8 May 2018 by Tim

A preliminary programme for Taming the BEAST in Oberägeri is now available on the Oberägeri workshop page.

We are excited to announce that the next installment of Taming the BEAST will once more be in Switzerland!

The workshop will take place from 17-22 June this year and is being organized by members of Tanja Stadler's Computational Evolution Group, cEvo. Registration is now open. For further information visit the workshop homepage or refer to the flyer below.

Check back often for updates!


4 Aug 2017 by Louis
The workshop organisers and participants outside of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


The third edition of Taming the BEAST took place last week at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I had a lot of fun at the workshop in London and also learned a lot. Thanks to a great bunch of participants who came out to learn about BEAST2 with us, I hope you enjoyed the workshop!

A lot of thanks goes to Stéphane Hué for organising and hosting the workshop at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Thanks also to Stéphane Hué, Sebastian Funk and Tanja Stadler for contributing to the cost of the workshop. Many thanks for the great talks from the invited speakers: Oliver Pybus, Alexei Drummond, Tim Vaughan, Huw Ogilvie, Tanja Stadler, Erik Volz, Nuno Faria and Nicola de Maio. All of their slides, as well as the lecture slides are available online. Thanks also to Remco Bouckaert and Walter Xie for their support all the way from New Zealand.

This was the first time the workshop was organised by a group not directly involved in developing BEAST2 packages. I think it went really well and I'm looking forward to the next edition! It was also the first time we ran the BEAST clinic - two 2-hour sessions specifically designed for participants to come to us with their own datasets and problems. I really enjoyed learning about what everyone is doing in BEAST2 and trying to help them improve analyses and get their runs mixing. Unfortunately the workshop was too short to get to everyone and solve all of the problems. I hope everyone got some pointers and got at least their most urgent issues resolved!

Before the workshop we also made a few tweaks to the website, added two new tutorials and updated several of the older tutorials:

Finally, it is now also possible to read the news feed and see tutorial updates by subscribing to the RSS feeds.

Our paper is now available in Systematic Biology!


5 May 2017 by Louis

A preliminary programme for Taming the BEAST in London is now available on the workshops page.

Just a reminder that registration is still open until 26 June and that the workshop costs only £245!

We are happy to announce that the next installment of Taming the BEAST will be in London, where it will be hosted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine! Thanks to Stephane Hue for organising!

The workshop will take place from 24-28 July this year and will cost £245. Unlike previous workshops the fee does NOT include accommodation. It's the first time we are holding a workshop in a big city and it proved just too complicated to book a venue with accommodation, so we ask that participants arrange their own accommodation.

For more information visit the workshop's homepage.

Registration will be open until 26 June.

A preliminary programme will be posted on the workshops page soon.


The workshop organisers and participants on the beach outside the workshop venue.


It has already been more than two weeks since the second Taming the BEAST workshop took place on Waiheke island in New Zealand. Thanks to the group from the University of Auckland for putting up an amazing workshop in a stunning location! Thanks also to all the speakers for agreeing to take part and making the long journey to New Zealand!

The workshop was the first test of the website as a workshop tool. Although there were a few issues and misunderstandings, the website seems to be working. I'll be going over the feedback from the workshop in the next month and integrating any suggestions to the website. We also identified some issues with a few of the tutorials during the workshop and I'll also be updating them soon as well. If there are any further issues, please raise them on the Github repository of the tutorial in question. Finally, all of the lecture slides from the workshop have been uploaded and are available from the workshops page.

We are currently discussing and planning the next workshop in the series and it will be posted here as soon as the dates have been finalised!

At the Goldie estate vineyard where we had the workshop dinner.


5 Feb 2017 by Louis

The next Taming the BEAST workshop is officially about to start, on the beautiful Waiheke island, in the Hauruki Gulf of New Zealand! This time the workshop was organised by Alexei Drummond's group at the University of Auckland. The workshop program can be found here.

To prepare for the workshop we also uploaded 5 (five!) new tutorials and updated several of the older tutorials. The new tutorials are:

Thanks to Tim Vaughan, Walter Xie, Remco Bouckaert, Huw Ogilvie, David Duchêne and Simon Ho for their help preparing and checking tutorials!

I would also like to congratulate Tanja Stadler and her group for successfully writing a grant to host another Taming the BEAST workshop and to support 3 more workshops in the future! Keep checking the workshops page for updates on future workshops!