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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


Because of the impact worldwide of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2020 International Summer Programmes have been replaced by the Virtual Summer Festival of Learning

This course is part of the Science Summer Programme Term I 2020.

To apply for this course, please enrol on the programme above, and then select the courses you wish to study. For more information about Summer Programmes please visit our Summer Programmes Page.

‘Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny’ was a dominant idea of late 19th-century evolutionary thinking. ‘Ontogeny drives phylogeny’ was an important response 50 or so years later. Today Evolutionary Developmental Biology (Evo-Devo) reframes the arguments, adding molecular biology to our understanding of how developmental processes influence evolution. The sessions explore a synthesis of these ideas using our growing understanding of speciation in Darwin’s finches, the molecular genetics of beak development and theories of larval forms to illustrate a reassessment of evolution in process.


Course dates

12 Jul 2020 to 18 Jul 2020

Course duration

1 week

Apply by

22 Jun 2020

Course director

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


International Summer Programmes
Sidgwick Site
United Kingdom
01223 760850

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Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

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