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December 2020: Award of Excellence

Congratulations to our alumna Sabine Felkel! She received the 3.000 Euro Award of Excellence by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research for her PhD thesis in the Wallner group "Y-chromosomal evolution in Equids: Deciphering the history of horses using Y-chromosomal NGS data" that she defended in September 2019.

December 2020: Faculty meeting

The faculty members met online on December 7.

October 2020: Monthly virtual dinner

In an effort to alleviate the missing social interactions during the crisis, we held a first virtual Zoom dinner with 30 participants. After the "plenary" welcome, we randomly divided into smaller groups for informal and much appreciated conversation while having dinner. Looking forward to our next monthly dinner night out in!

October 2020: PhD defenses

Two successful PhD defenses:

Congratulations to Kerstin Spitzer (Futschik group) on successfully defending her thesis "Improvement of statistical methods used in population genetics" online.

We also congratulate Gökce Aköz (Nordborg group) on successfully defending her thesis "Rediscovering Aquilegia as a model system while chasing chromosome four" during a virtual exam.

October 2020: EMBO short term fellowship

Congratulations to Aglaia Szukala! Aglaia received an EMBO short term grant for her upcoming 3-month research stay at the ETH Zürich.

October 2020: Seminars go online

Due to the pandemic, our international seminar series was turned into virtual visits and webinars for the upcoming Winter term. As the semester progresses, we’ll post webinars to our Youtube channel. The webinars started off with a talk by Günter Wagner (Yale Univ.), and as many as 50 people had tuned in! If you’d like to sign up, please have a look here:

September 2020: DZG Graduate Meeting

Faculty of PopGen Vienna organized the 25th DZG Graduate Meeting Evolutionary Biology. It was planned to hold the meeting at the Vetmeduni Vienna campus but due to the Sars-CoV-2 pandemic we were forced to hold the meeting online. Nevertheless, the meeting attracted many PhD students and interested colleagues. More information about the past meeting is available here. Several talks have been added to our YouTube channel.

August 2020: Erasmus+ grant

Congratulations to Aglaia Szukala! Aglaia received an Erasmus+ grant for her 3-month research stay at FU Berlin.

August 2020: Evolution explained to kids - online

The 2020 edition of "Kinderuni" (Children's University) could unfortunately not run "live" due to the Covid-19 crisis. Nevertheless, three of our students joined the efforts of Kinderuni to provide a fun, safe virtual contribution. Christina, Burcin and Elif prepared posters about evolution of horses in three languages for curious young researchers. "We were disappointed that we couldn't interact with the kids, and show them evolution under the microscope. It was a challenge to come up with a concept but it turned out to be fun to collaborate for the poster from our individual home offices."

August 2020: PhD defense

Congratulations to Christos Vlachos (Kofler group) on the successful (online) defense of his thesis "Towards the optimization of E&R experiments"

May 2020: Marshall Plan Scholarship

Congratulations to Marta Pelizzola on receiving one of the prestigious Marshall Plan Foundation grants to support her planned 6-month research stay at the Univ. of Chicago.

May 2020: SAB meeting

The faculty members met online on May 12.

May 2020: SAB meeting

This year's SAB meeting had to be carried out online. We enjoyed four afternoons of student presentations and interactions with our board members. We're grateful for their invaluable feedback, particularly during these demanding times.

April 2020: Alumni career News

We're proud of our alumnae Claudia Bank and Polina Novikova on their career advances:

Claudia Bank (currently PI at Gulbenkian Institute) was appointed professor at the Institute of Ecology and Evolution (University of Bern) and will move there in Autumn 2020.

Polina Novikova (currently PD at Gent University) will join the Department of Chromosomal Biology, MPIPZ Cologne as group leader in September 2020.

Congratulations to both!

March 2020

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, PopGen Vienna moved into home office mode. We stay connected during seminars, journal clubs and project discussions using online tools. Some cheering up is happening during virtual coffee breaks and beer hours - we wish all our friends and colleagues in the world to stay safe!

February 2020: Alumni career news

PopGen Vienna alumnus Christian Huber (currently ARC DECRA fellow at the University of Adelaide) accepted a faculty position at Penn State. His lab will be opening January 2021. Congratulations!

Alumna Ana Marija Jakšić (currently PD at Cornell Univ.) accepted a group leader position at the EPFL in Lausanne to work on experimental evolution of the cognitive brain in flies. Congratulations!

January 2020: New Year celebration

December had brought a sad closure to the year 2019, so we tried to welcome the new year with a positive outlook. 34 members and friends of the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics met for a creative night out to paint mugs for each other and enjoy dinner together. 

December 2019: More alumni career news

PopGen Vienna faculty alumna Andrea Betancourt (Univ. of Liverpool) was promoted to Professor! Congratulations, Andrea!

December 2019: PhD defense

Congratulations to Thomas Taus who defended his PhD thesis successfully on December 18th, 2020: "Experimental Evolution with Drosophila simulans under Thermal Stress"

December 2019:

PopGen Vienna students and faculty are shaken and deeply saddened by the loss of our dear colleague, faculty member and PhD advisor Christian Lexer. Our thoughts are with his wife and children and all members of his family.

Link to Obituary Univ. of Vienna

December 2019: Alumni career news

PopGen Vienna alumnus Andrea Fulgione will start a group leader position at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne in 2020. Congratulations, Andrea!

PopGen Vienna alumnus Tom Hill, currently postdoctoral researcher at Rob Unckless' Lab (Univ. of Kansas) received the KU Research Postdoctoral Achievement Award. Congratulations! The award is given annually to recognize outstanding postdoctoral fellows whose research has significantly influenced their fields and expanded intellectual or societal insights. Read more here

December 2019: Experimental Evolution course

Students of the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics organised the practical course "Experimental evolution: Bringing theory and practice together” from December 2 to 6, 2019 at the Vetmeduni Vienna. In the mornings, international experts of the field gave state-of-the-art research talks with free access for the interested local community. The afternoons were dedicated to practical units for the registered 28 participants. Two thirds of the participants arrived from European countries. Other participants traveled from as far as North America, Israel, Russia, South Africa and Australia to take part.

Students of the PhD program planned the entire course, invited speakers, screened applications from around the world and planned, taught and tutored all practical sessions for the participants to train on real data.

Link to course website

Fond zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung
vetmed uni vienna
Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology
Universität Wien