Institut für Evolution und Ökologie

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 2020 is organised by the PhD students in the Department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology and will take place on Friday, 13 Nov 2020, in the Neue Aula. The Hilgendorf lecture embedded in the meeting will be given by Dr Mark Moore. Please find all further detail on the meeting webpage.

Previous StEvE-meetings

Meeting StEvE 2020

In 2020, Meeting StEvE was held as an entirely web-based remote conference for the first time on Fri 13 Nov.

More than 100 students and faculty from Tübingen and beyond joined an exciting opening lecture by Mark Moore. He illustrated how inferences from stone-flaking experiments on the cognitive abilities of early humans may suffer from biased assumptions. Participants then engaged in lively discussions with 15 EVEREST students, who gave stimulating oral or poster presentations about their current PhD projects. Prizes for the best poster went to Frank Reis (microbiome ecology), and for the best talks to Julia Geue (surrogacy in conservation prioritization), Franziska Koch (stability rules for species networks), and Sophie Habinger (paleoecology of pongin primates).

The PhD students in Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology have made this a highly professional event! Thanks to William Snyder, Eleonora Gargani, Li Li, Diana Marcazzan, Alba Motes Rodrigo, and Jordy Orellana Figueroa.

Meeting StEvE 2019

In 2019, approximately 90 students & scientists attended Meeting StEvE on Fri 06 Dec.

Again, a highly diverse program of oral and poster presentations spanned the fully range of evolutionary research in Tübingen, including a remarkable Hilgendorf lecture by Mike Bruford on attempts to conserve genomic diversity of wild populations, and an excellent networking evening event in Mensa Prinz Carl.

Prizes for the best oral presentations went to Alba Motes Rodrigo and Anna Kirschbaum, for the best poster presentations to Franziska Willems and Heike Hinneberg. Congratulations!

EVEREST appreciates the efforts of the Comparative Zoology group to organize this meeting!

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