The SPECIES Summer School is looking for students interested in gaining evolutionary computation and general research work skills, networking with the school mentors and with other students and enjoying a nice stay by the Mediterranean!

We specially encourage women and minorities to apply for this summer school, where everyone is welcome.


September 3rd (Sunday) to 9th (Saturday) 2023.


The SPECIES Summer School will be held in the town of Moraira, a cute beach resort in the South-eastern coast of Spain.
Up to 25 students will be lodged in the La Marina Youth Hostel, where the sessions will also take place.

Mentors’ team

Anikó Ekárt – Aston University, UK
Penousal Machado – Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
Tiago Martins – Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
Mike Preuss – Leiden University, The Netherlands
Giovanni Squillero – Politecnico di Torino, Italy


List to be completed…

  1. Turing-complete Genetic Programming — Generation of useful assembly language programs from scratch
  2. Population-less EA — quick n’ dirty optimization with EDA

Programme (tentative)

3 Sept4 Sept5 Sept6 Sept7 Sept8 Sept9 Sept
09:0010:00Tutorial 3Tutorial 5Tutorial 7Tutorial 9Tutorial 11
10:0011:00Tutorial 4Tutorial 6Tutorial 8Tutorial 10Tutorial 12
11:3012:30Arrival & receptionChallenges’ PitchTeam work on the challengeTeam work on the challengeTeam work on the challengeTeam work on the challengeClosing ceremony
12:3013:30Arrival & receptionChallenges’ PitchTeam work on the challengeTeam work on the challengePicnicTeam work on the challengeClosing ceremony
13:3015:30LunchLunchLunchLunchPicnicLunchFarewell Lunch
15:3016:30Introduction to the summer school, presentation of the programSplitting into groupsTeam work on the challengeTeam work on the challengeSailing and kayakingPresentation of the Challenges’ Results
16:3017:30Intro (cont’d)Splitting into groupsTeam work on the challengeTeam work on the challengeSailing and kayakingPresentation of the Challenges’ Results
17:3018:30Tutorial 1Outdoor activityOutdoor activityBeach volleySailing and kayakingPresentation of the Challenges’ Results
18:3019:30Tutorial 2Outdoor activityOutdoor activityBeach volleySailing and kayaking
19:3021:00Welcome ReceptionDinnerDinnerPizzas on the beachFarewell dinner

Who can apply

Students and recent graduates interested in bio-inspired computation

Fees: 350 €
Included in the fees: 6 nights accommodation (including hostel card), all meals from the Sunday lunch to the Saturday lunch, excursions.

The fees do not include: travel to and from the venue, visa costs (if any), insurance, optional activities.

You may book (and pay) additional nights accommodation via the hostel web page.

How to get there

Nearest airports are Alicante and Valencia.

New this year: A special bus will be arranged for people flying to and from Valencia – please let us know if you’re interested!

If you prefer to travel independently, from either airport go to the respective Estación de Autobuses, where you can take a bus (around 13.50 € one way from Valencia, 9.50€ from Alicante) to Teulada. From the same bus stop (or the one across the road) you can then take another bus to Moraira.

The times for the buses Teluada-Moraira are: 9:10, 11:15, 13:00, 17:45, 18:52 19:45 and they take 10 minutes. Then you need to walk 9 minutes to the hostel

What to bring

  • Compulsory: Your own laptop to work on the projects.
  • Optional: An idea for a challenge, and good reasons to convince 2-3 colleagues, plus a mentor, to work with you on it
  • Recommended: swimming costume, beach towel, sun cream, hat, diving mask

The Summer School Code

Students are expected to:

  • Attend the 6 days of the summer school
  • Cooperatively work on a challenge and follow the standards of proper social and research behavior.
  • Deliver, by the end of the school, a paper and presentation on what they have been working on during it.

How to apply

Places will be allocated on a first come-first served basis. Please, fill the form below to apply.

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