Scientific Program


Program outline

Saturday, 18th Sunday, 19th Monday, 20th Tuesday, 21st Wednesday, 22nd


Plenary : ESEB Presidential Award

Plenary : ASN Presidential address

Plenary : SSB Presidential address

Plenary : SSE Presidential address


Parallel sessions

Parallel sessions

Parallel sessions

Lunch break : Make science great again/Networking lunch

Lunch break : Meet the editors/Diversity in Science/Meet DFG and ANR

Lunch break : Meet ERC/Meet NSF/Selecting a journal for your research

Lunch break : Building your researcher profile /Meet the SFE²


Outreach :
Leo Grasset
Laurent Keller


Parallel sessions

Parallel sessions

Parallel sessions



Plenary: Gould lecture

Outreach: Meeting with researchers

Posters/Society Mixers

Conference dinner


Make science great again

When: August Sunday 19th

Organizers: Maurine Neiman (University of Iowa) and Stephanie Meirmans (University of Amsterdam)
Funding cuts. Science denialism. Open access. Tenure controversy. Implicit bias. Predatory journals. Preprint servers. Social media. Impact factors. Recent years are marked by new technologies and ideas that are rapidly changing science and scientific practice. These phenomena also influence and are influenced by the political and economic landscape.
In this workshop, we will have talks and discussions around these topical issues, and invite all researchers to think and discuss along with us. Our goal is to inspire a constructive conversation about how to assess and improve the quality of scientific practice, especially in light of challenges to funding and in an increasingly competitive research and career environment.
The workshop will start with two presentations:

1) Jonathan Eisen (UC Davis), “May the Science Be Ever in Your Favor: Encouraging and Rewarding Open Science Practices”.
2) Thomas Guillemaud (SA, INRA-CNRS-UCA, Sophia-Antipolis) and Denis Bourguet (CBGP, INRA, Montpellier), "PCI Evol Biol: free and transparent preprint reviews and recommendations in evolutionary biology”.  

The workshop will end with an active discussion with all workshop participants. For this discussion, we will, besides live interaction from the audience, also use a special digital software called "MeetingSphere", so please bring your laptop or iPad with you.

Diversity in Science

When: August Monday 20th

Fundamental to building a diverse and inclusive community is recognizing the multiple aspects that comprise a person’s identity - in age, gender, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, language, etc.
Brian Shimamoto, the Assistant Director of Housing and Dining Services Human Resources and a Training and Development Specialist at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will lead an interactive workshop to bring awareness to the multiple identities a person has and discuss how we can use this information to develop mentoring strategies. This will lead into a larger conversation about how our societies can address issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion. This event is sponsored by The Society for the Study of Evolution, the European Society of Evolutionary Biology, the American Society of Naturalists, and the Society for Systematic Biologists.

Meet the Editors

When: August Monday 20th

Organizer: Barbara Mable (Heredity)

Come ask chief editors of the leading journals in evolutionary biology pointed questions about topics of interest such as the steps of the editorial process, acceptance rates, most common reasons for decline, how to prepare an effective response to reviews, how to volunteer to help as a reviewer or board member, and/ or advantages of publishing in different types of journals, such as society-based journals or open access journals.

Journals represented include the Journal of Evolutionary Biology (Wolf Blanckenhorn), American Naturalist (Dan Bolnick), Ecology and Evolution (Allen Moore), Evolution (Mohamed Noor), Evolution Letters (Jon Slate), Evolutionary Applications (Louis Bernatchez), Heredity (Barbara Mable, chair of session), Molecular Ecology (Loren Rieseberg), and Systematic Biology (TBA).

Meet ERC

When: August Tuesday 21st

Organizer: Carmen García Fernández; Head of Sector, Life Sciences Unit, European Research Council (ERC)

Hear more about European Research Council and Funding opportunities in Europe for Scientists from Anywhere in the World. This workshop will address common misconceptions about ERC. Come and ask questions to ERC representatives and ERC grantees.

