ESEB is delighted to welcome you to the Second Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology. Joint Congresses take place every six years and bring together four of the world's largest academic societies in the field of evolutionary biology: the European Society for Evolutionary Biology, the American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Society of Systematic Biologists. The first joint congress was in Ottawa, Canada in 2012. The current (i.e. second) is held in Montpellier, France, on August 19-22 2018.
The venue of the meeting will be The Corum, a convention center ideally located in the heart of Montpellier historic neighborhood, easily accessed by public transportation and at very short walking distance from restaurants, cafes and hotels.
A welcome reception will take place on Saturday August 18 (7:00 pm to 8:30 pm) at the Lycée Joffre, next to the Corum. The official program, beginning on Sunday August 19, largely follows the traditional organization of an ESEB meeting: there will be more than 800 contributed talks, organized in 78 thematic symposia, running as 13 parallel sessions, showcasing the most recent advances in evolutionary biology, with a very large diversity of topics and fields from paleontology to molecular evolution. More than 1200 posters will be presented in two poster sessions (Sunday 19 and Tuesday 21 August) associated with each of the symposia. Plenary talks will be given by the presidents of SSE, SSB and ASN, by recipients of the ESEB Presidents’ Award and of SSE Stephen Jay Gould Outreach Prize. The conference dinner will take place on the evening of Wednesday, August 22nd, at the Abbaye de Valmagne, a spectacular venue, one-hour drive away from Montpellier.
Special care was given to gender balance, equal opportunity and environmental impact. Childcare is provided on the venue during the whole conference. Various travel stipends and grants were provided by the organizing societies.
With about 2700 attendees and almost 60 countries represented, this will be the largest and most international Evolutionary Biology meeting ever organized so far, showing the dynamism of our field of research. For many, it will be a unique opportunity to meet with colleagues who they rarely meet, exchange about science and different ways of doing it, learn about exciting and different work, discover different cultures and different people. As evolutionary biologists, we all know that diversity is the fuel for adaptive evolution. We hope that this meeting will celebrate the diversity in our community and the general benefits of exchange across borders. We wish all attendees to come back home with a different and wider perspective, as scientists and as human beings.
Precisely for these reasons, Isabelle Olivieri was a strong proponent of the joint Evolution congresses and devoted a lot of effort while she was President of ESEB to see them launched. We therefore dedicate this meeting to her memory.
We wish you a productive and pleasant congress
Ophélie Ronce & Yannis Michalakis
On behalf of the organizing committee