IGC Symposium 2018

Microbial Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics
22-24 October 2018
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência in Portugal
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IGC Symposium 2018

Microbial Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics

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Microorganisms are exciting model systems to study how ecology and evolution interact. Recent work suggests the existence of a real-time feedback loop between ecology and evolution in microbial communities. However, the study of ecological and evolutionary processes in microbes are still largely independent endeavours.

This meeting aims to discuss recent developments in microbial eco-evolutionary dynamics research and serve as a venue for integrating the results obtained from different fields of evolution and ecology. By bringing together experts on different aspects of microbial evolution and ecology (e.g. experimental evolution, comparative genomics, ecological interactions, and theoretical biology), we hope to facilitate the development of new research strategies to better understand the generation and maintenance of microbial diversity.

The symposium will be held on 22-24 October (see our program) at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência in Portugal (more info).
Check out the FAQ for info on presentation and poster formats.

Grants & Prizes

Travel grants

We will offer a limited number of travel grants for young researchers (PhD students and post-docs) that have submitted an abstract to the symposium. Each grant will be worth 500 € and recipients will be selected directly from the submitted abstracts. As the number of grants will be limited, priority will be given to researchers from lower-income countries and researchers traveling from further away.

  • Travel grant notifications will be sent out by 27th of July

Best talk and poster prizes

We will award prizes for the best oral presentations and for the best poster. The best oral communication award (400 €) is kindly sponsored by Câmara Municipal de Oeiras, an award for the best talk as selected by their peers (worth >1000 US$) is courtesy of PeerJ, and the prize for the best interdisciplinary poster (200 €) is kindly sponsored by FEBS letters.


Paul Rainey

Evolutionary genetics
New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study, Auckland, New Zealand

Sara Mitri

Social evolution in microbial communities
Université de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

Nicole Mideo

Parasite evolutionary ecology
University of Toronto, Toronto (Ontario), Canada

Andrew Hendry

Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics
McGill University, Montreal (Quebec), Canada

Isabel Gordo

Evolutionary Biology
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal

Sinead Collins

Experimental Evolution
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Sarah Cobey

Host-pathogen dynamics and evolution
University of Chicago, Chicago (IL), USA

Luis Miguel Chevin

Evolutionary genetics ​and ecology of adaptation
CEFE, Montpellier, France

Tim Barraclough

Causes and consequences of species diversity
Imperial College London, London, UK


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