Recent years have seen the rise of research interest in evolutionary biology in regions outside of the traditional strongholds of the discipline (i.e., Western and Northern Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan). In some non-traditional regions the funding situation for research in evolutionary biology has also been improving, leading to a nascent and growing community of researchers. ESEB aims to foster the development and integration of local evolutionary research communities and their links with the evolutionary biology community in Europe.
In 2013 ESEB established the Global Training Initiative (GTI), which has been successful in instigating and contributing to the organization and funding of workshops for young researchers in collaboration with local evolutionary biology communities. While the GTI focused on training, it has become clear that ESEB can contribute to the fostering of evolutionary biology in additional ways.
To address this need we have transformed the GTI into a new ESEB initiative, the Global Evolutionary Biology Initiative (GEBI) which can provide financial, organisational and strategic support as required. In addition to focusing on training activities, the GEBI can also:
- contribute to the organisation of local congresses, through e.g. the transfer of organizational experience, and help with acquiring invited speakers
- facilitate increased visibility and global connections for regional societies, by providing support to hold symposia hosted in the specific region, including participants from the region as well as other ESEB member countries
- facilitate networking opportunities to strengthen interactions across local evolution societies
- contribute to the organisation of local University education curricula, through e.g. the transfer of organisational experience, teaching contribution, resource sharing (books, experimental kits and videos, etc)
- support other requests from local communities compatible with this initiative and its goals
GEBI now welcomes applications to support new projects in line with its aims (examples include meetings to establish or strengthen local researcher networks, conducting hands-on workshops to disseminate new tools or methods, or developing curricula for teaching). The deadline for the current call is November 25, 2022. More information about the application procedure is given below.
To facilitate support of local meetings and teaching, the GEBI Committee plans to build a database of ESEB members who are interested in volunteering as speakers or tutors, pro bono. If you would consider joining GEBI-supported activities from time to time, we kindly ask you to fill in this short form. We will later be sharing this information (i.e., your institutional email, research topics, and preferred type of participation) with colleagues that are organising GEBI activities, when needed. The information related to popular science meetings will be passed on to ESEB’s Outreach Committee, which coordinates this kind of activity.
The Global Evolutionary Biology Initiative is managed by a committee consisting of Deepa Agashe (National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India; co-chair), Leonardo Bacigalupe (Universidad Austral, Chile), Josefa González (Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Barcelona, Spain), Jacob Höglund (Uppsala University, Sweden), Simone Immler (University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK), Tadeusz Kawecki (University of Lausanne, Switzerland), Yannis Michalakis (CNRS, Montpellier, France), Nina Sletvold (Uppsala University, Sweden; co-chair), Mehmet Somel (Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey) and Elio Sucena (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência/Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal).
ESEB Office – firstname.lastname@example.org
ESEB aims to foster the development and integration of local evolutionary research communities from regions outside of the traditional strongholds of the discipline and their links with the evolutionary biology community in Europe. To address this need, we recently transformed the Global Training Initiative, mainly focused on supporting training activities, to the Global Evolutionary Biology Initiative (GEBI) which can provide financial, organisational and strategic support as required (see above).
GEBI now welcomes applications to support new projects in line with its aims (examples include meetings to establish or strengthen local researcher networks, conducting hands-on workshops to disseminate new tools or methods, or developing curricula for teaching).
The deadline for this call is November 25 2022.
Applications should include a concise (up to two pages) description of the proposed activity and a detailed budget (in particularly specifying how the requested GEBI contribution will be used). Actions fostering evolutionary biology in the long term are particularly appreciated, and applicants are encouraged to describe how their proposals may reach this long-term objective. Maximal allowance is 10,000 euros/project.
Actions based in Western and Northern Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan are not eligible for support by GEBI. Actions that are already covered by other ESEB initiatives/committees, e.g. outreach activities or travel grants to individual students/researchers for attending workshops or conferences are not eligible for support by GEBI.
Proposals should be addressed to email@example.com (subject: GEBI call for proposals 2022). We will acknowledge receipt of all applications within a week. If you have not received our confirmation by then, please contact the ESEB office again!