DrosEU/ESEB STN Summer school: “Integrating -omics approaches for eco-evolutionary research”

We are thrilled to announce the DrosEU/ESEB STN Summer school on “Integrating -omics approaches for eco-evolutionary research” that will take place on 13-14 August 2022 in Prague, immediately before the ESEB 2022 meeting (https://www.eseb2022.cz).

Omics analyses hold great promise to understand both ultimate and proximate causes of phenotypic adaptation at different hierarchical levels, and cutting-edge technological advances now bring these analyses within reach of a growing number of researchers. Especially gene expression analyses have been widely adopted, providing valuable insights into the mechanisms of evolution. Rapid developments in RNAseq have resulted in a plethora of different approaches to analyze gene expression patterns, facilitating analyses of whole organisms or targeted organs, but now also at the resolution of single cells. In addition, recently emerging -omics approaches, such as proteomics and metabolomics, provide opportunities to better understand the trajectories from genotypes to phenotypes.

The summer school aims to foster constructive discussion on the application of -omics approaches for evolutionary studies in a variety of study systems in a small-scale setting. The school is organized by the European Drosophila Population Genomics Consortium (DrosEU; https://droseu.net/) and sponsored by the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) STN. The summer school is meant to complement the symposium on Adaptation Genomics (S24) at ESEB. Although DrosEU focuses on Drosophila, the research questions, methodological approaches and the conceptual issues addressed by our consortium apply to many species beyond the Drosophila model.

We will welcome approximately 30-40 people, especially students and postdocs from within and outside the DrosEU community, as well as invited speakers who are leaders in the field, to our mini-summer school that will start on Saturday morning and end on Sunday around lunch time. There will be 3 invited speakers, 9 contributed presentations by PhDs or post-docs, and a poster session. The poster session is primarily meant to initiate discussion on approaches and experimental design, hence we especially welcome posters with preliminary data or a study design. By bringing together researchers that apply different -omics techniques and working on different model systems, we aim to promote a stimulating discussion on where the challenges and opportunities lie within this field.

Invited speakers

Registration is open to everyone on a first come first served basis, but priority will be given to PhD students and postdocs attending the ESEB 2022 conference. The workshop will be free of charge, but lunch and dinner are not included. Link to the registration website: https://forms.gle/cCSPWtZWexZKTYvAA

The organizing committee: Esra Durmaz [Fribourg], Pau Carazo [Valencia], Katja Hoedjes [Amsterdam], and Jindrich Brejcha [Prague] on behalf of DrosEU

Contact: esradurmaz [@] gmail.com, please add “Summer School” to the subject line

We look forward to seeing you in Prague!