GreifOlution: 1st Greifswald Summer School on Mathematics of Evolution

Greifswald Summer School for PhD-students, PostDocs and advanced graduate students from 16/09/2018 to 22/09/2018 in Greifswald, Germany

As part of the "Year of Mathematical Biology" we proudly announce GreifOlution, the 1st Greifswald Summer School on Mathematics of Evolution (kindly funded by the DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service).

The main focus of this summer school will be on mathematical models and methods for reconstructing phylogenetic trees and networks, but upon request we might also include some sessions on other related topics, e.g. from population genetics.


So if you are a mathematician or computer scientist with a strong interest in biology or a biologist who aspires to a deeper understanding of mathematical or statistical methods and models, this summer school is what you need! 


Greifswald University is one of the hotspots of mathematical phylogenetics and biomathematics in Germany - as the only German university which has been offering a biomathematics study program already for 20 years, the small town located directly at the Baltic Sea has attracted lots of renowned researchers over the years!

So why not benefit from the presence of all these experts? Come and spend a week in summer at the beautiful Baltic Sea and deepen your knowledge on mathematical phylogenetics!


In order to accomodate for the different needs of more theoretical and more applied attendants and in order to deliver at the same time basic modelling knowledge to all attendants, we plan to have shared morning sessions with introductory talks on a variety of topics followed by parallel afternoon sessions. These afternoon sessions will offer specialist theory talks as well as applied work on real data - depending on the choice of each participant. If you want, you can even bring your own data to work on during the summer school! However, this is by no means a necessity - the summer school is also open for, e.g., mathematicians who do not work with real data.

This summer school aims at bridging the gap between mathematics and biology and providing both a broad introduction to various fields of biomathematics (e.g. biostatistics, bioinformatics and mathematical phylogenetics) as well as insights into state-of-the-art research. 


Moreover, the summer school will be accompanied by several social events (e.g. an excursion to Rügen island and tours of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics and the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute) enabling the participants to engage in vivid discussions about and beyond research. 

We invite applications from PhD students, PostDocs and advanced graduate students of Mathematics, Computer Science or Biology (and related areas of study) who have a great interest in Biomathematics, in particular in Mathematical Phylogenetics.

The school is free of charge. There are also no costs for the social dinner, the excursions and lunch during the summer school, but participants must cover their own accomodation and travel expenses. Foreign participants, however, may be eligible for funding (see the below for the DAAD reglementation concerning foreign participants).

Prospective speakers: Renowned experts from Greifswald

Prospective schedule

Funding for foreign participants

For foreign participants there exists the possibility to apply for funding. This includes a mobility and accomodation flat rate funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). You are a foreign participant if you do NOT have the German nationality. Moreover, at the time of the summer school, your affiliation to a German institution is not intended for more than one year (including the time before and after the summer school).


Registration is closed! 

Organizing committee of “GreifOlution”


For any questions, contact us at greifolution(at)uni-greifswald(dot)de.