GS6: Genetics of Adaptation
Date: November 21 & 22, 2022
Time: 03:30 AM-11:30 AM UTC (09:00 AM - 17:00 PM IST)
Abstract submission deadline: (a) Application deadline for the in-person workshop is 30 September 2022, (b) Abstract submission deadline for the virtual symposium is 30 September 2022
Geo region/Timezone: Asia/Oceania
Abstract: The symposium will focus on a broad range of topics in molecular evolution, evolutionary genetics and adaptation, with an emphasis on studies of non-model organisms and field systems that include the incredible biodiversity of the Oriental Region. The symposium will include two components:
Part 1. A one-day in-person workshop in Bengaluru, India, a day before the main symposium (~50 participants). Our goal is to expose students in India to molecular evolution, which is often not included in undergraduate biology curricula. The in-person workshop will feature (1) talks on the history and introduction to research in evolutionary biology in India and (2) tutorials on methods and topics such as phylogenetic analysis, next-generation sequencing, bacterial genome evolution, and the design and analysis of experimental evolution studies. Participants are encouraged to present a poster (in person) discussing their ongoing work.
Students registered for this workshop will attend the in-person sessions on 21st Nov, and they are also encouraged to attend the SMBE Everywhere Global Symposium on the 22nd, but in person rather than virtually. Apply here for this workshop. Unless you also want to present virtual poster in the online symposium on the 22nd, you do not need to register for the virtual symposium separately. Participants will be provided on-campus accommodation for three nights (20-22 Nov), lunch and tea/snacks on both days, and dinner on the 21st. They will need to bear their own travel expenses to and from Bangalore, as needed.
Part 2. A virtual symposium with three oral sessions (each with a plenary and a few contributed talks) and two poster sessions, all hosted on the virtual platform provided by SMBE. This is the main SMBE Everywhere Global Symposium. Contributed talks and posters will be chosen based on submitted research abstracts. Participants (PhD students, post-docs and faculty members) of this symposium should register and submit their abstracts directly on the SMBE Global Symposia website. The symposium is open to scientists from all over the world, not just from Asia.
Session 1: Mechanisms of adaptation: Insights from laboratory experiments. Plenary: Jun-Yi Leu (Institute of Molecular Biology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan).
Session 2: Evolution of gene families: Molecular evolution of gene families with respect to duplication and functional diversification. Plenary: To be decided.
Session 3: Genetics of adaptive diversification: Genetic basis of adaptations that lead to adaptive diversification and speciation in natural systems. Plenary: Jun Kitano (NIG, Japan).
Invited Speakers: Jun-Yi Leu (Institute of Molecular Biology, Academia Sinica), Jun Kitano, NIG, Japan
Organizers: Krushnamegh Kunte and Deepa Agashe (National Centre for Biological Sciences/Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India)