Learn about evolution in ‘Evolution Today’

Learn about evolution in ‘Evolution Today’

Naturalis en Leiden University launch new MOOC “Evolution Today”

Evolution is around you every day. That is the message of the new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) of Leiden University and Naturalis which starts the 19th of September. The online course shows that evolution is not something that has happened in the past but is an ongoing process. Something we are able to observe today. Evolution influences our health, agriculture, economy and culture. The course is designed in a collaboration between Naturalis and Leiden University by Professor Menno Schilthuizen, Naturalis researcher Rutger Vos and evolutionary biologist Maurijn van der Zee.


In this course you will learn how evolution works. You will develop an understanding of evolutionary processes and their formative power. You will see how evolution has shaped biodiversity, and continuously influences our daily life. Evolution impacts human endeavors as varied as medicine, agriculture, psychology, economy, and culture. It is the major unifying principle for biology and a fundamental natural law. In five weeks we will make evolution accessible for you and help you to recognize evolutionary processes around you, in nature as well as in society. We make use of the unique collection of Naturalis, the natural history museum in Leiden, but also take you to the field. Using classical and up-to-date examples, we will show you how scientists address evolutionary questions. In the last module, we will have a look at the future. How will humans evolve? And how do we influence our own evolution and that of other organisms?

The course is designed for everybody with interest in Evolution or biology in general. All the basics will be covered, so no academic knowledge on this subject is required. It might help when you graduated high school with biology, but it is definitely not necessary. People that like to learn how to do legitimate research in the Natural Sciences are also very welcome to join this course. This course is not meant for philosophical purposes. We do not discourage to discuss this topic on the forum, but our main approach is strictly scientific. We welcome everyone, but if you are not interested to learn about the science of evolution, this course is not for you.

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