The Netherlands Society for Evolutionary Biology (NLSEB) is an academic society that aims to build a community of all researchers who have an interest in evolutionary processes, in any field of science.

Its activities include organizing an annual meeting, inform its members about (inter)national developments in the field, and represent the evolutionary community with (inter)national policy and funding agencies


The latest from the NLSEB community…

  • Save the date: NLSEB PhD/postdoc meeting 20 April 2020

The first NLSEB PhD/postdoc meeting will take place 20 April 2020 in Akoesticum, Ede. This is one day before the NLSEB2020 meeting, which is also in Akoesticum. Rooms have been reserved for participants who want to attend both meetings. Organizers are Melanie Lindner (NIOO) and Ben Auxier (WUR). More information will follow!

 

  • NLSEB prize call

As announced at this year’s meeting of our society, NLSEB will award a prize for the best peer-reviewed paper in evolutionary biology published in the year 2019. This Netherlands Evolutionary Biology prize will be awarded to the first or last author of the selected paper, who will receive €500 in recognition of her or his achievement. In addition, the winner will be allowed to present their paper in a 20 minutes plenary lecture at the 2020 NLSEB meeting (which will be held on April 21, 2020 at Akoesticum Ede).

The name of the prize will simply be the Netherlands Evolutionary Biology prize. After our call for names for the prize we received five suggestions and we are grateful to the members who suggested a name. However, after some discussion the board felt that naming the prize after a scientist was not opportune at this time.

All NLSEB members are invited to submit nominations. In order to nominate a first or last author of a paper on evolutionary biology, please send a PDF of the manuscript and a brief motivation (no more than half a page) by e-mail to prize@nlseb.nl. Deadline for the submission of nominations is January 31, 2020.

Eligible nominations will be evaluated by a jury consisting of Paulien Hogeweg, Sander Tans and Koen Verhoeven, who will be in charge of selecting the winning paper. The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • Nominated papers must have been published online or in print within the year 2019, in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
  • Papers can only be nominated by members of NLSEB; nominating a paper of your own is allowed.
  • The first/last author of the nominated paper was affiliated with a Dutch research institution at the time the research was executed; they need not necessarily be a member of NLSEB.

 

  • Save the date: NLSEB2020 on Tuesday 21 April 2020, Akoesticum Ede

 

We are happy to announce three exciting plenary speakers for the NLSEB 2020 meeting: Thijs Ettema, Toby Kiers, and Mark van Vugt.

 

The NLSEB 2020 meeting will be held on April 21, 2020, at Akoesticum in Ede. We will keep you informed about the program, submission and registration. 

 

  • Call for NLSEB members to join NWO’s ‘werkgemeenschappen’

NWO is looking for researchers who want to get involved in one or more of the five so-called ‘Werkgemeenschappen Levenswetenschappen’, i.e.:

  • Biology of Molecules, Cells and Tissues;
  • From Genes to Organisms;
  • Organisms in their Environment;
  • Life and Planet;
  • Advanced Methods, Data and Analyses to understand Living systems.

It would be good if evolutionary biologists are well-represented in these ‘werkgemeenschappen’, especially because evolution is a key principle across all levels of biological organisation represented in these five ‘werkgemeenschappen’, and is therefore an important connecting discipline. See here, if you are interested to join.

 

On Wednesday 21 August NLSEB organised a ‘Netherlands evolutionary biology get-together’ during the ESEB meeting in Turku. The meeting was aimed at  all scientists working in the Netherlands or from Dutch origin to facilitate the (re-)connection to Dutch evolutionary biology. The get together was a great success with about 50 people turning up and with many lively discussions.

  • Where: Congress pub Panimoravintola Koulu, address: Eerikinkatu 18, Turku (Finland)
  • When: Wednesday 21 August, 18:00-19:30
  • Who: All scientists working in the Netherlands or from Dutch origin
  • The Netherlands society for evolutionary biology (NLSEB) aims to build a community of all evolutionary biologists in the Netherlands. NLSEB therefore welcomes all scientists working in the Netherlands or from Dutch origin for drinks. Come and (re-)connect to Dutch evolutionary biology!
  • See https://eseb2019.fi/satellite-events

 

 

  • New NLSEB logo

One of the highlights of the first NLSEB meeting was the announcement of the logo contest winner and the revelation of the new logo. Nearly half of the NLSEB members cast their votes, resulting in a landslide majority for the logo designed by Bastiaan von Meijenfeldt (see picture).

The new logo shows a tree in which the evolutionary community as a whole is represented. The leaves resemble the actual organisms we work on, the phylogenetic tree represent evolutionary relationships, and the network on the left part of the tree is inspired by how the dynamics of genes in a population are often depicted and represents any form of computational analysis.

With some final edits to the artwork, the new logo is now ready to feature on the NLSEB website and other NLSEB communication.

  • NLSEB is officially established

On the 17th of January 2018, the Netherlands Society for Evolutionary Biology was officially established in Wageningen. The founding board, consisting of Marcel Visser (President), Sander van Doorn (Secretary), Jacintha Ellers (Treasurer) and Nico van Straalen (board member), signed the constitution at the notary’s office. Frank Bruggeman, also a member of the Founding Committee, could not be there but acts de facto as the fifth board member. At the first NLSEB meeting, on the 11th of April, the first board of NLSEB will be elected.

The establishment of NLSEB is a historical event for the field of evolutionary biology in the Netherlands, as now for the first time the strong and diverse Dutch research on evolutionary processes are united in a national society. We will celebrate this event with a drink at the NLSEB meeting 11 April. Join us there to toast with us!

The founding board with the constitution

The constitution is signed by Marcel Visser