Course on Programming for Evolutionary Biology

When: February 10th – February 27th 2016

Location: Leipzig, Germany

Application deadline: December 20th 2015

Detailed information about the course content and how to apply:


In this intensive 18 days course, students will learn how to survive in a
Linux environment, get hands-on experience in two widely used programming
languages (Python and R), and statistical data analysis. The classes will be
given by experts in the field and consist of lectures and exercises with
the computer. The aim of the course is to provide the students with the
necessary background and skills to perform computational analyses with a
focus on solving research questions related to genomics and evolution. The
philosophy of the course will be “learning by doing”, which means that the
computational skills will be taught using examples and real data from
evolutionary biology for the exercises. During the course, students will
also propose projects of their own interest and perform them as final
projects in small groups under the supervision of a teaching assistant.
This summer school is open for students from all countries and targeted
toward PhD students and postdocs of evolutionary biology or related
research fields with no or little programming experience who want to
become proficient in computational evolutionary biology in a couple of

The course takes place at the University of Leipzig.

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