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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


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ASAB Winter Meeting 2017

7-8 December 2017

 
Sexual Selection: Do We Still Need To Test The Alternatives?

 

The 30 years since the publication of Bradbury and Andersson’s landmark “Sexual selection: testing the alternatives” has seen a wealth of new empirical data on the mechanisms and patterns of sexual selection, alongside major theoretical advances. However, some key concerns remain, including what drives the evolution of mate choice and how sexual selection and natural selection interact. Moreover, the very definition of sexual selection remains contested. In this meeting, the latest findings in sexual selection will be explored, in terms of both theory and experiment, to chart progress in understanding this most beguiling of evolutionary mechanisms, and to map the way forward for the next generation of sexual selection researchers.

 

Organizers: Nina Wedell & David Shuker


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PSGB 50th Anniversary Meeting

27-29 November 2017

 

The Primate Society of Great Britain (PSGB) celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with a meeting at the Royal Geographical Society, London in November. Speakers include Jane Goodall, Frans de Waal, Robin Dunbar, Bob Martin and Russ Mittermeier (scientific program here). This 2-day event includes talks, round-table discussions, posters, and social events. Registration is now open.

 

Location: London, United Kingdom
Abstract deadline: 4 August 2017


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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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5th Summer School in Evolutionary Developmental Biology

18-21 September 2017

 

Process Thinking for Evo-Devo

 

The overall aim of the course is to introduce process-based research approaches and conceptual frameworks to a broad range of experimentalists, theoreticians, and philosophers interested in the problem of (developmental) evolution. Relevant concepts from process philosophy and dynamical systems theory will be discussed through a number of foundational theoretical lectures. These will be complemented by specific examples of how process thinking can be and is already being used to get specific insights and new explanations for evolutionary and developmental dynamics. Morning lectures are followed by interactive discussions and reading clubs in small groups in the afternoons. Participants will also be able to present their own work to the teachers and the other students at a poster session on the first evening.

 

Location: Venice, Italy
Organizers: Alessandro Minelli, Gerd Müller & Giuseppe Fusco
School director: Johannes Jaeger


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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


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ESEB Congress

20-25 August 2017

 

The biennial European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) congress is one of the largest conferences in evolutionary biology. The scientific program, beginning on Monday 21 August, will consist of 8 parallel sessions running throughout the 5 days (except Wednesday afternoon). There will be some 300 oral presentations fitting within 35 symposia selected by the Scientific Committee. There will also be poster sessions associated with the different symposia, five plenary talks, and two lectures by the 2016 and 2017 winners of the John Maynard Smith Prize.

 

Confirmed plenary speakers are Renée Duckworth, Nicole Dubilier, Chris Jiggins, Svante Pääbo, Linda Partridge, Stephen Stearns, Andreas Wagner (tentative) and Nina Wedell (Presidential Address). There will be exhibition space throughout the congress for 1000 posters.

 

Due to space constraints, attendance is limited to 1500 participants, on a first-come, first-served basis. Both ESEB and SSE offer travel stipends to support participation of student members from economically disadvantaged countries.

 

Location: Groningen, The Netherlands
More information & registration: conference website
Organizers: Leo Beukeboom, Simon Verhulst, Bregje Wertheim, Martine Maan, Emma Plender-Hartman, Paul Steerenberg, Mariska Pater & Franjo Weissing


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ISEMPH Annual Meeting

18-21 August 2017

 

The 2017 meeting of the International Society of Evolution, Medicine & Public Health will take place in Groningen in conjunction with the XVIth European Society for Evolutionary Biology Meeting. ISEMPH brings together scientists, teachers, clinicians, and students in the evolution and medicine community to share ideas and create new connections that will advance the field. This open meeting is designed to bridge the many different disciplines where relevant research takes place, including infectious disease, public health, genetics, anthropology, psychology, oncology, ecology, and veterinary medicine.

