Current Topics in Zoology and Evolution

The "Institutskolloquium" of DUW Zoology in Fall Term 2023

The seminars take place every Monday during term time at 16:15

The format of this seminar is variable. On some dates we will meet in person, at other dates the format will be online (via zoom). Seminars in person take place in the small lecture hall of Zoology (kleiner Hörsaal, Vesalgasse 1, 1st floor). Please check the table below about the format of specific dates. A zoom link (online events) will be communicated to all members of zoology and to everybody registered for the seminar in the week before the seminar starts.

Week Date Speaker Title* Format Host
1 18.9.
2 25.9. Verena Schuenemann, U Basel Past Pandemics and One Health: First insights on medieval rodents as animal reservoirs for plague and leprosy in person dieter ebert
3 2.10.
4 9.10. Wen-Juan Ma tba Walter Salzburger
5 16.10.
6 23.10. Jason Kolbe, University of Rhode Island tba online Daniel Berner
7 30.10. Nicolas Salamin tba Seraina Klopfstein
8 6.11. Robert Unckless, U Kansas tba online dieter ebert
9 13.11. Thibaut Brunet, Institut Pasteur The evolutionary origin of animal development: insights from choanoflagellates in person Alisha May
11 20.11. Eric Warrant, Lund University tba online Nathalie Matthey
10 27.11. Peter Walentek, U Freiburg Evolution and adaptation of airway-like mucociliary epithelia across species, germ layers and organs in person Patrick Tschopp
12 4.12. Alex Hall, ETH tba in person dieter ebert
13 11.12. Nandan Nerurkar, Columbia University Mechanobiology of vertebrate gut morphogenesis online Patrick Tschopp
14 18.12. William Rice, UC Santa Barbara tba online Daniel Berner

* tba: to be anounced

Credit points

To obtain credit points for participation in this seminar, it is necessary to attend the seminar regularly (attendance will be recorded from the online log-ins) and to write an essay about one of the seminars. Any seminar (except the last two in the term) can be chosen. The essay should be about 3 pages long und should be written in the style of a report/summary of the presentation. It should also include a summary of the main points of the discussion. We prefer essays in English. The essay should be handed in (as a file and in printed form) to the host of the seminar speaker (as listed on the webpage), who will go over it and return it to you with comments. The host of this particular seminar will then send an email to the person responsible for the credit points of the seminar, informing him whether the essay was acceptable or not. An unacceptable essay can be repeated on another occasion.

It is possible to obtain credit points for the Institutskolloqium more than once. To do so, a study contract (Studienvertrag) has to be produced, which needs to be approved by Dieter Ebert at the beginning of the term.

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