Courses

Vienna offers a large variety of courses on evolutionary topics. On this page you can find a selected overview of courses with evolutionary content at universities and research institutions in and around Vienna for the running term. For more comprehensive course lists please use the course registers of the University of ViennaIST Austria, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Boku) and the University of Veterinary Medcine Vienna.

Study programs with a large amount of evolutionary biological content include the Master’s program “Genetics and developmental biology” , the Master’s program “Biomathematics” and the joint Master’s program “Evolutionary Systems Biology”.

Winter term 2020/21

List to be gradually extended

Course Academic Credits: 2 ECTS
Content: This course will be taught entirely in English. It will consist of 6 lectures approximately 90min long, with the first meeting on 07.10.2020 at 11:00 in SR3 UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien.
Depending on the number of students and room capacity the course may be taught entirely "on-site" (SR3), in hybrid mode (some people on-site, some online), or entirely online. We will notify you of any changes and updates.
This course will cover the topics of the diversity of animal genomes, the mechanisms of their evolution, and methodology of analysis (phologenetic inference, phylogenomics, genome architecture evolution).

Time, Place and registration: https://ufind.univie.ac.at/en/course.html?lv=300179&semester=2020W

Course Academic Credits: 3 ECTS
Content: As a field, evolutionary biology is remarkably diverse, ranging from taxonomy to theoretical population genetics, and from paleontology through to experimental evolution. In developing the reading curricula the instructors have attempted to both follow the historical development of the field, and to highlight those works that have had an important impact on evolutionary thinking. The ultimate goal of the course is to provide students with an in depth introduction to a variety of topics in evolutionary biology, and encourage independent exploration of the literature. In addition, scientists do not simply perform experiments or derive equations but must present this information to a wider audience through seminars, conference talks, and manuscripts. Therefore, the course also focuses on providing the important experience of giving oral presentations and scientific writing.

Time, Place and registration: https://phd.pages.ist.ac.at/courses/#course_list


Univ. of Vienna course number 722.000
Course Academic Credits: 3 ECTS
Lecturer: Leopold Eckhart, PhD
Content: Applications of comparative genomics in the study of organs, tissues and cell types. Evolutionary genetics of disease-associated genes. Discussion of recent publications. The seminar is held online.
Details and registration: For more information, please send an email to leopold.eckhart(at)meduniwien.ac.at

Course Academic Credits: 5 ECTS
Content: This seminar is a mandatory part of the Master Evolutionary Systems Biology (module MES2), but open to several other Master studies. The language of the seminar is English. The students will get a paper from the recent research in Molecular Evolution and Evolutionary Developmental Biology (EvoDevo). They are demanded to expand the literature research on this topic, present the topic in an oral seminar and write an 3-5 page essay summarizing the findings and the current status.

First meeting on 07.10.2019 at 2pm in the seminar room 3 (SR3), UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14,1090 Wien OR online at the same time (will be announced via email). Dates of the block seminar will be agreed on then.

Time, Place and registration: https://ufind.univie.ac.at/en/course.html?lv=300186&semester=2020W

Course Academic Credits: 2 ECTS
Time and Place: every Tuesday, 17:00-18:00, lecture Hall A, Vetmeduni Vienna. Currently planned as Webinar
Content: Seminar series with invited international and national speakers covering current advances in population genetics, genome research,bioinformatics and evolutionary biology.
Program here

Course Academic Credits: 3 ECTS
Content:
Lectures on essential concepts in evolutionary and population genomics from next-generation sequencing data including genome assembly, detecting Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) and Copy Number Variants (CNV´s), genomic investigation procedures to trace natural selection during adaptation and speciation, Genome Wide Association Scanning (GWAS) in wild species, genomic and geographic clines and the impact of hybridization and gene flow on genomes, structural and functional aspects of genomes, and gene-environment interactions.
Time and place: Weekly on Mondays 3:30pm to ca 5:30pm, online. Contact the lecturers for access.

