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, North America, 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
We welcome applications for GEBI assistance all year round. Proposals should include a short description of the activity, and the support requested, and be submitted by email to email@example.com, subject: GEBI application. 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.
Actions based in Western and Northern Europe, North America, 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.
To facilitate the organization of local meetings and teaching in evolutionary biology, the GEBI Committee plans to build a database of scientists 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 the short form at
The Global Evolutionary Biology Initiative is managed by a committee consisting of Deepa Agashe (National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India), 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; co-chair), 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).
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