This week the final of the National Biology Olympiad (NBO), a competion among Dutch highschool students, takes place at Wageningen University and at Radboud University Nijmegen.
Twenty finalists from all over the Netherlands participate during 8 days in workshops ranging from plant anatomy to molecular biology. Last Wednesday (June 4th), these students got a crash course in molecular phylogenetics, in other words how can we reconstruct evolution on the basis of DNA sequence data. Here you see some impressions about the course organized by Sven vanden Elsen, Paul Mooyman and Hans Helder at the Laboratory of Nematology of Wageningen University. After this week, it will be clear which students (three) are going to represent The Netherlands in the International Biology Olympics that will be held in Mumbai (India).