Progress Meetings in Evolutionary Biology

Next dead­line to be announced in autumn 2022.

We are excited to announce the next round of this 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 EUR 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.

An import­ant con­di­tion of the fund­ing is that the meet­ing has a clear object­ive to pro­duce either a Spe­cial Issue or Invited Review for JEB. Organ­isers should aim to have the manuscript(s) pro­duced with­in 4 months of the end of the meet­ing, and should detail how this will be done in their applic­a­tions. In the case of a Spe­cial Issue, the organ­isers of the meet­ing or appro­pri­ate nom­in­ees may serve as Guest Edit­ors (where appro­pri­ate), hand­ling the peer review pro­cess for manu­scripts arising from the meet­ing with assist­ance from JEB editors.

There will be one call for applic­a­tions per year, with this year’s dead­line being tba. 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

Ques­tions and applic­a­tions should be sub­mit­ted to the ESEB Office (office@eseb.org) by the dead­line. The suc­cess­ful applic­a­tion will be chosen by an ESEB committee.

Luke Hol­man, Reviews Edit­or, JEB
Max Reu­ter, Edit­or-in-Chief, JEB
Mike Ritch­ie, former Edit­or-in-Chief, JEB
Tanja Schwander, Decid­ing Edit­or and former Spe­cial Issue Edit­or, JEB


Progress Meeting 2021

The Social Lives of Viruses

Organ­isers: Ash­er Leeks (UK) & Samuel L. Díaz Muñoz (US)

Dates & Place: 21 – 23 March 2022, St. John’s Col­lege, Oxford, UK

Review: tba

Progress Meeting 2020

Dis­en­tangling neut­ral versus adapt­ive evol­u­tion in chro­mo­somal inversions

Organ­isers: Emma Berdan (SE), Thomas Flatt (CH), and Ker­stin Johan­nesson (SE)

Dates & Place: 28 Feb­ru­ary – 3 March 2022, Tjärnö Mar­ine Research Sta­tion, SE

Review: tba

Progress Meeting 2019

Vir­us evol­u­tion on the mutu­al­ist – para­site continuum

Organ­isers: Samuel Alizon (FR) & Paul Turn­er (US)
Dates & Place: 21 – 25 Octo­ber 2019, Roscoff, FR

SPECIAL SECTION: Vir­us evol­u­tion on the mutu­al­ist-para­site con­tinuum
Guest edited by Samuel Alizon and Paul E. Turner

Progress Meeting 2018

Res­ist­ance to gene drives: responses to nat­ur­al and syn­thet­ic systems

Organ­isers: Tom Price (UK) & Anna Lind­holm (CH)
Dates & Place: 18 – 23 June 2018, Arolla, CH

INVITED REVIEW: Price T.A.R., et.al.: Res­ist­ance to nat­ur­al and syn­thet­ic gene drive sys­tems, DOI: 10.1111/jeb.13693