Drawing Club in the Alfred Denny Museum

Do you like to draw in your spare time?

We are running a drawing club in the Alfred Denny Museum over lunchtime (11am-1pm), roughly every other Wednesday starting on the 25th October. All are welcome regardless of artistic skill and you can arrive and leave at any time during the session.

The Alfred Denny Museum was established in 1905 and named after the department’s first Professor of Biology, Alfred Denny. Many of the specimens have been in the museum since the early 1900s. You can find the museum on Level C in the Alfred Denny building.

Please bring your own pencils and paper, we have a limited supply if you forget. Refreshments will be provided.

There are only 20 spaces are available due to the size of the museum. If you are interested please email: echughes1@sheffield.ac.uk to get your space! It is first come first serve basis.

Dates for the drawing club are as follows:
- 25th October
- 1st Nov
- 22nd Nov
- 6th Dec
- 13th Dec

Winter School on Whole Genome Sequence Assembly and Annotation, Switzerland

Message from Stuart Dennis:

Registration is now open for our Winter School on Whole Genome Sequence Assembly and Annotation at Monte Veritá, Switzerland from 4-9 February 2018. Please share this advertisement with your colleagues and students.
The Winter School is a intensive 5-day workshop on how to Assemble and Annotate Whole Sequence Data – with a focus on de novo whole genome assembly and analysis of complex Eukaryote genomes. The Winter School will combine lectures with computer based practicals and will be most valuable to those who have, or will soon have, whole genome sequence data.
Outline of Topics and Instructors
Whole Genome Sequence Assembly John Davey University of York, UK. https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Qeq92t8AAAAJ&hl=en
Hi-C and 3D Whole Genome Assembly  Olga Dudchenko Baylor College of Medicine, USA. http://www.aidenlab.org/publications.html
Whole Genome Sequence Annotation Carson Holt University of Utah, USA. https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=4RG9y6EAAAAJ&hl=en
Manual Gene Annotation Monica Monuz-Torres Phoenix Bioinformatics, USA. https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=GaQVcBAAAAAJ
Transposable Element Annotation  Anne Roulin University of Zurich,  Switzerland. http://www.botinst.uzh.ch/en/research/genetics/roulin/people.html
Whole Genome Sequence Annotation Robert Waterhouse University of Lausanne, Switzerland. http://rmwaterhouse.org/
Registration closes 10th November 2017
Spaces are limited to 30 participants. See our webpage for more details on how to register http://www.adaptation.ethz.ch/education/wgs-winter-school-2018.html
For further enquires please email Jessica Stapley at monte-verita@env.ethz.ch

Stuart Dennis

Department of Aquatic Ecology


Überlandstrasse 133

P.O. Box 611

8600 Dübendorf


1-yr Research Fellow in the Evolution of Senescence, U Leeds


Postdoc in Bangor

Post-doc position with Alexander Papadopulos on the genomics of parallel adaptation to heavy metal toxicity. Info can also be accessed here: https://tinyurl.com/yats25fm and further details are available here: http://tinyurl.com/y8zrwbfw

Accommodation required for postdoc

Message from Victor:

Marisol is a postdoc coming to work on the APS for at least 1 year starting on 29 September and she is looking for a room to rent. If you have a spare room or know of anyone who is interested in renting a room please contact her at morita2602@hotmail.com.

Looking for a place for a small study group? Landmark Trust light bulb moments

Landmark Futures is a new scheme to offer ten free stays each year in Landmark Trust buildings to institutions in higher education and other qualifying organisations.

The Landmark Trust is a building preservation charity that rescues and restores historic buildings and then lets them for self-catering holidays to pay for maintenance. They care for some 200 buildings across Britain, sleeping up to 16 people.

These stays will be for small groups of up to 8-10 people for academic purposes: study, discussion, teaching, field study, writing, etc.

Landmark provides the accommodation, including the cost of housekeeping and services; stayers will be responsible for all travel and food costs.

All disciplines are welcome – Astrophysicists to creative writers

Apply by midnight on Sunday 5th November

Julia Schroeder from Imperial (previously from Terry’ group) used them last year. See her feedback.


2 Postdocs in Edinburgh

Postdoc in population genomics

Enthusiastic and motivated postdoc wanted to:

i) develop analytic and simulation based methods for modelling selection and demography from whole genome data
ii) apply these new tools to whole genome datasets to quantify genome-wide selection and make inferences about the speciation process

Applicants should have a strong interest in statistical inference and population genetics, a PhD in a relevant subject area (population genetics, statistics, computer science or a related quantitative field) and a strong track record of independent and creative thinking.

