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Quantitative Cladistics and Use of TNT
02 Oct 2017 - 06 Oct 2017 • Hostalets de Pierola, Spain
This course will cover the basics of parsimony analysis and character optimisation, tree-searches, diagnosing and summarising results efficiently, and measuring group supports.

This course will be informal, with extensive hands-on exercises which will help students get familiar with the main aspects of phylogenetic analysis using TNT. For each of the units in the course, there will be a lecture (one to two hours, depending on the topics), then switching to exercises illustrating the points just seen in the lecture. Switches between “lecture” and “hands-on” mode will be dynamic, depending on how students progress with the exercises.

This course will make extensive use of TNT. There will also be a demonstration and some practice with GB->TNT, a program to create TNT matrices from GenBank data (in turn, GB->TNT requires installation of an alignment program, ideally Mafft or Muscle and possibly BioEdit to inspect alignments).

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Introduction to Macroevolutionary Analyses Using Phylogenies
16 Oct 2017 - 20 Oct 2017 • Els Hostalets de Pierola, Spain
Phylogenetic trees have changed the way we study and understand life on Earth. Taking phylogenetic information into account in our analyses is critical to account for the non-independence of biological data. Also, phylogenies allow us to get a deep-time perspective of the processes that have shaped the evolutionary history of groups, including diversification and trait evolution. This course will introduce participants to the use, modification and representation of phylogenetic trees. Also, we will focus on the use of phylogenetic information to reconstruct ancestral characters and biogeographic histories, using different phylogenetic comparative methods. This course will also tackle trait evolution modelling and the assessment of phylogenetic signal. Finally, we will learn about the shape of phylogenetic trees and its evolutionary causes, and how to estimate the rates of diversification throughout the history of groups. Participants are encouraged to bring their data sets to use in the practical classes. The course includes an optional first introductory day to basic R. Important note: Please bear in mind that this course is not about reconstructing (building) phylogenetic trees. Software: Mesquite, FigTree, R (ape, TreeSim, TreePar, Geiger, OUwie, BioGeoBEARS).
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Principles of Vertebrate Functional Morphology
16 Oct 2017 - 20 Oct 2017 • Els Hostalets de Pierola, Spain
The objectives of the course are to provide insights into the tissues that make up the musculo-skeletal system in vertebrates, their functional properties and their function.
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BioMicroWorld2017 — VII International Conference on Environmental, Industrial and Applied Microbiology
18 Oct 2017 - 20 Oct 2017 • Madrid, Spain
BioMicroWorld2017 consolidates a series of conferences, whose last edition was attended by around 515 researchers from more than 65 countries. We expect this year’s edition to be as successful as the previous one in terms of quality, relevance and attendance.
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Viruses 2018 - Breakthroughs in Viral Replication
07 Feb 2018 - 09 Feb 2018 • Barcelona, Spain
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Last updated: 05 June 2017