Satellite workshops

You will find on this page the list of current satellite workshops that will take place during the ESEB2015 conference. This list is likely to be updated closer to the conference date.

Meet the Editors

Workshop to discuss with journal editors

This workshop, scheduled for Tuesday August 11th at 17h40 (POL-A), will offer participants the possibility of interacting with the Editors of a few selected leading journals, among which Mike Ritchie (J Evol Biol), Spencer Barrett (Proc R Soc B), Loren Riesenberg (Mol Ecol), Dries Bonte (Oikos), Christopher Foote (BMC Evol Biol), Roland Roberts (PLoS Biology), Laura Zahn (Science), Vera Domingues (Nature Com) and Patrick Goymer (Nature).


Meet the NSF

Workshop to introduce the National Science Foundation, USA

George Gilchrist and Leslie Rissler

Thursday August 13th, 13h40, MAX-415

The National Science Foundation (NSF) — US NSF supports basic research in all areas of science. We will discuss funding opportunities in the Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO), the process of applying for funding, and the characteristics of successful proposals. Special attention will be given to international programs and CAREER awards for early stage scientists. Come with your questions, no registration required!


Meet the DFG

Workshop to introduce the Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft, Germany

  • Christoph Limbach, Program Officer in Zoology, German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • Lutz Becks, Emmy Noether research group leader, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön
  • Susanne Foitzik, Evolutionary Biology, University of Mainz, Member of DFG Review Board in Zoology

Tuesday August 11th, 13h40 (MAX-415)

The German Research Foundation (DFG) – Funding programs for early career researchers

This talk is addressed to researchers at an early stage of their scientific careers (e.g. advanced PhD students, Postdocs, junior research group leaders). It aims at introducing the German Research Foundation (DFG) as the largest research funding organization in Germany and DFG´s funding programs for early career researchers from Germany and abroad. Application and review procedures will be presented and recent developments discussed. Experienced scientists will share their experiences relating to their scientific careers and disclose some tips and tricks for grant writing.
No registration required!


ESEB meetings

Meetings organised by the ESEB

ESEB Business meetings

The following meetings will occur throughout the congress and may be of relevance to you depending on your position within the ESEB:

  • JEB Editorial Board Meeting, 9 August (09:00 – 12:00), Meeting Room, Hotel Alpha-Palmiers, Lausanne
  • ESEB Steering Committee Meeting, 9 August (12:00 – 18:00), Meeting Room, Hotel Alpha-Palmiers, Lausanne
  • ESEB Council Meeting, 10 August (13:00 – 14:40), Meeting Room Pol 315.1, Amphipole, Unil-Sorge
  • ESEB Members’ Meeting, 14 August (13:40 – 14:40), Plenary Hall Erna Hamburger, Amphimax, Unil-Sorge

ESEB Members’ Meeting

We invite all ESEB members to our members’ meeting in the Plenary Hall “Erna Hamburger” on Friday 14. August at 13:40! The members’ meeting discusses important issues for our society, this year including foundation of a new journal (Evolution Letters), information on new exciting ESEB initiatives and awards, decision on future congress locations, the society’s budget, and also news on our existing journal (Journal of Evolutionary Biology). So do not miss it and join us for the members’ meeting!


Actively teaching evolution: methods and resources

Workshop for teachers and science educators. Tania Jenkins, Xana Sá Pinto, Héloïse Dufour, Kristin Jenkins

Sunday, 9th August 2015, UniL- Sorge, Lausanne

Organisers: Tania Jenkins (University of Lausanne), Xana Sá Pinto (CIBIO-University of Porto), Héloïse Dufour (Le Cercle FSER) and Kristin Jenkins (BioQUEST)

Workshop description

The best way of learning something is by doing it! This is particularly true for evolution, which has been demonstrated to be a challenging topic for students to learn. This is an important issue, as understanding evolution is the basis for understanding all of the life sciences. It also has important applications and implications in daily life and underlies the public’s support for research in evolutionary biology.

As part of the 15th ESEB congress, we are organising a workshop to explore methods and resources available for enquiry-based teaching of evolution that engage students in realistic scientific investigation.‬‬‬ Speakers will present effective teaching methods, the latest research discoveries in the field of evolution and participants will take part in hands-on activities that they can take back to their classroom/lecture.

Target audience and call for participations

The aim of this event is to promote dialogue among evolutionary biology researchers and teachers. The intended workshop size is 30 people roughly split between researchers who also teach or are interested in outreach, and teachers at all levels.

The day will include plenary talks on education and outreach, research talks by evolutionary biologists and hands-on activities that build on the concepts learnt during the research talks. There will also be a poster session, where participants can present methods and resources developed or used by them to promote the active learning of evolution at all educational levels. There will be time in the programme for ample discussion. A preliminary schedule is available here.

Oral or poster presentations are encouraged, but not mandatory. In order to apply please submit an abstract (150 words max, in the registration form) describing the main goal of the activity, the method used, the target audience, scientific contents addressed and the results obtained with such a method (if already available). The language of the event will be decided according to participant capabilities and needs.

The full program will be posted by June 30th.


A contribution towards the costs of this event is 25 Swiss Francs. This includes two coffee breaks and lunch. The rests of the event is funded by the ESEB Outreach Fund, with a participation from the Cercle FSER.

You can apply here. The deadline for application is May 31st 2015.


English: Tania Jenkins (tania.jenkins [at]

French: Héloïse Dufour (heloise.dufour [at]