Center of Genomics, Evolution and Medicine

Summer school 2021

The Tartu Summer school on Evolution, Genetics and Medicine 2021 

30.08-02.09.2023, online

This is the first school of a series of annual international summer schools that brings together evolution, genetics and medicine. The school is organised by the cGEM group at the Institute of Genomics, University of Tartu, Estonia.


The summer school is focussed on methods and resources for identifying the present-day consequences of past natural selection for phenotypic variation and susceptibility to disease, and will cover advanced methods for inferring evolutionary histories from genomics data and linking them to large-scale genomic and functional datasets. Lectures introducing theoretical concepts and methods will be combined with workshops designed to give hands-on experience.

Anders Eriksson: Evolutionary theory of complex traits

Vasili Pankratov: Tree-based based methods of evolutionary inference

Michael Dannemann: Introgression from archaic humans

Mayukh Mondal: Deep learning methods for evolutionary inference

Tõnis Org: Epigenetics and cell-based functional assays

The school will be held online between August 30 and September 2, and will be free of charge.


The course is aimed at PhD students of mathematics and bioinformatics with an interest in evolution. We also welcome students from biological and medical backgrounds with sufficient background in computational analysis, advanced undergraduates, and postdocs. We can accept maximum 40 students. 

Applications are to be sent by email to The application should contain:

  • full contact data (name, affiliation, postal address, email address)
  • a brief CV containing prior studies and/or positions
  • a one-paragraph description of scientific interest and motivation
  • list of publications (if any)

Please send all relevant information in one pdf file (not in the email text).

The deadline for applications is August 8 and we shall notify all applicants by August 20.

Yours sincerely,

The cGEM group