Context, Causes, Consequences.

Advanced PhD Course.

Ongoing right now. Summer Semester 2017.

A cooperation between IST Austria and the Vienna Natural History Museum.

Course Academic Credits: 3 ECTS

Content: Includes lectures, discussions and museum tours. Advanced PhD course, but postdocs welcome as well.
Dates: May 3th – June 21st. Weekly on Wednesdays 16:45 -20:00.
Location: Natural History Museum Vienna.
Registration: Details at IST course website

Target audience: PhD course for biologists in some of the following areas: evolution, ecology, systematics/phylogenetics, organismic biology or other fields related to evolution. The course is to be theoretical (lectures) and practical (assignments, paper discussions).

Course structure

  • Six lectures (2 hrs each)
  • Six practical sessions (1 hr each) for presentations. These are aimed for students to present published works that deal with an study cases. Between 3 and 4 presentations per session of 15-20 min.
  • Tours in the Museum of Natural History Vienna (combined with the lectures/practicals).
  • Lectured by: Harold P. de Vladar. Guest lecturers: Nick Barton, Tecumseh Fitch, William Martin and Eörs Szathmáry.

Further details at the course webpage at IST Austria (needs update, coming soon).


  • Maynard Smith, J and Szathmáry, E (1995) The Major Evolutionary Transitions. Oxford University Press.
  • Burke, A.F.G (2011) Principles of Social Evolution. Oxford University Press.
  • Okasha, S. (2007) Evolution and the Levels of Selection. Clarendon Press.
  • Szathmáry, E. (2015) Toward major evolutionary transitions theory 2.0. PNAS 10104-10111, doi:10.1073/pnas.1421398112

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