Meet with DFG and ANR

When: August Monday 20th

Organizers: Dorette Breitekreuz (DFG), Sonja Ihle (DFG), Isabelle Hippolyte (ANR), Antoine Morisot (ANR)

Representatives of ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche) and DFG (German Research Foundation) will together give information on funding opportunities for national, international and joint projects involving ANR and DFG, on how to initiate and enhance French-German collaborations and on career opportunities in France and Germany. We will be joined by PIs from evolutionary biology from both countries who can tell you first-hand about the research landscape and how to set-up a successful proposal/career/collaboration.

Have your lunch with us and exchange ideas about research and funding opportunities that connect the evolutionary biology communities in France and in Germany. We would love to hear from you where you see the potential for future French-German collaborations in evolutionary biology.

Meet with NSF

When: August Tuesday 21st

Organizer: George W. Gilchrist (NSF)

Hear more about funding of evolutionary biology research by US National Science Foundation and ask your questions to George W. Gilchrist (program officer in the Evolutionary Processes Cluster at the US National Science Foundation)

‘Building your Researcher Profile’ workshop

When: August Wednesday 22nd

Organized by Alison Paskins (Taylor & Francis)

This workshop will provide authors with the essential toolkit for raising their profile as a researcher. It will include tips on writing a review article, acting as a reviewer, and demonstrating the wider impact of their research. It will cover post-publication promotion - providing authors with the skills needed to successfully position and pitch their articles in an increasingly competitive online market and to raise their profile within the community.

Meet the SFE²

When: August Wednesday 22nd

Organized by Emmanuel Fronhofer & Eric Imbert

Why do we need a joint and mixed society for both ecology and evolution ?

Created in 1968, the French Society for Ecology aims to promote, encourage and develop ecology in every aspect, from fundamental ecology to the resolution of major environmental problems such as the decline of biodiversity and the effect of global changes. Although the Society has been dormant in the 1990's and 2000's, it recently made a comeback with an important scientific meeting in 2010 in Montpellier. Since then, the SFE has regularly organized biennial meetings (some in collaboration with the British Ecological Society) and thematic symposia.

Meanwhile, the French community of evolutionary biologists has organized itself around a bulletin and then an annual meeting since 1979, named "Le Petit Pois Déridé" (the unwrinkled pea, but "déridé" also means "cheered up" in French). Although very active in the organization of this regular event, evolutionary biologists were not affiliated to a French society of evolutionary biology.

Ecological and evolutionary processes are clearly intertwined and it often makes no sense to study one while overlooking the other. Last year, the SFE made a bold move and recognized that the two communities should unite under a single banner, thereby naturally turning itself into the French Society for Ecology and Evolution (SFE²).

During this short meeting, we will present the actions of the SFE² (prizes, grants, newsletter, listserv) and engage in a discussion with the audience.

EvoKE higher education teaching workshop

When: Saturday, August 18

Organized by Héloise Dufour and Alexa Warwick

Looking for effective ways to share your excitement about evolution with your students? Save the date! Higher education faculty and future faculty are invited to a workshop on teaching evolution before the Joint Congress in Montpellier. Learn about effective resources and methods for teaching evolution. This workshop is offered by the SSE Education Committee, EvoKE, and ESEB.  Watch for more details in early Spring, 2018, or sign up to be directly notified when registration opens.

Take action to help science influence public policy

When: August 19-23 during breaks

Organized by Janette Boughman

Come to the Public Policy 'Take Action' Booth to find out how you can make a difference in how science is used by legislators and decision makers. You can take immediate action by signing petitions or writing letters to lawmakers. You can also gather information on how to effectively engage in public policy efforts in several nations, and share your own insights and stories about effective action and pending legislative decisions. The booth is staffed during coffee breaks and poster sessions by evolutionary biologists turned activist from several nations.

This booth is sponsored by The Society for the Study of Evolution, the European Society of Evolutionary Biology, and the American Society of Naturalists. These societies are working together to provide a conduit through which individual scientists can find information and take action on important public policy decisions in their home countries, and make their voice heard more loudly by combining it with others.

Selecting a journal for your research

When: Tuesday August 21st

Organized by Helen Eaton (Royal Society)

This session will cover the things that authors need to consider when selecting the best journal for their research, and how to prepare a manuscript for submission. It will provide early career researchers with the tools to make good decisions that will increase the chance of publication success.