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Competitive Generosity Drives Charitable Donations

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:09:46 +0000

Unconditional generosity is a characteristic of humans on which we pride ourselves, and billions of dollars is donated to hundreds of thousands of charitable organisations every year. But look at it from an evolutionary perspective, and this trait seems difficult to explain. In some situations, giving may have evolved to advertise positive characteristics of the […]

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Academic Retreat 2014

Missenden Abbey1st & 2nd May 2014

Missenden Abbey

PROGRAMME

Thursday, 1st May

12:45
Group travel by coach
14:15 Arrivals, registration and check into rooms
15:00 Tea – The Barn Hall
15.30 Welcome by Andrew Pomiankowski, Head of Department
Session 1
Barn Hall


Chair:  Andrew Pomiankowski
15:30-16:15 David Balding,
“Kinship in the era of genome-wide data: what does it mean and what use is it?”
16:15-17:00 Alumnus Talk:  Duncan Greig
“Sex and the single cell”
17:00-17:15 Short break (Barn Hall breakout space)
17:15-18:00
Ben Collen
“Predicting global biodiversity change”
18:00-19.00 Free time
19:00-19:30 Pre-dinner Drinks (from the Garden Room bar)
19:30 Dinner – Abbey private dining room
  After Dinner speaker, Prof Mary Collins, Professor of Immunology and Dean UCL Faculty of Life Sciences

Friday, 2nd May

08:15– 09:15
Breakfast (Abbey main restaurant area)
  Day Delegate Postdocs and Students:
09:27
Depart Marylebone Station by train
10:08
Arrive Great Missenden (8-10 minute walk to Missenden Abbey)
Session 2
Barn Hall


Chair:  Andrew Pomiankowski
09:30-10:15
General discussion: Future strategy for GEE
10:15-10:45
Coffee (Barn Hall breakout space) and arrival of the Post-docs and Students
Session 3
Barn Hall


Chair:  Anjali Goswami
10:45-11:30
Mark Thomas
“Detecting signatures of natural selection using ancient DNA data”
11:30-12:15
Rosie Woodroffe
“Managing protected and endangered wildlife: the importance of evidence"
12:15-13:00
Kate Jones,
“Impact of global weirding on the emergence and spread of zoonotic infectious diseases”
13:00-14:15
Hot or cold Buffet Lunch (Abbey main restaurant area)
 Session 4
Barn Hall


Chair:  Max Telford
 14:15-15:00  Georgina Mace
“The ecology of natural capital: accounting for costs and benefits”
 15:00-15.30  Tea (Barn Hall breakout space)
 15.30-16.15  Andrew Pomiankowski
“The evolution of two sexes”
 16:30 Depart (make way on foot to Great Missenden Railway Station a 8-10 minute walk)
 16:49  Depart Great Missenden Station by train

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