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EES Summer School

In conjuction with the Institute for Evolutionary Biology (IBE) at the Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster (WWU Münster), EES organises an annual summer school on a wide range of topics.

The main concept of the summer school is to have several international scientists give general lectures and hands-on sessions revolving around the topic. Students (Master and early PhD) will have the opportunity to join the summer school and present their work in short oral presentations. There will be plenty of time for discussion with senior scientists and other students.

The summer school will be held from the 5th till the 9th of August, 2013 at Frauenchiemsee. It will be mainly organised by EES and have an aquatic ecology theme.

In order o apply, please send the following documents to Prof. Herwig Stibor ( by 15.05.2013:

  • a full CV
  • a statement of research interests /current project (max. half page)
  • a statement why you want to attend the summer school, explicitly addressing how you expect to benefit and what you can contribute


The summer schools are held at Frauenchiemsee, an abbey located on the Fraueninsel. The island can be reached by ferry from the town of Prien. As Prien is on the Munich-Salzburg train connection, you can fly to either Munich or Salzburg and then take the train.

Participants will share rooms. Towels and sheets are provided



Thanks to the Volkswagen Foundation, housing and meals during the summer school will be covered. Participants are required to cover their own travel expenses and are also required to pay a registration fee of €50.

Preliminary Program

Topic - Aquatic Ecology

Upscaling: From theory to laboratory- and field studies

Invited Speakers:

Prof. Tom Andersen, University of Oslo, Norway

Prof. Sebastian Diehl, University of Umea, Sweden

Senior Research Associate Marcia Kyle University of Arizona, USA

Dr. Maria Stockenreiter, University of Michigan, USA

Internal Speakers:

Prof. Dr. Herwig Stibor

Dr. Sabine Schultes

Dr. Stephan Behl



The importance of benthic and pelagic primary production in coastal systems

Pelagic nutrient cycles and plankton stoichiometry

Diversity and pelagic ecosystem functioning

Silicate cycles and diatom dynamics

Upscaling in algal biomass production systems

Biodiversity and conservation


Detecting thresholds in time series of pelagic ecosystems

Simple food web modules

Digital analyses of plankton samples

Statistical analyses of biodiversity – ecosystem functioning relationships

Biodiversity and conservation

Past Summer Schools:

  • 2012: Protein Evolution
  • 2011: Phylogenetics  - New Applications, Pitfalls and Challenges
  • 2010: Genome Evolution
  • 2009: Host-Parasite Coevolution
  • 2008: Evolution of Sex Chromosomes
  • 2007: Evolutionary and Ecological Consequences of Global Change