The talented students
The 15 participants were selected on the basis of a competitive call for applicants. In total, 42 applications were received from 19 countries, resulting in an exceptional and diverse selection of 15 talented students, who remained actively engaged with us throughout the event.
The nine female and six male students came from seven countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Mexico, U.K., U.S.A.) and represented nine nationalities. Twelve were PhD students, two were master’s students, and one was an honour’s student.
Watch this excellent short video produced by Lizzie Joyce (Australian Tropical Herbarium), one of the participants of the School.
The future of eFLOWER
This was an exceptional event and all people involved (organizers, invited speakers, students) were extremely satisfied with the Summer School. This was the longest running event with the largest group at Oak Spring, and the first training course aimed at graduate students. From a scientific and training perspective, our new model alternating data entry and core training in macroevolutionary methods worked very well.
We hope to seek external funding for and organize new eFLOWER Summer Schools every one or two years in rotating locations from this point onwards. Our current goal is to organize the next eFLOWER Summer School jointly with a local university partner right here at the Garden in January 2020.