Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

Eco Evo Devo Summer School

16:30, Sunday, 30 August 2020 to 21:00, Friday, 04 September 2020

Functional Genomics Courses

Who this event is for

  • Postgraduate students
  • Postdoctoral researchers

Location

Headington Campus

Details

To fully understand organismal diversity, it is necessary to identify the underlying genetic variation and relevant environmental factors, and how they alter developmental programs to generate phenotypic change. This requires greater integration of ecology, evolutionary biology and developmental biology in the training of the next generation of scientists. Therefore, our Eco-Evo-Devo Summer School builds on the successful courses we ran in 2012, 2014, 216 and 2018 to again provide postgraduates with the opportunity to explore key questions and experimental approaches in ecological evolutionary developmental biology with leading scientists in this field. Hands-on training will be provided in established practical techniques in both the laboratory and field, while the conceptual framework of this expanding research area will be addressed through seminars and discussion groups.

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Isabel Almudi
Centro Andaluz de Biología del Desarrollo
Seville
Spain

Maike Kittelman
Department of Biological and Medical Sciences
Oxford Brookes University
UK

Saad Arif
Centre for Functional Genomics
Oxford Brookes University
UK

Sebastian Kittelmann
Centre for Functional Genomics
Oxford Brookes University
UK

Matthew A. Benton
Department of Zoology
University of Cambridge
UK

Alistair P. McGregor
Department of Biological and Medical Sciences
Oxford Brookes University
UK

Casper J. Breuker
Department of Biological and Medical Sciences
Oxford Brookes University
UK

Joe McKenna
Department of Biological and Medical Sciences
Oxford Brookes University
UK

Alexandra D. Buffry
Department of Biological and Medical Sciences
Oxford Brookes University
UK

Richard Merrill
Evolutionary Biology
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich
Germany

Richard Burkmar
The Field Studies Council
Shrewsbury
UK

Catherine Peichel
Institute of Ecology and Evolution
University of Bern
Switzerland

Michael Gerth
Department of Biological and Medical Sciences
Oxford Brookes University
UK

M. Daniela S. Nunes
Department of Biological and Medical Sciences
Oxford Brookes University
UK

Korneel Hens
Centre for Functional Genomics
Oxford Brookes University
UK

Anna Schönauer
Department of Biological and Medical Sciences
Oxford Brookes University
UK

Peter Holland
Department of Zoology
University of Oxford
UK

Jordi Solana
Department of Biological and Medical Sciences
Oxford Brookes University
UK

Abderrahman Khila
Institut de Génomique Fonctionelle de Lyon
France

Lauren Sumner-Rooney
Museum of Natural History
Oxford
UK

TimeEvent 
Sunday 30/08/2020
 Arrival 
16:50Welcome: Alistair McGregor 
17:00Peter Holland 
18:10Welcome Reception and Poster Session 
Monday 31/08/2020
09:00Seminar 
10:00Workshop 
12:00Lunch 
13:00Workshops: Bioinformatics, Microscopy, Microinjection and Population Genetics 
16:00Journal Club 
17:00Seminar 
18:00Dinner 
Tuesday 01/09/2020  
09:00Seminar 
10:00Workshops: Microscopy and Microinjection 
12:00Lunch 
13:00Workshops: Population Genetics and Bioinformatics 
16:00Journal Club 
17:00Seminar 
18:00Dinner 
Wednesday 02/09/2020  
09:00Seminar 
10:00Introduction to Field Trip 
11:00Field Trip 
17:00Seminar 
18:00Dinner 
Thursday 03/09/2020  
09:00Seminar 
10:00Field Trip Follow-up Practical 
12:00Lunch 
13:00Work Shops: Microscopy and Microinjection follow up: Bioinformatics 
16:00Journal Club 
17:00Seminar 
18:00Dinner 
Friday 04/09/2020
09:00Seminar 
10:00Work Shop: Morphometrics 
12:00Lunch 
13:00Journal Club 4 
14:00Seminar 
15:00Closing Remarks 
 Free time 
19:30Farewell Dinner 
Saturday 05/09/2020
 Departure 

Field Trip

All participants will be involved in field work at local sites. Please be aware that the sites are likely to be muddy, so wear old clothes and sturdy footwear. You will be out in the field for several hours. The British weather can be unpredictable, so please bring clothing suitable for all eventualities. It is advisable to bring a hat and sunscreen in case of good weather, but please also make sure you bring waterproof jackets / trousers in case of rain.

