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Molecules as documents of evolutionary history: 50 years after

 French version

Roscoff (Brittany), France, May 9-13, 2016


Deadline for application: February 8, 2016


Chairperson: Vincent DAUBIN

Laboratoire de Biométrie et Biologie Évolutive - UMR CNRS 5558, Campus de La Doua - Université Claude Bernard - Lyon 1, 16 rue Raphael Dubois, 69622 Villeurbanne, France
Phone: +33 (0) 4 26 23 44 74 – Fax: +33 (0) 4 72 43 13 88


Vice-chairperson: Isabel SANMARTIN

Real Jardín Botánico, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Plaza de Murillo 2, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34 91 420 30 17 – Fax: +34 91 420 01 57
Email :



It is with the popularization of molecular tools and the disclosure of genome sequences that evolutionary models have become decisive in biology, in part because this information is simply so abundant and so complex that only a comparative method could reveal its meaning.

In 2016, it will be 50 years that Emile Zuckerkandl and Linus Pauling have laid the foundation of molecular phylogeny, and molecular evolution in general, in their seminal article entitled "Molecules as documents of evolutionary history". The fundamental realization of this article was that DNA does not only encode the elementary functional elements of an organisms, it also harbours abundant information on the evolutionary history and life history traits of its ancestors.

The modelling of the evolutionary processes that generated extent genomes should reveal together the patterns of the diversification of life, the processes by which evolution proceeds at the molecular level, and how both are affected by external conditions. Our challenge today, as evolutionary biologists, is to bridge the gap between species ecology, life history traits, population dynamics, species phylogeny, gene phylogeny, genome structure, gene network and molecular mechanisms.

The recent years have seen tremendous developments in this direction, which we will attempt to review in this conference.

Invited speakers
(provisional titles)


ABBY Sophie (Paris, France)
Evolution playing a molecular building set: origins and distribution of bacterial secretion systems

ACHTMAN Mark (Warwick, United Kingdom)
Ages of bacterial pathogenes

ALM Eric (Cambridge, USA)
Driving forces of microbiome evolution

DURET Laurent (Lyon, France)
Biased gene conversion as a 4rth evolutionary force

FARIA Nuno (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Viral evolution

GILBERT Thomas (Copenhaguen, Denmark)
Ancient DNA, ancient genomes, and the hype of de-extinction

GLEMIN Sylvain (Montpellier, France)
Comparative population genomics in animal and plants: genetic diversity, selection efficacy and effective population size

GOGARTEN Peter (Storrs, USA)
Horizontal gene transfer: the pan-genome as shared genetic resource of a lineage​

GRIBALDO Simonetta (Paris, France)
Phylogenomics and the tree of life

HEATH Tracy (Ames, USA)
Molecular, morphological, and macroevolutionary models for dating species divergence times

KATZ Laura (Northampton, USA)
The eukaryotic phylogeny

KOSIOL Carolin (Vienna, Austria)
Polymorphism-aware phylogenetic models for species trees

LAGERGREN Jens (Stockholm, Sweden)
Generative models of gene family evolution

LỐPEZ-GARCIA Purificación (Orsay, France)
Diversity of microbial life

McLYSAGHT  Aoife (Dublin, Ireland)
Whole genome duplication

PAGEL Mark (Reading, United Kingdom)
Beyond molecular data: information and evolution in the cultural realm

PHILIPPE Hervé (Moulis, France)
Models of sequence evolution

SANMARTIN Isabel (Madrid, Spain)
Spatiotemporal evolution of lineages and biotas using Bayesian approaches

SEMON Marie (Lyon, France)
Insights into making different types of the same organ using developmental transcriptomes as molecular microscopes

STADLER Tanja (Zürich, Switzerland)
Modelling and inference of species diversification

SZÖLLÖSI Gergely (Budapest, Hungary)
Genome scale reconstruction of phylogenies

TANNIER Eric (Villeurbanne, France)
Molecules as documents of evolutionary history: 50 years before

TELFORD Maximilian J. (London, United Kingdom)
The new animal phylogeny

WARNOW Tandy (Urbana, USA)
New coalescent-based species tree estimation methods

WILSON Alex C.C. (Miami, USA)
Mechanisms of host/symbiont coevolution


Deadline for application: February 8, 2016


Registration fee (including board and lodging)

430 € for PhD students
625 € 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 organizers 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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