Origins of Life Gordon Research Conference

14-19 January 2018


This Gordon Research Conference on the Origins of Life, entitled, “The Prebiotic Milieu Building the Evolution of Early Life” promises to be a highly interdisciplinary meeting. The sessions will provide a state-of-the-art update of the field, while also providing room for discussion and debate on some of the larger outstanding questions in our understanding of the origin of life.


Location: Galveston, Texas, United States
Registration deadline: 17 December 2017
More information and registration: conference website
Conference chairs: Matthew Pasek & Nicolle Zellner

SMBE 2018

8-12 July 2018


The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) will host a conference in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Neutral Theory of Evolution, as published in the landmark paper by Kimura in 1968.


Location: Yokohama, Japan
Abstract deadline: 25 January 2018
Registration deadline: 15 June 2018
More information and registration: conference website

SMBE satellite meeting on evolution of microbes

14-16 December 2017


The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) will hold a satellite meeting on evolution of microbes in natural and experimental populations – synthesis and synergies. The meeting aims to bridge the gap between complimentary approaches (experimental evolution in the laboratory and studying variation within natural populations) and build upon synergies and reciprocal benefits. The meeting will include a session on ‘Big Data’ analysis and microbial genomics supported by MRC-CLIMB (Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial bioinformatics).


Location: Assam, India
More information and registration: conference website

7th Euro Evo Devo

26-29 June 2018


The European Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology (EED) will hold their 7th meeting in June 2018. Scientists and students from all over the world are invited to present their most recent research and discuss the current state of the art and future directions of Evo Devo. Confirmed keynote speakers are Graham Budd (Uppsala University), Angela Hay (Max Planck Institute for plant breeding research), Mark Martindale (University of Florida) and Philipp Mitteröcker (University of Vienna).


Location: Galway, Ireland
Abstract deadline: 16 February 2018
More information and registration: conference website

Evolution 2018 Montpellier

19-22 August 2018


ESEB is delighted to welcome you to the Second Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology. Joint Congresses take place every six years and bring together four of the world’s largest academic societies in the field of evolutionary biology: the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB), the American Society of Naturalists (ASN), the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE) and the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB). There will be 78 symposia during the meeting, running as parallel half/full-day sessions. For more information and a list of symposia, please visit the conference website.


Location: Montpellier, France
Abstract deadline: 15 January 2018

Inaugural Cultural Evolution Society Conference

13-15 September 2017


The Cultural Evolution Society supports evolutionary approaches to culture in humans and other animals. The society welcomes all who share this fundamental interest, including in the pursuit of basic research, teaching, or applied work. Consequently, the inaugural meeting encourages contributions across a diversity of themes. Keynote speakers are Christine Caldwell (University of Stirling), Miriam Haidle (Tübingen University), Cecilia Heyes (University of Oxford) and Peter Richerson (University of California).


Location: Jena, Germany
More information & registration: conference website
Organizers: Andy Whiten, Fiona Jordan, Joe Brewer, Michele Gelfand, Michelle Kline, Olivier Morin & Russell Gray

EHBEA 2018

4-7 April 2018


The European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association (EHBEA) conferences aim to provide a much needed interdisciplinary European forum for discussing evolutionary research applied to the behavioural sciences, broadly interpreted. Details of the 2018 conference will be announced shortly.


Location: Pecs, Hungary

30th Annual HBES Conference

4-7 July 2018


The Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES) host their 30th annual conference in July 2018. HBES is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to using evolutionary theory to enrich our understanding of human behavior. Their membership includes researchers from a range of disciplines in the social, behavioral, and biological sciences. Abstract submission and registration opens on 1 February 2018.

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
More information and registration: conference website

The generalized theory of evolution

31 January – 3 February 2017


The generalized theory of evolution aims to gather answers to frequently raised questions within the framework of a generalized theory of evolution, and to explore recent attempts to move beyond mere qualitative theorizing in the domain of generalized evolutionary systems. By bringing together researchers with a common interest but with different backgrounds and toolboxes, it hopes to inspire interdisciplinary discussions and new collaborations. For more information, please visit the conference website.


Keynote Speakers: Daniel Dennett (Tufts University), Eva Jablonka (Tel Aviv University), Ruth Mace (University College London), Alex Mesoudi (University of Exeter), Thomas Reydon (University of Hannover), Gerhard Schurz (University of Duesseldorf) & Brian Skyrms (University of California, Irvine).


Location: Düsseldorf, Germany
Organizers: Karim Baraghith, Christian Feldbacher-Escamilla, Corina Strößner & Gerhard Schurz
Abstract deadline: 1 September 2017
Registration deadline: 5 January 2018

On the nature of variation: random, biased and directional

3-4 October 2017


On the nature of variation: random, biased and directional is an international conference organized by the Centre for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon (CFCUL). Adaptationism, i.e. the claim that natural selection provides a sufficient explanation for the evolution of most traits, pervades all aspects of biological thinking. The underlying assumption supporting adaptationism is that variation is somehow random, namely, that it is neither biased nor directional. This conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary context for uncovering and critically evaluating the rationale behind the hypothesis of variation randomness in the light of new developments in the evolutionary sciences (e.g. from the impact of instructive mutations in prokaryotes – CRISPR-Cas -, to mutation-biased divergence in molecular sequences, to the likely role of developmental biases in phenotypic divergence). Why was variation characterised as random in the first place? And what would be the case if either mutational or developmental biases were to impinge on the evolutionary process?


Invited speakers: Eva Boon (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Holland), Pietro Corsi (University of Oxford, UK and EHESS, Paris, France), Leonore Fleming (Utica College, USA), Gerd Müller (Universität Wien, Austria), Sahotra Sarkar (University of Texas at Austin, USA and Presidency University, Kolkata, India), Arlin Stoltzfus (Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research, NIST, USA).


Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Organizers: Elena Casetta, Silvia Di Marco, Jorge Marques da Silva, Carina Vieira da Silva & Davide Vecchi
Abstract deadline: 15 July 2017

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