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Eske Willerslev

Eske Willerslev

Professor

(As of December 2017)

Date of Birth 5 June 1971
Nationality Danish

Address

Centre for GeoGenetics
University of Copenhagen
Øster Voldgade 5-7, DK-1350
Phone: +45 35321309/ +45 28751309
E-mail: ewillerslev@snm.ku.dk, Webpage: https://geogenetics.ku.dk/

Current positions

Prince Philip Chair of Ecology and Evolution, University of Cambridge (2015-)
Wellcome Trust Sanger Associate Reseachers (2015-)
Lundbeck Foundation Professor, University of Copenhagen (2014-20)
Director, Program Pathogens as cause of cancer (2011-2016)
Director, Centre of Excellence in GeoGenetics (2009-)
Director, National Tissue Bank and Sequencing Facility (2009-)
Professor National History Museum, University of Copenhagen (2009-)


Previous appointments

Professor of Evolutionary Biology, Dept. of Biology, Univ. of Copenhagen (2006-2011)
Chief Director, FNU Centre for Ancient Genetics (2005-2009)
Visiting Professor, Dept. of Zoology, Oxford University, UK (2005-2007)
Professor (MSO) of Ancient DNA, the Niels Bohr Institute, Univ. of Copenhagen (2005-2006)
Wellcome Trust Fellow, Dept. of Zoology, Oxford University, UK (2003-2005)
Research visitor MD Anderson Cancer Research Centre, University of Texas, US (2002)

Education and Qualifications

DSc (dr. scient.), Ancient DNA, Dept. of Biology, University of Copenhagen (2004)
Cand. Scient. (Masters level degree), Dept. of Zoology, University of Copenhagen (Jan 1998)


Honours Awards, Scholarly Achievements

Honorary Doctor, University of Tartu (2017)
Order of the Dannebrog (issued by her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark)
The Preservation Hero Award, The Department of Archaeology and Historical preservation, Washington State (2017)
Ørsted Prize (unsolicited) (2016)
Shanghai Archaeology Forum (SAF) Award (2015)
Adopted member of the Crow tribe, Montana (Apsaalooke), got the name ChiitdeeXia’ssee (meaning well known scout) (2014)
Foreign associate member, National Academy of Sciences USA (2014)
Honorary Doctor, University of Oslo (2014)
UC Berkeley Miller Visiting Professorship (2014)
Lundbeck Professorship (2013)
Ib Hendriksen Foundation Award (unsolicited) (2013)
The Rosenkjær Award (unsolicited) (2012)
The Lundbeck Foundation Young Scientists Award (unsolicited) (2011)
The DM Researchers Prize (unsolicited) (2011)
The Danish Independent Research Councils Research Communication Prize, Danish Ministry of Science and Education (unsolicited) (2011)
The Danish Independent Research Councils Major EliteForsk (Elite Research) Prize, Danish Ministry of Science and Education (unsolicited) (2011)
Antiquity Prize for the best paper in the Journal Antiquity in 2009 (Hebsgaard et al. ’The Farm Beneath the Sand’ – an archaeological case study on ancient ‘dirt’ DNA') (unsolicited) (2010)
The Ellen and Hans Hermes Science Award (unsolicited) (2010)
The Genius Scientific Communication Prize (unsolicited) (2009)
Elected member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters (2008)
The Danish Independent Research Councils' Young Researcher's Award, Danish Ministry of Science and Education (unsolicited) (2005)
The Hartmanns Science Prize (unsolicited) (2004)
Wellcome Trust Fellowship (2003-2005)
Copenhagen Global Change Initiative (COGCI) PhD Student Fellowship (2000-2003)

Memberships of Scholarly Societies & Academic Boards

The National Academy of Sciences USA
The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters
The Earth Microbiome Project Consortium
International Science Advisory Board, First Ancient Biomaterials
The International Mars Cryoscout drilling Team (NASA)
The Planetary Permafrost and Astrobiology Working Group of the IPA (under Chris McKay, NASA Ames Space Centre)
International Science Advisory Board, First Ancient Biomaterials Conference, 2009


Editorial & Funding Review Panels & Committees

Editor PNAS, Associate Editor for Molecular Ecology, BMC Evolutionary Biology, Editorial board member for BMC Evolutionary Biology, The Open Evolution Journal, Zoological Research, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, the journal Insects, and The International Journal of Forensic Anthropology and Ad hoc reviewer for more than 40 grants agencies and journals, including the NSF (US), Nature, Science, and PNAS.


