Call for abstracts


Thank you for your active participation in this 2018 edition.
Selection process is in progress.

A misunderstanding on the closing time for abstract submission
has generated some confusion and frustration.
To avoid penalizing people who did not complain we decided
to open the submission site again for one day.

The submission site will open again Wednesday 17th at 9:00 am Central European Time and will close on Thursday January 18 at 9:00 am Central European Time.

Note that we have so far received 3500 abstract proposals; we will be able to host about 800 talks and 1200 posters during the conference;
we can accept only 2000 abstracts.
Be therefore aware of the high rejection rate of abstracts both for oral and poster presentations.

We are happy to inform you that abstract submission is now open for next year's 2nd Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology in Montpellier, France (18-22 August 2018). 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.

Following the traditional format of ESEB conferences, all contributed talks and posters will be submitted to specific symposia and selected on the basis of their abstract by symposium organizers. We will have 13 concurrent sessions each day, 78 symposia, and accordingly many contributed talks (about 800 in total), which is more than what is usual at ESEB conferences but less than what is typical at Evolution conferences.

View the list of symposia

You can consult the list and submit an application to give a talk or poster to the symposia of your choice. You can submit applications to up to two symposia from the list. Note that if none of the topics covered by the thematic symposia matches your research, you will have the option to submit your abstract to the Open symposium (also in the list).

In order to allow as many participants as possible to present their work, and in line with ESEB tradition, participants can submit only one abstract as the presenting author (i.e. the person who will present the talk/poster). There is no limit, however, to the number of talks/posters a given person may coauthor. You will be able to indicate your preference in terms of symposia and type of presentation (oral communication or poster). You may modify your abstract until the end of the call for abstracts (January 15th, 2018), but not after, given the process of abstract selection by symposium organizers.

The symposium organizers of both your first and second choice will examine your proposal and make a selection. Each symposium will have a limited number of time slots for talks (approximately between 8 and 16 depending on the number of abstracts submitted to this symposium). Symposium organizers will establish a priority list for abstracts accepted as oral communications and will offer the option of presenting a poster instead of a talk for the abstracts that do not fit in that list. Abstracts may be rejected if they are of insufficient quality, but our general policy is to accept most poster presentations. You will be chosen to present either a talk or a poster in a maximum of one symposium.

In order to submit an abstract for a talk or a poster click here.

Symposium organizers were provided with guidelines that you may wish to consult before submitting your abstract.

If your presentation is accepted, you will be able to register early, before general registration opens to all participants. The total number of participants is capped for our event, so we strongly recommend that presenters take advantage of this and register during the early period before registration is open for everyone else. Should you fail to register and the meeting reaches capacity, your talk/poster will be cancelled. Participants accepted for an oral presentation must register before March 26th 2018, otherwise their oral presentation will be cancelled even if registration capacity has not been reached.

Please note the following important dates:

November 6th 2017: Call for abstracts opens

January 15th 2018: Deadline for abstract submission (i.e. application to present a talk/poster)

February 28th 2018: Notification of acceptance sent out and pre-registration for presenters (talks and posters) opens

April 10th 2018 5:00 PM CET: Registration for all participants opens

If you are a graduate student, you will have 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 for any of these awards, 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). Indicate one of the Award Symposia as your first choice, but we strongly advise that you select, as a second choice, an alternate regular symposium of interest for you, in case that you are not chosen as a finalist for these awards. Note that SSE offers travel support for finalists in the Hamilton Award symposium. For more information, check the following links.

→ Ernst Mayr award
→ W.D. Hamilton award

The different Societies involved in the conference organization offer various travel grants that may help you attend to the meeting. In particular, we wish to advertise for the ESEB Equal Opportunity Congress Attendance Aid Grant, a stipend contributing to cover various expenses arising due to the care of dependents during the conference. Check the conditions and timelines on the Societies websites (see links on Travel Grants).

Submit an abstract

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Looking forward to meeting you in Montpellier in 2018!