Evolutionary Systems Biology

11–13 April 2018

Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK

A forum for scientists interested in applying systems and mechanistic approaches to understand evolution.


We are pleased to announce the 2nd meeting on Evolutionary Systems Biology 2018. This conference will provide a forum for scientists interested in applying systems and mechanistic approaches to understand evolution.

Advances in genome sequencing and computational biology are providing unprecedented insights into biological mechanisms and evolutionary processes. In parallel, gene editing tools are revolutionising what is possible in model and non-model organisms. This conference will explore the evolution of biological systems at different levels: from genes and molecules to organism development and physiology. Particular emphasis will be placed on understanding evolution through mechanistic biology. We will explore recent advances in experimental and theoretical approaches to study how genetic and non-genetic changes fuel and constrain evolution.

The conference will offer a valuable training ground and rich learning experience and provide networking opportunities for scientists across disciplines relevant to systems biology. It should be of particular interest to those working at the interface of evolution, quantitative genetics, and systems biology.

Further information will be available shortly. Please contact the conference organiser to register your interest in this meeting.


The conference will start at approximately 13:00 on Wednesday 11 April and close at approximately 14:00 on Friday 13 April 2018.

Scientific topics:

  • Fitness landscapes
  • Systems biology
  • Evolution at one locus
  • Evolution of regulatory networks
  • Evolution of complex traits
  • Variance and noise
  • Non-genetic inheritance

A draft programme will be available shortly.

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee

Ben Lehner
Centre for Genomic Regulation Barcelona, Spain

Marie-Anne Félix
Institute of Biology of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, France

Patricia Wittkopp
University of Michigan, USA

Keynote speakers

Caroline Dean
John Innes Centre, UK

Stan Leibler
The Rockefeller University, USA

Confirmed speakers

Christina Burch – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Juliette De Meaux – University of Münster, Germany
Angela DePace – Harvard Medical School, USA
Fyodor Kondrashov – Centre for Genomic Regulation Barcelona, Spain
Christian Landry – Laval University, Canada
Eric Meyer – École Normale Supérieure, France
Patrick Phillips – University of Oregon, USA
Matt Rockman – New York University, USA
Mark Siegal – New York University, USA
Aleksandra Walczak – École Normale Supérieure, France
Daniel Weinreich – Brown University, USA
Gaël Yvert – École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France

Conference organiser: Gemma Wilkins – Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

How to apply

Early bird discount
(until 16 Jan 2018)

Standard rate
(after 16 Jan 2018)
Student No accommodation £245 £345
Student On-site twin accommodation £350 £450
Student On-site single accommodation £415 £515
Academic No accommodation £345 £445
Academic On-site twin accommodation £450 £550
Academic On-site single accommodation £515 £615
Commercial No accommodation £445 £545
Commercial On-site twin accommodation £550 £650
Commercial On-site single accommodation £615 £715

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 11 and 12 April 2018. 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.

Please visit the following websites for further information:


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: 30 January 2018


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: 13 February 2018

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