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EESLMU stands for the Munich Graduate School for Evolution, Ecology and Systematics. If you want to do a Master's or PhD degree in the fields of evolution, ecology or systematics, Munich is probably one of the best places in Germany and Europe. EESLMU started in September 2006 and is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. The EESLMU Master's program began in October 2007. In March 2008, we wrote a progress report for the Volkswagen Foundation, which you can download. If you don't find the answer to your questions on this site, please send an e-mail to EES coordinator.
EES Conference 2012
This year's annual EES Conference took place on October 4th and 5th. We said goodbye to 13 graduating EES students and awarded 3 different prizes, as well as having 2 interesting key note speakers (Dustin Penn and Nico Bluethgen).
From left to right (back): Alfonso Rojas, Adrian Troya, Abhijeet Shah, Sara Troxell, Hanna Wegener, Lu Zhang, Sofia Tello, Sebastian Nagelmüller, Sara Hammerstein
From left to right (front): Monika Poxleitner, Michelle Guevara, Fernanda Fadel, Jared Lockwood
This year's prize winners were as follows:
- best PhD: Juliana Chacon
- best Master: Monika Poxleitner
- best Poster: Harriet Windley
New professor for Behavioural Ecology
As of this summer semester, we welcome Prof. Dr. Niels Dingemanse as the new professor for Behavioural Ecology here at the LMU and in EES! Niels is already a part of the Board of Directors and will be giving lectures, as well as taking part in EES required courses.
IRT1 and IRT3 Conferences
Yes, it is that time of year again. As the winter semester draws to a close, we will once again be hosting our annual IRT1 and IRT3 conferences. They will be taking place on March 6th and March 5th respectively! Both are scheduled from approximately 09:00 to 15:00 and will be taking place in the small lecture hall.
You can download the flyers and programmes for both conferences here:
EES Newsletter - October 2011 edition
The new edition of the EES newsletter is finally online! Click here to download it.
New EES Faculty Members
The EES faculty has gained two new members. PD Dr. Björn Siemers from the MPI for Ornithology and PD Dr. Marc Gottschling from Systematic Botany and Mycology. Marc Gottschling will also be a part of the Curriculum Committee, as well as a member of the IRT3 grant proposal committee.
New EES Cohort
The pictures of the new EES cohort, which started this winter, are now online! The corresponding posters will also be ready this week. For individual portraits, take a look at the Masters Students page.
Jonathan Jeschke has taken up a position at the TU München
Dr. Jonathan Jeschke, who worked in the Aquatic Ecology department here at the LMU, has taken up a position at the Invasion Ecology Group at the TU München. He will continue to be a member of the extended EES faculty.
New Professor for Aquatic Ecology
Herwig Stibor, a former member of the EES faculty now returned, has taken up his position as professor for Aquatic Ecology, after spending time at the European Institute for Marine Studies in Plouzane! He will be offering courses during this winter semester (Aquatic Ecology, Experimental Plankton Ecology), as well as participating in the "Evolutionary Ecology" lecture for first semester students.
Seminar Series for coming Winter Semester 2011/12
The list of speakers for the coming seminar series is growing by the week. For information on some of the invited speakers, take a look at our "seminars" page!
Successful EES Summer School 2011
This year's summer school on "Phylogenetics - new applications, pitfalls and challenges" was a big success! Keynote speakers, organizers and students from all over the world spent a week sequestered away from the world on the Fraueninsel, where they exchanged ideas and thoughts, learnt new things and hopefully networked for the future.
Thanks again to all participants for a highly enjoyable week!
EES Conference 2011
The wiki page for this year's EES conference is now up and running! As it is still fairly early, it will obviously be updated several times in the coming months; so keep your eyes peeled for news.
This year the conference will be taking place on October 11th and 12th.
EES Newsletter, July 2011
The new edition of our newsletter is finally online!
First cohort of MEME students is finally here and complete!
Now that the summer semester has finally begun, all MEME students are finally in Munich! As with the EES students, the MEMEs come from all over the world. They spent their first semester either in Groningen or Uppsala and are now either here or in Montpellier. They will be mingling with the EES cohorts, so keep your eyes open!
Annual Symposium for American Genetic Association
The annual Symposium for the American Genetic Association under the title "Genomics and Biodiversity" will be taking place from 23 - 26 July in Irapuato and Guanajuato, Mexico. For more information, check out the link!
Preliminary programme for Summer School 2011
The preliminary programme for the 2011 Summer School, running from August 7th till August 12th, 2011, is online! Click here to download the PDF version.
Summer schools 2011 and 2012
We now have two new wiki sites up and running for the two coming summer schools. Especially the 2012 summer school may still be subject to a lot of change. However the dates are set! Please take a look at both sites, especially the one for the summer school 2011 - you can also click on "Summer School" in the navigation bar on the left - taking place from the 7th to the 12th of August. The application deadline is at the end of May.
IRT1 and IRT3 conference
The times and dates for both conferences, which traditionally take place in the first week of March, have been set! The IRT3 conference will be taking place on March 3rd, 2011, from 09:00 - 14:00. The IRT1 conference will be held on the following day (March 4th) from 14:00 - 17:00. We hope to see all supervisors there!