Details and registration: https://ufind.univie.ac.at/de/course.html?lv=300127&semester=2020W

Course Academic Credits: 3 ECTS
Content: We will cover aspects of evolutionary biology, with a focus on evolutionary ecology and genomics. Each week, there will be an introductory lecture, followed by a paper discussion. 1. Adaptive and non-adaptive evolution (BV): a. Deleterious and beneficial mutations b. Origin of new genes and functions 2. Evolution of non-coding sequences (BV): a. Genome size evolution and complexity b. Transposable elements and non-coding RNAs 3. Speciation (BV) 4. Evolution of sociality and cooperation (SC) 5. Sexual selection and the evolution of dimorphic traits (SC) 6. Host parasite interactions and symbioses (SC)

The course is primarily aimed at students with a molecular biology background who are interested in molecular and organismal evolution, but students from other fields are welcome.

Time, Place and registration: https://phd.pages.ist.ac.at/courses/#course_list

Course Academic Credits: 5+2 ECTS
Content: This lecture course gives an introduction to mathematical population genetics. Population genetics is concerned with the study of the genetic composition of populations and how this composition is changed by genetic, ecological, or evolutionary factors such as selection, mutation, recombination, mating, migration, or random genetic drift. Therefore, in population genetics these mechanisms and their interactions are studied. Population genetics is a prerequisite for understanding biological evolution and has important applications in animal and plant breeding, as well as in conservation biology. In this course, an introduction to the most fundamental mathematical models is provided. These are usually formulated in terms of differential- or difference equations, or as Markov processes. In the simplest cases, these models describe the evolution of gene frequencies under the influence of the above mentioned factors. In addition, models are designed that allow inferences about evolutionary processes in the history of a population given data of its present genetic composition. Students are strongly advised to attend the exercises (PS) because many important examples will be treated there that illustrate and deepen the theory covered by the lectures. The exercises will be held bi-weakly (then 90 minutes).

Details and registration: https://homepage.univie.ac.at/Reinhard.Buerger/lva.html and https://ufind.univie.ac.at/en/course.html?lv=250080&semester=2020W

Course Academic Credits: 5 ECTS
Content:
Evolutionary analyses with emphasis on phylogeny reconstruction, molecular dating and analysis of phylogenomic data, including coalescent methods.
Time and place: Different days and times, online. Contact the lecturers for access.

Details and registration: https://ufind.univie.ac.at/de/course.html?lv=300354&semester=2020W

Course Academic Credits: 2 ECTS
Time and Place: every Friday, 16:00-17:00, Institut für Populationsgenetik (building HA, 4th floor), Vetmeduni Vienna. Currently run as Webinar
Content: Supervised introduction and discussion of recent publications, selected by the students themselves. In this format the students learn and discuss the latest research developments and practice their presentation and discussion skills.
Details and registration: here

Time and place: 31 Aug– 01 Oct 2020 Vetmeduni Vienna
An intense Population Genetics Introductory Course for PhD students will be organised by the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics.
Schedule and details are available here

Course Academic Credits: 4 ECTS
Content: In this seminar (called the “Journal Club”), recent papers in theoretical population genetics are discussed. Knowledge of the basic population genetics theory is required. The papers to be discussed are distributed in advance by email. Participants are expected to have read the paper because the seminar focuses on discussions. Current and prospective PhD students are advised to attend this seminar. Potential participants need to send an email to Reinhard.Buerger ‘at’ univie.ac.at, so that they can be added to the email list and receive the materials.

Time and Place: Wed 09.15-11.00, Besprechungsraum 9th floor, Faculty of Mathematics. First unit announced by email
Details and registration: https://homepage.univie.ac.at/Reinhard.Buerger/lva.html

Course Academic Credits: 3 ECTS
Content:
This will discuss recent papers published in the field of speciation genomics and related emerging topics largely circumscribed to evolutionary genomics. We will target recently published articles, independent of the study system or method addressed, according to the interest of students. The students and lecturers will take turns presenting one paper per meeting, which will be further discussed in detail together with the group. The topics may include comparative genomics, approaches to variation and adaptation, population genomics, ecological genomics (including speciation and hybridization) and population epigenomics.
Time and place: Weekly on Fridays 2pm to ca 4pm, online. Contact the lecturers for access.

Details and registration: https://ufind.univie.ac.at/de/course.html?lv=300164&semester=2020W

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