• Evolution Think Tank (ETT)

    The Evolution Think Tank (ETT) promotes the development of a sustainable interdisciplinary research and education programme at the forefront of evolutionary research. It consists of the MGSE Junior Research Group Leader (Francesco Catania) and internationally outstanding scientists from different disciplines as ETT-Fellows, who will be elected upon the suggestion of MGSE members by the Steering Committee for stays of 1 to 6 months. In addition, excellent graduates from MGSE and elsewhere can be elected as ETT-Junior-Fellows.
    In close interaction with doctoral students of the MGSE, the ETT will establish mechanisms for the transfer of evolutionary knowledge and the application of evolutionary principles into practice. The ETT-Fellows work with the doctoral students and PIs of the MGSE on interdisciplinary projects and will thereby contribute to the advancement of evolutionary theory.
    Based on financial support by 'Santander Universities', the MGSE is able to offer funding for travel and accomodation of ETT-Fellows, a stipend to cover any extra expenses, and provides Fellows an an attractive office close the the Schloss, the main university building.

    Download the ETT-Fellowship flyer

  • How to apply?

    ETT-Fellowships are designed for experienced postdoctoral and senior researchers. ETT-Fellows will be invited by the MGSE Steering Committee upon suggestion by MGSE members or after successful application.

    Applications should include the following documents:

    1. Letter of motivation
    2. Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications documenting the applicant's independent research profile
    3. Summary of research plans for the stay as ETT-Fellow, e.g., on which projects does the applicant like to work with the PhD students, are there any plans for a workshop or the organization of book/journal clubs for the PhD students etc.

    Applications (single PDF file) and suggestions for Fellowships may be sent to mgse@uni-muenster.de at any time.

    Candidates will be selected on the basis of the evaluation of their academic qualification and the expected input for the PhD students of the graduate school. The selection decision will be made by the MGSE steering committee.

  • Current ETT-Fellows

    Name From Stay in Münster

  • Future ETT-Fellows

    Name From Stay in Münster
    Prof. Dr. Michael B. Hennessy Department of Psychology, Wright State University, USA May - July 2018
    Prof. Dr. Christina Grozinger Center for Pollinator Research, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, USA June - July 2018

  • Former ETT-Fellows

    From Stay in Münster
    Prof. Dr. Juan Alfonzo Department of Microbiology, The Ohio State University, USA 11 July - 13 September 2017
    Prof. Dr. Loriano Ballarin Department of Biology, University of Padua, Italy

    16 June  – 13 July
    22 June - 22 July 2015

    Prof. Dr. Chris Smith Department of Biology, Earlham College, USA 6 May - 16 June 2017
    Dr. Mario Rosario Guarracino Institute for High Performance Computing and Networking (ICAR-CNR), Italy 12 March - 11May 2017
    Prof. Dr. Olga Vasilieva Department of de Mathematics, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia 7 September - 15 December 2015
    Prof. Dr. Alexander Bolshoy Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology, University of Haifa, Israel 7 July - 30 September 2015
    Prof. Dr. Chih-hao Hsieh Institute of Oceanography and Institute of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, National Taiwan University, Taiwan 2 August - 30 August 2015
    Prof. Dr. Mitchell Green Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut, USA 16 May - 15 June 2015
    Prof. Dr. Lindsay Matthews Department of Psychology, University of Auckland, New Zealand June 2014 - March 2015
    Prof. Dr. Michio Kondoh Department of Environmental Solution Technology, Ryukoku University, Japan December 2014 - March 2015
    Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gadau School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, USA May - August 2014
    Prof. Dr. Michael Hennessy Department of Psychology, Wright State University, USA June - December 2012

