Introduction to the concepts and methods of networks in evolutionary studies

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General information

This school is designed in priority for biologists and bio-informaticians (completing a PhD degree or currently post-doctoral fellows, as well as researchers), who wish to learn the bases of network analyses.

The main aims (regarding various types of networks, the relevance of their analyses, and some bases in graph theory) will be introduced by short theoretical classes, followed by practical case-studies, introducing the basics in programming required to run such network analyses as well as to use the existing software/tools. The goal is that, by the end of this summer school, all applicants will be qualified to perform network analyses of their own datasets.

 More precisely, the focus will be on the following concepts and methods:

  • Introgressive evolution and large-scale diversity studies.
  •  Construction and analysis of sequence similarity networks (construction and sorting of connected components, definition of gene families, search for composite genes, implementation of centrality measures)
  • Construction and analysis of genome networks (construction of weighted genome networks, implementation of their diameter, shortest paths, analyses of labeled nodes, etc.)
  • Construction and analysis of gene-genome bipartite graphs (detection of connected components, and their articulation points, and twins)

 In addition, 9 conferences on networks and evolution will be delivered by leading scientists during this school. Expected speakers will be announced later.

Contact Person: Eric Bapteste (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0588 - Scientific modelling", "0688 - Bioinformatics


Venue: Station Biologique de Roscoff
Roscoff, France



Academic level: PhD, Lifelong Learning
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