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.
Name From Stay in Münster Prof Dr Sara Brownell School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, US 16 May - 15 July 2019
Future ETT-Fellows & guests
Name From Stay in Münster Prof Dr John (Jack) H. Werren Department of Biology, University of Rochester, USA September - December 2019 Prof Dr Leo W. Beukeboom Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Groningen, NL
1 - 14 August 2019
1 - 30 November 2019
Prof Dr Geoffrey D. Findlay Department of Biology, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, USA 16 January - 15 February 2020
From Stay in Münster Dr. Barbara Caspers Department of Animal Behaviour, Bielefeld University, Germany Invited lecture, 17 June 2019
From Stay in Münster Prof. Dr. Sarah Schaack Department of Biology, Reed College, USA 1 March - 30 April 2019 Prof. Dr. Michael B. Hennessy Department of Psychology, Wright State University, USA 1 May - 31 July 2018 Prof. Dr. Christina Grozinger Center for Pollinator Research, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, USA 4 June - 28 July 2018 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 Prof. Dr. Jacobus Jan Boomsma Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark Joint Symposium, 27 -28 May 2019 Prof. Dr. Petra Dersch Institute of Infectiology, University of Münster, Germany Invited lecture, 13 May 2019 Prof. Dr. Frank Thuijsman Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering, Maastricht University, NL Invited lecture, 21.01.2019 Prof. Dr. Ralph Tollrian Department of Animal Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity, Ruhr-University Bochum Invited lecture, 17.12.2018 Dr. Sebastian Grönke Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne Invited lecture, 03.12.2018 Dr. Florian Horn Innsbruck Invited lecture, 19.-20.11.2018 Prof. Dr. Oliver Krüger Department of Animal Behaviour, Bielefeld University MGSE Retreat, 06.-08.11.2018 Prof. Dr. Vidyanand Nanjundiah & Dr. Veena Rao Centre for Human Genetics, Bangalore, IN 10 July - end of July 2018 Prof. Dr. Paula Stockley University of Liverpool, UK MGSE Symposium, 20.-22.04.2018 Prof. Dr. Leo Beukeboom University of Groningen, The Netherlands MGSE Symposium, 21.-22.03.2018 Prof. Dr. Thomas Junker Faculty of Biology, University of Tübingen Invited lecture, 29.01.2018 Dr. Cinzia Ferrario Department of Biosciences, University of Milan, Italy MGSE Workshop, 12.07.2017 Dr. Tsuyoshi Momose Observatoire Océanologique, Villefranche-sur-Mer Cedex, France MGSE Workshop, 12.07.2017 Prof. Dr. Ehab Abouheif Department of Biology, McGill University, Montreal MGSE Workshop, 01.06.2017 Dr. Jan Baedke Department of Philosophy I, Ruhr University Bochum Invited lecture, 22.05.2017 Prof. Dr. Marie I. Kaiser Department of Philosophy, University of Bielefeld MGSE Symposium, 22. -23.03.2017 Prof. Dr. Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther Philosophy Department , University of California Santa Cruz MGSE Symposium, 22. -23.03.2017 Prof. Dr. Philippe Huneman Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, CNRS / Université Paris I Sorbonne MGSE Symposium, 22. -23.03.2017 Prof. Dr. Christian Kost Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Osnabrück Invited lecture + Masterclass, 30.01.2017 Prof. Dr. Klaus Reinhold Department of Evolutionary Biology, University of Bielefeld Invited lecture + Masterclass, 23.01.2017 Dr. Tobias Krause Institute of Animal Welfare and Husbandry, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut Celle MGSE Retreat, 24.-26.10.2016 Prof. Dr. Ralph Tollrian Department of Animal Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity, Ruhr University Bochum Invited lecture, 03.02.2016 Prof. Dr. Jens Boenigk Department of Biodiversity, University of Duisburg-Essen Invited lecture, 09.12.2015 Dr. Katrin Hammerschmidt Institute of General Microbiology, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany Invited lecture, 02.12.2015 Prof. Dr. John Baines Evolutionary Genomics, University of Kiel & MPI for Evolutionary Biology in Plön IEB Seminar series + Masterclass, 01.12.2015 Prof. Dr. Edward Hagen Department of Anthropology, Washington State University Vancouver, USA MGSE Symposium, 20.