Progress Meetings in Evolutionary Biology

The next call will be announced in autumn 2019.

We are excited to announce the second round of a new initiative by the European Society of Evolutionary Biology (ESEB), in partnership with the Journal of Evolutionary Biology (JEB).

We invite applications for funding to support focussed conference or workshops on a topical issue where rapid progress is currently being made in understanding Evolutionary Biology. ESEB will supply funds up to €15,000 to assist with workshop planning (venue, travel or attendance support). We encourage proposals on any topic.

We expect these meetings to bring together a range of researchers focussed around a topic for a “state of the art” conference, ideally proposing a new synthesis, viewpoint or technical or analytical breakthrough facilitating new avenues of research. Attendees would represent researchers from all career stages and must accord with our Equal Opportunities guidelines. Attendance should be open to all, but ESEB members should be prioritised. Typically, meetings would last 2-3 days.

A condition of the funding is that the meeting has a clear objective to produce either a Special Issue or Target Review for JEB. Within 4 months of the meeting manuscripts arising from the meeting should be submitted to the journal, to be handled by the organisers as guest editors or the editorial board of JEB, as appropriate.

This is a novel opportunity for a one-off topical meeting for ESEB members and the evolutionary community. There will be one round per year. Applicants should be members of ESEB or our sister society, the Society for the Study of Evolution.

There is no official application form. The application document should include:

  • The title of the conference and why this is suitable for a Progress Meeting
  • Names and addresses of the organisers, with short (1 page each) CVs
  • List of keynote speakers, with justification (potentially key recent references). They should have agreed in principle to participate
  • A 2-page description of the aims and potential scope of the conference
  • Conference venue details
  • Methods of selecting participants
  • Publication plans

Applications should be submitted to by the deadline (tba). The successful application will be chosen by an ESEB committee.

Luke Holman, Reviews Editor, JEB
Mike Ritchie, former Editor in Chief, JEB
Wolf Blanckenhorn, Editor in Chief, JEB
Tanja Schwander, Deciding Editor and former Special Issue Editor, JEB