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Accommodation available

My old house in Wharncliffe Side is currently available to rent. It’s on the NW side of Sheffield, in the picturesque Upper Don valley. It’s not within walking distance of uni, but is a ~20 min drive or ~35 mins by public transport. It has two double bedrooms, garden & garage, great access to countryside/Peak District walking and country pubs, plus an extensive garden bird list for Sheffield (details can be provided upon request!).

It’s advertised through an agency, but any queries then feel free to drop me a line (


Population Genomics Workshop

A few of us from the mol ecol lab will run the Population Genomics Workshop in Sheffield again in January. More details including how to apply are on the webpage:

Sheffield R workshops

There are a couple of R workshops being run by the Sheffield Bioinformatics Core over the coming weeks. Details:

1. Intro to R
The Sheffield Bioinformatics Core is a new Core Facility at The University of Sheffield providing an analysis and consulting service to all departments and will also offer a program of training courses

The first of these courses will take place on Thursday 7th December  when we will introduce the R programming language and it’s application to biological data via the Bioconductor project. No previous experience with R is require to attend this course and it is open to all staff and students.
To book your place, please go to:-

2. Intermediate R course

On Friday 15 December we will be holding a one-day workshop on Data Manipulation and Visualisation in R.

This workshop will introduce some new additions to the R statistical language that ease the crucial process of manipulating and preparing data for analysis. We will also introduce the popular ggplot2 package for producing publication-quality graphics.

The workshop is being hosted by the Sheffield Bioinformatics Core, a new Core Facility at the University of Sheffield. However, no biological knowledge will be assumed and the materials should be accessible to all with some basic familiarity with R.

There is a small fee of £60 for attending the course. Please use this link to sign-up

Mailing list for genomics software repository


For those of you who use the genomics software repository on iceberg (, Victor has set up a google group as a mailing list for updates about software available. You can sign up here:  join the Genomics Software Repository group.


Tuesday – social & pizza for genomics workshop

Several of us from the lab will be in the Interval from 6pm on Tuesday with the participants on the Population Genomics Workshop. Feel free to come and join us to have a chat and some pizza!


Manchester Molecular and Genome Evolution Symposium

Registration and abstract submission are now open for Manchester’s Molecular and Genome Evolution Symposium (#MaGE2016) on Monday 20th June!

As in previous years, the remit of the symposium is broad, including all aspects of molecular and genome evolution, ranging from genomic analyses or computational algorithm development, to molecular ecology, population genetics, and experimental evolution (see

MaGE 2016 will be a day-long event in Manchester¹s Michael Smith Building including two plenary lectures, a series of contributed talks, and a poster session. Plenary lectures will be given by Mary O’Connell (who has recently set up a Computational & Molecular Evolutionary Biology Group at the University of Leeds: and Jonas Warringer (known for his work on genotype-phenotype relationships at the University of Gothenberg, see his publication list).

MaGE is free to attend, but places are limited so please register at and submit a title if you would like to present a talk or poster. We are particularly keen to give PhD students and post-docs a chance to present their work. All contributed talks and posters will also be considered for a prize, presented at the drinks reception following the symposium.

Demonstrating opportunity

Message from Jamie:

Looking for someone with at least a degree, Masters or working towards phd preferably. For demonstrating 3 labs and associated marking. 9 hours over next 10 weeks. Wednesday mornings- 13/04; 04/05; 25/05. 8:45-12 at the diamond. Histology and enzyme activity practicals. roughly £29 an hour. Marking included in that. 7-8 papers per lab. If interested, email a cv to

Social tonight for genomics workshop


A few of us will be heading down to the Interval at 6pm tonight with people here for the popgen workshop. Feel free to come along if you’d like to join us and have a chat with people.


Ecological Genetics Group annual meeting, Aberystwyth, 4-7 April

Population Genomics Workshop, Sheffield, 21st-23rd March 2016

We’ll be holding a population genomics workshop here in Sheffield in March. Details and how to apply can be found here: