Free 'Nature & Nurture' - workshop

Date and Place: 7 October 2022 / Erasmushuis, Leuven, Belgium
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xploring the Links between Genetics and Historical Demography
An Initiative of HiDo - Scientific Network for Historical Demography

While genetics and historical demography are two separate disciplines that have operated mostly independent, both disciplines share common interests and have, in fact, a lot to offer to each other. As DNA is passed on from one generation to the next, historical population data - genealogies, populations registers, vital registration records - are not only of great value for historical demographers, but also for geneticists. This is especially the case when studying genetic information that is passed on almost unchanged over multiple generations from father to son, i.e. Y-chromosomal DNA, and from mother to child, i.e. mitochondrial DNA as well as for traits that can be measured in a multigenerational familial context, such as longevity (survival to extreme age) or having twins. Similar to historical demographers, (population) geneticist are interested in demographic events, such as birth, partner selection, marriage, migration and death. Whereas geneticists usually study the nature-side of these human life time events, historical demographers focus mainly on the nurture side of the story. Reason enough for the two disciplines to meet and team up, to learn from each other and to explore the possibilities for joint interdisciplinary research.


Organizers

Sofie Claerhout

Forensic Genetics, KU Leuven & Kulak, Belgium

Paul Puschmann

Historical Demography, Radboud University, The Netherlands


Ronny Decorte 

Forensic Biomedical Sciences, KU Leuven, Belgium


Isabelle Devos

Quetelet Center, Ghent University, Belgium


Niels van den Berg 

Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands