Our network will offer 13 two-year postdocs, training young European genetics, evolutionary modelling and organic chemistry with specialities researchers to become highly competitive in the expanding and important area of population biology. Special emphasis will be on interdisciplinary in ants, bees and wasps. We aim to understand social evolution by addressing the key factors: kinship (local genetic variation), questions of genetic diversity, chemical ecology and the long-term effects of diseases. Extensive working visits to several laboratories of other productivity (as affected by reproductive competition), communication (including kin-recognition), and disease. These factors are of general network partners are an essential part of all our postdoc training programmes. In addition, 6 workshops and 3 symposia organised by the relevance to biology and social insects are ideally suited as model network will extend our expertise and training to a selection of European systems to study their significance. The wide expertise of the network will allow us to study specifically the interactions among these key factors in postdocs and Ph.D. students from outside the network, creating a broader recruitment basis for TMR postdocs in later years of the network. ways that would be difficult for a single research group.
Our network will combine both theoretical, experimental, and field studies and has extensive expertise in the numerous advanced techniques necessary for
1. the determination of kinship with hyper variable DNA-markers, 2. evolutionary modelling, 3. the (GC-MS) micro-analysis of communication substances and pheromones, 4. the analysis of reproductive competition, 5. the study of insect diseases.
Funding SchemeNET - Research network contracts
S10 2TN Sheffield
ST5 5BG Keele - Staffordshire
750 07 Uppsala