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Recent advances on the evolution of sex and genetic systems

 French version

Roscoff (Brittany), France, May 22-26, 2013


Deadline for application: March 1, 2013


Chairperson: Denis ROZE

Adaptation et Diversité en Milieu Marin, UMR 7144 CNRS-UPMC, Station Biologique de Roscoff, Place Georges Teissier, 29680 Roscoff, France

Phone: +33  (0) 2 98 29 23 20 – Fax : +33 2 98 29 23 24


Vice-Chairperson:Tanja SCHWANDER

Evolutionary Genetics, University of Groningen, Nijenborg 7, 9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands

Phone: +31 50 363 2134 – Fax : +31 50 363 2348
Mail :


The last decade has seen important progress in our understanding of the causes and consequences of the evolution of genetic systems (the structure of the genetic material and its modes of transmission) both on theoretical and empirical grounds. This progress partly derives from the development of new methods and technologies such as genomics and bioinformatics, new statistical methods to explore macroevolutionary patterns, new biological systems for experimental evolution, or studies of the molecular basis of shifts in reproductive systems. At the same time, theoretical and population studies have continued to provide important insights. The goal of this conference is to bring together researchers using these different approaches to study various aspects of genetic systems, including the evolution of sex and recombination, inbreeding vs. outcrossing and the evolution of sexual dimorphism, in order to pinpoint important parameters that need to be measured and determine how new forms of data can be used to make progress on important, yet unsolved evolutionary questions.

The conference will be organized in six sessions:

  • advantage of sex and recombination: recent developments on the evolutionary benefits of genetic mixing.
  • biology of sexual and asexual reproduction: phylogenetic distribution of sexual and asexual lineages; proximate mechanisms inducing shifts in reproductive systems.
  • evolution of inbreeding vs. outcrossing: theoretical and empirical work on the evolution of mating systems.
  • the evolution of sexual differentiation: the evolution of separate sexes and sexual dimorphism.
  • the evolution of sex chromosomes: genetic determination of sex in plants, animals and fungi
  • open session: other aspects of genetic system evolution


Invited speakers

(provisional titles)


AGRAWAL Aneil (Toronto, Canada)
Beneficial mutations and the evolution of intermediate selfing rates

BACHTROG Doris (Berkeley, USA)
Transitions of sex chromosomes in Diptera

BARRETT Spencer (Toronto, Canada)
The evolution of sex ratios in plant populations

BARTON Nick (Vienna, Austria)
Can recombination be maintained by its adaptive benefits?

CASTAGNONE-SERENO Philippe (Sophia-Antipolis, France)
Root-knot nematodes: ancient asexuals... or not?

CHARLESWORTH Brian (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
The evolution of sex and recombination

CHARLESWORTH Deborah (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
The evolution of plant sex chromosomes

DAVID Patrice (Montpellier, France)
Natural and experimental evolution of facultative selfing in animals

DE VISSER Arjan (Wageningen, The Netherlands)
Adaptation of sexual and asexual populations in rugged fitness landscapes

DELPH Lynda (Bloomington, USA)
The genetics of sexual dimorphism in a dioecious plant

DUFAY Mathilde (Lille, France)
Evolutionary dynamics of male sterility in flowering plants: do empirical data fit with theory?

GIRAUD Tatiana (Orsay, France)
The evolution of sex, mating types, and sex chromosomes: the case of fungi

GLÉMIN Sylvain (Montpellier, France)
Adaptation and maladaptation in selfing populations

HAAG Christoph (Montpellier, France)
Evolution of partial genetic sex determination in Daphnia

JOHNSON Marc (Toronto, Canada)
Evolutionary consequences of suppressed recombination and segregation in evening primroses

LENORMAND Thomas (Montpellier, France)
Sex and hotspots

LIVELY Curt (Bloomington, USA)
Running with the Red Queen: host-parasite coevolution and sex

LOGSDON John (Iowa City, USA)
Molecular origins and evolution of meiosis: a sexy tree with old roots and kinky branches

MANK Judith (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Sex chromosomes, sex-specific selection and the evolution of sexual dimorphism

MARAIS Gabriel (Lyon, France)
Evolution of X dosage compensation in mammals and plants

OTTO Sarah (Vancouver, Canada)
On the evolution of sex and the advantage of recombination

PANNELL John (Lausanne, Switzerland)
Evolutionary transitions between combined and separate sexes in plants

PERRIN Nicolas (Lausanne, Switzerland)
The evolution of sex chromosomes: a perspective from amphibians

PORCHER Emmanuelle (Paris, France)
Evolution of selfing rates in plant populations: the interplay of ecology and genetics

ROZE Denis (Roscoff, France)
Selection for sex and recombination in diploid organisms

SCHÖN Isa (Brussels, Belgium)
Causes and consequences of asexuality in non-marine ostracods

SCHWANDER Tanja (Groningen, The Netherlands)
Mechanisms underlying transitions from sexual reproduction to parthenogenesis in animals

SHARBEL Tim (Gatersleben, Germany)
Molecular evolutionary approaches to elucidating the switch from sex to apomixis in wild plant populations

SIMON Jean-Christophe (Le Rheu, France)
Mechanisms and evolutionary dynamics of sex loss in aphids

STADLER Tanja (Zurich, Switzerland)
Quantifying selection for recombination at the macroevolutionary level

VEKEMANS Xavier (Lille, France)
Allelic diversity and genomic location of the self-incompatibility locus in Brassicaceae are strongly influenced by whole genome duplication events


Deadline for application: March 1, 2013


Registration fee (including board and lodging)

450 € for PhD students
600 €
for other participants


Application for registration

The total number of participants is limited to 115 and all participants are expected to attend for the whole duration of the conference. Selection is made on the basis of the affinity of potential participants with the topics of the conference. Scientists and PhD Students interested in the meeting should send:

  • their curriculum vitae
  • the list of their main publications for the 3 last years
  • the abstract of their presentation


to the Chairperson of the conference ( before the deadline. After it, the chairman will select the participants. Except in some particular cases approved by the Chairperson, it is recommended that all selected participants present their work during the conference, either in poster form or by a brief in- session talk. The organizers choose the form in which the presentations are made. No payment will be sent with application. Information on how and when to pay will be mailed in due time to those selected.

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