Collaboration with Industry

Bavarian Nordic (collaboration on vaccine development)
BGI Europe (collaboration on sequencing cancer pathogens)


Research Field Expeditions

2010: Expedition to Qajaa at the Isfjord, Northwest Greenland. Collected sediment samples and archaeological remains for DNA analyses for Centre for GeoGenetics, Uni. Copenhagen
2009: Expedition to Qajaa at the Isfjord, Northwest Greenland. Collected sediment samples and archaeological remains for DNA analyses for Centre for GeoGenetics, Uni. Copenhagen
2006: One-month expedition to Pearly Land, North Greenland. Collected megafauna fossils (musk ox and reindeer), and sediment samples for DNA analyses for Ancient DNA and Evolution Group, Biological Institute, Uni. Copenhagen.
2005: One-month expedition to Taymyr, North East Siberia. Collected megafauna fossils (woolly mammoth, horse, and musk ox), and sediment samples for DNA analyses for Ancient DNA and Evolution Group, Niels Bohr Institute, Uni. Copenhagen.
2004: Two-month expedition to Yukon, Northern Canada and Chukotka, North East Siberia. Collected Megafauna fossils (woolly mammoth, horse, bison, lions, bears, and wolfs), ancient coprolites and sediment samples for DNA analyses for Dept. Zool. Uni. Oxford, UK and Inst. Biol. Uni. Copenhagen.
2003: One-month expedition to Yukon, Northern Canada. Collected Megafauna fossils (woolly mammoth, horse, bison, lions, bears, and wolfs), ancient coprolites and sediment samples for DNA analyses for Dept. Zool. Uni. Oxford, UK
2001: Led one-month expedition to Jakobs Havn, Western Greenland. Collected glacier ice for DNA studies, for the Zoo. Inst. Uni. Copenhagen, Denmark.
2000: One-month expedition to the North GRIP drilling site, Northern Greenland, drilling ice cores for the Niels Bohr Inst. Uni. Copenhagen, Denmark
1996: One-month expedition to Disko Island, Western Greenland. Collected miofauna in Davis Strait for Zoo. Inst. Uni. Copenhagen.
1993-94: Lived for six-months as trapper among the Yukagihr people, Yakutia, Northeastern Siberia.
1993: Led four-month expedition to Yakutia and Magadan, North Eastern Siberia for Uni. Copenhagen, Uni. Aarhus. Collected megafauna fossils (woolly mammoth, horse, and bison) and entogaphic material from the Yukagihr, Yakut, and Even people and did a documentary film in collaboration with Nordic Film A/S.
1992: Led two-month expedition to Kamchatka, North Eastern Siberia for Uni. Copenhagen and Uni. Aarhus. Collected entogaphic material from the Chuckchi, Koryak, and Even people.
1991: Led three-month expedition to Yakutia, North Eastern Siberia. Collected megafauna fossils (woolly mammoth, horse, and bison) and entogaphic material from the Yakut and Even people for Moesgaard Mus. Uni. Aarhus, Denmark

Administrative Duties

Board member University of Copenhagen (2016-)
Section head, Natural History Museum of Denmark (2013-15)
Board member Zoological Garden of Denmark (2011-)
External Scientific Committee Member, Inst. of Evolutionary Biology, Barcelona, Spain (2010-)
Chief Director, Shino-Danish Sequencing Centre (2009-)
Chief Director, Centre for GeoGenetics (2009-)
Chief Director, National Tissue Bank and Sequencing Facility (2009-)
Head Ancient DNA and Environments Group (2009-)
Head: the Evolutionary Biology Section (2007-2008)
Head: the Ancient DNA and Evolution Group (2005-2009)
Member: the Fusion Committee (Dept. of Molecular Biology and Dept. of Biology) (2007-08)
Member: the Laboratory Committee, Department of Biology (2005-09)
Chief Director, FNU Center for Ancient Genetics (2005-09)


Teaching, Univ. of Copenhagen and Cambridge (2004-)

Human Evolution (undergraduate course) Department of Zoology, Cambridge, (2016-), Ancient DNA and Evolution (graduate course, Copenhagen), Natural History Museum of Denmark (Copenhagen, 2010) Ancient DNA and Evolution (graduate course), Dept. of Biology (Copenhagen, 2007-10) Introduction to population biology (undergraduate course), Dept. of Biology (Copenhagen, 2005) Molecular Evolution (graduate course), Dept. of Evolutionary Biology (Copenhagen, 1996-02) Evolutionary Biology (undergraduate course), Dept. of Evolutionary Biology (Copenhagen, 1996-02) Occasionally lecturing in evolutionary biology, nationally and internationally (undergraduates and graduates) (Copenhagen, 2005-2017)

Supervision of Post-Doctoral Research: 37 post-doctoral projects

Dr. Junxia Wuhanyjx (visiting Post doc), Beijing University, China
Dr. Henrik Glenner, Dept. Biology, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Martin Vinter Sørensen, Dept. Biology, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Tom Gilbert, Dept. Biology, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Jaco Weinstock, Dept. Biology, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Tobias Mourier, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Kasper Munch, Dept. Biology, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Mette Elstrup Steemand, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Erik Axelsson, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Helena Malmström, Dept. Biology, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Mette Vestergaard Madsen, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Paula Campos, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Cristina Valdiosera, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. James Haile, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Tracy Pierre, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Aurelien Ginolhac, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Enrico Cappellini, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Morten Rasmussen, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Eline Lorenzen, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Morten Allentoft, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Lasse Vinner, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Helena Fridholm, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Anne Ahlmann Nielsen, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Sarah Mollerup, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Maanasa Raghaven, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Astrid Schmidt, Niels Bohr/ Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Klaus Hammes, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Lasse Vinner, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Søren Overballe-Pedersen Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Klaus Hammes Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Ann Micaela Hellström History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Johan Spence History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Philip Francis Thomsen History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Xing Ych, Uni. Copenhagen
Dr. Maanasa Raghavan, Uni. Cambridge
Dr. Ana Ana Prohaska, Uni. Cambridge

25 PhD theses; 14 visiting students

Mr. Martin Hebsgaard, Niels Bohr Institute, Uni. Copenhagen
Mr. Jonas Binladen, Dept. Biology, Uni. Copenhagen
Ms. Paula Campos, Dept. Biology, Uni. Copenhagen
Ms. Astrid Schmidt, Niels Bohr/ Dept. Biology, Uni. Copenhagen
Ms. Isabelle Savignac da Piedade, Dept. Biology, Uni. Copenhagen
Mr. Morten Rasmussen, Dept. Biology, Uni. Copenhagen
Ms. Eva Garde, Biology, Dept. Biology, Uni. Copenhagen
Ms. Maanasa Raghavan, Dept. Biology, Uni. Copenhagen
Mr. Jesper Stennerup, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Mr. David Alquezar, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Mr. Søren Overballe-Petersen, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Mr. Jakob Holm, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Ms. Tina Jørgensen, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Ms. Phillip Francis Thomson Dept. Biology, Uni. Copenhagen
Ms. Kenneth Andersen, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Mr. Mikkel Pedersen, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Mr. Victor Moreno Mayar, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Mr. Thorfinn Sand Korneliussen, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Mr. Ashot Margaryan, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Ms. Mellissa Ilardo, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Ms. Sarah Stewart Johnson (visiting PhD stud.), MIT, USA
Mr. Andrew David Foote (visiting PhD stud.), University of Durham, UK
Ms. Helena Malmström (visiting PhD stud.), Uppsala University, Sweden
Ms. Lourdes Sampietro (visiting PhD stud.), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Ms. Emma Svensson (visiting PhD stud.), Uppsala University, Sweden
Ms. Maanasa Raghavan (visiting PhD stud.), University of Oxford, UK
Ms. Nuria Naveran (visiting PhD stud.), Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Ms. Anna Juras (visiting PhD stud.), Institute of Anthropology University of Poznan, Poland
Ms. Eleanor Jones (visiting PhD stud), University of York, UK
Mr. Andrew David Foote, (visiting PhD stud), UK
Ms. Vanessa Oliveira, (visiting PhD stud), Brasil
Ms. Elena Gigli (visiting PhD stud), Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Barcelona, Spain
Ms. Maren Schrölkamp (visiting PhD stud), Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany
Ms. Melissa E. Kemp, (visiting PhD stud), Stanford, US
Ms. Melissa IIardo Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Ms. Constanza P de la Fuente Castro Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Mr. Peter de Barros Damgaard Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Mr. Yucheng Wang Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Mr. Hugh McColl Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen

Graduate Supervision: 14 MSc theses

Mr. Jonas Binladen, Dept. of Biology Uni. Copenhagen
Ms. Sophia Gardner, The Royal Danish Academy of fine art School of Conservation
Mr. Jonas Jacobsen, Novozymes & Dept. of Biology Uni. Copenhagen
Mr. Magnus Lydolph, Novozymes & Dept. of Biology Uni. Copenhagen
Ms. Sarah Stewart Johnson, Dept. Zoology, Uni. Oxford
Mr. Tommy Kristensen, Dept. Biology, Uni. Copenhagen
Ms. Christina Faerch, Niels Bohr, Uni. Copenhagen
Mr. Phillip Francis Thomson Dept. Biology, Uni. Copenhagen
Mr. Kenneth Andersen Dept. Biology, Uni. Copenhagen
Mr. Fernando HR Guadiana, Uni. Guanajuato, Mexico
Ms. Nynne Hjort Nielsen, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Mr. Mikkel Pedersen, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Mr. Kasper Lykke Hansen, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Mr. Peter de Barros Damsgård, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Ms. Constanza De La Fuente, Stanford, US (visiting student)

Undergraduate Supervision: 5 theses

Mr. Malte Thodberg, Uni. Copenhagen,
Mr. Fernando Ramírez, University of Guanajuato, Mexico
Ms. Gerith Parmo, Dept. of Biology Uni. Copenhagen
Ms. Hlif Ivy Linnetved, Natural History Museum, Uni. Copenhagen
Ms. Roberta Corsi (visiting BSc student), University of Barcelona, Spain

Laboratory Technicians, Univ. of Copenhagen

Ms. Tina B Brand, Ms. Lise Rask McKay, Ms. Jette Agnete Sørensen, Ms. Camilla Friis, Ms. Pernille Selmer Olsen, Mr. Kim Magnussen, Ms. Karen Oliver (Univ. of Oxford), Ms. Lillian Anne Nissen Petersen, Ms. Cecilie Demring Mortensen


Invited talks and seminars 

2017

What we can learn from ancient genomics, Talk at Tartu University, Estonia.
How ancient population genomics changes modern views on human history. Talk at ISABS2017, Dubrovnik Croatia.
Early peopling of the Americas and extinction of the Late Quaternary megafauna. Talk at University in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
The BioSciences master is organized by the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon. Talk at PRES Université de Lyon, Lyon.
Hunting the past with ancient genomics. Talk and horisont lecture in Bergen, Norge.
My way into the past. Talk at Sanger postdoc retreat, Sanger Institute, Dunston Hall, Norfolk.
What we can learn from ancient genomics. Talk + meetings at UCL Genetics Institute. University College London.
What we can learn from the genetic past. UCL Lecture on Climate and Human History + reception and dinner. UCL Institute of Archaeology, London.
What we can learn from ancient genetics. The Dahlem Colloquium lectures, talk at Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics.
Human migrations and megafaunal extinctions The Haldane Lecture, John Innes Centre. Innes Centre, Norwich

