Evolution in the 21st Century: The Inaugural Conference of the Milner Centre for Evolution

18th-20th September 2018


Inaugural Conference of the Milner Centre for Evolution: Evolution in the 21st Century 

University of Bath, 18-20 September 2018

The conference will provide a unique forum for researchers from all aspects of evolutionary biology, including palaeobiology, human health, genomics, macroevolution and evo-devo. It will mark the opening of the new Milner Centre for Evolution, which is a unique multidisciplinary international research Centre bridging biology, health, and education, and the only research centre of its kind.

Conference highlights include:

  • keynote speakers (see biographies) presenting on cutting edge fundamental evolution, applied evolution and recent advances in the teaching of evolution
  • a roundtable discussion between eminent evolutionary biologists and science communicators, sponsored by BMD Biology

  • a lecture given by the Milner prize winner, sponsored by the Genetics Society

  • extensive networking opportunities


Conference Fees

  • Students: £90
  • Non-student/Postdoc: £150


The registration deadline has been extended until 5 September 2018. Register now to confirm your place.


The conference registration fee also entitles delegates to attend:

  • Welcome reception at the Roman Baths: Tuesday 18 September, 7pm
  • Networking reception including poster presentations, sponsored by the Public Library of Science: Wednesday 19 September, 4.30pm
  • Conference dinner: Thursday 20 September, 8pm
  • Alice Roberts public lecture: Friday 21 September, 6.30pm



If you experience any problems registering please contact the Conference Manager, Katie Ward, klw62@bath.ac.uk or 01225 383135.


A poster prize of £200 is sponsored by the Biochemical Society.

The Science

Plenary Speakers & Contributors

Keynote Speaker: Professor of Statistical Genetics, University of Oxford

Gil McVean

Keynote Speaker: Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich

Hanna Kokko

Keynote Speaker: Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago

Neil Shubin

Keynote Speakers: Emeritus Professors, Princeton University

Peter & Rosemary Grant

Chair of Roundtable: Popular Science Writer

Carl Zimmer

Public Lecture: Professor of Public Engagement in Science, University of Birmingham

Alice Roberts

Plan your visit to Bath

Those registering for the conference will receive a code for a reduced hotel rate.

From Visit Bath, official tourism website for Bath and Beyond: Looking for a beautiful and truly unique destination? Wanting somewhere that’s brimming with things to do, a fantastic city centre, where you can shop until you drop but also relax and unwind? Then welcome to Bath, a city so beautiful and special that it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Independent, creative, unique and stylish, Bath is the only place in the UK where you can bathe in naturally hot spa water at Thermae Bath Spa and visit 2,000 year old original Roman Baths, making it the ultimate spa break destination for thousands of years. Whether you fancy a romantic short break, a fun family holiday, an indulgent foodie getaway or an exciting day out on the bus or train, Bath is guaranteed to delight. Discover England’s most complete Georgian architecture, iconic visitor attractions such as Stonehenge and Longleat Safari Park, great boutique shopping, fantastic nightlife, fabulous festivals and a remarkable range of restaurants, bars and cafés.

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Scientists investigating the fundamental question in biology as to why individuals have evolved to cooperate rather than simply exploiting the contributions of their rivals, have found that microbes vary their contribution to maximise the return of investment. A collaboration between the Milner Centre for Evolution and University College London has revealed that microbes act like shrewd economists …

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Fossils of six new species of pterosaurs, giant flying reptiles that flew over the heads of the dinosaurs, have been discovered by a team of researchers led by the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath. Pterosaurs, prehistoric reptiles popularly known as pterodactyls, were flying cousins of the dinosaurs. Flying on leathery wings supported by …

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Species that live in symbiosis with others, which often occur in the most delicately balanced and threatened marine ecosystems such as coral reefs, are the slowest to recover their diversity if damaged, according to a team of scientists including researchers from the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath. The researchers, from the …

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For support when booking your travel and accommodation, please contact milnersupport@bath.ac.uk.

For queries about the conference, please contact the conference manager Katie Ward .