Other equipment

All equipment for lab work and other sessions will be provided. Whilst at Oxford Brookes University you will be provided with access to the University's shared computer network (details will be provided on arrival). However, there is also a Wifi network at the Gipsy Lane Campus, and in communal areas at the Clive Booth Postgraduate Centre. If you would like to bring a laptop to use these networks you are more than welcome to do so.

Please see below for details of transport, accommodation and arrival times for the Eco Evo Devo Postgraduate summer school.

Accommodation

Accommodation will be reserved for you at Oxford Brookes University Clive Booth Postgraduate Centre which is approximately 10 minutes walk from the Gipsy Lane Campus where the majority of the summer school will take place. Bookings for accommodation include breakfast and all other meals during your stay will be provided. Full details of meals will be provided during the welcome talk on Sunday evening. If you have any dietary requirements please inform us as soon as possible.Your room will be available from 14:00 and check in is available until 22:00. If you arrive in Oxford before this time, you will be able to leave bags at the Clive Booth reception until your room is ready (although please do not leave any valuables). If you plan to arrive in Oxford later than this, please let us know as soon as possible.

Transport

The following list outlines details of how to reach Oxford Brookes University via the most common arrival points into the UK / Oxford. If your preferred method of travel is not listed and you require more information, please let us know.

Air

If you are travelling to the UK by air, please be aware that travel from London Luton and London Stansted requires travel via central London before transfer to Oxford. Please ensure you allow sufficient time for this, both before and after the course. We recommend travel via London Heathrow or London Gatwick

Arriving London Gatwick (LGW)
If you are arriving at Gatwick, the quickest and easiest way to reach Oxford is using the Oxford Bus Company Airline Service https://airline.oxfordbus.co.uk/gatwick/ On the bus you will need to purchase a Period Return at a cost of £37 (this will allow you to return to the airport within 30 days, contactless payment is possible). Euros are also accepted. It is not necessary to prebook. Buses to Oxford leave from Gatwick South Terminal Stands 1 & 2 and from Gatwick North Terminal Stands 4 & 5 and run every hour. When you arrive in Oxford the bus will drop you off immediately outside Oxford Brookes University. Stops are announced on the bus, but the driver will also be able to advise you. Depending on your arrival time you can then either go to your accommodation (see below) or straight to the main campus reception. Once on campus, please follow signs to the main reception.

Arriving London Heathrow (LHR)
If you are arriving at Heathrow, the quickest and easiest way to reach Oxford is using the Oxford Bus Company Airline Service https://airline.oxfordbus.co.uk/heathrow/ On the bus you will need to purchase a Period Return at a cost of £30 (this will allow you to return to the airport within 30 days; contactless payment is possible). Euros are also accepted. It is not necessary to prebook. Buses to Oxford leave from Heathrow Terminal 5 Stand 10 and run every 30 minutes. There is a free transfer bus from Terminal 4 to Terminal 5. For Terminals 1, 2 and 3, the bus leaves from Heathrow Central Bus Station Stand 15. When you arrive in Oxford the bus will drop you off immediately outside Oxford Brookes University. Stops are announced on the bus, but the driver will also be able to advise you. Depending on your arrival time you can then either go to your accommodation (see below) or straight to the main campus reception. Once on campus, please follow signs to the main reception.

