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 2021 is organised by the PhD students in the Plant Ecology group and will take place on Friday, 26 Nov 2021, in the Alte Aula. 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 Heiko 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 (Plant 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.