Evolutionary Systems Biology: From Model Organisms to Human Disease

2–4 March 2016

Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK


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.


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 and 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

How to apply


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/


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


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.
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