-21.10.2015 Dr. Ted Morrow Evolution, Behaviour and Environment Group, University of Sussex, England MGSE Symposium, 20.-21.10.2015 Prof. Dr. Frank Rühli Institute of Evolutionary Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland MGSE Symposium, 20.-21.10.2015 Prof. Dr. Edward Trifonov Institute of Evolution, Haifa University, Israel MGSE Workshop, 28.-29.09.2015 Prof. Dr. Olga Ozoline Institute of Cell Biophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia MGSE Workshop, 28.-29.09.2015 Prof. Dr. Philipp Bucher Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland MGSE Workshop, 28.-29.09.2015 Dr. Vasilis Dakos Institute of integrative Biology, ETH Zürich, Switzerland CeNoS and MGSE Workshop, 25.-26.8.2015 Dr. Elena Levashina Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany CeNoS and MGSE Workshop, 25.-26.8.2015 Prof. Dr. Baruch Rinkevich National Institute of Oceanography, Haifa, Israel MGSE Workshop, 6.-7.7.2015 Prof. Dr. Louis Du Pasquier Evolutionary Biology, Zoological Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland MGSE Workshop, 6.-7.7.2015 Prof. Dr. Klaudia Witte Institute of Biology, University of Siegen, Germany MGSE Workshop, 11.6.2015 Prof. Dr. Nikola Kompa Institute of Philosophy, University of Osnabrück, Germany MGSE Workshop, 11.6.2015 Prof. Dr. Louis-Felix Bersier Department of Biology, Unit of Ecology & Evolution, University of Fribourg, Switzerland MGSE Workshop, 11.-12.3.2015 Dr. Carlos Melian Theoretical Evolutionary Ecosystem Ecology Lab, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), Kastanienbaum, Switzerland MGSE Workshop, 11.-12.3.2015 Dr. Elisa Thébault Institute of ecology and environmental sciences - Paris (IEES), Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France MGSE Workshop, 11.-12.3.2015 Prof. Dr. Andrew Janczak Department of Production Animal Clinical Science, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Oslo, Norway MGSE Workshop, 3.-4.2.2015 Dr. Tobias Krause Department of Animal Behaviour, University of Bielefeld, Germany MGSE Workshop, 3.-4.2.2015 Prof. Michael Lässig Statistical Physics and Quantitative Biology, University of Cologne, Germany MGSE Symposium, 30.6. - 1.7.2014 Prof. Franjo Weissing Theoretical Biology, University of Groningen, The Netherlands MGSE Symposium, 30.6. - 1.7.2014 Prof. Dr. Oliver Piskurek formerly Research Centre "Geobiology", Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany IEB Seminar, 17.6.2014 Prof. Dr. Seth Bordenstein Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, USA MGSE Workshop, 4. - 5.6.2014 Prof. Dr. Timothy Linksvayer Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania, USA MGSE Workshop, 4. - 5.6.2014 Prof. Dr. Loriano Ballarin Department of Biology, University of Padova, Italy IEB Seminar, 27.6.2014 Prof. Dr. Masahiro Fujishima Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Yamaguchi University, Japan Invited Lecture 19.8.2013 Prof. Dr. Sarah Teichmann EMBL-EBI and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK MGSE Symposium, 12. - 13.6.2013 Prof. Dr. Thomas Bosch Zoological Institute, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany MGSE Symposium, 12. - 13.6.2013 Prof. Dr. Robyn Hudson Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico Seminar at Dept. of Behavioural Biology, 5.4.2013
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:
- Letter of motivation
- Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications documenting the applicant's independent research profile
- 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 email@example.com 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.
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)
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.