Conference: ESEB 2013; Genomic Islands

Conference: ESEB 2013; Genomic Islands

11 December, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

As a part of the XIV Congress of the European Society for , which will be held in Lisbon from the 19th to 24th August 2013, we are pleased to announce a symposium on “Genomic Islands: their role in adaptation and speciation”. Details of the symposium are below, and we will be accepting abstract submissions until the 28thFebruary 2013.

Genomic Islands: their role in adaptation and speciation

Keynote Speakers:

Jeffery Feder (

Mark Kirkpatrick (

Patrik Nosil (


Genome-wide data offers a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the genomic architecture involved in the adaptive divergence found in heterogeneous environments which can lead to local adaptation, reproductive isolation and ultimately speciation. By considering a range of species and approaches, this symposium will explore the interactions of diversifying selection and homogenizing gene flow to identify trends in genomic which accompany adaptation and speciation. The symposium will focus on both theory and empirical data to assess the importance (or otherwise) of genomic islands of divergence.

We are particularly keen to cover the whole of this process within the symposium, and so want to highlight that the symposium doesn’t just focus on speciation, but also the genomic architecture of local adaptation.

To register and submit your abstract for this symposium, please follow the instructions on the congress website (

We look forward to hearing from you, and hope to see you in Lisbon next year!

Organising committee: Rui Faria, Sarah Helyar, Chris Jiggins, Gary Carvalho, Arcadi Navarro, Carole Smadja

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