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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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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:


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


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



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:

  • “Fungal pathogens” 2022
  • “Molecular Biology and Evolution of Cancer” 2019
  • “Towards an integrated concept of adaptation: uniting molecular population genetics and quantitative genetics” 2019
  • “Molecular evolution and the cell” 2018
  • “Genome Evolution in Pathogen Transmission and Disease” 2018
  • “Modern Methods for the

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  • 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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We are excited to announce SMBEeverywhere!

Dear SMBE Members,
We are excited to announce SMBE's Global Symposia series for 2022-23, SMBEeverywhere! We have a terrific slate of symposia topics and are thrilled to bring these events to our members free of charge. If you are not yet a member, please join SMBE so that you can attend. The first symposium is slated for July 11, 2022, so please mark your calendars for this event!
SMBEeverywhere will be a series of ten virtual, 1-day Global Symposia which will occur in time zones across the globe starting in July 2022 and running through April 2023. Each GS will consist of plenary talks, contributed talks, a poster session, and time for discussion. Talks will be delivered via livestream, and recorded when possible. All recorded talks and posters will be available in the Gathertown space until June 2023, allowing for real-time interactions both during and between each GS throughout the year.
Please visit the SMBEeverywhere website for a glimpse of the GS themes and dates for this year. Registration will be opening May 10, 2022 and will be available throughout the year. You can register for as many events as you would like to attend! Abstract submissions are now open, and deadlines for each GS are listed, as well as the invited speakers and organizers. A special thank you to all of our organizers, we appreciate the hard work you have already put into making SMBEeverywhere happen!
Sarah Schaack and Stephen Wright
SMBEeverywhere Co-Organizers

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  • Tuesday, May 03, 2022
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SMBE Awards 2022: 30 April EXTENDED deadline for nominations and applications

Dear SMBE Members,

Please be reminded of the EXTENDED deadline approaching for:

1. The SMBE Graduate Student Excellence Award provides a forum for young investigators to showcase their exemplary research at the annual meeting. We showcase the winners of this award at the Graduate Student Excellence Symposium, which will be part of SMBE Everywhere symposia in 2022. More details for the symposium will follow in the coming months.

Eligibility: Current graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who are members of the Society and who received their primary doctoral-level degree no earlier than July 2021 are eligible. Eligibility extensions can be granted for any career disruption or delay; such an extension should be requested in a cover letter. Approximately eight winners will be selected every year to cover the broad spectrum of research covered by SMBE.

How to apply: You must email a scientific abstract (not to exceed 300 words for body of abstract), title of proposed presentation, and your Curriculum Vitae to smbe@allenpress.com.

The deadline for applications for this award is 30 April 2022.

2. SMBE seeks nominations for Faculty Awards for Early-Career Excellence, Mid-Career Excellence, Lifetime Contribution, and Community Service. Please consider nominating those of your colleagues you believe deserve to be rewarded for their extraordinary achievements and dedication to the field. Updated descriptions of the awards follow; please read them carefully. 

Nominations require a nomination letter, which should clearly indicate the award under consideration and also serve as a recommendation letter; a separate one-page summary of the nominee’s qualifications for the award; a CV of the nominee; and an additional letter of recommendation. Self-nomination is not allowed. The nominator need not be an SMBE member, but the nominee must be a member of SMBE to be considered for the award.

SMBE Early-Career Excellence Award

This annual award is intended for outstanding members of the SMBE community who are in the early stages of an independent research career (3-7 years post-Ph.D). The primary signal of research excellence is a trajectory of innovative, creative research that is moving the field of Molecular Biology and Evolution forward.  The ideal candidate will be one whose career embodies the values of the society, for example in mentoring, outreach, and teaching. The prize includes recognition at the annual SMBE banquet, a cash prize of $2000 and a travel award to attend the annual meeting. 

SMBE Mid-Career Excellence Award

This annual award is intended for outstanding members of the SMBE community who are in the midst of their research careers (8-15 years post-Ph.D.). The primary criterion is a record of truly outstanding research that has contributed broadly to the field of Molecular Biology and Evolution. The ideal candidate will be one whose career embodies the values of the society, for example in mentoring, outreach, and teaching. The prize includes recognition at the annual SMBE banquet, a cash prize of $2000 and a travel award to attend the a

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  • Tuesday, April 05, 2022
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SMBE Everywhere dates and details; Awards 2022: 15 April deadline for nominations and applications

Dear SMBE Members,

We are writing with three important announcements about the annual meeting, plus two calls for Award nominations and applications for this year.

1. We are pleased to announce the launch of SMBE Everywhere, a series of 8-12 virtual Global Symposia which will occur across the year starting in July 2022 through March 2023. The first virtual Global Symposium will occur on July 11-12, 2022, so please mark your calendars! 

This first symposium will feature the Graduate Student Excellence Symposium, the 2022 Faculty Awards Symposium, and the Presidential Address. On the second day of the symposium, we will be holding a Sustainability Plenary, an Inclusivity & Equity Panel Discussion, and the SMBE business meeting. Please mark your calendars, and see details below on Abstract Submission for the Graduate Student Excellence Symposium!

The full slate of one-day, themed virtual Global Symposia (GS) will be announced later this spring and will all be hosted on a single platform, with the option to attend one, some, or all of the Global Symposia throughout the year via a single registration portal.

2. We would like to make a call for submissions for additional one-day Global Symposia proposals. We have received outstanding submissions, but given the format for this year’s meeting, we are inviting submissions for proposals from organizers in Asia, South America, and Africa, specifically (for informal enquiries, contact smbe.contact@gmail.com). 

Please submit Global Symposia proposals by email to smbe.contact@gmail.com by 20 February 2022 with “Global Symposium proposal” in the subject line.

Symposium Proposal Guidelines

  • Symposium organisers should provide a description of the symposium (250 words max) that will be made public if selected. The symposium organisers will also provide a description of how their proposal brings forward the SMBE’s objective of equity and diversity, as well as any additional information for the committee to make an informed review (250 words max)
  • Each symposium will include 1-2 invited speakers plus a number of contributed speakers
  • Individuals can only be listed as an organiser for one symposium proposal, although organisers can be listed as an invited speaker on another proposal

3. We would like to open the SMBE Everywhere Logo Competition. Entries should be submitted in a vector-based format (*.ai, *.eps, *.pdf) to smbe.contact@gmail.com by 15 March for full consideration. The email subject line should read "SMBE everywhere logo competition" and the winning entry will be notified and will receive a $500 award.

4. The SMBE Graduate Student Excellence Award provides a forum for young investigators to showcase their exemplary research at the ann

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  • Thursday, February 17, 2022
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