Biologiska institutionen | Lunds universitet

A meeting with real people

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People sitting around a table drinking coffee. Photo.
Nice discussions during the coffee break.

Yesterday GENECO had their winter meeting at Kulturen. This was the first meeting in real life since the pandemic started. And that showed. People really liked to get together and talk. During the dinner, it was hard to even hear oneself talk from time to time.

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The beautiful tapestry in the conference was a big contrast to the modern meeting equipment.

GENECO is a graduate research school in genomic ecology, where PhD students from different universities come together and learn to understand genomic techniques and applications and communicate research ideas among other things.

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Emily O’Connor introduced the next speaker.

Unfortunately, I was not able to make it to the meeting in the morning, which included one guest lecture by Petra Korlevic from Wellcome Sanger Institute, in Great Brittain, and two talks by the PhD students Hanna Bensch and Ida Krogsgaard Svendsen, both from Linnaeus University.

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Anja Mezger described SciLifeLab’s methods.

After lunch and a streamed Thursday seminar, the invited lecturer Anja Mezger from National Genomics Infrastructure in Stockholm, talked about SciLifeLab equipment and what analysis they do. Qinyang Li, PhD student in Lund, followed with a talk about his PhD project about multicellularity.

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How and why does multicellularity arise? Qinyang Li gave some answers.

The next talk was about wolfs in Sweden and their inbreeding. Mikael Åkesson, from the Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences in Grimsö, told us how they use the genomic technique SNPs in their monitoring of wolfs.

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Mikael Åkesson described his monitoring of wolfs.

After the coffee break Danilo Di Leo, PhD student at Linneaus University, talked about a way to analyse big data sources and Zachary Nolen, PhD student at Lund University, ended with a talk about his work with genetic diversity of blue-winged butterflies.

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Olof Hellgren introduced the next talker, Danilo Di Leo.
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Zachary Nolen let us know more about the impact of land-use changes on butterflies.

The closing dinner was at Kulturen’s restaurant, and the food served was either roster or portabello confit depending on food preferences. I left with a full stomach and a head full of voices and thoughts.

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Torbjörn Säll held his last speech at a GENECO meeting. He will soon retire.
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Another way to view a speaker.

It was a pleasant and strange feeling to be at an IRL meeting again, but it was also tiring. It will take some time to get used to a normal life. Thanks to the organisers and GENECO for letting me participate.

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Bengt Hansson thanked the invited speakers.

Text and photo Inger Ekström