 

Location: Groningen, The Netherlands
Registration deadline: 1 July 2017
More information & registration: conference website
Organizers: Frank Rühli, Joe Alcock, Nicole Bender, Dan Blumstein, Michelle Blyth, Jacobus Boomsma, Detlev Ganten, Grazyna Jasienska, Joachim Kurtz, Jon Laman, Alejandra Nuñez de la Mora, Charlie Nunn, Robert Perlman & Gertjan van Dijk


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Behaviour 2017

30 July – 4 August 2017

 

Behaviour 2017 is a joint meeting of the 35th International Ethological Conference (IEC) and the 2017 Summer Meeting of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB). Behaviour 2017 will gather international professionals, academia members and students from all fields of behavior research, such as behavioural ecology, neuroethology, behavioural endocrinology, behavioural genomics, animal cognition, evolutionary biology, human ethology, applied ethology, conservation ethology, animal welfare, modelling and many others. Registration is open.

 

The conference program will offer an opening keynote address from Frans de Waal and invited plenary talks from distinguished researchers including Sue Healy, Hanna Kokko, Sylvie Rétaux, Gene Robinson, Raghavendra Gadagkar and David Anderson, covering topics such as the comparative study of emotions, social evolution, behavioural genomics, animal cognition, evo devo of behavioural adaptations, and modeling behavior evolution. There will also be a program of symposia, and sessions of contributed talks and posters, which will enable all delegates to present their work.

 

Location: Estoril, Portugal
More information: conference website 


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Culture Conference 2017: Innovation in cultural systems – an interdisciplinary meeting

25-26 May 2017

 

Innovation in cultural systems – an interdisciplinary meeting is a two-day interdisciplinary conference sponsored by an ASAB Interdisciplinary Workshop grant and the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham. The conference will bring together researchers from different academic backgrounds together, from archaeology, anthropology, psychology, biology, animal behaviour and philosophy, to discuss recent theories, data, and ideas on innovation.

 

Innovation plays a critical role in the emergence and spread of new behaviours within both non-human and human culture but its role for cultural evolution has just started to become a focus of research. During the conference, we will discuss the following questions:

 

  • How can innovation be defined?
  • What is the role of innovation for cultural evolution and cumulative culture?
  • What do we know about processes of innovation?
  • What makes an ‘innovator’?

 

Location: University of Birmingham, UK
Organizers: Elisa Bandini & Eva Reindl
Abstract deadline: 1 April 2017
Registration deadline: 1 April 2017


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EES Workshop 1: Cause and process in evolution

11-14 May 2017

 

The aim of this workshop is to initiate close interaction and exchange between philosophers of science and biologists, both within the research programme and outside it, to reflect on the nature of causation in biological evolution. The EES has a different perspective on causation in evolution, and ascribes a greater range of processes evolutionary significance, than traditional perspectives. The workshop will set out to scrutinize these claims, with both philosophers (acting as independent arbiters) and non-project members (including non-sympathizers) present to ensure good debate.

 

The nature of these differences will be discussed and their implications for the structure of evolutionary theory will be drawn up. In addition to leading to a key synthetic publication, the discussion will effectively provide a guide for continued exchange between conceptual analysis and empirical and theoretical projects within the wider research programme, such that each can benefit from the other, in terms of interpretation and communication of results.

 

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Location: KLI, Vienna, Austria
Organizers: Tobias Uller & Kevin Laland


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New trends in evolutionary biology: biological, philosophical and social science perspectives

7-9 November 2016

 

Developments in evolutionary biology and adjacent fields have produced calls for revision of the standard theory of evolution, although the issues involved remain hotly contested. This scientific discussion meeting, organised in partnership with the British Academy, presented these developments and arguments and encouraged cross-disciplinary discussion. This involved the humanities and social sciences in order to provide further analytical perspectives and explore the social and philosophical implications.

