We are pleased to announce a new meeting: Evolutionary Systems Biology: From Model Organisms to Human Disease. This conference will provide a forum for scientists interested in applying systems and mechanistic approaches to understand evolution and those incorporating evolutionary perspectives to understand human disease. It should be of particular interest to those working at the interface of systems biology, evolutionary genetics and genomics.

Recent advances in several areas make this an exciting time for the emerging field of evolutionary systems biology. Next generation sequencing is providing unprecedented insights into experimental evolution and fitness landscapes. In parallel, multiple model organisms have been developed into systems for studying ecology, evolution and genomics, and gene editing technology has revolutionised what is possible in non-model organisms. In addition, the more widespread use of computational modelling is enabling the systematic study of the evolution of networks and dynamical systems.

The programme will explore the evolution of biological systems at different levels: from genes and molecules, through networks and microbes, to cancer and other human diseases. Particular emphasis will placed on understanding evolution through mechanistic biology and providing an evolutionary perspective on human disease. We will explore recent advances in the evolution of host-pathogen interactions, antibiotic resistance and cancer, taking advantage of the many shared conceptual and methodological approaches that span these areas.

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