Programme

 Evolution in the 21st Century: The inaugural conference of the Milner Centre for Evolution University of Bath, 18-20 September 2018 To mark the opening of a new centre for evolution, the inaugural conference of the Milner Centre provides a forum to consider the current state of evolutionary science and where the field is going.  World leading speakers (including four keynotes) will address the future challenges facing the field.  The conference will explore the cutting edge and future challenges within diverse subfields: from paleobiology to evolutionary genomics, from evolutionary theory to evolution applied to medicine. At the end of the conference there will be a round table discussion, chaired by evolutionary science writer and New York Times correspondent, Carl Zimmer.  On the panel will be three Presidents of Evolutionary/Genetical Societies, the chief editor of Nature Ecology and Evolution and the Dean of Sciences at NYU. The winner of the 2018 Milner Prize will present her award lecture. The new Milner Centre for Evolution will be a unique multidisciplinary international research Centre bridging biology, health, and education.     Conference fees:
  • Students: £90
  • Non-student/Postdoc: £150
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, 5pm
  • Conference dinner: Thursday 20 September, 8pm
  • Alice Roberts public lecture: Friday 21 September, 6.30pm
   

Conference Programme

Wednesday 19th September
09:15 - 09:30
University Hall
Welcome
Laurence Hurst, Milner Centre
09:30 - 10:15
University Hall
Plenary 1
Neil Shubin, Chicago University
10:15 - 10:25
University Hall
Talk 1
Jane Younger, Loyola Chicago
10:25 - 10:55
Fountain Canteen
Coffee
10:55 - 11:15
University Hall
Talk 2
Davide Pisani, University of Bristol
11:15 - 11:35
University Hall
Talk 3
Philip Donoghue, University of Bristol
11:35 - 11:55
University Hall
Talk 4
Daniel Field, Milner Centre
11:55 - 12:15
University Hall
Talk 5
Selene L. Fernandez Valverde, LANGEBIO, Mexico
12:15 - 13:45
Fountain Canteen
Lunch
13:45 - 14:30
University Hall
Plenary 2
Gil McVean, Oxford University
14:30 - 14:50
University Hall
Talk 6
Leslie Turner, Milner Centre
14:50 - 15:00
University Hall
Talk 7
Lauren Cowley, Harvard University
15:00 - 15:30
Fountain Canteen
Coffee
15:30 - 15:50
University Hall
Talk 8
Martin Lercher, Düsseldorf
15:50 - 16:10
University Hall
Talk 9
Wilfried Haerty, Earlham Institute
16:10 - 16:30
University Hall
Talk 10
Juan Poyatos, Spanish National Biotechnology Centre
16:30 - 16:40
University Hall
Talk 11a
Rebecca Mead, GEVOTEACH
16:40 - 16:50
University Hall
Talk 11b
JV Chamary, Science Writer
17:00 - 19:00
Milner Centre
Networking reception & Posters sponsored by the Public Library of Science.

 

Carl Zimmer book signing.

 

Poster prize sponsored by the Biochemical Society.
Thursday 20th September
09:15 - 09:30
Arrive
09:30 - 10:15
University Hall
Plenary 3
Hanna Kokko, Zurich University
10:15 - 10:45
Fountain Canteen
Coffee
10:45 - 11:05
University Hall
Talk 11
Jason Wolf, Milner Centre
11:05 - 11:15
University Hall
Talk 12
Isobel Ronai, University of Sydney
11:15 - 11:35
University Hall
Talk 13
Tobias Warnecke, MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences
11:35 - 11:55
University Hall
Talk 14
Tracey Chapman, University of East Anglia
11:55 - 12:15
University Hall
Talk 15
Andrew Pomiankowski, UCL
12:15 - 13:45
Fountain Canteen
Lunch
13:45 - 14:30
University Hall
Plenary 4
Peter and Rosemary Grant, Princeton University
14:30 - 14:50
University Hall
Talk 16
Carl Smith, University of St Andrews
14:50 - 15:10
University Hall
Talk 17
Bonnie Fraser, University of Exeter
15:10 - 15:30
University Hall
Talk 18
Fiona Jordan, University of Bristol
15:30 - 16:00
Fountain Canteen
Coffee
16:00 - 16:20
University Hall
Talk 19
Daniel Wilson, Oxford University
16:20 - 16:40
University Hall
Talk 20
Inigo Martincorena, Sanger
16:40 - 17:30
University Hall
Plenary 5 - Milner Prize Lecture
Alison Feder, Stanford University
17:30 - 18:45
University Hall
Roundtable: the future of evolution
Chair: Carl Zimmer
Panel: Aoife McLysaght (President SMBE), Nina Wedell (President ESEB), Laurence Hurst (President of The Genetics Society), Patrick Goymer (Editor Nature Ecology and Evolution), Michael Purugganan (Dean of Science NYU)
20:00 - 21:30
Eastern Eye Restaurant
Dinner

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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 .