Course: SwissAlps Evolutionary Biol 18-24Jun

Course: SwissAlps Evolutionary Biol 18-24Jun

5 January, 2013

Swiss Alps, 18-24 June 2013
3 ETSC credit points

Spencer Barrett (University of Toronto)

Mark Kirkpatrick (University of , Austin)

John Pannell (University of Lausanne)

Tadeusz Kawecki (University of Lausanne)
Target participants: PhD students, advanced Master students
This , based on a concept developed by Stephen Stearns and John

Maynard Smith.
The main goals of this course are to develop the following skills:

. developing your scientific ideas through discussions in groups;

. thinking critically and expressing oneself clearly;

. turning a general idea into a research project;

. writing a research proposal and defending it.
It is you, the students, who will be in charge in this course. You will

be divided in groups of 4-5 students. In those groups, you will work on

your ideas. You, as a group, will decide what the important open

questions in broadly defined are, you will choose

one, and attempt to develop a proposal for a research project that will

address it. The faculty will visit the groups during the discussions to

answer your questions, provide coaching and give you feedback on your

projects, but they will generally take the back seat. Additionally, the

faculty will give talks about their research and be available for

informal discussion with individual students. At the end you will

present your projects to other participants, and we will party.
The workshop will take place in Villa Cassel

(, at 2000 m of altitude, amid

the magnificent mountain landscape of UNESCO World Heritage Site,

walking distance from the largest glacier of the Alps. This isolated

site will help you to concentrate on the course while giving you also

the chance to enjoy the views and the alpine flora.
Costs: CHF 530.- for room and board; there is no tuition fee.
To apply, send a single file (pdf or rtf) containing a short motivation

letter, a cv, and the name of your scientific advisor to Nadia

Bruyndonckx , with a Cc to .
Deadline for application: 15 February 2012.


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