Summer school 2011

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Thanks to all the participants for making this year's summer school a huge success!


"Phylogenetics - new applications, pitfalls and challenges"

The topic of this year's summer school, which will once again be held at the Abtei Frauenwörth, is "Phylogenetics - new applications, pitfalls and challenges"and it will be taking place from August 7th till August 12th, 2011.

Local instructors/organisers

Prof. Dr. Erich Bornberg-Bauer (Evolutionary Bioinformatics, University of Münster)
Dr. Alice Edler (University of Munich)
Dr. Sonja Grath (University of Münster)
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Haszprunar (University of Munich)
Prof. Dr. Dirk Metzler (University of Munich)
Prof. Dr. Susanne Renner (University of Munich)
Dr. Brad Ruhfel (Harvard University)
Dr. Alexandros Stamatakis (Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies)
Prof. Dr. Gert Wörheide (University of Munich)

Invited speakers

Prof. Dr. Olaf Bininda-Emonds (Systematics and Evolutionary Biology, University of Oldenburg, Germany)

Prof. Dr. Nicholas Lartillot (Department of Biochemistry, University of Montreal, Canada)

Prof. Dr. John Wiens (Phylogenetic Biology, Stony Brook University, USA)


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.

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 May 31st, 2011. Questions can be addressed to [Dr. Alice Edler]. Please send your application by e-mail, preferably as a single pdf file, to Dr. Alice Edler (


Thanks to funding from the Volkswagen Stiftung, the University of Munich’s EES Program will be able to cover housing and meals during the summer school. Participants are required to cover their own travel expenses and are also required to pay a registration fee of €50.

Preliminary programme

The preliminary programme is finally online - click here for a PDF version. For more information on the individual lectures and practicals, here is a PDF listing speakers and titles. Please note that the programme may still be subject to minor changes!


The summer school will be held at Frauenwörth Chiemsee. This is an abbey located on the Fraueninsel, which can be reached by ferry from the town of Prien. 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.

Some further information

The summer school is organized by the EES (evolution, ecology and systematics) program in Munich for the fourth time now. It will take place from the 7th till the 12th of August 2011 (Arrival: Sunday evening until 18:00; Departure: Friday after lunch). The organizers are Erich Bornberg, Alice Edler, Gerhard Haszprunar, Dirk Metzler, Susanne Renner and Gert Wörheide.

At the last summer school in 2010, which was organised by the University of Münster, 20 students from around the world (Canada, US, India, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, Italy, UK) participated. For more information on last year's summer school, please visit the website.

For even more information and some pictures on past summer schools, please go to the respective sites.

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