University of Auckland)
Vladimir Minin (University of California, Irvine)
Alexandra Gavryushkina (University of Otago)
Tanja Stadler (ETH Zurich)
Sebastián Duchêne (University of Melbourne)

*Dates*: June 17th to June 22nd (Registration will open end of February.
Deadline for registration is March 25th).

*Place*: Oberägeri, Switzerland

*Registration Fee: *900 CHF (Registration fee includes accommodation and
meals).

For more information please visit the summer school website:
https://www.bsse.ethz.ch/cevo/taming-the-beast/overview-2018.html

For information on previous workshop programs, tutorials etc. please visit
https://taming-the-beast.github.io/

We hope to see you there,
the Taming the BEAST organizing team

-- 
Rachel.Warnock at gmail.com
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