Molecular mechanisms in evolution and ecology – Course and Conference Office

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Molecular mechanisms in evolution and ecology


This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or recovery is required for on-site attendance. Please see EMBL’s COVID-19 safety policy for on-site events. 

Registration is not yet open for this event. If you are interested in receiving more information please register your interest.

Conference Overview

This conference series has become known for exploring yeasts as models to study questions of general relevance to evolution and ecology. Experts will speak on a range of topics, including evolution theory, ecology, genetics, cell biology, genomics, systems biology, metabolic modelling and engineering.

The focus of this conference will be on comparative and experimental strategies to explore evolutionary questions, from field studies to computer simulations to comparative genomics. Central evolutionary questions will be discussed, using yeast and a range of other species whose biology is well understood and to determine the degree to which that biology is conserved in more distantly related species.

The aim is to move from correlative studies based on comparative work to more causal studies based on broad experimental support. This problem is particularly pressing in the age of cheap and easy sequencing.

Session Topics

  • Experimental Evolution
  • Genomic insights in Ecology & Evolution
  • Systems and Synthetic Biology
  • Assembly and Evolution of Communities
  • Understanding & Predicting Evolution

What past participants say about the conference:

“An incredibly interesting and well-organised event, not only from the scientific side but also on the technical part. As expected from other editions of the meeting, the science was amazing and very variegate. Kudos for the organisation and for the unusually high number of young speakers. – Irene Stefanini, University of Turin, Italy

“One of my favourite meetings with a real community feeling. I’ve started collaborations and made great friends here.” – Rike Stelkens, Population Genetics, Stockholm University, Sweden

“A great conference and academic environment – networking opportunities are limitless.” – Jose Antonio Urban Aragon, International Laboratory for Human Genome Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico (LIIGH-UNAM), Mexico


Media Partners

EMBO Journal, an EMBO Press journal

Open Biology, a Royal Society journal


Sponsorship Opportunities

We offer a variety of event sponsoring possibilities, with the flexibility to select a set sponsorship package or combine individual sponsorship options to suit your event budget. Discounts are available for companies sponsoring multiple events at EMBL Heidelberg. View other conferences, or contact sponsorship@embl.de for further information.

If you are interested in becoming a media partner of this event, please visit our media partnerships webpage.

Date: 5 - 8 Oct 2022

Location: EMBL Heidelberg


  • Gianni Liti
    University of Nice, France
    • Sara Mitri
      University of Lausanne, Switzerland

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