The congress will be organized by the Department of Biology of the University of Padua and hosted in the wonderful locations of the historical Botanical Garden, the most ancient botanical garden in the world and UNESCO world heritage, and in the ‘Galileo Galilei’ Main Hall of the XVI century Palazzo Bo.
The Opening Lecture will be given by Scott F. Gilbert (Swarthmore College, USA / University of Helsinki, Finland), leading expert in the field of evolutionary developmental biology. Prof. Gilbert will tell us about the holobiont as selective unit of evolution and the importance of developmental symbiosis.
Six symposia, encompassing many different fields in evolutionary biology and with eminent invited speakers, may host your contribution:
- Units of diversity: tools, strategies and case-studies to define species limits
Invited speaker: Birgit Schlick-Steiner and Florian Steiner (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
- Evolution in marine environments
Invited speaker: Lloyd Peck (British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK)
- Social behaviour: ecology and evolution
Invited speaker: Daniela Campobello (University of Palermo, Italy)
- Conservation and evolution
Invited speaker: Christopher Clements (University of Bristol, UK)
- Phylo3: Phylogenetics, Phylogenomics & Phylogeography
Invited speaker: Daniele Silvestro (University of Gothenburg, Sweden and University of Lausanne, CH)
- Population genetics and population genomics
Organized in partnership with the Italian Anthropological Association on September 4th
Invited Speaker: Montgomery Slatkin (University of California at Berkeley, CA, USA)
Participants who want to present studies on topics that do not fall within the themed symposia are also welcome.
There will also be a poster session, a public round table focused on science communication, and a very rich and surprising programme of social events.
During the congress, we will launch the first edition of the ‘Luigi Luca Cavalli Sforza Award’,
established by the Italian Society for Evolutionary Biology. Such an initiative recognizes eminent personalities in the research fields of evolutionary biology. In this first edition the prize will be awarded to Montgomery Slatkin. The ceremony and the Cavalli Sforza Lecture will take place on September 4th in the ‘Galileo Galilei’ Main Hall.
The Society is also pleased to offer a crash course in Molecular Clocks using BEAST, on the morning of September 1st, at the Botanical Garden.
We look forward to seeing you in Padova,
The Organizing and the Scientific Committee