Institute of Evolution and Ecology (EvE)

Meeting StEvE

The meeting of Students in Evolution and Ecology (Meeting StEvE) provides a yearly opportunity for postgraduate students from within Tübingen to present their research projects, exchange ideas, and receive feedback from senior scientists and fellow students in a pleasant and multidisciplinary atmosphere.

The Meeting StEvE 2019 is organised by the Comparative Zoology group and will take place on Friday, 6 Dec 2019, in the Alte Aula. The Hilgendorf lecture embedded in the meeting will be given by Prof. Mike Bruford (Cardiff, UK). Please find all further detail on the meeting webpage.

Previous StEvE-meetings

Meeting StEvE 2018

In 2018, approximately 90 students & scientists attended Meeting StEvE on Fri 23 Nov.

Organised by Alexandros Karakostis and Karin Kiessling and their supportive team from the Paleoanthroplogy group, the meeting hosted 13 oral and 9 poster presentations from PhD and advanced MSc students. Their contributions spanned the range of research interests among the EVEREST-associated groups in Tübingen (Biology + Geosciences dep. at Uni + local Max Planck Institutes).

The winners of the best talk and best poster awards were elected by the members of the EVEREST steering committee and this year's External Advisory Board. We congratulate all winners!

Talks: (1) Franziska Willems (Plant Evolutionary Ecology)
(2) Babette Abanda (Parasitology)
(3) Paula Rotter (Comparative Zoology)

Posters: (1) Judith Beier (Paleoanthropology)
(2) Heiko Hinneberg (Plant Ecology)
(3) Hannah Gelaudie (Plang Ecology)

In her Hilgendorf lecture, Prof. Tracy Kivell showcased the discovery and detailed investigation of a very enigmatic early hominoid, Homo naledi. It's all about hands!

Meeting StEvE 2017

More than 80 students & scientists attended the annual “Meeting of Students in Evolution and Ecology” on Fri 10 Nov 2017 in the Alte Aula, Tübingen.

The Plant Evolutionary Ecology group hosted 12 oral and 12 poster presentations from PhD and advanced MSc-students from the various EVEREST member groups (see program booklet).

Based on voting by all meeting participants, we congratulate Jessica Starke (Geology and Geodynamics) and Nicola Lechner (Plant Ecology) for receiving the Best Talk and Best Poster awards, respectively.

Prof. Virpi Lummaa closed the meeting with a Hilgendorf lecture that provided exceptionally enlighting insights into ongoing natural and sexual selection in contemporary human populations.

Meeting StEvE 2016

The annual “Meeting of Students in Evolution and Ecology” in Tübingen 2016 took place on Fri 04 Nov 2016 in the Lothar-Meyer-Bau, Tübingen. It was followed by a joint dinner in the Palaeontological Collection.

Conference Program: Please download the meeting booklet with full program and presentation Abstracts.

Prof. Nicholas Conard (Ältere Urgeschichte und Quartärökologie)
and the organizing committee with Henri Thomassen, Kerttu Majander, Michaela Istvan and the EVEREST-coordinators.

Meeting StEvE 2015

Date: Thu 29 October 2015, noon - Fri 30 October 2015, noon

Place: Großer Senat, Neue Aula, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz (former Wilhelmstraße 7-9)

Organizers: Animal Evolutionary Ecology group (Prof. Nico Michiels) and EVEREST coordinator Dr. Christine Hein

You can download the final programme here.

Meeting StEvE 2014

This year´s meeting of all Students within the EvE Forum was organised by the workgroup Archeo- and Paleogenetics of the Institute for Archaeological Sciences.

It took place from October 23rd -24th at Hölderlinstraße 12 in the Palaeontological Collection and the lecture hall S320. It was complemented by a Hilgendorf lecture by Prof. Christina Warinner from Oklahoma State University ( She works in evolutionary medicine and talked about the evolution of the ancient and modern human microbiome.

Please contact Prof. Johannes Krause or Dr. Alexander Herbig (coordination) if you have any further questions.

Here are some impressions:

Meeting StEvE 2013

24.-25. October 2013

Meeting StEvE 2013 was organised by the Köhler Group (Animal Physiological Ecology).

Find the abstract booklet with the programme here!

Meeting StEvE 2012

6. - 7. December 2012

Lecture Hall N3, Auf der Morgenstelle

The meeting of all Students within the EvE Forum was organised by the Foerster Group (Comparative Zoology).

We thank everybody for their participation!

Find the abstract booklet with programme here!

Participants who need their certificate, they can be picked up with Suska Weller, room E5P37.

We congratulate Tobias Gerlach, Marion Bonazzi and Alissa Mittnik to their talk prize!

Read here: Guidelines for preparing a talk or Guidelines for preparing a poster

Impressions Meeting StEvE 2012

Meeting StEvE 2011

2. - 3. December 2011

Hölderlinstraße 12, Palaeontological Collection, lecture hall S320.

Organized by the workgroups Biogeology and Palaeoanthropology.

Guest speaker: Prof. Dr. David Lordkipanidze, Tbilisi, Georgia

Meeting StEvE 2010

25.-26- November 2010

Organised by Merav Seifan and the Plant Ecology Group, University of Tübingen

Guest speaker: Dr. Jeff Ollerton from the University of Northhampton, UK, the Landscape and biodiversity research group.

Find the programme here.

Meeting StEvE 2009

3. - 4. December 2009

Max-Planck-Campus, Tübingen

Organized by Matthias Herrmann from the Department of Evolutionary Biology, MPI Developmental Biology.

Meeting StEvE 2008

28. - 29. November 2008

Lecture Hall N11, Botany Institute, Auf der Morgenstelle 1

Organized by Michael Heethoff and co-workers from the Department of Evolutionary Biology of Invertebrates

Guest speaker: Dr. Hans Breeuwer, Instituut voor Biodiversiteit en Ecosysteem Dynamica, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Programme and abstract booklet

Meeting StEvE 2007

19. - 20. Ocotber 2007

Organized by Petra Heinz and co-workers from the Department of Micropaleontology

Guest speaker: Prof. Dr. Frans Jorissen, Laboratory of Recent and Fossil Bio-Indicators, University of Angers, France

Programme and abstract booklet

Meeting StEvE 2006

13. - 14. October 2006

Organized by Hinrich Schulenburg and co-workers from the Department of Animal Evolutionary Ecology

Guest speaker: Prof. Dr. Hanna Kokko, Division of Ecology and Evolution, University of Helsinki, Finland

Programme and abstract booklet