KEC foundation Symposium

The Kiel Evolution Center has been established as an interactive platform that integrates and coordinates evolutionary activities in research, teaching, and public outreach.

Next to supporting activities in the core fields of evolutionary
biology, the Kiel Evolution Center aims at promoting interdisciplinary crosstalk among evolutionary biologists and scientists from other disciplines in order to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to current major challenges in medicine, agriculture, and nature conservation.

The foundation symposium is specifically dedicated to the latter aspect, Translational Evolutionary Research. International pioneers of interdisciplinary evolutionary research will join Kiel experts to showcase current developments in evolutionary biology and how such knowledge can be applied to current problems like effective cancer therapy, the antibiotic crisis, the spread of disease in agriculture, or species conservation during global change.


30 September 2016
8:30 - 18:30


Zoological Museum Kiel
Hegewischstraße 3
24105 Kiel

Program (updated 25/09/16)

  • 8:30 Welcome and Opening
    Karin Schwarz, CAU Vice President
    Natascha Oppelt, Dean, Fac. Math. Nat. Sci.
    Thomas Bosch, Kiel Life Science
    Hinrich Schulenburg, Kiel Evolution Center
  • 9:00 Michael Hochberg, Montpellier
    Kiel Life Science Special Lecture
    Ecological disruption and modern-day cancers
  • 9:45 Arne Traulsen, Plön
    Insights into cancer arising from evolutionary models
  • 10:05 Rees Kassen, Ottawa
    Evolutionary genetics of antimicrobial resistance
  • 11:00 Coffee Break
  • 11:30 Laura Rose, Düsseldorf
    Evolutionary genetics of disease resistance in wild tomatoes
  • 12:15 Silva Uusi-Heikkilä, Turku
    The molecular mechanisms and reversibility of fisheries-induced evolution
  • 13:00 Lunch at the Museum
  • 14:30 Robert Wayne, Los Angeles
    Evolutionary genomics tools for conservation
  • 15:15 Thorsten Reusch, Kiel
    Humans as the ocean's greatest evolutionary force
  • 15:35 Eva Stukenbrock, Kiel
    On the origin of crop plant pathogens: Insight from comparative population genomics
  • 16:00 Coffee Break
  • 16:30 Thomas Bosch, Kiel
    Ecological Evolutionary Developmental Biology (EcoEvoDevo) and the emerging concept of the holobiont
  • 16:50 John Baines, Kiel
    Why evolutionary biology is important to biomedical research:  lessons from studying blood group-related genetic polymorphism
  • 17:10 Diethard Tautz, Plön
    Towards understanding the quantitative genetics of the adult phenotype
  • 17:30 Gillian Bentley, Durham
    Evolutionary approaches to reproductive health: A migrant case study
  • 18:15 Conclusion and Reception (Buffet with Drinks)

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