Postdoc in butterfly speciation genomics

I am looking for an enthusiastic and motivated postdoc interested in comparative genomics and speciation. The postdoc will collaborate closely with Lepbase (http://lepbase.org/) to generate and analyse whole genome data for several European butterfly species and investigate the genomics of speciation in a comparative framework

Applicants should have a strong background in comparative and evolutionary genomics and a PhD in a relevant subject area (genetics, bioinformatics). Experience working with whole genome data is essential, as is a strong track record of independent and creative thinking. Experience with long read data, genome assembly and genome analysis/interrogation would be very advantageous.

Both postdocs will collaborate with several Project Partners in the UK and abroad and there is ample scope within the project to develop independent lines of research with a view to establishing themselves as independent investigators. The grant includes substantial funds for computing, sequencing and to attend international conferences.

Both positions are for 3 years from 1st February 2018 and can be extended for a further 2 years based on performance.

To apply, go to http://www.ed.ac.uk/human-resources/jobs and search for vacancies 041050 and 041051. Closing date for applications: 6th of October 2017.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact konrad.lohse@ed.ac.uk ahead of application.

Sheffield Nature Fest – Western Park and Museum TOMORROW (Sat 29th July 10-4pm)

Join us as we celebrate all things nature, including nature stalls, birdwatching, bug hunting and arts and crafts.

Our groups work on Sheffield’s otters and their distribution and diet with be on display.

Experts will be on hand to show you how to help us record and identify plants and animals and enjoy wildlife in your own backyard.

11am-4pm: Craft activities with the Museums Sheffield learning team

11am-12pm: Minibeast Hunt – Paul Richards from Nature Counts shows you how you can become a citizen scientist! Paul will lead a guided walk round the Ponderosa to record invertebrates and help you to identify the mini-beasts you find.

1-2pm: Curator Talk on Garden Moths – Join Curatorial Assistant of Natural Sciences Gina Allnatt to hear about what kind of moths you might find in your garden, how moths are more diverse, and often more colourful than butterflies, and how to record and observe them

2-3pm: Minibeast Hunt – As at 11am.

For more details see –


Programming for Evolutionary Biology conference, 16-20 Sept 2017, Biolowieza, Poland

The dealine for 3rd Programming for Evolutionary Biology
Conference 16-20 Sept 2017, Bialowieza, Poland has been extended. We
now accept abstracts till 31st July.

The Programming for Evolutionary Biology (PEB) conference brings
together biologists broadly interested in applying bioinformatic tools
to answer evolutionary and ecological questions.

It aims to serve as a platform for discussing the ongoing projects and
related bioinformatic pitfalls. The meeting consists of plenary talks
by renowned specialists in the field, contributed talks by the
participants (works in progress are more than welcome!) and workshops.

This year, we are fortunate to be joined by an outstanding list of
Plenary Speakers: Mark Blaxter from University of Edinburgh, Stuart
Baird from Czech Academy of Sciences, Katja Nowick from University of
Leipzig. The workshops will be provided by Przemyslaw Biecek, a data
scientist and R enthusiast from University of Warsaw.

The fee, including meals, accommodation, and transportation from
Warsaw airport and back, is 250 euro.

More info: pebconference.info

Looking forward seeing you in Bialowieza!

On behalf the organising committee,
Agnieszka Kloch

P.S. Abstracts are not required for registration. In case you don’t know, the Bialowieza Forest lies at the border to Belarus and is one of Europe’s last primaeval forests. It is still a UNESCO world heritage site, but currently threatened by a logging campaign. The conference venue is the WEJMUTKA Bialowieza Biodiversity Academy, which lies in the centre of the national park.

Sheffield Bioblitz wildlife event, invite to showcase our research – 10th August

Is anyone interested in being involved in the first Sheffield Bioblitz ?

We have been invited and offered a gazebo and stall to share our knowledge of UK wildlife and show what we do in the lab to support wildlife studies and conservation.

Its for adults and experts as well as kids.
If you have any ideas or want to be involved – please contact Debs by Wednesday 19th.

The event will be at Sheffield’s Wardsend Cemetery on Thursday 10th August, 12am-3pm. The Don Discovery Bioblitz will celebrate the recovery of Sheffield’s rivers and the wildlife found in and around them. The day will involve free nature activities to engage the general public, such as a bird walk, invertebrate river dipping and more. So far we have Museums Sheffield involved (running a bat walk), the friends of the Blue Loop and the friends of Wardsend.