 

Location: The Royal Society, London, UK
Organizers: Denis Noble, Nancy Cartwright, Sir Patrick Bateson, John Dupré & Kevin Laland


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Complex Systems Summer School 2017

11 June – 7 July 2017

 

The Complex Systems Summer School offers an intensive four week introduction to complex behavior in mathematical, physical, living, and social systems for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professionals in the sciences and social sciences. The school is for participants who seek background and hands-on experience to help them prepare to conduct interdisciplinary research in areas related to complex systems.

 

The program consists of an intensive series of lectures, laboratories, and discussion sessions focusing on foundational ideas, tools, and current topics in complex systems research. These include nonlinear dynamics and pattern formation, scaling theory, information theory and computation theory, adaptation and evolution, network structure and dynamics, adaptive computation techniques, computer modeling tools and specific applications of these core topics to various disciplines. In addition, participants will formulate and carry out team projects related to topics covered in the program.

 

Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Organizer: Santa Fe Institute


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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


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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


Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, USA

EES Workshop 2: Integrating development and inheritance

13-15 February 2018

 

This workshop will discuss:
(i) the historical origins of the separation of development and inheritance and their description in genetic terms, and how this shaped the development of research programmes within evolutionary biology,
(ii) the possible implications of alternative conceptualizations, and the re-integration of this relationship, that are emerging through recent advances in the biological sciences, and are emphasized by the EES, and
(iii) how experimental work and mathematical modelling best can proceed under constructive views of development and inheritance and the implication it has for how to assign fitness and establish adaptation.

 

Participants will contribute to a special edition of a relevant journal.

 

Location: SFI, Sante Fe, USA
Organizers: Kevin Laland & Tobias Uller


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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


University of Leicester

Models in Population Dynamics, Ecology and Evolution

9-13 April 2018

 

The meeting will consider applications of mathematical modelling to explore processes and mechanisms in various biological systems ranging from a cell to the human society. A special focus will be on the interplay between ecology and evolution across time and space. MPDEE’18 is also expected to explore similarities between modelling techniques traditionally applied in ecology and evolution and those used in other life sciences with the purpose to enhance interdisciplinary approaches and to stimulate further advances in population dynamics, ecology and evolution. The meeting will be an open forum for interaction between theoreticians and empirical biologists with the main goal of enhancing communication between the two groups to better link theories with empirical realities.

 

Location: Leicester, United Kingdom
Registration deadline: 31 January 2018
More information and registration: conference website
Organizers: Andrew Morozov & Sergei Petrovskii


AsiaEvo

The 1st AsiaEvo Conference

18-20 April 2018

 

The AsiaEvo Conference is a platform that will bring together researchers from all fields concerned with evolution, including genomics, developmental biology, paleontology, phylogenetics, ecology, biogeography, evo-devo, and others from Asia and the rest of the world. The conference aims to stimulate evolutionary research in Asian area, to reinforce cross-disciplinary collaboration among countries, and to promote young researchers.

 

Location: Shenzhen, China
More information and registration: conference website


ICEBSM 2018

ICEBSM 2018

3-4 May 2018

 

The ICEBSM 2018: 20th International Conference on Evolutionary Biology and Speciation Mechanisms aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Evolutionary Biology and Speciation Mechanisms. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Evolutionary Biology and Speciation Mechanisms.

 

Location: Rome, Italy
Abstract deadline: 15 December 2017
More information and registration: conference website


#PEQG18

Population, Evolutionary and Quantitative Genetics

13-16 May 2018

 

Building on the momentum of the highly successful #PEQG16 (held at GSA’s The Allied Genetics Conference), the 2018 Population, Evolutionary, and Quantitative Genetics Conference (#PEQG18) brings together population, evolutionary, and quantitative geneticists to promote cross-disciplinary exchange between those doing theoretical and experimental work in these broad but overlapping fields. Topics will span the diversity of PEQG, including: theoretical population genetics, molecular evolution, quantitative and complex traits, population genomics, experimental evolution, adaptation and ecological genetics, statistical genetics, genome evolution, and speciation.

