II Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology – Montpellier 2018


II Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology – Montpellier 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, the American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Society of Systematic Biologists. The first joint congress was in Ottawa, Canada in 2012. The current (i.e. second) will be held in Montpellier, France, on August 19-22 2018.

Meeting overview

The venue of the meeting will be The Corum, a convention center ideally located in the heart of Montpellier historic neighborhood, easily accessed by public transportation and at very short walking distance from restaurants, cafes and hotels. Due to space constraints, attendance will be limited to 2500 participants, on a first-come, first-served basis.

A welcome reception will take place on Saturday August 18. The official program, beginning on Sunday August 19, will largely follow the traditional organization of an ESEB meeting: it will consist of a series of parallel sessions running throughout the 4 days. We expect to have approximately 1000 oral presentations as part of a diverse array of symposia selected by our Scientific Committee. We will also have poster sessions associated with each of symposia, and plenary talks by the presidents of SSE, SSB and ASN, by recipients of the ESEB Presidential Award and of Stephen Jay Gould Outreach Prize. The conference dinner will take place the evening of Wednesday, August 22nd, at the Abbaye de Valmagne, a spectacular venue, one-hour drive away from Montpellier.

On the occasion of the II Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology, we have the ambition for Montpellier to become a great showcase for the study of Evolution. As such, several outreach activities, aimed at the general public, will take place in the city before, during and after the congress.

The call for symposia is closed. The Scientific committee has now completed the hard task of selecting symposia from the very numerous and high quality proposals received from a very diverse scientific community. We thank all the people who enthusiastically proposed to organize symposia and regret that space constraints did not allow us to retain more of the proposals. You can see the list of selected symposia here.  

The call for contributed talks is now open. Individuals wishing to present a talk or poster must apply to  a maximum of two symposia. All contributions (i.e. talks and posters), including society organized symposia and prize competitions must be submitted through the symposia platform. The organizers of each symposium will select among contributed talks/posters proposals that they have received. The selection will be based on the submitted abstracts. Consult the Timeline of the meeting with important dates to for more details concerning the timing of these steps.

Calls for applications to various Society Prizes are now open and winners will be announced during the conference (see a list of those Society Prizes). If you are a graduate student, you will have in particular the opportunity to compete for the Mayr Award and Hamilton Award. These awards, organized respectively by SSB and SSE, will be given to the presenter of an outstanding student talk at the Joint meeting in Montpellier. If you want to compete, you have to submit an abstract to either the Mayr Award symposium or Hamilton Award symposium through the normal abstract submission procedure (see list of symposia).

The organizers value gender balance and wish to ensure that symposia selected for this meeting draw participants of both sexes equally. ESEB EO conference attendance aid grants are therefore available with the aim to increase the participation of women. Childcare will also be provided on the venue during the whole conference.

Organizing societies offer travel stipends to support participation. Consult their web pages for more information.

Registration costs will be similar to those at past ESEB Conferences with reduced fares for students and members of the different societies. We will offer the option of cheap lodging at University dorms for those travelling on a low budget.

Isabelle Olivieri was a strong proponent of the joint Evolution congresses and devoted a lot of effort while she was President of ESEB to see them launched. We therefore dedicate this meeting to her memory.


Yannis & Ophélie

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We look forward to seeing you in Montpellier!

Ophélie Ronce & Yannis Michalakis
on behalf of the Organizing Committee