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The second Indo-Swiss Meeting on Evolutionary Biology begins today

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12 Dec 2019
The second Indo-Swiss Meeting on Evolutionary Biology begins today

The Centre for Human Genetics, Bengaluru, is hosting the second edition of the Indo-Swiss Meeting Meeting on Evolutionary Biology, held in India this year. The meeting is jointly organised by the Indian Society of Evolutionary Biologists, Centre for Human Genetics, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) and Swissnex India. The gathering brings together faculty and students from India and Switzerland.  The three day meeting  begins on the 12th of December and continues until the 14th.

The highlight of the event is the line-up of talks by various researchers from both countries on the topic of evolutionary biology.

“We have about a hundred participants registered for the event and we hope to have a great discussion during the three days,” said Prof Amitabh Joshi from JNCASR, who is also the coordinator of this event. “This meeting, currently in its second edition, hopes to bring increased collaborations between researchers from both the countries,” he says.

The presentations during the meeting span a huge spectrum of evolutionary biology, with Principal Investigators and doctoral and postdoctoral students from different institutes, presenting their research to a wider audience.

“It feels nice to be here for the second edition of this meeting in India and I am hoping to meet many researchers and network with them,” says Dr Rolf Kümmerli, from the University of Zurich. He had attended the first version of the meeting held in Switzerland. “This year, the gathering is bigger than last year.” he says. 

The meeting hosts six talks by Swiss researchers and twelve by senior and early-career Indian evolutionary biologists. There is also a poster presentation and panel discussion organised as a part of the event. Additional details and the information on speakers can be found here.