2016

Human migration and mega faunal extinctions” The Twenty-eighth McDonald Lecture, Cambridge 
What we can learn from ancient genetics The Dahlem Colloquium lectures, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin
What we can learn from the genetic past, University College London Lecture on Climate and Human History. Institute of Archaeology, London.
What we can learn from ancient genomics
University College London
The Kennewick Man and other ancient genomic studies, Brown Bag talk, Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian.
Genomics of Vikings and the importance of the involvement of the Salme material. Tallinn University
What we can learn from Ancient genomics. Institute of Science and Technology, Austria

2015

Use of modern and ancient DNA in discovering human health, migration and development, University of Medicine Mandalay, Myanmar
Use of modern and ancient DNA in discovering human health, migration and development, Archaeological Office, Upper Myanmar
What we can learn from ancient genetics and genomics, University of Montana, Missoula, USA 
Ancient human genomics, Miller Institute, UC Berkeley, USA
What we can learn from ancient genetics and genomics, Life science seminars, Sanger, UK 

2014

What we can learn from ancient genetics and genomics, Life science seminars, EPFL, Lausanne, Swiss 
Hunting the molecular past, Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway 
Modern and ancient genetics and genomics as tools for understanding population dynamics and community changes, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK. 
Hunting the Molecular Past, Department of Biology, Illinois University, USA. 
Hunting our Molecular Past, Department of Genetics, Harvard University, USA.
Hunting our Molecular Past, Faculty of Life Science, Manchester University, Manchester UK. 

2013

Hunting our Molecular Past, Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, University College London, London UK. 
Hunting our Molecular Past with Ancient DNA, Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute in Australia. Melbourne, Australia 
Hunting our Molecular Past with Ancient DNA, Statistics, University of Oxford, UK 
Hunting our Molecular Past with Ancient DNA, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany. 
Ancient DNA, Oslo University, Centre for Ecology, University of Oslo, Norway 
Hunting our Molecular Past by Ancient DNA, Museu da Ciência, Coimbra University, 
Portugal
Hunting our Molecular Past by Ancient DNA, Department of Anthropology, SMU 
Dallas, USA 
Aboriginal Australians – The First Human Explorers. Archaeology, The University of 
Western Australia, Australia

2012  

Aboriginal Australians – The First Human Explorers. Morrison Institute for
Population and Resource Studies, Stanford University, US
Reconstructing the Past from Ancient DNA. Dept. of Biosciences, Univ. of Helsinki, Finland

2011

Aboriginal Australians-First Explorers, Murdoch Univ., Australia
Present and Future of Ancient DNA, Aberdeen Univ., UK

2010

Extinction of the Ice Age Megafauna, Univ. of Aberdeen, UK
Hunting Molecular Past, King Saud Univ., Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Hunting Molecular Past, Univ. of St. Andrews, Scotland
Hunting Molecular Past, Goteborg Univ., Sweden
Hunting Molecular Past, Atapuerca, Spain
Hunting Molecular Past, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, USA
Three Recent Ancient DNA studies on Early Peopling of the New World and Mammoth Extinction, Texas Archaeological Research Lab., Univ. of Texas, USA

2009

Ancient DNA, CNRS Lyon, France
Retrieval of Ancient DNA from Fossil Remains, Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre (NBIC), Nijmegen, Netherlands
Ancient DNA, Forensic Science, Linköbing, Sweden
Ancient DNA, Penn State University USA

2007

Revealing the secrets of the 454 sequencing platform, The Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, Oslo University
Four talks on ancient DNA, Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
Geologically ancient DNA –fact or artefact? Stockholm University
Ancient DNA possibilities and pitfalls, Lund University, Sweden
Ancient Dirt DNA and Ancient DN, Univ. of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Texas

2006

Ancient DNA, Uppsala Univ., Sweden
Ancient Dirt DNA, Leiden Univ., Leiden the Netherlands
Ancient DNA from Sediments, University College of London, UK

