|UPDATED May 29, 2009
The Roy J. Carver Center for Comparative Genomics and the Department of Biology at the University of Iowa announce an international conference on the evolution of sex & recombination taking place May 31 - June 3, 2009. The meeting will start on the evening of Sunday, May 31st with a reception and keynote talk (Graham Bell); it will conclude at approx. 1:00 pm on Wednesday, June 3rd.
Check-in for the conference will be from 4-8 PM Sunday at the Sheraton in downtown Iowa City along with a welcoming reception from
6-8 PM. A keynote lecture by Graham Bell will start at 8 PM in the Amos Dean Ballroom of the Sheraton. Check-in Monday morning will
be from 7:30-10 AM in the lobby of Biology Building East, which is also the location of the talks.
This conference will immediately precede the 2009 Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution annual meeting (SMBE 2009: smbe2009.org), also located in Iowa City, on June 3-7, 2009. In order to integrate both meetings, an "overlap day" (June 3rd) will feature topics of clear interest to both sets of attendees.
The Sex & Recombination meeting was previously scheduled and fully organized for June 16-19, 2008, but was suddenly cancelled due to severe flooding in Iowa City. The organizers are pleased to note that a majority of the previously-scheduled attendees have committed to attend this meeting on the rescheduled dates.
Talks will be given by invited speakers at both the junior and senior level. There will also be contributed talks and posters given by conference attendees at all levels of seniority. A number of travel awards will be provided to deserving students and postdocs. All attendees not selected for a contributed talk are automatically slated to present their work as a poster.
There is still space for contributed poster presentations.
Topics will include:
Sponsorship for this meeting includes generous support from the American Genetic Association, but we encourage additional sponsorship inquiries. A symposium issue to be published in Journal of Heredity is planned.
- Advantages of sexual reproduction
- Experimental evolution of sex
- Estimating recombination rates
- Mating types & sex determination
- Linkage, selection & population size
- Sex chromosomes
- Sex & pathogenesis
- Sexual selection
- Sexual conflict
Check back for up-to date information on confirmed speakers, details regarding registration, accommodation, etc. Click here for a flyer to post and distribute.
Registration cost is $200 for grad students and postdocs and $300 for faculty. This includes the closing banquet (and keynote: Michael Lynch) to be held on the evening of June 2nd.
All enquiries are encouraged and should be directed to the organizers: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facebook users: Join our official meeting group here.
The Organizing Committee