701-0263-01L  Seminar in Evolutionary Ecology of Infectious Diseases

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersR. R. Regös, S. Bonhoeffer
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


701-0263-01 GSeminar in Evolutionary Ecology of Infectious Diseases2 hrs
Tue16:15-18:00CHN F 42 »
R. R. Regös, S. Bonhoeffer

Catalogue data

AbstractStudents of this course will discuss current topics from the field of infectious disease biology. From a list of publications, each student chooses some themes that he/she is going to explain and discuss with all other participants and under supervision. The actual topics will change from year to year corresponding to the progress and new results occuring in the field.
ObjectiveThis is an advanced course that will require significant student participation.  Students will learn how to evaluate and present scientific literature and trace the development of ideas related to understanding the ecology and evolutionary biology of infectious diseases.
ContentA core set of ~10 classic publications encompassing unifying themes in infectious disease ecology and evolution, such as virulence, resistance, metapopulations, networks, and competition will be presented and discussed.  Pathogens will include bacteria, viruses and fungi.  Hosts will include animals, plants and humans.
Lecture notesPublications and class notes can be downloaded from a web page announced during the lecture.
LiteraturePapers will be assigned and downloaded from a web page announced during the lecture.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Critical Thinkingfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersR. R. Regös, S. Bonhoeffer
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationStudents will need to attend all sessions, with a maximum of two absences, to receive credit for the course. Students will need to make at least one presentation and to participate in discussions that follow each presentation.

Learning materials

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Places30 at the most
Waiting listuntil 01.10.2023

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