The 2020 Workshop on Population and Speciation Genomics is held in Český Krumlov from 19 January – 1 February. It brings together an international collection of faculty members and Workshop participants to study and discuss current ideas and techniques for the analysis of genomic data on the level of populations and closely related species. The Workshop consists of a series of lectures, demonstrations and computer laboratories that cover theory and practice of population and speciation genomics analyses.

The Workshop registration fee is $1,800. This amount does not cover travel, lodging or boarding. Many important details about the Workshop series can be read on our FAQ page.

The Workshop on Population and Speciation Genomics is organized and co-directed by:
Walter Salzburger, University of Basel, Switzerland
Michael Matschiner, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Jan Stefka, University of South Bohemia České Budějovice, Czech Republic
Scott Handley, Washington University, US
Emiliano Trucchi, Universita Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy
Julia M.I. Barth, University of Basel, Switzerland
Britta S. Meyer, Max Planck Insitute for Evoultionary Biology, Plön, Germany
Milan Malinsky, University of Basel, Switzerland


  • We hope you had a good trip back and that you enjoyed your time in Cesky Krumlov and at our workshop!


Week 1 : 19-25 January, 2020

Date Day Time Presenter Topic Location
19 Jan Sunday 6p – 10p Everyone Reception Hotel Zlaty Andel
20 Jan Monday 9a – 12p Workshop Team Introduction and orientation Theater
12p – 12:15p Everyone Group photo Theater
2p – 5p Workshop Team Computer lab / UNIX introduction Prelate
7p – 10p Everyone Participant introduction Prelate
21 Jan Tuesday 9a – 12p Alex Buerkle Likelihood, probability, and Bayesian inference Theater
2p – 5p Alex Buerkle Probability in population and speciation genomics (activity) Prelate
7p – 10p Workshop Team First steps in genomic data analysis (activity) Prelate
22 Jan Wednesday 9a – 12p Walter Salzburger The genomics of organismal diversification Theater
2p – 5p Vítor Sousa Demographic analysis with fastsimcoal2 Prelate
7p – 10p Vítor Sousa Inferring demography (fastsimcoal2 activity) Prelate
23 Jan Thursday 9a – 12p Rachael Dudaniec Adaptation and selection Theater
2p – 5p Rachael Dudaniec Detecting environmental selection (activity) Prelate
7p – 10p Patrik Nosil Predicting evolution Theater
24 Jan Friday 9a – 12p Leo Speidel / Simon Myers The coalescent Theater
2p – 5p Leo Speidel / Simon Myers Genome-wide genealogy inference (Relate activity) Prelate
7p – 10p Richard Durbin Experimental design / Demography Theater
25 Jan Saturday 9a – 12p Kelley Harris Evolution of the mutation spectrum Theater
2p – 5p Kelley Harris Inferring the mutation spectrum (activity) Prelate
5:30p – 10p Everyone Town Tour (6 to 7PM) and Dinner (from 7PM) Meet in Town Square

Week 2 : 27 January – 1 February, 2020

Date Day Time Presenter Topic Location
26 Jan Sunday Everyone Free day! Time for castle tours, a cellar tour, wine tasting … etc You decide!
27 Jan Monday 9a – 12p Daniel Falush Population structure Theater
2p – 5p Daniel Falush / Workshop Team Inferring population structure (Finestructure / FineRADstructure) Prelate
7p – 10p Richard Durbin / Workshop Team Demography inference (MSMC activity) Prelate
28 Jan Tuesday 9a – 12p Lacey Knowles The multi-species coalescent Theater
2p – 5p Workshop Team Species-tree inference based on the multi-species coalescent (SNAPP activity) Prelate
7p – 10p Lacey Knowles Delimiting species boundaries (DELINEATE and DECRYPT activities) Prelate
29 Jan Wednesday 9a – 12p Simon Martin Speciation and hybridization Theater
2p – 5p Simon Martin Topology weighting (TWISST activity) Prelate
7p – 10p Workshop Team D-statistics (activity) Prelate
30 Jan Thursday 9a – 12p Magnus Nordborg GWAS Theater
2p – 5p Magnus Nordborg / Daniele Filiault GWAS (activity) Prelate
7p – 10p Workshop Team Open lab / FAQ session Prelate
31 Jan Friday 9a – 12p Ludovic Orlando Ancient genomics Theater
2p – 5p Workshop Team Wrap-up Prelate
7p – 10p Everyone End of Workshop Party TBA
1 Feb Saturday 9a – 12p Everyone Departure


University of S. Bohemia provided financial aid to WPSG2020.