 

Location: Madison, United States
More information and registration: conference website
Organizers: Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena, Dmitri Petrov, Matthew Hahn, Hopi Hoekstra, Lauren McIntyre & Matt Rockman


Marine Evolution 2018

Marine Evolution 2018

15-17 May 2018

 

Marine Evolution 2018 is a Marcus Wallenberg Symposium organized by the Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology at University of Gothenburg. It will bring marine evolutionary biologists from all over the world together to present recent and ongoing work, share ideas and discuss future collaborations, all in the beautiful setting of the Kosterhavet Marine National Park in the archipelago on the Swedish west coast. Keynote speakers are: Cynthia Riginos (University of Queensland), Nicolas Bierne (University of Montpellier), Andreas Hejnol (Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology), Marjorie Oleksiak, (Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science), Nicolas Galtier (University of Montpellier), and Frédérique Viard (Station Biologique Roscoff).

 

Location: Strömstad, Sweden
Abstract deadline: 1 February 2018
More information and registration: conference website
Organizers: Kerstin Johannesson, Anders Blomberg, Pierre de Wit, Samuel Perini & Eva Marie Rödström


Euro Evo Devo 2018

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


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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


SMBE 2018

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


CSEE 2018

Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution 2018

18-21 July 2018

 

The Canadian Society for Ecology & Evolution (CSEE) present their 2018 meeting with the theme “Fundamentals in Ecology and Evolution: Now and Into the Future”.

 

Location: Guelph, Canada
More information and registration: conference website


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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


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European Society for Human Evolution

13-16 September 2018

 

Information available early 2018. See the European Society for Human Evolution meetings page for updates.

 

Location: Faro, Portugal


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5th Conference of the Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies

24-26 September 2018

 

The Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies will hold their fifth annual conference in September in Warsaw. More details to come.

 

Location: Warsaw, Poland
More information and registration: conference website


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Cultural Evolution Society 2018

22-24 October 2018

 

The Cultural Evolution Society will hold their second annual meeting at Arizona State University in October. More details to come. See the Society’s meetings page for updates.

 

Location: Tempe, Arizona, United States


Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, USA

EES Workshop 3: Directional biases in evolution

mid-November 2018

 

The aim of this workshop is to reflect anew on the processes that give phenotypic evolution directionality. Traditionally, only natural selection was granted a creative role in evolution. However, changing concepts of development, and of the interaction between organism and environment, are increasingly leading researchers to consider a broader range of processes as potentially imposing directionality on evolution, including the evolution of adaptations.

 

Key foci for the workshop will be developmental bias, niche construction, and the role of plasticity in generating these biases. The workshop will be informed by key theoretical and experimental studies conducted within the wider research programme. Participants will contribute to an edited volume on this topic.

 

Location: SFI, Sante Fe, USA
Organizers: Tobias Uller & Kevin Laland


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Evolutionary Biology in the 21st Century: towards an Extended Synthesis

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As the climax to the programme of research initiated by the grant, we will organize a major international conference, to be held in Cambridge, UK, which will feature a program of talks and poster sessions, spanning four days. The conference will be focused on new developments in the biological sciences and their implications for understanding the process of evolution. It will be open to all researchers who wish to present their own work, subject to their submitted abstracts for talks and posters being accepted by the organizing committee.

 

Location: Cambridge, UK
Organizers: Kevin Laland & Tobias Uller


ESEB 2019

ESEB 2019 Congress

19-24 August 2019

 

The European Society for Evolutionary Biology will host their 2019 Congress in Turku, Finland. The call for symposia will open in August 2018, and the call for abstracts in February 2019.

 

Location: Turku, Finland
More information: conference website
Organizers: Craig Primmer, Tina Ahonen, Jon Brommer, Veijo Jormalainen, Kai Lindström, Toni Laaksonen, Irma Saloniemi, Hanna Tuomisto, Suvi Ruuskanen, Ilari Sääksjärvi, Sanna Huttunen & Varpu Vaahtera


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