evolution happens!

Special exhibition 'evolution happens!' at the Zoological Museum

The Zoological Museum of the University of Zurich is currently showing the special exhibition ‘evolution happens!’ that uses examples from medicine, agriculture and conservation to demonstrate "Evolution in Action". The contents of the exhibition were developed in collaboration with our URPP and several of the topics featured in ‘evolution happens!’ are actively investigated by members of the URPP Evolution:

Using findings from research on pathogen evolution, Alexandros Sotiropoulos demonstrates the evolutionary race between wheat and its fungal parasite wheat powdery mildew. Evolutionary aspects in the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria are explained with support from Rolf Kümmerli. How the interplay between pollinators and flowers shapes entire ecosystems is shown using research examples from Léa Franchon. Christine Grossen describes, why and how the reintroduction of the Alpine ibex to Switzerland caused today’s Alpine ibex population to struggle with distinct genetic shortcomings. Finally, Urs Greber highlights the role of evolutionary processes in the progress of the current corona pandemic.

The exhibition will be on view from June 15 to November 28, 2021 and from January 4 to February 27, 2022. The accompanying program features contributions from evolutionary biologists from the University of Zurich and enables visitors to hear more about research conducted by members of the URPP Evolution.