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[Thematic Workshop] "Evolution across scales"

Mon 08 Apr 09:30 AM - 17:30 PM @ CRI Amphiteater

[Thematic Workshop] "Evolution across scales"

What is the link between the pattern of a Romanesco broccoli, the folding of an antibody, the social organisation of a pack of wolves, or the variation of the atmosphere over the last 4 billion years ?

Biology deals with an extreme diversity of patterns, from the molecular to the planetary scale, and the single common point behind all these different patterns is that of the evolutionary process that shapes them. Like the famous phrase from Theodosius Dobzhansky says, "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution."

Underlying these very complex patterns, evolution is a process that is fundamentally very simple. As reproduction happens, a heritable variation that leads to more reproduction is then observed more and more as time goes on.

This day will be an occasion to present and discuss the tools available to us today to observe, understand and leverage the process of evolution.

We will talk about the importance of evolution for the development of our brains and for the effectiveness of our immune response. We will discuss how evolution selects morphology and behaviours, and how we can inspire us from, and leverage this process to design new tools.

We will also talk about the wealth of information that is contained in genome sequences, and that can help us understand virulence and the past history of populations.


9:00 - 9:30 Coffee

9:30 - 9:50 Introduction

9:50 - 10:20 ”Evolutionary biology of brains and immune systems at the molecular scale”

10:20 - 10:40 Charline Pinna “Evolution of wing transparency in mimetic butterflies"

10:40 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 14:00 “Form, function, evolution”

14:00 - 14:25 Christine Böhmer “Avineck, The neck of birds, an arm for robots”

14:25 - 14:50 Pauline Provini ”From bird take-off to fish feeding”

15:15 - 15:45 “How migration and transmission shape populations”

15:45 - 16:05 Forum Shah “Development of barcoded Escherichia coli cells using CRISR-cas9 mediated recombineering”

16:05 - 16:50 Guilhem Doulcier “Nested Darwinian populations and evolutionary transition in individuality"

16:50 - 17:00 Concluding remarks & guided discussion