Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

Eco Evo Devo Summer School

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  • 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 and 216 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.

  • Prof. Alistair P. McGregor
    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences, 
    Oxford Brookes University, 
    UK.
    Dr. Casper J. Breuker
    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences, 
    Oxford Brookes University, 
    UK.
    Dr. Sebastian Kittelmann
    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences, 
    Oxford Brookes University, 
    UK.
    Dr. Maria D. S. Nunes
    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences, 
    Oxford Brookes University, 
    UK.
    Dr. Abderrahman Khila
    Institut de Génomique Fonctionelle de Lyon,
    France 
    Dr. Patrícia Beldade
    Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC) | IGC

    Portugal 

    Dr. Saad Arif
    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences, 
    Oxford Brookes University, 
    UK.
    Richard Burkmar
    Field Studies Council,
    UK 

    Dr. Bruce Riddoch
    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences, 
    Oxford Brookes University, 
    UK.

    Dr. Maike Kittleman
    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences, 
    Oxford Brookes University, 
    UK.

    Dr. Megan Davey
    School of Veterinary Science,
    University of Edinburgh,
    UK 

    Dr. Jordi Solana 
    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences, 
    Oxford Brookes University, 
    UK. 
    Dr. Anna Schöenauer
    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences, 
    Oxford Brookes University, 
    UK. 
    Dr. Joe McKenna
    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences, 
    Oxford Brookes University, 
    UK

    Michaela Holzem
    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences, 
    Oxford Brookes University, 
    UK.

    Dr. Marie-Anne Félix
    Institut de Biologie de ENS,
    France

    Schedule

    Full details of the programme will be added in due course, but the overall programme for the week is below:

    Sunday 02/09/2018

    Arrival. Accommodation can be accessed from 15:30. Luggage can be left at the hall before this time. Although there is no official activity on Sunday September 2, you are very welcome to join us in the Angel and Greyhound pub ( http://www.youngs.co.uk/pubs/angeland-greyhound) from 18:00.

    Monday 03/09/2018

    08:50 Introduction: Alistair P. McGregor

    09:00 Seminar

    10:00 Workshop 1

    13:00 Lunch and Poster Session

    14:00 Workshop 2

    17:00 Journal Club 1

    18:00 Seminar

    19:00 Dinner

    Tuesday 04/09/2018

    09:00 Seminar

    10:00 Workshop 3

    13:00 Lunch

    14:00 Practical

    16:00 Journal Club 2

    17:00 Seminar

    18:00 Dinner

    19:00 Workshop 4

    Wednesday 05/09/2018

    09:00 Seminar

    10:00 Introduction to Field Trip

    11:00 Field Trip 17:00 Seminar

    18:00 Dinner

    Thursday 06/09/2018

    09:00 Seminar

    10:00 Field Trip Follow-up Practical

    12:00 Lunch

    13:00 Work Shop: Bioinformatics

    16:00 Journal Club 3

    17:00 Seminar

    18:00 Dinner

    Friday 07/09/2018

    09:00 Seminar

    10:00 Work Shop: Morphometrics

    12:00 Lunch

    13:00 Journal Club 4

    14:00 Seminar

    15:00 Closing Remarks

    19:30 Farewell Dinner

    Saturday 08/09/2018

    10:00 Accommodation check out
     

    Practical information

    Field Trip

    All participants will be involved in field work at various 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 Wifi 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  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 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 http://www.oxfordbus.co.uk/main.php?page_id=23 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). 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 http://www.oxfordbus.co.uk/main.php?page_id=23 On the bus you will need to purchase a Period Return at a cost of £27 (this will allow you to return to the airport within 30 days). Euros are also accepted. It is not necessary to prebook. Buses to Oxford leave from Heathrow Terminal 5 - Stand 9 and run every 30 minutes. There is a free transfer bus from Terminal 4 to the bus stands. For Terminals 1 and 3, the bus leaves from Heathrow Central Bus Station, Stand 14A. 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 http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/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  https://brookesbus.oxfordbus.co.uk/timetables/ U1 Service is the quickest and cheapest way to reach all the Oxford Brookes University locations. The U1 bus leaves from just outside the station (see map) and runs every hour. If you wish to go irectly to your accommodation request a SINGLE TICKET to St Clements, Headington Hill (Stop B1) which is 5 minutes walk to the Clive Booth Postgraduate Centre (see map). If you wish to go directly to the main reception request a SINGLE TICKET to Headington, Brookes University (Stop B2) which is immediately outside the Gipsy Lane Campus. Both trips will cost around £2.50 and will need to be paid in sterling. The driver will be able to tell you where to get off.

    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 sterling.

     

    Train

    If you are travelling by train in the UK, when you reach Oxford Railway Station, the Brookes Bus  https://brookesbus.oxfordbus.co.uk/timetables/  U1 Service is the quickest and cheapest way to reach all the Oxford Brookes University locations. The U1 bus leaves from just outside the station (see map) and runs every hour. If you wish to go directly to your accommodation request a SINGLE TICKET to St Clements, Headington Hill (Stop B1) which is 5 minutes walk to the Clive Booth Postgraduate Centre (see map). If you wish to go directly to the main reception request a SINGLE TICKET to Headington, Brookes University (Stop B2) which is immediately outside the Gipsy Lane Campus. Both trips will cost around £2.50 and will need to be paid in sterling. The driver will be able to tell you where to get off.

    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 sterling.

    Car

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

     
     
     
     
     
     
    Total course cost (excluding travel) including all meals and accommodation £850. Register via the link above. Successful applicants will be contacted with more details and a link for payment.
    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.
    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.
    Participants will compare embryogenesis among a range of arthropods, and have the opportunity to investigate gene expression, gene function, development and morphology in these animals through a series of practicals that will provide training in experimental approaches including detection of gene expression, micro-injection, CRISPR/CAS9, SEM and other microscopy techniques.
    The summer school also offers a field trip to collect the butterfly Maniola jurtina from different locations 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.
    To compliment the laboratory practicals and fieldwork, the summer school will also offer interactive computer based training sessions on morphometrics, genetic mapping, population genetics and analysis of next generation sequence data.