23rd Graduate Meeting: Life History Evolution


March 19.-20.  2018

University of Freiburg, Institute for Biology I



The 23rd DZG (German Zoological Society) Graduate Meeting in Evolutionary Biology will take place in Freiburg in March of 2018. While the meeting’s main topic will be „Life History Evolution“, all scholars of evolutionary biology are welcome to discuss their plans and results. The meeting is supported by the DZG and the Research Unit FOR2281 So-Long.

Invited speakers

Alexei Maklakov, University of East Anglia: Evolution of ageing, in particular the evolution of sex differences in lifespan and ageing, the role of condition-dependent mortality in the evolution of ageing, and the trade-off between learning and longevity.(Unfortunately, Alexei Maklakov had to cancel due to unforeseeable scheduling problems)

Emma Vitikainen, University of Exeter: Social influences on life history allocation, health, and ageing in the cooperatively breeding banded mongoose; the proximate role of oxidative stress is in mediating life-history trade-offs.


We still have a few spots open, please contact us if you are interested in coming! Please send an email to gradmeeting2018@biologie.uni-freiburg.de by December 20st. If you would like to present at the meeting, please include a short (200 words) abstract and names & affiliations of co-authors, and also indicate whether you would like to present a talk or a poster.  The meeting itself is going to be for free. Options for accommodation in Freiburg are typically exhausted months in advance, so try to book your room as early as possible.

Preliminary schedule

Sunday 18.3.
Monday 19.3. Tuesday20.3. Wednesday 21.3.
Day Talks Talks Workshop
Evenings Ice breaker Poster session Talks

Voice training workshop

Nisma CherratWe offer a voice training workshop on Wednesday morning. Why should you modulate your voice during talks and lectures and how can you do that? Nisma Bux-Cherrat will lead you through practical exercises that will improve how you use your voice and reduce stress during public appearances. Please let us know if you want to participate as spots for the workshop are limited. The workshop requires a basic knowledge in German.


Freiburg is attractive for tourists and accommodation is not always easy to find. We recommend you book your rooms rather early. We blocked some beds in the StayInn until December 21st (rooms with two beds 58-65EUR/night/room; rooms with three beds 75EUR/night/room – use the code „DZG Graduate Meeting“ if you want to book directly. Please contact us (gradmeeting2018@biologie.uni-freiburg.de) if you are looking for a roommate or have any questions.