The Scottish Phylogeny Discussion Group

The Scottish Phylogeny Discussion Group (SPDG) meets to discuss phylogeny reconstruction and associated areas of research, including comparative genomics, phylogenomics, population genetics and taxonomy.

Meetings are hosted by a range of institutions in or near Scotland. Expenses are not available for local speakers, but registration is always free.

Next Meeting

The next meeting is on the 8 December 2014, at the University of St Andrews. The invited speaker is Dr Jo Dicks (Institute of Food Research), who will talk on “Estimating and exploiting yeast NGS-based phylogenies for industrial biotechnology”.

Details and registration

This meeting is jointly sponsored by the Next Generation Bioinformatics User Group and the SPDG.

Join the SPDG

If you register for an SPDG meeting, you automatically become a member of SPDG. If you cannot attend a meeting yet, but still wish to enrol as a member, email with subject “Join SPDG”. In the text of your email, please include:

  • your title (Miss/Mrs/Ms/Mr/Dr/Prof)
  • your place of work or study, if any
  • a summary (max. 10 words) of your research interests.

You will then receive occasional relevant email, e.g. announcements of meetings.

Previous Meetings

  • 15 April 2014, Lancaster Spring Phylogenetics Conference at Lancaster University:
    - Programme
    - Slides: “The greatest experiment in evolution: viral biocontrol of rabbits” by Professor Eddie Holmes
    - Video, below: “Molecular phylogenetics: can we do it better?” by Dr Nick Goldman (starts at 0:00);
    “Origins and evolutionary history of the small ruminant lentivirus pandemic” by Dr Robert Gifford (starts at 51:15)


The Scottish Phylogeny Discussion Group is funded by a grant from the Scottish Bioinformatics Forum and by the former Centre for Evolution, Genes and Genomics at the University of St Andrews.


The overall organizer of the Scottish Phylogeny Discussion Group isĀ Dr Daniel Barker.