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.


NLSEB Get Together during ESEB 2019

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!
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Save the date: NLSEB 2020 on Tuesday 21 April 2020, Akousticum (Ede)!


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