Matematiksel Evrim 2013
Matematiksel Evrim 2014 / Workshop on Quantitative Evolutionary Biology
QEvolution2014, a workshop on quantitative evolutionary biology, was held from September 14-21 in Sirince, Izmir province, Turkey. The site is a few kilometers from the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, where Heraclitus once stated that everything changes and nothing stays still — a defining characteristic of the process of evolution. And indeed the workshop venue, Nesin Mathematics Village, stirred the intellectual creativeness of the 43 participants from all over the world in order to understand evolution with models and genome data.
Keynote lectures by Aida Andres, Nick Barton, Thomas Lenormand and Nadia Singh on the topics of population genetics, molecular evolution and evolutionary modeling were complemented by seminar talks by young researchers. The afternoons were reserved for group projects, for which the participants collaborated on topics as diverse as landscape transcriptomics, the study of epistasis in real biological systems, the evolution of gene regulation, and population genomics. At evenings, the keynote lecturers gave informal talks about their scientific careers, which provided opportunity for students to ask questions about career choices and life as a scientist. The outcome of the QEvolution2014 workshop was remarkable in both scientific and social context.