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Social evolution: merits and limitations of inclusive fitness theory
Workshop, 12-15 July 2014, Arolla, Switzerland
Organizers: Michael Taborsky and
Joachim Frommen, Universitiy of Bern
Inclusive fitness theory is generally assumed to sufficiently explain the evolution of social behaviour. However, empirical evidence is accumulating that other evolutionary concepts need to be involved to explain cooperation and social structure in a wide range of taxa. This includes the archetypical examples of altruism, like the reproductive division of labour in eusocial hymenoptera and the cooperative breeding groups observed in many vertebrates. Recent evidence from insects and vertebrates reveals that high levels of relatedness can even reduce rather than further cooperation and altruism.
The aim of this workshop is to combine pertinent evolutionary theoreticians and empiricists to discuss complementary evolutionary mechanisms to inclusive fitness theory. This is a topic of great interest to students and biologists in general, because there is a growing awareness that explanations based on inclusive fitness, which have dominated the theoretical and empirical literature for the past half century, cannot account for many examples of apparently altruistic behaviour observed in nature.
General schedule: July 12: arrival day; July 13 and 14: Scientific program; July 15: excursion to the mountains
The program of the workshop consists of a combination of plenary talks by the invited speakers and work performed in small groups, in which the participants will discuss a theme together with one of the invited speakers. The results of these small-group sessions will be presented to the other participants, followed by a plenary discussion.
- Prof. Rufus Johnstone, University of Cambridge (UK)
- Prof. Laurent Lehmann, University of Lausanne (CH)
- Dr Christina Riehl, Harvard University (US)
- Prof. Hanna Kokko, Australian National University (AU)
Erol Akcay, University of Pennsylvania (US)
- Dr Elli Leadbeater, University of London (UK)
- Prof. Carel van Schaik, University of ZÃ¼rich (CH)
Gerald S. Wilkinson, University of Maryland (US)
Location and Venue
The symposium will be held in the Grand-HÃ´tel 'Kurhaus' in a breath-taking scenery amidst some of the finest mountain peaks of Switzerland. The venue is situated above the picturesque mountain village of Arolla, at 2100 m sea level at the core of the High Alps of the Valais. Enjoy the 360Â° mountain view panorama to be seen from the hotel (just with much less snow in summer!)
Access to Arolla and the Kurhaus: As can be seen from this website, the nearest railway station to Arolla is Sion. From Sion, a bus ("Postauto") goes to Arolla, with one exchange of buses at Les Hauderes (travel time by bus is 1:15 h). On the arrival day (Sunday, August 11, 2013) buses leave Sion at 8:00, 8:40, 12:50 and 17:10. On all other days buses from Sion go at 8:40, 10:35, 12:50, 14:10, 16:10, 17:10. You will find the schedules of all trains and buses within Switzerland at the SBB website [link to http://www.sbb.ch]
1 - 2 ECTS can be obtained, depending on the contribution of the participant. The evaluation will be based on your active participation in discussions and group presentations during the symposium.
Costs for participants and reimbursement
There is generally
no registration fee. Only PhD students registered at the CUSO Doctoral
Program in Ecology and Evolution (DPEE), researchers/teachers and
organizing the workshop are eligible for reimbursement of incurred
travel expense by train (2nd class, half-fare ticket), accomodation and
meals. Please see 'Instructions for
Expected Costs for Participants of non-CUSO Universities
Costs for participants from
universities that are not member of the CUSO include travel costs and
lodging at the Kurhaus. Participants can choose between different
lodging options in the hotel. All prices include full board (i.e., all
meals and coffee breaks, and wine and water during dinner), and they
are calculated per night and per person. (1Euro= approx. 1.20 CHF)
Others will pay the costs of their room and board, approximately CHF 105 per night in a shared double room (CHF 405 in total).
Online registration only
- Please click on the icon "Registration"
- CUSO PhD students register through their MyCUSO account
- External participants (non-CUSO PhD students, post-docs, etc...) register through the "non-CUSO student" account
Deadline for registration: 01 June 2014
ContactFor more information, contact Michael Taborsky (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Joachim Frommen (Joachim.email@example.com)