  • Further MGSE guests

    Name From Occasion
    Ehab Abouheif Department of Biology, McGill University, Montreal MGSE Workshop, 01.06.2017
    Jan Baedke Department of Philosophy I, Ruhr University Bochum Invited lecture, 22.05.2017
    Marie I. Kaiser Department of Philosophy, University of Bielefeld MGSE Symposium, 22. -23.03.2017
    Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther Philosophy Department , University of California Santa Cruz MGSE Symposium, 22. -23.03.2017
    Philippe Huneman Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, CNRS / Université Paris I Sorbonne MGSE Symposium, 22. -23.03.2017
    Christian Kost Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Osnabrück Invited lecture + Masterclass, 30.01.2017
    Klaus Reinhold Department of Evolutionary Biology, University of Bielefeld Invited lecture + Masterclass, 23.01.2017
    Tobias Krause Institute of Animal Welfare and Husbandry, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut Celle MGSE Retreat, 24.-26.10.2016
    Ralph Tollrian Department of Animal Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity, Ruhr University Bochum Invited lecture, 03.02.2016
    Jens Boenigk Department of Biodiversity, University of Duisburg-Essen Invited lecture, 09.12.2015
    Katrin Hammerschmidt Institute of General Microbiology, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany Invited lecture, 02.12.2015
    John Baines Evolutionary Genomics, University of Kiel & MPI for Evolutionary Biology in Plön IEB Seminar series + Masterclass, 01.12.2015
    Edward Hagen Department of Anthropology, Washington State University Vancouver, USA MGSE Symposium, 20.-21.10.2015
    Ted Morrow Evolution, Behaviour and Environment Group, University of Sussex, England MGSE Symposium, 20.-21.10.2015
    Frank Rühli Institute of Evolutionary Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland MGSE Symposium, 20.-21.10.2015
    Edward Trifonov Institute of Evolution, Haifa University, Israel MGSE Workshop, 28.-29.09.2015
    Olga Ozoline Institute of Cell Biophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia MGSE Workshop, 28.-29.09.2015
    Philipp Bucher Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland MGSE Workshop, 28.-29.09.2015
    Vasilis Dakos Institute of integrative Biology, ETH Zürich, Switzerland CeNoS and MGSE Workshop, 25.-26.8.2015
    Elena Levashina Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany CeNoS and MGSE Workshop, 25.-26.8.2015
    Baruch Rinkevich National Institute of Oceanography, Haifa, Israel MGSE Workshop, 6.-7.7.2015
    Louis Du Pasquier Evolutionary Biology, Zoological Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland MGSE Workshop, 6.-7.7.2015
    Klaudia Witte Institute of Biology, University of Siegen, Germany MGSE Workshop, 11.6.2015
    Nikola Kompa Institute of Philosophy, University of Osnabrück, Germany MGSE Workshop, 11.6.2015
    Louis-Felix Bersier Department of Biology, Unit of Ecology & Evolution, University of Fribourg, Switzerland MGSE Workshop, 11.-12.3.2015
    Carlos Melian Theoretical Evolutionary Ecosystem Ecology Lab, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), Kastanienbaum, Switzerland MGSE Workshop, 11.-12.3.2015
    Elisa Thébault Institute of ecology and environmental sciences - Paris (IEES), Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France MGSE Workshop, 11.-12.3.2015
    Andrew Janczak Department of Production Animal Clinical Science, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Oslo, Norway MGSE Workshop, 3.-4.2.2015
    Tobias Krause Department of Animal Behaviour, University of Bielefeld, Germany MGSE Workshop, 3.-4.2.2015
    Michael Lässig Statistical Physics and Quantitative Biology, University of Cologne, Germany MGSE Symposium, 30.6. - 1.7.2014
    Franjo Weissing Theoretical Biology, University of Groningen, The Netherlands MGSE Symposium, 30.6. - 1.7.2014
    Oliver Piskurek formerly Research Centre "Geobiology", Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany IEB Seminar, 17.6.2014
    Seth Bordenstein Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, USA MGSE Workshop, 4. - 5.6.2014
    Timothy Linksvayer Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania, USA MGSE Workshop, 4. - 5.6.2014
    Loriano Ballarin Department of Biology, University of Padova, Italy IEB Seminar, 27.6.2014
    Masahiro Fujishima Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Yamaguchi University, Japan Invited Lecture 19.8.2013
    Sarah Teichmann EMBL-EBI and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK MGSE Symposium, 12. - 13.6.2013
    Thomas Bosch Zoological Institute, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany MGSE Symposium, 12. - 13.6.2013
    Robyn Hudson Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico Seminar at Dept. of Behavioural Biology, 5.4.2013

  • Internationalisation as key to excellence

    On the occassion of three years support by 'Santander Universiäten', the University of Münster published a booklet summarizing activities and accomplishments between 2013 - 2015. The booklet 'Internationalisation as key to excellence' can be viewed here.


"I have to express my deepest satisfaction from the stay: nice and friendly people around, inquiring students, quiet and peaceful surroundings. It was very fruitful scientifically and pleasant personally time in MSGE WWU, and I would be happy to return to Münster again."

Prof. Dr. Alexander Bolshoy (University of Haifa, Israel, ETT-Fellow July - September 2015)


"This is an incredible program that I would recommend to anyone. Wonderful people, excellent interactions, great facilities, and all within a beautiful and relaxing environment. I will treasure the time I spent in Münster for the connections I made, collaborations started, and for the productivity of my time. It was amazing to work hard and then unwind with a walk in the botanical garden across the street - great people and beautiful surroundings are combined in this program."

Prof. Dr. Chris Smith (Earlham College, USA, ETT-Fellow May - June 2017)

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The MGSE welcomes international experts from all over the world as Fellows of the Evolution Think Tank. To find out where our former and current ETT-Fellows came/come from take a look at our member map.