When CEES was officially created in 2007, it's original strategy was based around three interlinked Themes, and faculty members, researchers, postdocs and graduate students participate in one or more of them. Within each research Theme, there was a demand for integration of ecological realism into evolutionary theory, and for evolutionary thinking into ecological modelling. In order to face problems of integrative work, such as conceptual and semantic confusion, and to promote communication across the limiting assumptions of the various research fields, CEES created targeted projects in the form of four three-year long multidisciplinary Colloquia.
Here staff and visiting scientists with experience from a wide range of biological and methodological systems are brought together. Each Colloquium makes an excellent setting for inviting highly qualified scientists to collaborate and thus contributes to the overall objective of the centre. The topics of the Colloquia are:
- Selection and evolvability: Concepts, measurements and statistics
- Evolutionary biology and genomics
- The ecology and evolution of infectious diseases within an environmental reservoir
- Integration of ecology and evolution