List of participants: download here


Bridging the gap between theoretical and empirical population genetics

Vienna, Austria
October 31 and November 1, 2016


update October 18: download schedule


The Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics is proud to announce the fifth MIND THE GAP conference to be held on October 31 and November 1, 2016 at the campus of Vetmeduni Vienna, Austria.

MIND THE GAP aims at bringing together theoretical and empirical population geneticists. This conference is the fifth meeting in a series of conferences held in Freiburg (2009), Plön (2010), Cologne (2011), and Vienna (2013).



As in these past meetings, there are different main topics for this conference. This year’s themes are:

  1. Evolutionary inference using time series data
  2. Adaptive QTLs and their genomic signatures
  3. Phenotypic plasticity
  4. Introgression: signatures of selected and neutral alleles

Several invited speakers have already confirmed their attendance:

Nick Barton (IST Austria, A)
Alan Bergland (Univ. of Virginia, USA)
Luis-Miguel Chevin (CEFE/CNRS, FR)
Oscar Gaggiotti (Univ. of St. Andrews, UK)
Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas (University of Bern, CH)
Fernando Racimo (Univ. of California, Berkeley, USA)
Wolfgang Stephan (LMU Munich, GER)
Lev Yampolsky (East Tennessee State Univ., USA)

The call for contributed talks is closed. We currently still accept applications for poster contributions and attendance. Attendance to the conference will be free of charge but space is limited. Therefore we ask all attendees to describe their motivation to join the meeting on the registration form and email it to mtg5.Vienna2016(at)gmail.com by October 15th at the very latest.

Successful applicants will receive a confirmation by email.

We strongly advise participants to arrive at the latest on the evening of Sunday, October 30th. The meeting will last until approx. 17:00 on November 1st, so it may be advisable to plan departure for November 2nd.



download detailed schedule here

Monday 9:00-14:45: Evolutionary inference using time series data
Alan Bergland, University of Virginia, USA
Neda Barghi, Vetmeduni Vienna, A
Robert Kofler, Vetmeduni Vienna, A
Meike Wittmann, University of Vienna, A
Patrick Meirmans, University of Amsterdam, NL
Philip Gerrish, Georgia Tech / Los Alamos National Lab, USA
Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas, University of Bern, CH
Monday 14:45-17:30: Adaptive QTLs and their genomic signatures
Oscar Gaggiotti, University of St. Andrews, UK
Nick Barton, IST, A
Wolfgang Stephan, LMU Munich, GER

Monday 17:30-19:00: Poster session

Tuesday 9:00-14:00: Introgression: signatures of selected and neutral alleles
Fernando Racimo, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Luca Ferretti, The Pirbright Institute, UK
Noémie Becker, LMU Munich, GER
Michael Dannemann, Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, GER
Carolin Kosiol, Vetmeduni Vienna, A
Hannes Svardal, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK

Tuesday 14:00-17:00: Phenotypic Plasticity
Lev Yampolsky, East Tennessee State Univ., USA
Juan Galarza, University of Jyväskylä, FIN
François Mallard, Vetmeduni Vienna, A
Luis-Miguel Chevin, CEFE/CNRS, FR

Conference venue

The conference is hosted at the campus of Vetmeduni Vienna in the 21st municipal district of Vienna.

Lecture Hall B
Vetmeduni Vienna
Veterinärplatz 1
1210 Vienna

Google Maps location

Campus map

Public transport: www.wienerlienien.at
Closest metro line: U1
Tram lines: 25 and 26
Bus line: 26A

Poster format

Posters should fit to DIN A0. Only portrait formats can be accepted.

Accommodation and Directions

A contingent of single rooms at discounted rates (Euro 55,- per night, including breakfast) is reserved for participants at Hotel Donaustadt Kagran, please contact us for booking as soon as possible.

How to get to the city from the airport:

We recommend taking the "Schnellbahn" train S7. With the train ticket for € 4.20 you will be entitled to transfer to the city's public transport system at no extra cost to reach your accommodation. More details here.

More expensive alternative (non-stop to "Wien Mitte"): The City Airport Train CAT costs € 11.00 (€ 16.00 return trip) if purchased online and you will have to buy an extra € 2.00 ticket on Vienna public transport to reach your accommodation.

More options here.

Vienna has an excellent public transport system. Please consult the pages of www.wienerlinien.at for more information about public transport connections and pricing of tickets

Download the quando app to find your way through the city if you have a smartphone that works in Austria. It does have an English interface and also indicates CityBike stations.

Metro system overview here.

Historic centre public transport overview here.

FWF - Der Wissenschaftsfond Partner: FWF - Der Wissenschaftsfond
Vetmed Uni Vienna Partner: Vetmed Uni Vienna
Max F. Perutz Laboratories Partner: Max D. Perutz Laboratories
Gregor Mendel Institut Partner: Gregor Mendel Institute
Uniwien Partner: Uniwien