The Growth of the Evolutionary Thought

Public lecture series

"The Growth of the Evolutionary Thought" is an interdisciplinary lecture series dealing with aspects of Evolution within the disciplines Biology, Medicine, Geosciences, and Philosophy. It provides an in-depth introduction to the history and philosophy of evolutionary science.

The lecture series is also part of the Advanced Module (Fortgeschrittenenmodul) "The Growth of the Evolutionary Thought" for MSc and PhD students. More information

Timetable WS 2017/18

Mondays, 17.00 - 18.15 in the northern Kavaliershäuschen (Schlossplatz 6, seminar room on the ground floor)
The lectures are followed by an informal drinks reception.
Date Speaker Title Faculty
30.10.2017 Prof. Dr. Hans Kerp The evolution of the geological timescale – The concept of time in geosciences Geosciences
06.11.2017 PD Dr. Jürgen Schmitz Transposed elements in generation of functional plasticity Medicine



Prof. Dr. William F. Martin Hydrothermal vents, the origin of life and the biology of the first cells Biology, University of Düsseldorf
20.11.2017 Dr. Bert van Loo The Emergence and Evolution of Functional Enzymatic Novelty Biology
27.11.2017 Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Görtz Microbial concepts for the eukaryotic tree of life Biology
04.12.2017 Prof. Dr. Ulrich Dobrindt Bacterium - host Interaction and Bacterial Adaptation: new insights from extraintestinal pathogenic E. coli Medicine
11.12.2017 Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz Rapid adaptations of hosts and parasites Biology
18.12.2017 Dr. Juanma Vaquerizas Chromatin conformation in evolution, development and disease MPI Molecular Biomedicine
08.01.2018 Nina Kranke Species problems - Why bother? Philosophy
15.01.2018 Dr. Ivan Bedzhov Of Mice and Men – early embryogenesis and pluripotency in rodents and primates MPI Molecular Biomedicine
22.01.2018 Dr. Luca Melotti I just want to be me - Individuality in animals and its relevance for behaviour, physiology and evolution Biology


Lecture hall HHü

Prof. Dr. Thomas Junker The hidden nature of human sexuality Biology, University of Tübingen

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