ISEB2: Indo-Swiss Meeting on Evolutionary Biology

A platform promoting exchange of scientific ideas and collaborations

Photo by Prof TNC Vidya

Event Details


Centre for Human Genetics
Electronics City Phase 1, Electronic City, Bengaluru , Karnataka 560100 India


December 12, 2019 8:00 am - December 14, 2019 5:00 pm

Evolutionary biology in the 21st century deals with critical issues of central societal relevance, such as those concerning human health or the current biodiversity crisis. These problems affect the whole of humanity, and therefore, there is a growing recognition that the effort to tackle them also needs to unite scientists and experts from all over the world.

Switzerland has become a major force in research in evolutionary biology over the last two decades and has attracted some of the most well-known names from all over the world. In 2018, six Indian evolutionary biologists visited Graduate Campus of University of Zurich to take part in the first Indo-Swiss collaboration primer in evolution and ecology , as part of a program facilitaed by swissnex India

With this purpose in mind, “ISEB2: Indo-Swiss Meeting on Evolutionary Biology” acts as the Indian counterpart to the Swiss meeting that aims to promote scientific ideas and knowledge exchange. 


Prof. Stefan Lupold is a professor at the Department of Evolutionary Biology & Environmental Studies, University of Zurich. His recent teachings include; Principles of evolution: Theory at the University of Zurich, Topics in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Zurich, Analytical tools in biology at Syracuse University.  His recent prizes and honours include being the Winner of the Cover Art Competition, 2nd Place in the Nikon Small World in Motion Competition and an Honourable Mention in the Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition.
Stefan Lupold
Professor / University of Zurich
Prof.Thomas Flatt is a Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Prior to his position in Fribourg, he was a Swiss National Science Foundation Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Lausanne, a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin, and faculty member of the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics and a tenured group leader at the Institute of Population Genetics in Vienna.Prof. Flatt obtained his PhD from the the University of Fribourg and his MSc from the University of Basel. 
Thomas Flatt
Professor / University of Fribourg
Prof. Pannell is faculty in Plant Evolution at the University of Lausanne. His research is directed towards understanding the evolution of plant gender, sexual dimorphism, sex allocation strategies, and sex chromosomes; the ecology, genetics and evolution of polyploidy, especially in its interaction with the sexual system; the evolution of local adaptation, particularly in colonizing plant species. Prof. Pannell attained his PhD from the University of Oxford and his BSc from University of Sydney, Australia
John Pannell
Professor / University of Lausanne
Prof. Vellicer is faculty at the Department of Environmental Science Systems, ETH Zurich. His research involves investigating a conceptually diverse range of questions regarding how social behaviour among microbes evolves, in ecological context and molecular detail, using several research approaches. His research addresses questions of general conceptual interest but empirically focuses on the myxobacteria, which have evolved some of the most sophisticated social behaviours found among microorganisms. Prof. Velicer attained his PhD in Biology from Universität Konstanz, Germany and his MSc in Agrobiology from Universität Hohenheim, Germany.
Dr. Gregory Velicer
Professor / ETH Zurich
Prof. Kummerli is faculty for Evolutionary Microbiology at the Department of Quantitative Biomedicine University of Zurich. His research interests are social evolution, microbial evolution, evolutionary microbiology, evolution of virulence. Prof. Kümmerli’s research team are particularly interested in secreted metabolites, such as iron-scavenging siderophores and enzymes, which can be shared as public goods between cells. Prof. Kümmerli attained his PhD from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and his MSc from University of Zürich, Switzerland
Rolf Kümmerli
Professor / University of Zurich
Prof. Kawecki is an associate professor of Biology at the University of Lausanne. His research interests include the evolution of adaptive traits, particularly in response to novel, variable and stressful environments. In the last few years research in his group has focused on two subjects: evolutionary biology of learning and adaptation to chronic nutritional stress. He got his PhD in in Zoology from the University of Basel, Switzerland and his MSc in Biology from Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland.
Prof Tadeusz J. Kawecki
Professor / University of Lausanne


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