Evolutionary Systems Biology: From Model Organisms to Human Disease

02 - 04 March 2016Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Bursary Deadline Closed
  • Abstract Deadline Closed
  • Registration Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    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.

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 13.00 on Wednesday 2 March and
    close at approximately 13.00 on Friday 4 March 2016.

    Scientific sessions

    • Molecules
    • Networks
    • Microbes
    • Multicellular systems & cancer
  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    Ben Lehner Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
    Marie-Anne Felix Institute of Biology
    of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, France
    Csaba Pal Biological Research Center, Hungary

    Keynote speakers
    Naama Barkai Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
    Martin Kreitman University of Chicago, USA

    Confirmed speakers
    Nathalie Balaban The Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
    Santiago Elena Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular
    de Plantas, Spain
    Isabel Gordo Insituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Portugal

    Angela Hay Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding
    Research, Germany
    Michael Lynch Indiana University, USA
    Ville Mustonen Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
    Fred Nijhout Duke University, USA
    Dan Tawfik Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
    Olivier Tenaillon INSERM, Universités Paris Diderot et
    Paris Nord, France
    Joe Thornton University of Chicago, USA
    Dennis Vitkup Columbia University, USA
    Andreas Wagner University of Zurich, Switzerland
    Patricia Wittkopp University of Michigan, USA

    Conference organiser
    Emily Rees Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • Registration / Accommodation

    Registration Fees:

    Student No accommodation £295.00
    Student On site twin accommodation £391.00
    Student On site single accommodation £457.00
    Academic No accommodation £395.00
    Academic On site twin accommodation £491.00
    Academic On site single accommodation £557.00
    Commercial No accommodation £495.00
    Commercial On site twin accommodation £591.00
    Commercial On site single accommodation £657.00

    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.

    Registration deadline: Closed

    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 2 and 3 March 2016. Please
    note there is limited on-site accommodation and this will be allocated on
    a first-come first-served basis. Therefore, early registration is
    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. Note that letters will be provided to confirmed

    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.

    Please visit the following websites for further information:
    UK Border Agency website: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/

    Information for general visitors and business visitors: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/visiting/business/business-activities/

  • 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.

    Please register prior to submitting your abstract. Please note: abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates.

    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

    Abstract deadline: closed

    Abstract Guidelines

    • Format & Font: Prepare your abstract in Microsoft Word in 11-point Ariel Font.
    • Title: The title should be concise and be in bold, sentence case.
    • Author names: The presenting author’s name must be the first name to appear on the list of authors. Underline the name of the presenting author. For each author give the forename followed by the surname.
    • Affiliations: Please list the authors and affiliations directly under the title, separated by one empty line, and followed on additional lines as necessary. Indicate each author’s affiliation with a superscript numeral following the surname.
    • Abstract length: should not exceed one 1.5-spaced page. The total word limit is 400 words (to include title, authors, affiliations and abstract narrative).
    • Abstract narrative: must be clear and concise. Clearly describe the problem you are addressing, the results to date and any conclusions you can draw from them, so that your abstract can be evaluated by the programme committee. Avoid saying in effect ‘a solution to XYZ problem will be presented’. Please ensure that your abstract is checked for correctness of spelling and grammar in advance of submission.
    • Subheadings: Please avoid the use of subheadings in the abstract narrative.
    • References: A separate list of references at the end of the abstract is not necessary.
    • File name: should be the same as the surname of the presenting author.
    • Download a sample abstract document (Microsoft Word), which can be used for formatting purposes.
  • Bursaries

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

    The following documents will need to be provided:

    • Abstract
    • CV
    • Covering letter
    • Letter from supervisor

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: Closed

  • Sponsors

    We thank the following organisations for their support: