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Bayesian Statistics and Applications for Phylogenetics

June 7 – 8, 2012, LAUSANNE


Nicolas Salamin


Nicolas Lartillot, University of Montreal
Nicolas Salamin, University of Lausanne
Daniele Silvestro, University of Lausanne

Program Outline

The objective of this course is to introduce the key concepts in Bayesian inference in phylogenetics. Bayesian techniques have changed the way phylogenetic reconstruction can be done and provide a framework to extend current implementation of evolutionary models. We will illustrate this by mixing lectures on basic theory of Bayesian inference with tutorials on two recent software programs widely used in phylogenetics. The course will give an opportunity to better understand how Bayesian inference works and provide a short but concise introduction to its application to study molecular evolution as well as macro-evolutionary hypothesis testing.

Schedule (preliminary)

Day 1 - June 7
9 am - 1 pm: Introduction to Bayesian phylogenetics (N. Lartillot)
2 pm - 5 pm: tutorial on phylobayes (N. Lartillot)

Day 2 - June 8
9 am - 11 am: Bayesian modeling in evolution (D. Silvestro)
11 am - 1 pm: tutorial on BEAST (N. Salamin/D. Silvestro)
2 pm - 5 pm: BEAST + phylobayes tutorials (N. Salamin/D. Silvestro, N. Lartillot)

General information

Date: June 7-8, 2012
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Location: University of Lausanne; Biophore Building, Room 2213
Number of participants: max. 25
Prerequisites: PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, who completed the first module of the course "Bayesian Models for Population Genomics"or with equivalent knowledge. Participants need to bring their own laptop.



This is an advanced module, please make sure you fulfill the prerequisites before registering!

The course is organized in the framework of the SNF Doctoral Program Population Genomics. Therefore, priority is given to PhD students enroled in this doctoral program until May 11, 2012.


Ute Friedrich
Le Biophore, UNIL-Sorge
University of Lausanne
1015 Lausanne
Phone: +41 (0)21 692 4207

Biophore - CH-1015 Lausanne  - Switzerland  -  Tel. +41 21 692 42 76