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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.

Winter Meeting 2019

The GENECO Winter Meeting 2019 will be held in Lund, on Tuesday 12 February at Elite Hotel.

The theme of this year’s meeting is “Managing Ideas and Careers”. Research ideas and findings can be converted into innovations such as products and services – but how can that be achieved? This will be be topic of our first speakers: Per Merke at LU innovation, and Håkan Arheden and Einar Heiberg, founders of several biotech companies. Then, we will listen to an interactive and inspirational lecture by Elna Heimdal Nilsson on how she manages to combine two very demanding careers: one as a lecturer at the Department of Physics here in Lund, one as the World Champion in Thai boxing!
The day will start at 09.30 with coffee and registration and at 10.00 there will be PhD student presentations. The day will end with mingle and dinner at Finn Inn Restaurant (18.00) where we will have the chance to network with our guest lectures, GENECO advisors, and fellow GENECO students.

See the Winter Meeting Program here.

Summer Meeting 2018

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You can find the schedule here (pdf; 357KB)

The GENECO Summer Meeting 2018 was held at Häckeberga Slott in Genarp on 5-6 September (Wednesday-Thursday).

The Mentor Programme 8 Follow-Up Meeting will started on Thursday the 6th, and continued until Friday the 7th.

see the summary and the pictures here

Summary of the schedule

The meeting started in the morning 5 September and ended right after lunch the 6th. The programme included seminars by four distinguished speakers within genomic research: Katrina Lythgoe, Henrik De Fine Licht, Stéphane Blanc, and Jessica Stapley. We also had presentations by PhD students in smaller groups, and, for new PhD students, poster presentations that were mandatory.

Besides the purely scientific content, one extra goal with this year’s Summer Meeting was a seminar about ‘Creative Groups and Processes’ that was held by Eva Hoff (Department of Psychology, Lund University).

As always, this was a great opportunity for you to interact and socialise with GENECO PhD students, GENECO Alumni, GENECO Advisors, and the Invited Speakers.

The invited speakers

Winter Meeting 2018

The Winter Meeting 2018 was held in Lund, Elite Hotel, on February 14th, 2018.

The theme of this year’s meeting was “Breaking boundaries and realizing human potential”. In order to face large challenges and to overcome great obstacles, we need to have a good mindset and be mentally strong. Today we will learn about and discuss how to get such skills.

Jonas Colting led a mini-workshop in the afternoon on how to break boundaries and build mental strength. Jonas is a previous elite triathlete with several international achievements in long-distance competitions with numerous World Cup medals and several Ultraman World Championship victories (

The day will started at 09.30 with coffee and registration and at 10.00 there were PhD student presentations. The day ended with mingle and dinner at Biskopshuset (18.30) where we had the chance to network with our workshop leader, GENECO advisors, and other GENECO students.

Summer Meeting 2017

The GENECO Summer Meeting 2017 was held at St Gertrud in Malmö, August 30-31

Read about it and see the pictures on Biologibloggen

See the Program here: pdf

Schedule: The meeting started in the morning the 30th and ended at lunch time on the 31st. The program included seminars from four distinguished speakers within genomic ecology: Sara Hallin, Susan Johnston, Erik Sotka and Dominic Wright (see below for details), research presentations from PhD students in smaller groups and a poster session. Besides the purely scientific content, one extra goal with this year’s summer meeting was a session on experimental design and statistics in genomic ecology.

Our invited speakers were:

Sara Hallin, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

Sara Hallin’s work concerns nitrogen cycling communities in terrestrial environments, but aquatic ecosystems and engineered systems are also investigated. She addresses fundamental questions regarding their ecology, and also do applied research related to agricultural and environmental issues, such as nutrient cycling, greenhouse gas emissions, nitrogen leaching and water treatment. For this purpose, Sara uses phylogeny-based measures of community diversity to infer potentially important ecological factors involved in structuring microbial biodiversity in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

Susan Johnston, University of Edinburgh, UK

Susan Johnston’s research interests centre on using genomic information to understand selection and evolution in wild and domesticated populations. Common themes include determining the genetic architecture of traits using genome scans, understanding why genetic variation persists in traits despite strong selection, and most recently, the evolutionary importance of recombination rate variation at different evolutionary timescales. She answers these questions using data from various vertebrate species, including domestic sheep, red deer, Atlantic salmon and house sparrows.

Erik Sotka, College of Charleston, US  

Erik Sotka is marine biologist from the College of Charleston. His research focus on various topics such as ecosystem services in seaweed communities, invasive species, climate change effects and dispersal strategies. The research group studies the roles of dispersal, historical demography and natural selection and with oceanographers trying to understand the role of the driving patterns that cause population genetic structures.

Dominic Wright, Linköping, Sweden

Dominic Wright uses comparative genomics in domestic and wild animals to find genes which affect everything from brain size to behaviour, and to dissect complex behavioural and physiological traits, using genomics methods. Although not restricted to it, most of his research focuses on Red Junglefowl and modern chicken breeds selected for farming purposes such as egg productivity or meat yield with the goals of improving poultry welfare and understanding the genetic basis of animal domestication.

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.

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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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