Ecological genomics of coevolutionary interactions

Organ­izers: Aman­dine Cornille (Uni­ver­sity of Par­is Saclay, France), Daniel Croll (Uni­ver­sity of Neucha­tel, Switzer­land), Dieter Ebert (Uni­ver­sity of Basel, Switzer­land), Eva Stuken­brock (Max Planck Insti­tute, Ger­many), Auréli­en Tel­li­er (Tech­nic­al Uni­ver­sity of Munich, Ger­many), Peter Tiffin (Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota, USA).

gen­er­ously fun­ded by the European Soci­ety for Evol­u­tion­ary Bio­logy (ESEB) Spe­cial Top­ics Net­work (STN) program.

Our Spe­cial Top­ics Net­work will tackle the chal­len­ging ques­tions posed by true coe­volu­tion­ary pro­cesses. Biot­ic inter­ac­tions between part­ners that impose recip­roc­al selec­tion on one anoth­er, i.e. coe­volu­tion­ary sys­tems, are of par­tic­u­lar import­ance in driv­ing adapt­a­tion and diver­si­fic­a­tion. While massive data­sets gen­er­ated by high through­put sequen­cing stud­ies, togeth­er with new the­or­et­ic­al frame­works, have already much improved our abil­it­ies to identi­fy the traits and molecu­lar sig­na­tures of com­plex (co-)adaptive pro­cesses as well as the demo­graph­ic con­sequences of these inter­ac­tions, we stress that the genu­ine ‘two-sided’ eco­lo­gic­al gen­om­ics of coe­volu­tion have so far not been addressed. We argue that there is a clear need and oppor­tun­ity to build con­cep­tu­al bridges between gen­om­ic, empir­ic­al, and the­or­et­ic­al approaches to coevolution.

We are a group of integ­rat­ive enthu­si­asts who would like to bring togeth­er research­ers and stu­dents cov­er­ing a broad range of sys­tems: plant-para­site and anim­al-para­site as well as mutu­al­ist­ic and ant­ag­on­ist­ic sys­tems, which have been his­tor­ic­ally quite isol­ated from each oth­er. We also would like to merge togeth­er exper­i­ment­al and the­or­et­ic­al approaches to study pro­cesses of coe­volu­tion in the gen­om­ic era. There is a par­tic­u­lar need to appro­pri­ately for­mu­late a frame­work to test for sig­na­tures of coe­volu­tion using big gen­om­ic data­sets in a vari­ety of systems.

This ESEB-STN applic­a­tion has emerged from a work­shop organ­ized in Switzer­land in Janu­ary 2017 on the eco­lo­gic­al gen­om­ics of coe­volu­tion­ary inter­ac­tions ( The ESEB-STN fund­ing, provides an excel­lent oppor­tun­ity to reopen the dis­cus­sion on one of the hot­test top­ic in evol­u­tion­ary bio­logy in the light of the gen­om­ic revolu­tion. We are glad to announce the organ­iz­a­tion of two work­shops (2018 and 2019, 30 par­ti­cipants each), one con­fer­ence (100 par­ti­cipants) and we will pro­pose a sym­posi­um ses­sion at the ESEB con­fer­ence (2021).

Flyer of the ESEB STN Workshop 2018 "Experimental approaches to test for coevolution"
Fly­er Ecol_Evol_Gen_2018 Work­shop 2018

The first ESEB-STN Work­shop 2018 “Exper­i­ment­al approaches to test for coe­volu­tion” will take place from 22–25 April 2018 in Gif-sur Yvette, France.

Please see the fly­er on the left side, down­load the pro­gram (Program_DEF), and/or vis­it the work­shop’s web­site: