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Evolutionary genomics and systems biology: bringing together theoretical and experimental approaches

 French version

Roscoff (Brittany), France, October 10-14, 2016


Deadline for application: June 22, 2016


Chairperson: Xavier VEKEMANS

UMR 8198 Evo-Eco-Paléo, CNRS – Université Lille 1, Cité Scientifique Bât. SN2, 59655 Villeneuve d'Ascq, France
Phone: +33 (0) 3 20 43 67 53


Vice-chairperson: Christian LANDRY

Département de Biologie, Institut Biologie Intégrative et des Systèmes/PROTEO, Local 3106, Pavillon Charles-Eugène-Marchand, 1030 Avenue de la Médecine, Université Laval, Québec (Québec) G1V 0A6, Canada
Phone: +1 418 656 3954
Email :



Genomic tools are becoming essential in biological investigations that relate to agriculture, medicine, biotechnology and biodiversity science. Moreover, evolutionary concepts and an evolutionary genomics perspective are becoming central to interpret any new finding in these fields and develop forward approaches for problem solving. The potential of evolutionary genomics is unparalleled as it provides key insights into our understanding of many fundamental and applied questions such as the evolutionary history of life on earth and the molecular bases of adaptation of species in response to environmental changes in natural populations and crop improvement. However, the maturation of evolutionary thinking in these fields involving genomic approaches is an ongoing process and needs to be supported by initiatives that will update key analytical, conceptual and experimental innovations in evolutionary genomics.

The objective of the proposed conference is to make such synthesis possible by bringing leaders in the field together to discuss their ongoing research and vision of where the field is moving over the coming years. Accordingly, we aim at fostering the link between functional and evolutionary perspectives towards an integrative approach of evolutionary genomics, and propose a conference with: two sessions on evolutionary systems biology and experimental evolution; one session on genome evolution; two sessions on theoretical and empirical population genomics. Because evolutionary genomics largely focuses on processes (how mutations arise and fix in populations) and systems biology on functions (how mutations are translated into phenotypes), we are convinced that this combination will allow to progress towards a better understanding of evolutionary processes and its applications.

Besides this focus on an integrative approach, a second aim of the conference is to bring together evolutionary genomic researchers working on a large panel of organisms, from bacteria to humans, including e.g. plants and fungi, in order to foster the cross-exchange of evolutionary concepts, analytical methods and experimental approaches.

Invited speakers
(provisional titles)


BACHTROG Doris (Berkeley, USA)
The evolution of chromatin structure

BEAUMONT Mark (Bristol, United Kingdom).
ABC strategies for inferring demographic history from whole genome data

BLUM Michael (La Tronche, France)
Detecting genomic signatures of natural selection with principal component analysis

CHEN Irene (Santa Barbara, USA)
The role of chance in the early evolution of life

COLLINS Sinead (Edinburgh,United Kingdom)
Marine microbial experimental evolution

DE MEAUX Juliette (Köln, Germany)
Evolutionary transcriptomics in the Arabidopsis genus

DESAI Michael (Cambridge, USA)
The statistics of epistasis and pleiotropy in budding yeast

DURBIN Richard (Cambridge, United Kingdom)
Inferring demography from multiple genome sequences

DURET Laurent (Villeurbanne, France)
Biased gene conversion: the dark side of recombination

FELIX Marie-Anne (Paris, France)
Evolutionary systems analysis of Caenorhabditis vulva development

GALTIER Nicolas (Montpellier, France)
Effective population size, genetic polymorphism and adaptive rate in non-model animals.

GIRAUD Tatiana (Orsay, France)
Evolutionary genomics of adaptation in fungi as model eukaryotes

GREIG Duncan (Plön, Germany)
Experimental evolution of pheromonal mate discrimination

HOBOLT Asger (Aarhus, Denmark)
Accurate approximation to the ancestral recombination graph

KAESSMANN Henrik (Lausanne, Switzerland)
The evolution of gene expression programs in mammalian organs

KNIBBE Carole (Villeurbanne, France)
Genome evolution: challenging intuition with modelling and simulation

LANDRY Christian (Québec, Canada)
Structure and evolution of protein interaction networks

LEHNER Ben (Barcelona, Spain)
Complete local genotype-phenotype landscapes

Mc LYSAGHT Aoife (Dublin, Ireland)
Evolution after genome duplication in vertebrates

PETROV Dmitri (Stanford, USA)
Dynamics of rapid adaptation

PRUD'HOMME Benjamin (Marseille, France)
Evolution of a morphological novelty from a genomic perspective

PRZEWORSKI Molly (New York, USA)
The evolution of mutation rates in primates

SCHLOTTERER Christian (Vienna, Austria)
Towards understanding adaptation in the wild by combining laboratory natural selection with high throughput sequencing

TEICHMAN Sarah (Cambridge, United Kingdom)
Evolution & dynamics of protein complexes

TENAILLON Maud (Gif sur Yvette, France)
Patterns of local adaptation along altitudinal gradients in maize wild relatives

TENAILLON Olivier (Paris, France)
Protein landscapes and antibiotic resistance

VEKEMANS Xavier (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France)
Comparative genomic structure of self-incompatibility loci in flowering plants

VITALIS Renaud (Montferrier-sur-Lez, France)
Hierarchical Bayesian models of genetic differentiation to detect signatures of local adaptation.

WITTKOPP Trisha (Ann Arbor, USA)
Disentangling the impacts of mutation and selection on regulatory variation


Deadline for application: June 22, 2016


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:

The abstract must respect the following template:
- First line: title
- Second line: list of authors. Presenting author underlined
- Third line: author's addresses
- Fourth line: e-mail of the presenting author
Abstracts should be no longer than an A4 page and preferably be submitted in Times New Roman, font size 11 pts. No figures. ".doc" file format.

to the Chairperson of the conference ( and to the secretary of the conferences ( 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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