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The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution is an international organization whose goals are to provide facilities for association and communication among molecular evolutionists and to further the goals of molecular evolution, as well as its practitioners and teachers. In order to accomplish these goals, the Society publishes two peer-reviewed journals, Molecular Biology and Evolution and Genome Biology and Evolution. The Society sponsors an annual meeting, as well as smaller satellite meetings or workshop on important, focused, and timely topics. It also confers honors and awards to students and researchers.

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SMBE Business Meeting 2022 Recording

Dear Members,

The SMBE Business Meeting 2022 Recording from our President James McInerney is available here. With lots of announcements, this year's election results, award winners, our current and upcoming conferences, financial summary, and including our exciting activities toward diversity, equity and inclusivity in our society. Please do listen to James' summary, ask us anything unclear or you'd like to know more of, and get involved! As James says, we are your voice and here for you, our members.

We'll also be making separate dedicated announcements of the election results, upcoming award nominations, conferences and the various other activities on our website and on social media via @officialSMBE and Facebook over the next few weeks: please 'watch this space'.

Greetings from all of us at Council, SMBE

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  • Tuesday, October 25, 2022
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SMBE 2023 Call for Symposia Proposals - Deadline 31 October -

Dear SMBE Members,
We're delighted to announce that the Society for Molecular Biology & Evolution is now accepting proposals for symposium topics for the 2023 Annual Meeting, taking place in Ferrara, Italy, from July 23rd – 27th, 2023. Selection of proposals will be aimed at spanning the range of interests of SMBE members, including new exciting scientific developments, and representing the geographic and gender diversity of members.
For each accepted symposium we provide financial support up to 5,000 Euros to facilitate symposium organizers in attracting outstanding invited speakers and to contribute to their own travel and lodging expenses. To submit your proposal please click on the link below and follow the instructions. Please complete and submit the form by 11:59pm CET October 31st, 2022. Successful applications will be confirmed by the middle of November. Please email us at smbe2023@unife.it for any questions.
Each symposium will include 2 invited speakers and some contributed speakers. Symposium proposals should include a description of the symposium (250 words max) and the names of the proposed invited speakers capable of delivering a talk of high quality and wide interest. At the time of proposal submission, proposed invited speakers should have agreed to accept the invitation in principle. Please explain to all proposed invited speakers that the invitation is conditional on funding of the proposal. For each proposed invited speaker, please indicate whether they have been approached, whether they have expressed their interest in participating, and the likely topic for their talk. The symposium organizers will also select contributed speakers from the abstracts submitted by registered delegates.
Please visit https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/events/3607/symposia/create – to access the submission portal.
The final decision on the selection of symposia, invited and contributed talks will be made by the Local Org

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  • Tuesday, September 06, 2022
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SMBE Seeks Proposal to Host 2025 Annual Conference

Want to meet like-minded colleagues from all over the world?

Wish you could have an international conference in your field closer to home?

SMBE is accepting proposals to host its International meeting in 2025. Informal expressions of interest should be from a prospective local organizing committee of scientists headed by an SMBE member and should be emailed to us ASAP. Full proposals will need to be submitted to the Society's Executive Administrator Lulu Stader at smbe.contact@gmail.com using the SMBE template by 30 October 2022.

For details of meeting organization, please see the SMBE Conference Guidelines (and specifically Appendix 2 which outlines the format of proposals).

In addition, please include details for a hybrid conference to be held at least partially online and a backup plan in case the meeting cannot be held in person.

Once a location is chosen, the local organizing committee will be responsible for the academic program and the overall conference budget. The Society and the local organizers will hire an international professional conference organizing firm who will work together with the local organizers to secure facilities, develop a website, and advertise the meeting.

SMBE rotates its meetings geographically to encourage international participation. 

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  • Wednesday, July 27, 2022
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SMBE GS3 Registration Reminder

Global Symposium 3 will occur on August 2. The event is free for registered members*, so please register ASAP!

*Meeting registration is free but you must be a member:

Register HERE.

Membership is $10/3yrs for students & $30/3yrs for others:

Purchase a membership HERE.

*Students from underrepresented regions may apply for free membership up until 7 working days prior to the next Global Symposium, please email smbe.contact@gmail.com with details of your status (undergrad? postgrad?), name of PI (please cc your PI), and full affiliation details including postal address.

Check out the online program HERE.  

SMBE Everywhere commenced with the first Global Symposia 1 & 2 on 10 and 11 July. This was just the start of a great year of events, and we hope that those of you who attended enjoyed it! For registered members*, the recordings of the talks from GS1 & GS2 will be available for viewing in the Metaverse space in the coming weeks.

Please visit https://smbeeverywhere.org/ and follow @SMBEmeetings, #SMBEeverywhere and @OfficialSMBE for more details.

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  • Thursday, July 21, 2022
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CALL FOR PROPOSALS - SMBE SATELLITE, INTERDISCIPLINARY AND REGIONAL MEETINGS

Dear SMBE Members,

Each year, SMBE provides funds in aid for SMBE SATELLITE, INTERDISCIPLINARY AND REGIONAL MEETINGS. These meetings are organized and held independent of the SMBE annual meeting.

SMBE is now calling for proposals for meetings and actions to be held between Jan 2023 and Dec 31st 2023. Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis to members of the molecular evolution research community to run workshops/meetings on an important, focused, and timely topic of their choice. The number of awards will depend on the quality of proposals and total cost.

The deadline for submission of proposals is September 30th 2022.

List of upcoming and previous SATELLITE/INTERDISCIPLINARY/REGIONAL SMBE meetings:

Upcoming meetings:

http://www.smbe.org/smbe/MEETINGS/SatelliteInterdisciplinaryRegionalMeetings/Schedule.aspx

Please also consult our archive for further information on previous satellite, regional and interdisciplinary meetings:

http://www.smbe.org/smbe/MEETINGS/SatelliteInterdisciplinaryRegionalMeetings/Archive.aspx

Participants of Satellite/Interdisciplinary/Regional meetings are eligible for SMBE Caregiver Award:

https://www.smbe.org/smbe/AWARDS/AnnualMeetingTravelAwards/CaregiverAward.aspx

SMBE SATELLITE MEETINGS

These are workshops or small, topically focused meetings with fewer than 100 participants that are organized and held independent of the SMBE annual meeting. In the past five years, SMBE has supported multiple satellite meetings on diverse topics, a sample of our most recent Satellite meetings include:

  • Wednesday, July 06, 2022
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Important reminders and society updates

Dear SMBE Members,
We hope this finds you all doing well!
In preparation for SMBE Everywhere and our upcoming society initiatives, we’d like to share some important info and reminders with you:
  • SMBE IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) 2022 Proposal Call - Extended Deadline 23 May 2022. More info here.

  • SMBE Everywhere – Registration and Abstract Submission Systems are open. More info here.

  • SMBE 2022 Caregiver Awards are available for SMBE Everywhere. More info here.

  • SMBE Election – The online ballot link will be sent to all members on 23 May 2022. 

  • Best Graduate Student Paper Awards – The deadline for submitting nominations is 15 June 2022. More info here.
Additionally, please join SMBE President James McInerney for an update on SMBE and the exciting times ahead! Please click the screen capture below or find the direct link &a

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  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022
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