I was able to attend the week-long Evolutionary Biology Workshop (located in Guarda, Switzerland) this past June! What a learning opportunity. The Guarda Workshop is a one-of-a-kind scientific retreat for early-stage graduate students. You spend a week surrounded by people at a similar stage in their scientific career, and you band together to think deeply (and write quickly) about questions in evolutionary biology. You are guided by four leading evolutionary biologists, and through a combination of high-pressure group work and late night discussions with professors you develop a stronger scientific identity and a network of caring and intelligent peers. But don’t take my word for it! If you or someone you know is a 1st- or 2nd-year graduate student in evolutionary biology, check it out. One significant downside: The workshop does not offer financial support of any kind, so start figuring out finances early if you plan to apply.
I’ve included some of my own cell phone photography below for anyone curious about the Guarda experience.
If you’re thinking of applying but would like to know more about this American’s experience in Guarda, feel free to contact me!