Ancient Biomolecules of Plants, Animals, and Microbes

29 - 31 March 2021Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Abstract deadline 02 February 2021
  • Registration deadline 19 March 2021

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Highlighting research on biomolecules retrieved from long-dead organisms

  • Summary

    This meeting will highlight the evolutionary insights that can be gleaned by analysing biomolecules retrieved from long-dead organisms, focussing on plants, animals and microbes.

    The advent of next generation sequencing and novel extraction methods has reinvigorated the field of ancient biomolecules, and as these technologies continue to develop, they will offer an ever more highly resolved perspective on the past. The introduction and adoption of next-generation sequencing has resolved many of the technical limitations and issues associated with contamination that previously hampered ancient DNA research. Newer analyses have included complete genome sequences of individuals that allow us to address questions related to admixture, migration, adaptation, domestication, and other aspects of phylogeny and population history. It also opens a new window onto both theoretical topics (including rates of evolutionary change) as well as practical issues including the response of species and populations to climate change and anthropogenic impacts.

    The conference aims at attracting scholars working on a diverse range of evolutionary topics including conservation, extinction, speciation, adaptation, and domestication. It will serve to inform the attendees about best practice and novel approaches to both data generation and analysis.

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 1pm (BST) on Monday 29 March and close at approximately 2pm on Wednesday 31 March 2021. All times are given in British Summer Time. See the time where you are here.

    Topics will include:

    • Palaeoproteomics
    • Ancient Microbiomes
    • Domestication
    • Sediments
    • Ancient Plants
    • Conservation and Extinction
  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee

    Greger Larson

    Greger Larson
    Oxford University, UK

    Anne Stone

    Anne Stone
    Arizona State University, USA

    Selina Brace

    Selina Brace
    Natural History Museum, UK

    Keynote speakers

    Tom Gilbert

    Tom Gilbert
    University of Copenhagen, Denmark

    Confirmed speakers

    Love Dalen – Stockholm University, Sweden
    Rafal Gutaker – Kew Gardens, UK
    Jessica Hendy – University of York, UK
    Michael Hofreiter – Potsdam University, Germany
    Logan Kistler – Smithsonian, USA
    Katerina Guschanski – Uppsala University,Sweden
    Anna Linderholm – Texas A&M University, USA
    Aurelie Manin – University of Oxford, UK
    Ludovic Orlando – University of Copenhagen, Denmark / CNRS, France
    Viviane Slon – Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany
    Camilla Speller – University of British Columbia, Canada
    Tina Warriner – Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Germany
    Frido Welker – University of Copenhagen, Denmark

    Conference organiser

    Nicole Schatlowski, Senior Scientific Programme Officer
    Jemma Hume, Conference & Events Organiser

  • Registration / Accommodation
    Early bird discount
    (until 5 January 2021)

    Standard rate
    (after 5 January 2021)
    Student No accommodation TBC TBC
    Student On-site twin accommodation TBC TBC
    Student On-site single accommodation TBC TBC
    Academic No accommodation TBC TBC
    Academic On-site twin accommodation TBC TBC
    Academic On-site single accommodation TBC TBC
    Commercial No accommodation TBC TBC
    Commercial On-site twin accommodation TBC TBC
    Commercial On-site single accommodation TBC TBC

    The registration fee includes entrance to the lectures and poster sessions, an abstract book, meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have booked accommodation.

    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 29 and 30 March 2021. Please note: there is limited onsite accommodation and this will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early registration is recommended.

    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the conference dates, please contact the Conference Centre directly.

    Travel visas
    Contact the conference organiser if you require a letter to support a travel visa application. Please note: letters will only be provided to confirmed registrants.

    Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a visa to enter the UK.
    Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks or longer.

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  • Abstracts

    We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

    Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

    The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been selected for an oral or poster presentation.

    Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0- portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the conference.

    Abstract deadline: 2 February 2021

    How to upload an abstract once you have already completed registration:

    1. Log back into your registration account using either Firefox or Internet Explorer as your browser, via link above the ‘Share’ button on the right hand column of this page
    2. Click on ‘Account’ (top right).
    3. Then click on ‘View account history’. This will show a table of your event registrations.
    4. In the right-hand column you will see the option to ‘Upload file’ – click on this and select to upload an abstract.
  • Bursaries

    A limited number of registration bursaries are available for PhD students to attend this conference (up to 50% of the standard registration fee) from Wellcome Genome Campus Scientific Conferences.

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser. You will be sent a unique registration link which will hold your place, without taking payment, until you have been notified of the outcome of your application.

    The following documents will need to be provided as part of the bursary application:

    • Abstract (to be submitted via the portal during the registration process)
    • CV
    • A justification letter (explain how you will benefit from attending the conference)
    • A supporting letter from supervisor stating financial need

    If you have already registered for the conference you are still welcome to apply for a bursary, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: 19 January 2021

    Additional funding opportunities
    Visit our support page for additional financial support currently available.

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