Over the past couple weeks I've been fortunate enough to travel to some pretty exciting places and meet lots of great people. First up was a trip to Turku, Finland, to be an external examiner and keynote speaker at the AURA PhD Student Symposium. It was a really incredible experience and I was extremely impressed with the quality and breadth of the research projects presented by students from the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi .

 Photo courtesy of Kjartan Mæstad/IMR  

Photo courtesy of Kjartan Mæstad/IMR 

After a short break in Helsinki I was then off to Bergen, Norway, where I was grateful to have been invited to attend the kick-off meeting for the ConEvolHer project at the Institute of Marine Research. The meeting was coordinated by project leader Katja Enberg and included her fantastic students and collaborators. It was fascinating to hear all about their upcoming work and to tell the folks in attendance about our own work on fisheries-induced evolution as part of the ERC PHYSFISH project. Later in the week I also gave a talk at the University of Bergen. The trip also included a lot of great (but expensive!) beer and my first ever Finnish sauna experience, courtesy of Christian Jørgensen. Looking forward to returning!

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