Evolutionary Systems Biology

12–14 February 2020

Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

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


We are pleased to announce the third meeting on Evolutionary Systems Biology. 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.


The conference will start at approximately 12 noon on 12 February and close at approximately 2pm on 14 February 2020.

Topics will include:

  • Transcriptional regulation
  • Cellular diversity
  • Computational networks
  • Evo-devo
  • Single cell analysis
  • Evolution of fitness landscapes

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee

Angela Hay
Max Planck Institute, Germany

Mark Siegal
New York University, USA

Olivier Tenaillon

Trisha Wittkopp
University of Michigan, USA

Keynote speakers

Eileen Furlong
EMBL, Germany

Enrico Coen
John Innes Centre, UK

Confirmed speakers

Nathalie Balaban -The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Justin Crocker – EMBL, Germany
Emma Farley – UC SanDiego, USA
Marie-Anne Felix – IBENS, France
Veronica Hinman – Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Ben Lehner – Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
Marie Manceau – Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Biology, France
Heather Marlow – Pasteur Institute, France
Inigo Martincorena  – Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
Phillippe Nghe – PSL Research University, France
Csaba Pal – Biological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Science, Hungary
Dmitri Petrov – Stanford University, USA
Nicole Soranzo – Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
Oliver Stegle  – EMBL, Germany


Scientific Conferences Team

Laura Wyatt – Conference & Events Organiser
Treasa Creavin – Scientific Programme Manager

How to apply

Early bird discount
(until 5 November 2019)

Standard rate
(after 5 November 2019)
Student No accommodation £282.00 £382.00
Student On-site twin accommodation £389.00 £489.00
Student On-site single accommodation £455.00 £555.00
Academic No accommodation £382.00 £482.00
Academic On-site twin accommodation £489.00 £589.00
Academic On-site single accommodation £555.00 £655.00
Commercial No accommodation £482.00 £582.00
Commercial On-site twin accommodation £589.00 £689.00
Commercial On-site single accommodation £655.00 £755.00

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.

Accommodation is provided for the nights of 12 and 13 February 2020. 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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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 November 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: 3 December 2019

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