2005

Ancient DNA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, Boston USA
Ancient DNA, Danish Centre for Scientific Computing, DCSC
Ancient Sedimentary DNA, Max Planck Institute, Leipzig, Germany
Climate reconstruction from ancient DNA preserved in fossil ice and permafrost, Univ. of Oslo, Norway
Ancient DNA from Sediments and Fossil Remains, UCL, UK

2004

Ancient DNA, CNRS Univ. Joseph Fourier, Grenoble Cedex, France
Ancient DNA from Ice, Sediments and Fossil Remains, Centre for Diversity and Genetic Resources, University of Porto, Portugal

2003

Ancient DNA, Dept. of Physical Geography, Lund University, Sweden

2001

Perspectives for Ancient DNA in Ice and Permafrost, Opening of the Centre for Planetary Science, 1 Feb. 2001, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Invited talks at Conferences, Congresses & Workshops

 2017

Human migrations and megafaunal extinctions, Population Genetics Group conference, Cambridge, UK.
Peopling of the world. Speaker ESHG 2017 at Bella Center, Copenhagen.
Illumina Customer Service and Support Meeting. Conference at Plaza Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Malaga.


2016

What we can learn from ancient genetics, DEIC conference, October 5, 2016
Hunting for the Past with Ancient DNA. Science and Society conference in Heidelberg, EMBL/EMBO SCIENCE AND SOCIETY CONFERENCE, Heidelberg
The Crafoord Academy Lecture (related to the Crafoord prize), Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences. EW gave the keynote lecture on ancient genetics.
Human migrations and megafaunal extinction. Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution Conference (SMBE), July 3-7 2016, Queensland’s Gold Coast, Australia.
How we developed our biological and cultural diversity. EW gave a keynote presentation: Advances in Genome Biology and Technology" (AGBT), Orlando Florida.

2015

How we settled the world and developed our cultural, Major transitions in human evolution, Royal Society, UK, October 22-23.
How we settled the world and developed our cultural, The XI Nordic Conference on the Application of Scientific Methods in Archaeology, October 20-23, Helsinki, Finland
How we settled the world and developed cultural and biological diversity. 2nd Joint Kyoto Prize Symposium, Inamori Foundation, Kyoto University, July 11-12. 

2014

“What we can learn from ancient genomics”, VIP, Brussels, Belgium
“What we can learn from ancient genomics”, Kidney week, American Society of Nephrology, Philadelphia, Nov. 11-16
Advances in DNA Research Revealing the Patterns of Early Human Movements. Santa Barbara Symposium on Human Origins II, September 12-13
What we can learn from ancient human genetics and genomics. Cell Symposia: Evolution of modern humans, March 16 – 18.

2013

Ancient Human Genomics: What can we learn from the Past. World Diabetes Congress Melbourne, Australia, December 9-13.
Genetic Origins of Native Americans. Paleoamerican Odyssey, Sante Fe, New Mexico, US, October 16-19.

Archeological Genomics – What Our Ancient Ancestors and Cousins Can Teach Us. Global Technology Community (GTC) NGS & Bioinformatics, Berlin, Germany.
Hunting the Molecular Past. The First International Environmental Omics Synthesis Conference, Cardiff, UK, September 9-11.
Hunting the Molecular Past. World Congress of the International Society for Forensic Genetics 2013, Melbourne, Australia, September 2-7.
Paleogenetics and Ancient DNA Sequencing. CTC 3rdNext-generation Sequencing Conference, San Francisco, US, June 19-22.
Hunting the Molecular Past. Genome, Disease and Evolution CIG Symposium. Lausanne, Swiss, June 6 and 7.
Past Genomics and Environmental DNA. Omics Australasia 2012 Symposium, Perth, Australia, November 27-30.

2012

Hunting the Molecular Past. Science Festival, Genova, October 25- November 4.
Ancient Genomics. SMBE, Dublin, June 23-26.

2011

Ancient Human Genomics. The 12th Gene Forum, Estonia, June 8-9.
Theories on Human Evolution. Turkana, Kenya May 25-27.
“Diabetes Type 2 Association Mapping in Aboriginal Australians”, FAHCSIA/PLO conference, Sydney, Australia, Marts 22-23.
“Understanding Historical Human Migration Patterns and Interbreeding Using the Ancient Genomes of a Palaeo-Eskimo and an Aboriginal Australian”, DOE Joint Genome Institute User Meeting, San Francisco, USA, Marts 20-22.
“Ancient Human Genomics”, Horizons in Molecular Life Science, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden, Sept 29-30
“Hunting the Molecular Past”, Molecular Frontiers Symposium, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden, May, 23-25
“Early peopling of the New World", Human Evolution – plagues, pathogens and selection, The Royal Society, London UK June, 8-9
“Geological Ancient DNA”, Satellite Mtg, Kavli Royal Society Centre, 8 - 9 June
“Hunting the Molecular Past”, Pop Group 44 Mtg, Univ of Hull, UK, Jan 4-7

2010

“Hunting the Molecular Past”, Population Genetics Group, Univ of Hull, UK, 5 Dec
“Early Peopling of the New World and the Megafauna Extinction”, DNA, Genetics, and Human Evolution, Cold Spring Harbour, USA, Nov 28-30
”Sequencing of Ancient DNA”, Int. Ancient Genomic Research Conference, Shenzen, China, October 25-27-
“Second-Generation Sequencing in Ancient DNA”, ISBA 4, Copenhagen, Sept 6- 10
“Hunting the Molecular Past”, NERC Workshop on ‘Omics Technology into NERC Science, , Cardiff, UK, May 19-20
“Ancient DNA and Metagenomics”, 7th Annual Conference of the Italian Society of Bioinformatics, Bari, Italy, 14-14 April
“Ancient DNA and Peopling of the New World ", Paleo-Indians: Origins & Issues Panel Discussion, Santa Fe, USA, April 12
“Hunting the Molecular Past”, Southwest Seminars, Santa Fe, USA, April 11
“Hunting the Molecular Past”, Colloquium Series, Ancient Biomaterials Institute, West Chester University, Philadelphia, USA, 26 March

2009

“Ancient Fungi DNA”, Fungi in Time, NVvM Section Mycology, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Nov 27
“Hunting the Molecular Past”, Third International Barcode of Life Conference, Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 7-13
“The Saqqaq Genome”, Int Conf on Genomics (ICG-IV), Shenzhen, China, 2-5Nov
“Hunting the Molecular Past”, First Int. Symposium on Ancient DNA, National Lab of Genomics for Biodiversity (Langebio), Cinvestav-IPN, 24-25 Sep., Mexico
“Hunting the Molecular Past in Sediments”, Ancient DNA from Mitochondria to Nuclear DNA, from the Evolution of Populations to the Selection of Characters, 14-16 Sep, Paris
“DNA Retrieval from Fossil Remains", Basel Computational Biology Conference, Basel, 18 Jun
“Three Recent Case Studies on the Early Peopling of the New World and the megafauna extinction”, International Science Conference on the Early Peopling of the Americas, Los Angeles, USA, 13-17 May

'2008

“Ancient DNA”, ECCB’08 Eur Conf Computational Biol, Sardinia Italy, 22-26 Sep
“Ancient microbial DNA from permafrost settings”, Banff Polar Microbial Conference Canada, 11-15 May
“Ancient DNA for reconstructing past population dynamics and ecosystems”, Grandes Conférences de l’Observatoire des Sciences, l’Univ de Grenoble 22 May
“Ancient DNA from Coprolites Reveal Pre-Clovis Human Presence in North America”, Paleoamerican Origins Workshop, 14-16 Feb, Austin, Texas, US

2007

“Ancient Dirt DNA”, AGU meeting, San Francisco USA, 10-14 Dec.
“Ancient Dirt", Archaeology Meeting, Houston Texas, 27 Feb.

2006

"Geological Ancient DNA Fact or Artefact?", Geological Society of America, Philadelphia USA, 24 Oct.
"Ancient DNA from Native American Coprolites", The Great Basin Anthropological Association (GBAC), Las Vegas, USA, 19-22 Oct.
"Ancient DNA from Ice and Permafrost", Second International Palaeontological Congress (IPC), Beijing 17 - 21 Jun.
"Long-term DNA survival and its implications for finding life on Mars and Europa", Origin and Distribution of Life in the Universe: A Nordic Perspective, Stockholm, 8-11 May,
"DNA degradation and stability", Subglacial Antarctic Lake Environments (SALE): Advanced Science and Technology Planning" Grenoble, France, 24 - 26 April
"Ancient DNA", Ancient DNA and Paleopatology, Rome 31 Mar. - 1 April

2005

"DNA from Lakes and Glacial Ice", AGU meeting, San Fransisco USA, 5-9 Dec.
"Geologically Ancient DNA", Astrobiology: Life in extreme conditions, Olso, 21 –22 Nov.

2004

“Progress, Pitfalls and Prospects in Ancient DNA Studies”, Pittsburgh Conference Chicago, Illinois, USA, 7 - 12 Mar

2003

“Ancient DNA in Ice and Permafrost and the Exploration of Nucleic acid based Life on Mars”, 3rd Int Conf on Mars Polar Science and Exploration, 13-17 Oct, Canada
“Ancient DNA from sediments”, [NEWW/AR] Plant ancient DNA Symposium 2003, 4-6 Sep, Bordeaux, France

2002

“Ancient plant and bacteria diversity in ancient Siberian permafrost”, 2nd Mtg on Ancient DNA – Preservation, Damage and Repair, 16-17 Nov, Univ of Oxford, UK

2001

"Ancient Bacteria DNA from Permafrost Soils", Life in Ancient Ice: A workshop, 30 Jun. - 4 Jul, Oregon, USA

2000

"DNA investigations of ice cores from the Southern Hemisphere", Southern ice fields seminar II, 21-26 Mar. Valdivia, Chile

1999

"Ice core genetics", Southern ice fields seminar I, 9-10 Nov. Santiago, Chile
"DNA in ice cores and its perspectives", International Workshop on the Martian Ice Caps, 30 Aug. -1 Sep Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Organisation of International Conferences

2010 International Ancient Genomic Research Conference, Shenzen, China.
2010 ISB4, Copenhagen, Denmark
2006 Fourth International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration, Davos Congress Centre, Davos Switzerland
2003 Third International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration, Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada


Media & Public

 

Documentaries

The last of the Yukagihr people
   Manuscript: E. Willerslev & T Sonne
   Production: The Nordic Film Company A/S
   Featuring: Eske Willerslev
How to Build an Ancient Man - The Hair That Changed History
   Manuscript: Noel Dockstader & Quinn Kanaly
   Production: National Geographic Television
   Featuring: Eske Willerslev
Search for the Head of John the Baptist
   Manuscript: Noel Dockstader & Quinn Kanaly
   Production: National Geographic Television
   Featuring: Eske Willerslev
Code Breakers
   Manuscript: Brian Mckechnie
   Production: CBC
   Featuring: Eske Willerslev
The DNA Detective
   Director: Linus Mork
   Production: DR
   Featuring: Eske Willerslev
PBS First Peoples
   Director: Tim Lambert
   Production: PBS
   Featuring: Eske Willerslev
The Great Human Odyssey
   Director: Niobe Thomson
   Production: Clear Water
   Featuring: Eske Willerslev
The history of Denmark
   Director: Denmark’s Radio
   Production: Denmark’s Radio
   Featuring: Eske Willerslev

 

Exhibitions

På rejse i Sibirien (Traveling in Siberia), Moesgård Museum, Århus 4/3-28/5 1995
   Arrangement: Willerslev, E., Willerslev, R., Pedersen, M. Asmussen, I. H, in collaboration with Moesgård Museum, Århus
Klima Ustilling (Climate Exhibition), Natural History Museum of Denmark, 2009-
   Consultant: E Willerslev
Udstilling om Dronningens store interesse for arkæologi (The Queen of Denmark Margret II and her interest for archaeology),
   Moesgård Museum 25/3-29/8-2010, National Museum October 2011. Consultant: E Willerslev
Arctic, Louisiana 2013, Consultant: E Willerslev

 

 

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