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 2019/20

Mondays, 17.00 - 18.15 in the northern Kavaliershäuschen (Schlossplatz 6, seminar room on the ground floor)

Date Speaker Title

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Brosius
Institute of Experimental Pathology, WWU

The RNA world never ended
04.11.2019 Prof. Dr. Wojciech Makalowski
Institute of Bioinformatics, WWU
The dangers of Intelligent Design ideology
11.11.2019 Dr. Franz Goller
Institute of Animal Physiology, WWU
Vocal athleticism - the evolution of vocal diversity in birds
18.11.2019 Prof. Dr. Hans Kerp
Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, WWU
The evolution of land plants: The first 150 million years
25.11.2019 Prof. Dr. Annette Becker
Institute of Botany, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen
Origin and evolution of flowering plants
02.12.2019 Dr. Jan Baedke
Institute of Philosophy I, Ruhr-University Bochum
The concept of environment in the evolutionary thought - from early 20th century until today
09.12.2019 Mark Lammers
Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity, WWU
Adaptive evolution through the loss of essential metabolic traits: A paradox?
16.12.2019 Jun. Prof. Dr. Meike Wittmann
Theoretical Biology, Bielefeld University

Eco-evolutionary feedbacks and the maintenance of diversity in ecology and evolution
!!Lecture takes place in seminar room 11 in the Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity (Hüfferstr.1)!!


Dr. James Winters
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human
History, Jena

The problem with problem spaces in cultural evolution (and what it means for open-ended growth in complexity)
!!Lecture takes place in seminar room 11 in the Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity (Hüfferstr.1)!!
20.01.2020 PD Dr. Kathrin Lampert
Institute of Zoology, University of Cologne
Does it have to be sex? Genetic variability in a clonal fish
27.01.2020 Dr. Bryan C. Daniels
Arizona State University and Santa Fe Institute for
Biosocial Complex Systems, USA 
The logic of collective computations in biology

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