Ecole Thematique FieldEpiGen

25-29/6/2018 - Université de Perpignan Via Domitia

We know from standard theory and associated experiments that part of the response of populations in the field to altered environmental conditions rely on the availability of genetic variation, but it is also clear that epigenetic processes play a role, through their ability to modulate genome expression, and thus phenotypes. Such epigenetic processes are important for the accommodation of individuals to their current environment, but such effects sometimes persist across generations. In other words, some epigenetic effects appear to be inclusively heritable. A main issue is to explore the relative role of genetic and epigenetic processes in transgenerational responses. That epigenetic effects play a role within generations is undisputed. A highly controversial issue, however, is the subset of epigenetic processes that appear to be inclusively heritable from one generation to the next, and how such inheritance processes can contribute to adaptive walks in fitness landscapes. A principal issue is the low number of studies that feed solid data to this debate.

This CNRS funded summer school aims to provide training for those interested in using population epigenetics, starting with sampling and experimental strategies over experimental acquisition of data, and data analysis and eventually publication writing. It is anticipated to generate publication ready data during the school. The course will take place in the Mediterranean city of Perpignan providing an inspiring frame for sunny working days and late-night discussions over local beverages and cuisine.

Training will be provided by scientists with a strong background in the field and highest international reputation. Official languages are French and English.


Price for participation (including tuition fees, accommodation and good food) is 150 € for PhD students, 300 € for ≥ PhD. 1500 € for non-academics.  

The number of participants is limited to 40.


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