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Evolutionary Biology in Guarda 2025

An international summer school in the Swiss Alps, jointly offered by the University of Basel and the ETH Zurich

Picture of Guarda

A one week workshop for Master students and early PhD students with a keen interest in evolutionary biology.

Purpose of the workshop

What happens during the workshop:


14. - 21. June 2025 (Saturday to Saturday). The course will start on Saturday evening at 19h and will end Friday evening (departure on Saturday morning). Only candidates will be admitted who are able to participate for the entire course period.



Course requirements




The town of Guarda is in the Swiss alps at an altitude of about 1650 meters in the Swiss Canton of Grison (Graubünden), in the Eastern part Switzerland. The nearest larger town is Scuol (about 10 km). The mountains in the area are spectacular. Don't forget your hiking equipment (Shoes! Rain gear!). We will be there at the peak of the alpine flowers (Bring an alpin plant key if you like flowers).


Accommodation is in flats with 6 to 8 people. Participants share double bed-rooms. People sharing a flat will prepare their own meals and arrange all the necessary domestic tasks related to this (food shopping, cooking, cleaning dishes, ...).


We ask all participants to arrive on Saturday and leave on Saturday. There is a train station in the valley close to Guarda (also called Guarda). Inform us about your arrival time! Be there on Saturday afternoon. There is also a footpath from the station to the village which is not very long, but steep. The most convenient airport is Zürich. From there it is a 3-4 hour trip by train. To check train connections within Switzerland go to the Swiss railway schedule (Zürich Airport has its own railway station!).


Guarda is in the alps at an elevation of 1650 m above sea level. We might have anything from snow to bright sunshine (high UV radiation). Usually the temperatures are springlike, with fairly warm days, but rather cool nights. Houses are not heated!


Every participant has to finance his/her travel and accommodation him-/herself. The costs for accommodation are currently estimate to be about CHF 500.-. This price includes accommodation and food. This course fee has to be paid in advance (we have to pay for housing in advance). The exact costs can only be calculated closer to the event, but will not change much.


If you are a student with a strong interest in evolutionary biology and you want to take part in the workshop, please fill in the online application form. The next application window will open in Fall 2024 for the summer school in June 2025.

Deadline for applications is 15. January 2025.

If you need a letter of invitation or other help to organize funds, to apply for a visa, or for whatever, let us know. There are no (!) funds available from our side to support your travel or other costs.

If you have questions regarding your application, please contact (replace _at_ with @). For other questions, contact

If we receive more applications than we have places, we have to apply some selection rules. The order of application does not play a role for the selection process. People who have taken part in the Guarda workshop before cannot apply again.

Credit points

Each participant can receive a course confirmation for 3 credit points (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS). Please ask for it if you need it.

Read about the history of the Guarda workshop