Taming the BEAST eh!

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May 8th, 2023

Applications to the 2023 Taming the BEAST workshop are now closed. We will be in touch with those who have applied soon.

Spaces are limited. Applications close on May 8th.

April 24th, 2023. We’ve recently learned that Quest University will be closing its doors and unable to support any activities beyond the end of April. However, the team remains committed to offering you an awesome workshop and we have moved everything over to Howe Sound Inn & Brewing, also located in Squamish (https://www.howesound.com/).

February 9th, 2023. A second Taming the BEAST eh! workshop has been confirmed! This workshop will take place August 14-18th, 2023 in Squamish British Colombia. Applications are now open.

Workshop Overview

Taming the BEAST is a workshop focused on BEAST2, an open-source software package for Bayesian phylogenetic analyses of molecular sequences. The workshop consists of invited talks, lectures and hands-on tutorials by leading experts in the field. The aim of the workshop is to equip participants with the skills and core knowledge to confidently perform phylogenetic and phylodynamic analyses of their own. It is open to graduate students and scientists interested in the analysis of genomic data and molecular evolution.


Coming soon. Please consult the programme page for the latest information which can be found at taming-the-beast.org/workshops/. Please also note the list of required software that will need to be installed on your computer prior to the workshop.


  • Alexei Drummond, University of Auckland
  • Remco Bouckaert, University of Auckland
  • Jūlija Pečerska, Zürich University of Applied Science
  • Louis du Plessis, ETH Zürich
  • Joëlle Barido-Sottani, Institut de Biologie de l’ENS
  • Claudia Solis-Lemus, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • David Rasmussen, North Carolina State University
  • Huw Ogilvie, Rice University
  • Alex Popinga, University of Auckland
  • Rachel Warnock, Geozentrum Nordbayern

Location & Venue

Squamish British Columbia provides a unique blend of rugged landscapes, stunning views and West Coast culture. Within minutes of town, you can ride mountain bike trails, hike in coastal rain forests, and climb gigantic granite monoliths. You’re also less than an hour from either Vancouver or Whistler, so there’s a little something for everyone. exploresquamish.com

Getting There

Take a scenic trip along the Sea to Sky Highway 99. Getting to Squamish from the Vancouver international airport is a breeze thanks to regularly scheduled shuttles operated by Skylynx (yvrskylynx.com) and Squamish Connector (squamishconnector.com)


Spaces are limited. Apply by sending your CV, as well as a short description (max 450 words) of your research interests and why you would like to attend the workshop to ttbcanada@bccfe.ca.

Please submit your CV and description as one document by May 8th.


Participants will be contacted directly in early spring for registration and payment (PayPal). Registration will be $1,000 CDN.

Contact Us

We are committed to ensuring you have an enjoyable and productive workshop. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please email ttbcanada@cfenet.ubc.ca.

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