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A one week workshop for Master students and early PhD students with a keen interest in evolutionary biology.
22. - 29. June 2024 (Saturday to Saturday). The course will start on Saturday evening at 19h15 and will end Friday evening. Only candidates will be admitted who are able to participate for the entire course period.
The town of Guarda is in the Swiss alps at an altitude of about 1650 meters in the Kanton of Grison (Graubünden), the easternmost Swiss Kanton. The nearest larger town is Scoul (Schuls) (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 4 to 8 people (mostly double bed-rooms). People sharing a flat cook for themselves.
By train: there is a train station in the valley close to Guarda (also called Guarda). We will organise a car to pick you up form the station. Inform us about your arrival! If possible try to be there in the afternoon. There is also a footpath from the station to the village which is not very long. The most convenient airport is Zürich. From there it is a 3-4 hour trip by train. We ask all participants to arrive on Saturday and leave on Saturday. Any other arrangements have to be done by yourself. To check train connections within Switzerland go to the Swiss railway schedule (Zürich Airport has its own railway station!). In case you arrive in Guarda on your own, please come to House Nr 89 (This is close to the upper end of the village). House 89 will be the central location for most workshop activities.
Guarda is in the high alps. We might have anything from snow to bright sunshine. Usually the temperatures are springlike, with fairly warm days, but rather cool nights. Houses are not heated!
Every participant has to finance his travel and accommodation him/herself. The costs for accommodation are CHF 490.-. That includes food. This money 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. Payment will be possible by money transfer or credit card.
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 Yasmin.picton_at_unibas.ch (replace _at_ with @). For other questions, contact Dieter.Ebert_at_unibas.ch
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.
Each participant receives a course confirmation for 3 credit points (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS).
The History of Evolutionary Biology in Guarda, by Stephen C. Stearns.