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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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Appointment of Co-Editor of Genome Biology and Evolution (GBE)

The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) is looking for an evolutionary biologist with an active research program to co-lead its journal Genome Biology and Evolution (GBE) as a co-editor in chief alongside Professor Laura Katz. Professor Adam Eyre-Walker’s term will end December 31 2024, and we are seeking a replacement EIC to serve alongside Professor Katz. The EiCs have the opportunity and responsibility to contribute to the advancement of our field and the success of the journal, hence SMBE itself. The EiCs oversee the running of the journal with a focus on scientific content and smooth operations. They also serve as ex officio on the SMBE council to contribute to strategic discussions and deliberations on academic publishing. The SMBE Council appoints the EiCs. Oxford University Press currently publishes GBE.

The term of the new EiC will begin no later than January 2025.

Genome Biology and Evolution (GBE) publishes leading original research at the interface between evolutionary biology and genomics. Papers considered for publication report novel evolutionary findings that concern natural genome diversity, population genomics, the structure, function, organisation and expression of genomes, comparative genomics, proteomics, and environmental genomic interactions. Major evolutionary insights from the fields of computational biology, structural biology, developmental biology, and cell biology are also considered, as are theoretical advances in the field of genome evolution. GBE's scope embraces genome-wide evolutionary investigations at all taxonomic levels and for all forms of life — within populations or across domains. Its aims are to further the understanding of genomes in their evolutionary context and further the understanding of evolution from a genome-wide perspective.

The EiC roles and responsibilities include:

  • Nominating senior and associate editors to the editorial board. The SMBE Council provides the final approval. 
  • Ensuring that the composition of the editorial board reflects the SMBE policy and practice of equality, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Has the ultimate responsibility for decision-making on manuscript acceptances, appeals, and scientific-fit with the journal;
  • Making strategic decisions regarding the journal publication strategy and quality control; and,
  • Promoting GBE content to the public and all relevant scientific communities.

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  • Thursday, June 20, 2024
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SMBE Accepting proposals to host 2024 international meeting

Dear SMBE Members:

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 looking for a local host for its 2024 international meeting. Informal expressions of interest should be from a prospective local organizing committee of scientists headed by an SMBE member and should reach SMBE President-Elect James McInerney by 30 March 2021. Full proposals will need to be submitted using the SMBE template by 15 June 2021. Please email your proposal to smbe.contact@gmail.com.

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

The primary role of the local organizing committee will be to plan the scientific programme. All other aspects of the organization will be done in association with SMBE representatives and a professional conference organizer appointed by SMBE in consultation with the local organizers.

SMBE rotates its meetings geographically to encourage international participation. For 2024, we are particularly requesting proposals from the Americas. The next three years' meetings will be virtual (2021), in Auckland, NZ (2022), and in Ferrera, Italy (2023).

Please note that SMBE is not interested in proposals from professional conference organizers.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

James McInerney
President-Elect, SMBE
smbe.contact@gmail.com

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  • Monday, February 22, 2021
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SMBE 2019, 21-25 July 2019, Manchester, UK – Call for Abstracts and Awards



We are delighted to announce that abstracts are now being accepted for SMBE 2019, here. The deadline for abstracts is midnight GMT on Sunday 17 March 2019. Please be aware that the deadline will not be extended. Abstracts should be no longer than 2500 characters (~250 words), with a title no longer than 300 characters.

SMBE 2019 is taking place in Manchester, UK on 21-25 July 2019 at the state of the art venue Manchester Central. Full details on the symposia programme and confirmed keynote speakers can be viewed here.

A range of awards can be applied for during Abstract submission, all of which require SMBE membership (costing only $10/$30 for 3 years for students/others at https://www.smbe.org/smbe/MEMBERSHIP.aspx) at the time of application.

Current graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who received their primary doctoral-level degree no earlier than one year prior to the start of the annual meeting of the society may apply for the Fitch award. Extended abstracts are no longer required this year, just the conference abstract and a cv. Unsuccessful Fitch applicants will automatically be considered for Young Investigator and Registration awards.

Any graduate student or postdoc may apply for the Young Investigator Award, which substantially funds the cost of attending. Application materials are the same as for the Fitch, i.e. abstract and cv. Unsuccessful applicants for both will automatically be considered for Registration-only awards.

Undergraduates (including Masters students under a 3+2 system) can apply for the Undergraduate Travel & Mentoring award. In addition to presentation title and abstract, this requires a short explanation (250 words) of why you want to attend this meeting, including mention of whether you fall into a group traditionally underrepresented at SMBE, such as enrolling in university later in life or being the first in your family to attend university. You also need to arrange to have a short letter of support (250 words) sent from your academic supervisor to masel@email.arizona.edu, confirming that you are undergraduate or a Masters student under 3+2, and that the research is your own.

Carer Travel Awards can be applied as part of conference registration rather than abstract submission, or by email to Nicolas Galtier nicolas.galtier@umontpellier.fr if an earlier response is needed. SMBE will make available up to $2000 to SMBE members with children or dependent adults (including adult children with a disability or elderly relatives) to spend as they wish to facilitate the member’s attendance at the annual SMBE meeting. Examples of eligible expenses include (but are not limited to) providing airfare for your child or for your caregiver to accompany you, flying a relative out to help with care at your home whi

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  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019
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SMBE 2016 Call for Satellite Meeting Proposals

SMBE is now calling for proposals for workshops/satellite meetings to be held between Fall 2016 and Fall 2017. Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis to members of the molecular evolution research community to run workshops/satellite meetings on an important, focused, and timely topic of their choice. The deadline for submission of proposals is May 15, 2016.

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  • Monday, March 21, 2016
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SMBE 2016 - Call for Symposia

The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution is accepting proposals for symposium topics for the 2016 annual meeting, taking place on the Gold Coast, Queensland Australia, July 3-7, 2016.

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  • Thursday, November 05, 2015
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Graduate student positions (MS and PhD) in environmental microbiology and molecular biology at Bowling Green State University (BGSU)

The Environmental Microbiology and Molecular Research Group at BGSU is comprised of individuals performing diverse work concerning important societal issues that are of serious concern such as harmful algal blooms (Bullerjahn Lab) in the Great Lakes, antibiotic discovery against human and plant pathogens (H. Wildschutte Lab), metagenomics studies of Antarctica’s Lake Vostok microbial community (Rogers Lab), and ice nucleation by microbes in freshwater lakes (McKay lab).

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  • Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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