Evolution and Ecology of Cancer

17–19 July 2019

Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

Cellular Cooperation and Competition in Cancer


This new conference aims to bring together evolutionary biologists, ecologists, cancer researchers and cancer clinicians, highlighting that evolution and ecology are fundamental to both the basic science and the clinical management of cancer.

Cancer has been central to the history of life. Cancer (uncontrolled growth of somatic cells) was the primary barrier to the evolution of multicellular bodies. It was only after evolution discovered mechanisms to suppress and control the proliferation of what came to be somatic cells, that organisms larger than single cells could evolve. In a sense, cancer is the default state of cells, and cooperation, in the form of large bodies, was the novelty that changed the world.

The conference will discuss the evolution and ecology of cells in tumours, as well as the interaction of cancer with the evolution and ecology of organisms. The main focus of this year’s meeting is on Cooperation, Conflict and Parasitism, including cellular competition, multicellularity and mathematical models. There will also be an extensive session on the new and exciting field of transmissible cancers.

This meeting is organised in collaboration with the International Society for Evolution, Ecology and Cancer (ISEEC).


The conference will start at approximately 13.00 on Wednesday, 17 July and close at approximately 14.00 on Friday, 19 July 2019.

Topics will include:

  • Cooperation and conflict in multicellularity
  • Cellular competition
  • Mathematical models
  • Cooperation and cancer
  • Evolvability and adaptation
  • Transmissible cancer


A draft programme will be available shortly.

How to apply

Discounts are available for members of the International Society for Evolution, Ecology and Cancer (ISEEC).

You will need to provide your membership number to claim the discount.
If you would like to become a member of the ISEEC, please register here first.

Early bird discount
(until 23 April 2019)
Standard rate
(after 24 April 2019)
Student No accommodation £264 £364
Student – ISEEC members No accommodation £220 £320
Academic No accommodation £364 £464
Academic – ISEEC members No accommodation £270 £370
Commercial No accommodation £464 £564
Accommodation Off-site accommodation £259 £259

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 17 and 18 July 2019.
Please note: Onsite accommodation has sold out.
We have arranged accommodation nearby at the Holiday Inn Express, Whittlesford.
The Holiday Inn is a 5-min drive from the campus. Complimentary shuttles to and from the conference centre will be provided.

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.

Please visit the following websites for further information:

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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: 7 May 2019

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


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: 21 May 2019

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