How to prepare for the Workshop on Molecular Evolution

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To provide the best experience, we plan to get started with a short computer lab on the opening night. To get the most out of this lab, and to really prime the pump for the following days, there is some preparation you must do prior to the workshop. Don’t worry, it’s not too much.

Four easy steps to prepare for the best workshop in the world...

Check that you have a laptop that meets the minimum requirements

1. Your laptop must be wireless capable, as there are very few ethernet plugs available.

2. Your power cords should be compatible with US electrical outlets (or bring an appropriate adapter).

3. Power outlets are limited in some areas, so a good battery or spare is helpful.

4. You must know your administrative password for the laptop or otherwise have rights to install new software on the computer. If you have no choice except to bring a locked machine on which you cannot install new software, please e-mail George Tiley ( to be sure that the minimum software is preinstalled on the laptop. If you have any questions about what laptops to bring or their capabilities, please e-mail either David Mark Welch ( or George Tiley, the lab coordinator ( Also let us know ASAP if you have no possibility of bringing your own laptop.

  • While you are checking you laptop, you might as well go ahead and download and install the software listed here: Downloads

Join the course Slack

In early July, we'll be sending each of you an invitation to join a Slack "room" ( ) for communication during the course. Please accept that invitation. You'll be able to use Slack through a web browser or using the slack application that is available for free on Mac, Windows, Linux, Android and iOS. Slack is very handy for sharing links, asking and answering questions and making shared notes.

Prepare a single slide that summarizes your research interests

We are asking everyone to give a short (1 minute max) summary of who you are, where you are from, and your research . Please prepare a single slide (PDF format), to accompany your 1-minute presentation and submit it via Slack.

There is an "intro-slide" channel on Slack. If you click on that channel, you will see a prompt that you can use to send a message to that channel. There is a "+" button next to the prompt. If you click that you'll see an option to upload a file from your computer. Please use that to upload your pdf. Please make sure that your name is on the slide.

We'll be merging all the slides together into one presentation, so please add your introductory slide to that channel by July 29th.

Complete our UNIX tutorial

You will need to have a very basic familiarity with UNIX commands to work with the class servers, and some programs, during this course. To get you started on this we have prepared the world’s best UNIX tutorial (link to our UNIX tutorial). Please make sure that you do this tutorial prior to the course. And, please try to practice what you learn a little; just a little preparation in this area will have huge payoffs during the course.

Review the schedule

Please review the Schedule. Click around and explore the topics, the computer labs, and explore the supporting material for the programs that you will be using. Please note that some of the lectures slides are from last year’s workshop, and will be updated as we approach the workshop date. While we understand that some of you will want to download all the slides at one time; our faculty take pride in keeping their notes updated with late-breaking information, and this means we have to expect some last minute updates and revisions.

Lastly, please look over the computer lab (link to computer lab). We will do this lab as a group, so you do not have to attempt the lab prior to the workshop. However, we will be doing this lab on the opening night, so looking it over prior to arrival will go a long way to getting oriented quickly, and getting the most out of the lab.