News 2010

December 2010


The first interdisciplinary MGSEI lecture "The Growth of Evolutionary Thought" has been successfully completed last week. The topics ranged from the beginnings of evolutionary thought in the ancient greek philosophy to modern concepts in molecular evolution, as well as current debates in creationism and eugenics. The presentations are available online on the lecture page.

MGSEI Teaching

September 2010


Dear members of the MGSE Initiative, on the 1st of September our proposal was officially submitted to the DFG/WR. Many thanks again to all of you for your contributions and support! We would like to take advantage of the momentum created by the combined efforts and promote the idea of our “School of Evolution” with an interdisciplinary graduate students’ symposium of the participating PI’s and their students already working in the field of evolutionary research. We plan the symposium “evolution across fields” as a two-day event, including introductory talks to the six topic sections by one of the participating PI’s, mini-presentations and posters by the students, time for discussion and a keynote lecture by an invited guest as public evening lecture.

Please, register until 29 October 2010.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Student's Symposium "evolution across fields"


The Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU) is participating in the current round of the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments with a total of eight initial proposals and one renewal proposal. It submitted the draft proposals of four clusters of excellence and three graduate schools (including the MGSE) as well as one institutional strategy in the context of the third funding line of the DFG (German Research Foundation) on 1 September 2010.

Abstracts of the Applications

Background Information of the Excellence Initiative