Global Evolutionary Biology Initiative

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 countries of these new regions the funding situation for research in evolutionary biology has also been improving, leading to a nascent and growing community of researchers. Through this initiative ESEB aims at fostering the development and integration of local evolutionary research communities and their links with the evolutionary biology community in Europe.

To this end, 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 the ESEB can contribute to the fostering of evolutionary biology in additional ways.

To address this need we propose to transform the GTI into a new ESEB initiative, Global Evolutionary Biology Initiative (GEBI), that, in addition to focusing on training, would broaden the range of such actions, by:

– contributing to the organization of local congresses, through e.g. the transfer of organizational experience, help with acquiring invited speakers…

– facilitating 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

– facilitating networking opportunities to strengthen interactions across local evolution societies

– contributing to the organization of local University education curricula, through e.g. the transfer of organizational experience, teaching contribution, resource sharing (books, experimental kits and videos, etc)

– supporting any other request from local communities compatible with this initiative and its goals

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 traveling grants to individual students/researchers for attending workshops or conferences are not eligible for support by GEBI.

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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