New guidelines for 2011
New member in the EES community
The EES community has a new member in its midst - Prof. Dr. Florian Siegert. He is a professor at the Geo-Bio Center, with a keen interest in such things as global change, biodiversity and natural disasters. He is also the managing director of Remote Sensing Solutions (RSS). Within EES, he will be teaching a GIS course during the summer semester and a seminar on tropical rain forests in the winter semester.
The new cohort has finally arrived
The new cohort, which will be graduating in 2012, has finally arrived in Munich! We have a total of 12 new students, once again coming from all over the world. They have completed their two week orientation session, where most of the EES community has had a chance to meet them. I hope they settle in soon and that they will be happy here.
Take a look at the Masters Students page for pictures of our new students and for more information on where they come from!
4th EES Conference a success
Last October 12th and 13th our EES community celebrated its annual conference. We had talks by two keynote speakers from Switzerland and UK, as well as by the finishing EES PhD and Master students. During the event we also welcomed the new cohort of international students, who joined the Master program this winter semester. Click here to find more information about this event. Thanks to all participants for these remarkable two days!
EES says goodbye to old coordinator
We are sad to announce, that Elena Berg left her position as EES coordinator last week and has gone to take up her new position as a postdoc. We wish her all the best in her return to science and will miss her very much!
EES Secretary is leaving
We are sad to announce that our secretary, Beate Meyer-Schmidt, has left EES. She has accepted a position at the TUM, which is much more conveniently located for her and her family. We thank Beate for her hard work and dedication to EES, and we wish her much success with her new job! We will miss her!
New EES Member
The EES community is happy to welcome a new faculty member, PD Dr. Wolfgang Goymann. Dr. Goymann is a research scientist in the Department of Behavioral Neurobiology at the Max Planck Institute in Seewiesen (please see his website), and he is interested in the interplay between behavior, ecology and physiology with a focus on birds. Within the EES program he will be teaching a field course on migration physiology starting in 2011. Welcome Dr. Goymann!
EES welcomes new coordinator in August 2010
Our current EES coordinator, Elena Berg, has accepted a postdoctoral research position at the University of Uppsala and will be leaving EES at the end of August. She will be very sad to leave Munich and all of her friends in EES, but she is excited about her return to science!
Our new coordinator, Alice Edler, will be joining the EES community at the beginning of August. Welcome Alice!
Alice writes: I come from a fairly international background, having lived all over the world for the first nearly 20 years of my life. When I came back to Germany at the age of 20, I first went into English and Economics for a while, until I finally came to realize that Biology was more along the lines of what I really wanted to do, more so than anything else I had considered. So, I started studying Biology and soon came to the next conclusion that I was more of a field than a lab biologist, which made ecology my major of choice. At the University of Oldenburg, I more or less “happened upon” a group that also focussed on behavioural ecology, and this is where I remained throughout both my Diplom and my PhD. In both cases, I spent several months a year in a South African national park, collecting data revolving around reproductive behaviour, sexual selection and health status in a Southern African weaver bird species, the red bishop. Last year, I finally completed my PhD and decided to turn my back on field work and focus more on research management. While waiting for an opportunity, I taught “General Biology” for a semester and am currently completing a project management course. As I am a very social person, I need to interact with other people on a daily basis, and the bigger and more international the group, the merrier. I am also more often than not looking for a challenge and I think that working as the EES and MEME coordinator, I will find all my requirements for an interesting job fulfilled.
"New" student in the Masters program
This week we welcome a "new" student in the Masters Program: Patricia Silva from Chile. Patricia is not really new because in 2007 she was in Munich as an exchange student and she did the first semester of the Masters program. In 2008 she went back to Chile to finish her degree there and now she is back in Munich to do finish the EES program. Welcome back, Patricia!
Writing course for PhD students was a success
On March 17th and 18th 2010 the PhD students of the first EES PhD students cohort attended a writing course. One of the PhD students, Andreas Modlmeier, organized the course and 12 PhD students joined. Andreas says: "We learned a lot about the importance of single words, how you can boost or hedge arguments and how to direct the reader." See Activities PhD 2009 Cohort.
New EES Newsletter
The sixth issue of the EES Newsletter is now available. Learn all about what we have been up to during the past few months, and our plans for the upcoming semester!
EES students in the newspaper
First semester Master students Monica Arias and Jeanine Marquardt were photographed and interviewed for a small article in the Munich newspaper Münchener Merkur. Click here to download the article
22 applicants will be interviewed this week
The admissions committee of the EES master program invited 22 applicants for interviews. The interviews will all take place this week, mostly by Skype and a few in person in the Biozentrum. Compared to previous years, the number of applicants was slightly lower, but the quality of the applications was generally good, so that more applicants will be interviewed than in previous years. EU residents can still apply to the program until the 30th of June, see Application procedure.
Newspaper article about Pleuni Pennings
Last week, the local edition of the Süddeutsche Zeitung featured an article about EES staff member Pleuni Pennings and her "Evolution of Life" film project. You can download the pdf by clicking here. The website of the film project can be found here: link.
