Evolution Ottawa – 1st Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biolog

First Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology

The Ottawa Convention Centre
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
July 6-10, 2012

Welcome to the site of the First Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology (aka ‘Evolution 2012’), to be held in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. This landmark event will bring together five of the world’s largest academic societies devoted to the study of ecology and evolutionary biology: the American Society of Naturalists (ASN), the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE) the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB), the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), and the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB). This event merges the traditional ‘Evolution’ meeting, the joint annual meeting of the ASN, SSE and SSB, with both its European and Canadian counterparts (the biennial ESEB congress and annual CSEE meeting). This will be the first time that these five societies have met together, creating a truly international event that spans the fields of ecology and evolution. The meeting will be the premier showcase in 2012 for the presentation and discussion among peers of the latest, leading-edge research in ecology and evolution, and will also be an important forum for outreach and education.

The congress will follow the traditional format of an ‘Evolution’ meeting, meaning that all attendees will have an opportunity to present their research as a talk or a poster. These are scheduled during regular ‘contributed talks’ sessions or general poster sessions (sorted by topic using keywords chosen at the time of talk or poster registration). Although each society does sponsor two symposia, speakers for these were prearranged by the organizers and, unlike the tradition of ESEB meetings, one cannot apply to speak in one of these.

The third annual meeting of iEvoBio (Informatics for Phylogenetics, Evolution and Biodiversity) will be held jointly with Evolution 2012, on July 10–11. Consult the iEvoBio website for more information. iEvoBio brings biologists working in evolution, systematics, and biodiversity together with software developers and mathematicians. Once again there will be a Challenge Prize.

Latest News

July 4:
An update of the pdf Program has been posted, along with a summary of the changes made since the June 30 program. No further updates of the pdf will be made. Looking forward to seeing everyone in Ottawa. Weather forecast suggests it will be hot and sunny!

June 30:
The final pdf version of the congress program has been uploaded that includes chairs for all sessions and a small number of cancellations from the June 28 version.

June 28:
The conference program has been updated. This version indicates session chairs for almost all general talk sessions–please check to see if you are chairing your session. We are working hard to identify chairs for those few sessions currently missing them.

June 27:
A non-conference event that may be of interest: A rally to Parliament Hill has been organized by DeathOfEvidence. Their website is here.

June 22:
The conference program has been updated.
Please also check out the user-friendly mobile app (http://eventmobi.com/evo2012/) on any smartphone, tablet, or computer!


June 13:
The full conference program, including talk and poster schedules, is now available under the Program link above. The website for uploading talks should be available soon. Presenters will receive instructions by email. (You can also upload during the meeting, but we encourage you to beat the rush of your 1300 colleagues.) We’re working hard to get the mobile app version up as soon as we can.

May 20:
Baba Brinkman will be giving a special live performance of the “The Rap Guide to Evolution” on Monday evening after the poster session. The event is open to congress registrants only and is graciously sponsored by both Cell Press and Oxford University Press. See here for more details.

May 19:
Poster registration closes on May 25; this is also the deadline for receiving a refund if you cancel your registration. Registration to attend the meeting remains open and hotel space is still available at the Delta. Check out our various pre- and post-conference tours here. Space is still available in the ‘Communicating Science to Society’, ‘R for Biodiversity Analysis’, and ‘Mathematical modelling in evolutionary ecology’ workshops. More details here.

May 1:
Registration is still open, although the early discount has now ended and applications for student travel grants and awards are no longer being accepted.
***Capacity for talks has been reached and we are no longer accepting oral presentations.*** However, you can still register to give a poster; please consider doing so. The two evening poster sessions will be held in spacious, air conditioned surroundings with food and drinks. Just before the meeting, poster presenters will also have the opportunity to invite, via an online system, several congress attendees of their choice to visit their poster (as was so successfully done at ESEB 2011).

Apr. 30:
Check out our congress blog for lots of useful information. Travel (airline and train) discount codes available on our travel pages.
Please book your accommodations now using the congress registration process.

Apr. 10:
Non-shared University of Ottawa residence accommodation (i.e. Stanton and Marchand – single room with single bed: $56.00) are now SOLD OUT. However, shared residence accommodation is still available. For more information, consult the ‘Accommodation Info’ page by following the ‘Registration’ link.
Mar. 28:
Separate registration for several optional pre/post congress workshops is now open (see our workshop page under ‘Programs’). Additional optional pre/post congress tours have been added, and our blog site is now up and running as a location for providing up-to-the-minute information. Detailed travel information has been added to our Travel page for getting to Ottawa, including a discount code for Star Alliance partner airlines and information about parking a vehicle.

Feb. 3:
Registration is now open and can be accessed via the ‘Registration & Accommodation’ link in the main menu above. On this site you will also find detailed information on accommodation options and registration fees. Registration for the main meeting, satellite events, talk/poster submission, accommodation booking, and daycare sign-up, are all done via a single registration process. Detailed travel information can be found under the ‘Travel’ menu above.

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