30 Photos - Aug 4, 2013
Photo: The eFLOWER Summer School took place at the Faculty Center of Biodiversity (pictured here) in Vienna, from 3 to 10 July 2013.Photo: Our computer room for the School.Photo: The School was co-organized by Jürg Schönenberger (left) and myself (right).Photo: 12 students and postdocs were invited to the School and were joined by six additional members from our two research groups in Paris and Vienna. In total, 12 nationalities were represented!Photo: Photo: The School consisted mostly of data entry for the eFLOWER project, interspersed with lectures (one every day) and hands-on practicals of data analysis.Photo: One of the goals of the School was also to meet young people with interests in floral morphology and evolution, and to foster new collaborations. Here, we relax after the first day with drinks in the Botanical Garden just outside the Faculty Center.Photo: Photo: Peter Endress (pictured right), one of the world's experts on floral morphology, joined us for two days and met with the participants.Photo: Maria von Balthazar (pictured in the centre), also based at the University of Vienna, played a key role in assisting with difficult characters or descriptions.Photo: Yannick Staedler, a postdoc in Jürg's lab, gave a lecture about the use of microCT-scanning for the study of extant floral morphology.Photo: Photo: After three days of hard work, we had a fun dinner at a local Heurige (Austrian wine tavern).Photo: Photo: Photo: Assembling for a group photo in the Botanical Garden.Photo: Photo: Photo: Susana Magallon, from the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, joined us for three days and gave a lecture on dating the angiosperm phylogeny.Photo: eFLOWER comfort food :-)Photo: Photo: Jürg and Maria worked hard during the School, adding fossil flowers to our data set.Photo: Maria gave a lecture on fossil flowers and reconstructing their relationships.Photo: Brian O'Meara, from the University of Tennessee, gave an e-lecture on models of trait evolution.Photo: Photo: On the last day, the participants were asked to perform analyses of ancestral state reconstruction based on the data recorded during the School, and to present the results to the rest of us.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Wrapping up on the last day. The experience was so interesting and productive that we've already decided to run it again next year.