The MEEP lab runs workshops on statistical methods in evolutionary biology. Our annual Sydney Phylogenetics Workshop is held in July each year and is free to attend. We have also run workshops at other venues, including the National Herbarium of NSW, Australian National University, University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, and University of Gothenburg (Sweden). Some of our workshops have been offered in conjunction with COMBINE or with the Genetics Society of Australasia Conference.

A list of past workshops can be found here. If you would like to receive email notifications about future workshops, please contact Simon Ho.

Sydney Phylogenetics Workshop

The most recent Sydney Phylogenetics Workshop was held on 23-24 July 2018 at the University of Sydney. The teaching team was led by Simon Ho and David Duchene, and included Nate Lo, Zoe Patterson Ross, Cara Van Der Wal, and Perry Beasley-Hall. All of the teaching materials, including lecture slides, practical notes, and data files, are available on Github.

The next Sydney Phylogenetics Workshop will be held in July 2019, mostly likely in the week commencing 15 July.

Taming the BEAST Down Under

Taming the BEAST Down Under

In February 2019 we hosted Taming the BEAST Down Under, which was a week-long workshop focussing on Bayesian phylogenetic analysis using BEAST2. The workshop consisted of invited talks, lectures, and hands-on tutorial sessions given by core BEAST2 developers and experts in phylogenetics. The aim of the workshop was to provide participants with a firm grasp of the theory behind the methods central to phylogenetics, as implemented in BEAST2. The workshop covered Bayesian phylogenetics, phylogenetic model selection, molecular clocks, total-evidence dating, species trees and gene trees, and pathogen phylodynamics.

The teaching team included leading international and Australian reseachers: Alexei Drummond (University of Auckland), Remco Bouckaert (University of Auckland), Tim Vaughan (ETH Zurich), Jana Huisman (ETH Zurich), Nicola Mueller (ETH Zurich), Mike Lee (Flinders University and South Australian Museum), Sebastian Duchene (University of Melbourne), David Duchene (Australian National University), Jeremie Scire (ETH Zurich), Fabio Mendes (University of Auckland), and Christiaan Swanepoel (University of Auckland).

The workshop was organised by Simon Ho and several members of the MEEP lab: Cara Van Der Wal, Perry Beasley-Hall, Daej Arab, and Yi-Kai Tea. Support for the workshop was provided by the University of Sydney, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, ETH Zurich, University of Auckland, and University of Melbourne.

Registration for the workshop was AU$380 and included full-day catering, a welcome event, a joint dinner, and a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour. We were able to offer a large number of student fee waivers following a generous contribution from the Centre for Biodiversity Analysis (Australian National University).