Summer school 2008

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Evolution of sex-chromosomes

The Munich Graduate Program for Evolution, Ecology and Systematics (EES) invites applications for the international EES Summer School on 'the Evolution of Sex Chromosomes' held at Frauenchiemsee (80 km east of Munich) from 14 - 19 September 2008.

The 5-day Summer School will consist of lectures, discussions and exercises provided by the invited teachers as well as oral and/or poster contributions by the more advanced student participants. Arrival of participants is scheduled for Sunday 14 September evening, departure for Friday 19 September early afternoon.

Papers to read

Each of the instructors has chosen a paper to read. You can download them here. You should read them before the start of the summer school.

Dates and schedule

14.09.08 - 19.09.08


Deborah Charlesworth


The University of Edinburgh

Judith Mank

Uppsala University

Daven Presgraves

University of Rochester

(Unfortunately, Sander van Doorn had to cancel his contribution to the summer school)

The instructors will cover theoretical aspects of sex chromosome evolution and present empirical results from diverse systems including plants, insects and birds. Specific topics will include the origin of sex chromosomes, the expression and molecular evolution of sex-linked genes, and the role of sex chromosomes in speciation.


John Parsch

Bart Kempenaers

Susanne Renner

Pleuni Pennings


Location: Frauenwörth Chiemsee. This abbey is on the Fraueninsel, which is connected to the town Prien with a small ferry. Prien is on the Munich-Salzburg train connection. You can therefore fly to Munich or to Salzburg.

Participants will share rooms. Towels and sheets are provided.


The summer school is open to students at the PhD and Master/advanced Diploma levels. The course language will be English. Students who are involved in research related to the topic of the summer school are encouraged to prepare short oral contributions or posters highlighting their research interests and/or achievements.

Thanks to support from the Volkswagen Foundation, the University of Munich's EES program will cover costs for housing and meals during the Summer School. Participants will have to cover their travel expenses and must pay a 50 Euro registration fee. A limited amount of funding is available to partly subsidize travel expenses for students from the most distant localities.

Applicants should provide a full CV, a statement about your research interests/current projects (max. half page), a statement about why you want to attend the Summer School, explicitly addressing how you expect to benefit and what you can contribute (max. half page). Application deadline is 24th of June.

Questions can be addressed to Ms Pleuni Pennings ( Please send your application by e-mail, preferably as a single pdf file, to Ms Pleuni Pennings (


Once in Munich / Salzburg you can buy a Bayern ticket. This ticket is valid for one person (appr 20 Euros) or up to 5 people (appr 30 Euros).

From Munich Airport:

Leave by S1 15:31 to Munich Ost

Leave Munich Ost at 16:31 to Prien

Prien: take the little train to Stock Hafen at 17:35 h (alternative: walk 20 minutes along Seestrasse to Stock Hafen)

Prien harbour: take the boat at 18:00h

From Munich main station:

Leave Munich main station at 16:22 to Prien

Prien: take the little train to Stock Hafen at 17:35 h (alternative: walk 20 minutes along Seestrasse to Stock Hafen)

Prien harbour: take the boat at 18:00h

Travel from Salzburg Airport:

Salzburg Airport: take bus number 2 (goes every 20 min, takes 20 min)

Salzburg: train in direction Munich at 16:11h, get off at Prien at 17:02

Prien: take the little train to Stock Hafen at 17:35 h (alternative: walk 20 minutes along Seestrasse to Stock Hafen)

Prien harbour: take the boat at 18:00h

The last boat from Prien Harbour / Stock Hafen leaves at 19:30h!! The last boat from Gstadt leaves at 21:00h. If you miss everything, you need to take a taxi to Gstadt and a taxi-boat to the island. If that happens, send an sms to Pleuni (0049 176 2206 4109) so that we know where you are.


14:00 take boat to Prien

14:40 h take little train to Prien train station

14:56 h take train to Salzburg (arrival 15:47, take bus 2 to airport)


15:03 h take train to Munich (arrival 16:16h)

16:25 h take S-Bahn from Munich main station to the airport (arrival 17:06h)

Some other info

The summer school is organized by the EES (evolution, ecology and systematics) program in Munich for the second time now. It will take place from the 14th till the 19th of September 2008 (Sunday night till Friday afternoon). The organizers are John Parsch (main organizer), Bart Kempenaers, Susanne Renner and Pleuni Pennings. Teachers are asked to contribute with a lecture and an exercise (computer exercise, literature discussion, or anything else). We will spend one afternoon on a hike in the nearby Alps. Participating students (master and PhD level) who work on a related project are encouraged to give a 10 min talk about their work. Last year we had 18 students (about half from Germany and half from elsewhere).

See Summer school 2007 for some pictures of last years summer school.

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