Past symposia

A series of 10 seminars on Evolution and Ecology - academic year '15/'16
Organised by WEES, a group of junior scientists from various research groups across Wageningen University.
Some recent seminars:

  • 17 September 2015 - Christian C. Voigt - Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany
    Bat movements in anthropogenic landscapes: Old and new challenges for a highly mobile taxon
  • 22 October 2015 - Julien Varaldi - Claude Bernard University Lyon 1, France
    Behavioural manipulation and horizontal gene transfer in a virus-parasitoid interaction
  • 19 November 2015 - Marc-Andre Selosse - Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, France
    Mycoheterotrophy and mixotrophy: plants eating mycorrhizal fungi
  • 17 December 2015 - Tinde van Andel - Naturalis & Wageningen UR, The Netherlands
    Can the belief in magic plants lead to rainforest conservation?
  • 21 January 2016 - Arnold van Vliet - Environmental Systems Analysis Group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
    Take the few steps to mass media exposure
  • 18 February 2016 - Daniel Streicker - Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow, Scotland
    Ecological and evolutionary insights into the dynamics and control of viruses in bats
  • 17 March 2016 - Etienne Danchin - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Laboratory Évolution & Diversité Biologique, Toulouse, France
    New vision of heredity to promote the 'Inclusive Evolutionary Synthesis'
  • 21 April 2016 - Mike Jetten - Soehngen Institute of Anaerobic Microbiology, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
    Discovery and application of 'impossible' anaerobic micro-organisms in the biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen and methane
  • 19 May 2016 - Ian Kaplan - Purdue University, College of Agriculture, Entomology, US
    Improving agricultural pest management with ecological and evolutionary principles
  • 16 June 2016 - Dan Tawfik - Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
    How did the first enzymes evolve?

3rd Wageningen PhD Symposium: Diversity in Science

26 April 2016, Orion Building, Wageningen
Deadline submission abstracts: 13 March 2016
Organised by the Wageningen PhD Council

VLAG Symposium about the Tsukuba Life Science Innovation programme

TLSI website / tentative programme
18 March 2016, 10.30 – 14.30 h, Forum, VIP-rooms 031/034, Wageningen
Organised in co-operation with the University of Tsukuba (Japan)
Contact Person: Vesna Pršić

Annual NUTRIM Symposium: Crossing Borders

16 December 2015, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Brainstorm-symposium on Synthetic Biology

29 October 2015, Wageningen, The Netherlands

A series of 10 seminars on Evolution and Ecology - academic year '14/'15
Organised by WEES, a group of junior scientists from various research groups across Wageningen University.

  • 26 September 2014 - Joy Bergelson - Chicago University, USA
    Maintaining an ancient balanced polymorphism for resistance amidst diffuse intereactions
  • 16 October 2014 - Michael Desai - Harvard University, USA
    Adaptation and Epistasis in Laboratory Budding Yeast
  • 20 November 2014 - Lee Dugatkin - University of Louisville, USA
    The interaction of genes and culture in shaping mate choice
  • 18 December 2014 - Koos Biesmeijer - Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, The Netherlands
    On Bees, Pollination and Food Security
  • 22 January 2015 - Kevin Foster - University of Oxford, UK
    The evolution of cooperation and competition in microbes
  • 19 February 2015 - Doug Landis - Michigan State University, USA
    Redesigning Agricultural Landscapes for Multiple Ecosystem Services
  • 19 March 2015 - Hanna Kokko - University of Zürich, Switzerland
    Males exist. Does it matter?
  • 23 April 2015 - Sander van Doorn - University of Groningen, The Netherlands
    Sexual selection out of equilibrium: Perpetual intersexual arms races triggered by the resolution of sexual conflict
  • 21 May 2015 - Yolanda Chen - University of Vermont, USA
    Anthropogenic effects on insect-plant interactions in agriculture: crop domestication and global invasions
  • 25 June 2015 - Mike Begon - University of Liverpool, UK
    Infectious diseases: from wild rodents to universal truths

Seminar series Systems Biology for Food, Feed, and Health
Organised by the Laboratory of Systems and Synthetic Biology of Wageningen University.
20 February 2014 - Ramon Grima - University of Edinburgh
The importance of noise in biochemical dynamics

VLAG mini symposium: "Pack and Go" - Nanopackaging of biomacromolecules
4 February 2015, Wageningen
Organised in co-operation with the Laboratory of Biochemistry and Laboratory of Physical Chemistry & Colloid Science
Contact Person: Antsje Nolles

Symposium: The Future of Pre- and Probiotics
22 January 2015, Wageningen
Organised by the Laboratory of Microbiology
Contact Persons: Floor Hugenholtz ( and Jacoline Gerritsen (

NUTRIM Annual Symposium: Connect. Engage. Inspire.
17 December 2014
Maastricht, The Netherlands

VLAG symposium: Phycotoxin research in the Netherlands
23 September 2014, Wageningen
Organised in co-operation with RIKILT Institute of Food Safety
Contact Person: Arjen Gerssen (

A series of 10 seminars on Evolution and Ecology - academic year '13/'14

Organised by WEES, a group of junior scientists from various research groups across Wageningen University.

  • 19 June 2014 - Ellen Decaestecker - KU Leuven
    Long-term host-parasite coevolutionary dynamics: Daphnia and its parasites as a model
  • 17 May 2014 - Thomas Flatt - University of Lausanne
    Genomic analysis of an artificial selection experiment in Drosophila uncovers the link between longevity and immunity
  • 17 April 2014 - Judy Shamoun-Baranes - Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics
    A broad sceptrum of foraging and migration strategies in an omnivorous seabird
  • 20 March 2014 - Frederic Tripet - Keele University
    Behavioural genetics of assortative mating in the Malaria mosquito
  • 20 February 2014 - Emma Allen-Vercoe - University of Guelph
    Microbial Ecosystems as Medicine
  • 23 January 2014 - Andy Sih - University of California
    Two frontiers in the study of the adaptive significance of animal personality
  • 19 December 2013 - Martine Maan - University of Groningen
    Speciation in colour: diversifying natural and sexual selection in cichlid fish and poison frogs
  • 21 November 2013 - Eric Schranz - Biosystematics Group, Wageningen UR
    Whole genome duplications as drivers of evolutionary innovations and radiations?
  • 17 October 2013 - Jacintha Ellers - Amsterdam Global Change Institute (AGCI)
    A novel theory of reductive evolution: How ecological interactions can drive compensated loss of traits
  • 19 September 2013 - Johan van de Koppel - Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
    The ecology of animal movement: can we learn from physics?

Mini symposium: Microalgae biotechnology: towards industrial strains and processes

Organised on the occasion of the public defense of the PhD thesis "Safety and efficacy of iron supplementation in Kenyan pregnant women" by Martin N. Mwangi.
26 May 2014, Wageningen
Organised by the Cell Biology and Immunology Group and the Division of Human Nutrition, Wageningen University
Contact Person: Hans Verhoef (