EES PhD program continues
12 PhD students from the fields of Evolution, Ecology and Systematics have joined the second cohort of the EES PhD program. On the 15th and 16th of February, the students spent two days together to get to know each other and to learn about EES, the LMU graduate center and the zoological collections. They also made plans for future activities, since the EES PhD program is a largely self-organized program.
Professor Overmann takes position in Braunschweig
Professor Joerg Overmann has left the LMU to take the position as a scientific director of the Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen of Leibniz Society in Braunschweig (see here). We regret that he is leaving EES and thank him for his contributions to our program.
EES program welcomes new secretary
Our new EES Secretary, Beate Meyer-Schmidt, has arrived! Please come by EES office any weekday morning and say hello!
EES student participated in Celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity in Berlin
On January 11, EES Master's student Jeannine Marquardt traveled to Berlin to participate in the Celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity. The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. The Celebration in Berlin was attended by chancellor Angela Merkel, Minister of the Environment Norbert Röttgen, Achim Steiner (executive director of UNEP, Ahmed Djoghlaf (executive secretary of CBD), and several other prominent leaders. Jeannine is an active member of the board of Young Friends of the Earth Germany and was invited to the event in Berlin by the Germany Federal Ministry for the Environment.
Two EES students at DAAD meeting in Bonn
In December two of our Master's students, Andres Carvajal and Francisco Velasquez from Colombia traveled to Bonn to the annual orientation seminar of the DAAD. DAAD stands for Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service). Andres and Francisco hold a scholarship in the agreement between Colfuturo and DAAD which enables them to study and live in Munich. In Bonn they met with 74 Colombians, 3 Ecuadorians, 4 Bolivians, 3 Peruvians, and 13 Argentinians who are supported by the DAAD in Master and PhD programs in Germany. The DAAD is a helpful organization for those wanting to study in Germany.
New EES Newsletter
The fifth issue of the EES Newsletter is now available, just in time for the Christmas holidays!
Photo shoot for the new flyer
All master students were photographed recently so that we have some nice pictures for the new flyer and poster.
LMU is hiring new aquatic ecology professor
Prof Sebastian Diehl left for an exciting new position in Umea, Sweden (see here). Therefore the university is now looking for candidates to fill his position. The deadline for applications is the 20th of November. For more information, see here.
Updates to website: Erasmus Mundus Master's Program
We have added a page to our website (see sidebar at left, or click here) that describes the new Erasmus Mundus Master's Program in Evolutionary Biology (MEME). Five universities are participating in this prestigious program, including the LMU, Groningen University (Netherlands), Uppsala University (Sweden), University of Montpellier II (France), and Harvard University (USA). Please check out the MEME website.
Professor Susanne Renner chosen as member of German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
The Leopoldina is the German national academy of sciences. The total number of members is limited to 1,000 outstanding academics. Three quarters of the members are from German-speaking countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) and one quarter from about 30 other nations. The election to membership of the Leopoldina is the highest academic honour awarded by an institution in Germany (from Wikipedia).
New book by EES Professor
One of our EES professors and the Director of the Zoological State Collections, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Haszprunar, has just published a new book, entitled Evolution und Schöpfung - Versuch einer Synthese (EOS-Verlag; ISBN 978-3-8306-7384-2). The official presentation of the book will take place at the Museum Mensch & Natur (Nymphenburg Castle) on Thursday November 5th at 6.30 p.m. (with Kardinal Friedrich Wetter and Herzog Franz v. Bayern). The author and a theologist will also be leading a "discussion evening" on the subject at the Zoologische Staatssammlung (Münchhausenstr. 21, S2-Obermenzing) on "Darwin Day", Tuesday Nov. 24th , 7 p.m.
Summer Semester Seminar Series
The EES Masters Program and the Forschergruppe are happy to invite you to the upcoming Winter Semester Seminar Series 2009-2010!!. To see what is all about (names, dates and abstracts) see EES seminars 10.
You can also download the Summer Semester Seminar Series Poster here
The EES Conference was a great success!!
On Oct. 12 and 13, the EES faculty and students participated in the third annual EES Conference. There were two invited speakers, and Ph.D. and Masters students gave talks and presented posters. Two Masters and two Ph.D. students were awarded the 2009 Young Researcher Prizes for outstanding research: Pablo Duchen, Rebecca Meredith, Elisabeth Bolund, and Winfried Hense. Also, we held the graduation ceremony for our first cohort of Masters students - congratulations Pablo, Rob, Rebecca, Delsy, Ricardo, and Jennifer. Thank you to everyone who organized and participated in this event!
EES Master Guidelines
The EES curriculum committee has made new EES Guidelines for the Master´s program (eg. IRT projects). Please click here EES Master Guidelines.
The EES agenda.
Who is who in EES
- The people who teach in the EES program.
- The institutions that contribute to the EES program.
- The EES Master's Students.
- The EES PhD Students.
- PhD-theses finished in the academic year 2006-2007: PhD theses 0607.
- Diploma-theses finished in the academic year 2006-2007: Diploma theses 0607.
Some interesting research groups in Munich outside EES.
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