Current Topics in Zoology and Evolution

The "Institutskolloquium" of DUW Zoology

Spring Term 2024

In the spring term the seminars usually take place every Monday at 11:15 in the Small Lecture hall (Kleiner Hörsaal) of Zoology or online. The seminar has a flexible format. On some dates we will meet in person, at other dates the seminar will be online (via zoom). Please check the table below about the format for specific dates. A zoom link (online events) will be communicated to all members of zoology and to everybody registered for the seminar.

Week Date Speaker, Affiliation Title* Format* Host
1 26.2. Block course, no seminar
2 4.3. Block course: Alfredo Sanchez-Tojar Publication bias: what's that and how can we tackle it? online Daniel Berner
3 11.3. Block course: Victoria Sleight, University of Aberdeen The evolution and development of animal skeletons: from cell types to body plans in person Patrick Tschopp
4 18.3. Block course: Kimberly Gilbert, University of Berne Distinguishing sources of inbreeding - inferring self-fertilization rates and demographic histories in person dieter ebert
5 25.3. Block course: Barbara Helm, Swiss Ornithological Institute Bird migration facing rapid environmental change in person Yann Rime, Valentin Amrhein
6 1.4. Easter Monday, no seminar
7 8.4. Raghavendra Gadagkar, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru Can We Understand an Insect Society? in person dieter ebert
8 15.4. Sylvie Retaux, Institut des Neurosciences Paris‑Saclay Evolution of sensory-driven behaviors in blind cavefish in person Patrick Tschopp
9 22.4. Konrad Lohse, U of Edinburgh Chromosome evolution and speciation in butterflies online Daniel Berner
10 29.4. Daniela Brites, Swiss-TPH Evolutionary insights into Tuberculosis in person dieter ebert
11 6.5. Sabrina Briefer, Agroscope Personality assessment in horses in person Lilla Lovász, Valentin Amrhein
12 13.5.
13 20.5. Whit Monday, no seminar
14 27.5. Joana Meier, Wellcome Sanger Institute tba in person Walter Salzburger

* tba: to be anounced


Credit points

The seminar is open to all members of zoology and all Master students. For students in a BSc program the succesful completion of the following first year biology lectures is required: Bau und Vielfalt der Tiere (10316-01), Evolutionsbiologie (10575-01) und Ökologie und Naturschutzbiologie (10234-01).

To obtain credit points for participation in the “Institutskolloquium Zoologie” it is necessary to attend the seminar regularly (sign the list after the seminar) and to write an essay about one of the seminars. Any seminar (except the last two in the term) can be chosen. The essay should be about 3 pages long und should be written in the style of a report/summary of the presentation. It should also include the main points of the discussion. We prefer essays in English. The essay should be handed in (as a file and in printed form) to the host of the seminar speaker (as listed on the webpage). The host of this particular seminar will then send an email to the person responsible for the credit points of the seminar, informing him whether the essay was acceptable or not. An unacceptable essay can be repeated on another occasion.

Deadline for handing the essay in is the last seminar of the term.

It is possible to obtain credit points for this seminar more than once.

Current Term's Seminars

Past Seminars