Eurostar
If you are travelling by Eurostar, the quickest way to reach Oxford is by train from Paddington. From London St Pancras (Eurostar Terminal) to get to Paddington follow signs to King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station (approximately 2 minutes walking), take a Circle Line (Yellow route on Underground Map https://tfl.gov.uk/cdn/static/cms/documents/standard-tube-map.pdf) in the direction of Hammersmith. Paddington Station is the 5th stop on this route and requires no changes (approximately 11 minutes). From Paddington Underground Station, follow signs to Paddington Mainline station (approximately 5 minutes walking).
When you reach Oxford Railway Station, the Brookes Bus U1 Service https://brookesbus.oxfordbus.co.uk/timetables/ is the quickest and cheapest way to reach the campus. The U1 bus leaves from just outside the station (see map https://assets.goaheadbus.com/media/cms_page_media/106/BROOKESbusU1-RouteMap-September2018_WEB.pdf) and runs every hour. Request a SINGLE TICKET to Brookes University which is immediately outside the Gipsy Lane Campus and 10 minutes walk to the Clive Booth Postgraduate Centre (see map). The trip will cost £2.00 and will need to be paid in Sterling (contactless payment is possible). Stops are announced.
Taxis are also available from the station. If taking a taxi please ask the driver to take you to either John Garne Way Lane for Clive Booth Postgraduate Centre or to come straight to Oxford Brookes University ask for Oxford Brookes Gipsy Lane Campus. This will cost between £5 and £10 and will need to be paid in cash in Sterling.

Train
If you are travelling by train in the UK, when you reach Oxford Railway Station, the Brookes Bus U1 Service https://brookesbus.oxfordbus.co.uk/timetables/ is the quickest and cheapest way to reach the campus. The U1 bus leaves from just outside the station (see map https://assets.goaheadbus.com/media/cms_page_media/106/BROOKESbusU1-RouteMap-September2018_WEB.pdf) and runs every hour. Request a SINGLE TICKET to Brookes University which is immediately outside the Gipsy Lane Campus and 10 minutes walk to the Clive Booth Postgraduate Centre (see map). The trip will cost £2.50 and will need to be paid in Sterling (contactless payment is possible). Stops are announced.
Taxis are also available from the station. If taking a taxi please ask the driver to take you to either John Garne Way for Clive Booth Postgraduate Centre or to come straight to Oxford Brookes University ask for Oxford Brookes Gipsy Lane Campus. This will cost between £5 and £10 and will need to be paid in cash in sterling.

Car
We do not recommend driving to Oxford. There is no parking available on Brookes campuses and most on-street parking is restricted

Cost
Total course cost (excluding travel) including all meals and accommodation is £800. Register via the link above. Successful applicants will be contacted with more details and a link for payment.

Topics
The summer schools will cover a range of topics to explore how development evolves to generate metazoan diversity and the underlying developmental, evolutionary and ecological forces. Specific topics covered include: embryogenesis, evolution of developmental gene expression and function, evolution and modelling of gene regulatory networks, morphological evolution, phylogeography, life history evolution, speciation, hybridisation, ecology, environmental adaptation and population genetics.

There will be twice daily seminars by invited international speakers from the field of Eco Evo Devo.

A poster session will provide all participants with the opportunity to present their own research to each other and the teachers. Posters will be accessible during the whole course of the Summer School.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore key concepts in Eco Evo Devo from both recent and classic publications in this field during in small discussion groups hosted by teachers each day.

The summer school also offers a field trip to collect arthropods from local sites to allow participants to experience field techniques. In follow-up laboratory sessions, participants will then investigate the relationship between morphological variation among their samples and environment.

Participants will have the opportunity to investigate gene expression, gene function, development and morphology in a range of arthropods through a series of practicals that will provide training in experimental approaches including detection of gene expression, micro-injection, CRISPR/Cas9, Scanning Electron Microscopy and other microscopy techniques. To compliment the laboratory practicals and fieldwork, the summer school will also offer interactive computer based training sessions on morphometrics, genetic mapping and population genetics.

More information and how to book

Application deadline is 30th April 2020. Course fees are £800. This includes accommodation, course materials and all meals. Successful applicants will be contacted with more details and a link for payment.

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Email: skittelmann@brookes.ac.uk