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Annual Meetings

GENECO arranges two annual meetings, a Winter and a Summer meeting, on selected topics where the PhD students  get the opportunity to interact with invited speakers, gain novel skills and learn more about career possibilities inside and outside Academia. We have been very fortunate and have been able to attract top ranked international researchers within genomic ecology to these meetings.

The Summer Meetings are held in the end of the summer and they are 1.5 day events inclusive of an overnight stay.

The Winter Meetings are held in Lund in the beginning of February and they are single day event.

Summer Meeting 2017

The GENECO Summer Meeting 2017 will be held August 30-31, 2017 in Malmö.

Winter Meeting 2017

See the pictures here!

How to make an impact with your research

The GENECO Winter Meeting 2017 was held on Tuesday February 14 at Agora Conference Center, Ideon, Lund.

The seminar/mini-workshop was led by Dr Dan Csontos. He is the Editorial Director of Elevate Scientific ( Dan has 18 years’ experience in academia, science publishing and communications, and grant writing. Dan was previously an editor for Nature and Nature Physics, science editor and project manager for Macmillan Science Communications, and has worked on grant applications to Swedish and European funders. He holds a PhD in physics from Lund University.

Researchers face increasing pressures from funders, universities and journals to make an impact. But how is impact defined, measured and how can you make and argue for it? In this interactive seminar/mini-workshop we will discuss impact from three different perspectives.

First, we set the context by looking at how impact is defined and measured. Second, using insights from cognitive sciences we explain why story is vital to influence audiences. We will use these insights to build scientific stories for scientific papers, grant applications and presentations. Finally, I will provide an overview of recent developments in how research is done and disseminated, including reproducibility, transparency and openness, open science/data and peer review.

GENECO winter Lund

Summer meeting 2016

The GENECO Summer Meeting 2016 was held at Häckeberga Slott, Genarp, on 24 to 25th of August.


Group photo of the speakers at the meeting.
The speakers from left to right Mark Jobling, Martin Lysak, Michael Cummings, Sonya Dyhrman, Håkan Wallander, Torbjörn Säll

People sitting listening to a talk.
People taking refreshments.

View over the lake from Häckeberga castle.
People standing at a balcony looking down at the photographer.

People sitting listening to a talk.
People sitting outside talking.

People sitting outside talking.
People walking in the castle's park.

Elsa Call presenting her poster.
Weerachon Sawangproh presenting his poster.

Group photo of all the participants at the GENECO summer meeting 2016.

The meeting started in the morning the 24th and ended at lunch time the 25th. The program included seminars from four distinguished speakers within genomic ecology:

  • Martin Lysak is an Associate Professor at CEITEC in Czech Republic. His research interest primarily covers genome evolution in Arabidopsis and other Brassicacae species. He works both on the level of  DNA sequences as well as in the area of karyotype evolution.
  • Sonya Dyhrman is an Associate Professor at Earth and Environmental Sciences (Biology and Paleo Environment, Columbia University) and broadly interested in how microbes interact with their environment. She uses a suite of molecular level tools and genome-enabled approaches to examine the distribution and activities of marine phytoplankton, and how they influence cycling of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus.
  • Michael Cumming is an Associate Professor at Department of Biology (University of Maryland) with a strong interest in computational biology and molecular evolutionary genetics. His research includes the examination of patterns and processes of sequence evolution to understand molecular evolutionary mechanisms that bring about biological change.

  • Mark Joblingis a Professor at the Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester, UK. His research is in the area of human genetic diversity and the forces that shapes it, from mutation processes to cultural factors in human populations. He has a long-term interest in the Y chromosome and its many peculiarities.

There were also research presentations from PhD students in smaller groups and a poster session.

The GENECO Mentor programme 7 will started in the morning of the 25th of August and ended after lunch on the 26th in the same venue.

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General questions

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Associate professor

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Questions regarding GENECO courses

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Department of Biology

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