Brief updates for evolutionary biologists in the Netherlands.


> Thijs Ettema, Toby Kiers, Mark van Vugt to speak at NLSEB2020

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.


> Meet up at the very first NLSEB PhD- and Postdoc meeting

The very first NLSEB PhD- and Postdoc-meeting will be organized on April 20, the day before the NLSEB meeting. It will take place at the same venue, the Akoesticum in Ede, and will include an overnight stay.

Use the opportunity to get to know your fellow PhD students and Postdocs and share your research in an inspiring environment!

More detailed information on the program and registration will follow soon. In the meantime, save the date!


> The Netherlands Evolutionary Biology Prize: Call for nominations!

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 NLSEB 2020 meeting.

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 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 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.


> Call to join NWO Life Sciences Research Communities

NWO is looking for researchers who want to get involved in one or more of the five so-called ‘Life Sciences Research Communities‘.

The research communities have been set up by the Life Sciences Round Table in order to provide an essential link between researchers and the Dutch Research Council (NWO). They have been organized around the following themes:

–  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 is important that evolutionary biologists are well-represented in these Research Communities, especially because evolution is a key principle across all levels of biological organization represented in these Research Communities, and is therefore an important connecting discipline. See here, if you are interested to join.


> Mark your calendar

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Dec. 46 TiBE, Trends in Biodiversity and Evolution Conferences,
Vairão, Portugal
Jan. 37 Am Nat 2020, Monterey, CA
Jan. 58 53rd Population Genetics Group (PopGroup) Meeting, Leicester, UK
Jan. 2731 Genetics for sustainable forest management,
Avignon, France
Feb. 67 Swiss Biology20conference, Fribourg, Switserland
Feb. 1014 Evolutionary Systems Biology, Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
March 30April 3 2nd Münster Evolution Meeting (MEM)
April 1519 7th EvoDemoSoc ​Annual Meeting: ​Evolutionary Demography under Global Change
April 20 NLSEB PhD and Postdoc meeting
April 21 NLSEB 2020 in Ede
April 22 Population, Evolutionary, and Quantitative Genetics (PEQG) 2020, Washington (DC)
May 1021 12th summer school on Computational Molecular Evolution, Crete, Greece
May 29 Great Lakes annual meeting in Evolutionary Genomics
(GLAM-EvoGen), Rochester, NY
June 14-19 6th International Conference of Quantitative Genetics (ICQG6) Brisbane, Australia
June 14-17 18th Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease meeting, Montpellier, France
Aug. 2428 Ecological Immunology workshop 2020: evolution of resistance, tolerance & symbionts, Kloster Lehnin, near Berlin, Germany
Sept. 2225 24th Evolutionary Biology Meeting at Marseilles



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