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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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Call for Best Graduate Student Paper of 2023 Nominations

Dear SMBE Members,

SMBE is calling for nominations for Best Graduate Student Papers of 2023. These awards provide recognition for outstanding papers in both our SMBE journals,  Molecular Biology & Evolution (MBE) and Genome Biology & Evolution (GBE). There will be one Best Graduate Student Paper award for each journal. Like last year, each journal may also name up to 3 ‘honorable mentions’ for outstanding runners-up.

All articles published in the calendar year 2023 are eligible for nomination. This corresponds to papers published in the printed volume 40 in MBE and volume 15 in GBE. Please see below for additional information on eligibility.

Winners will receive a prize each of US$ 500, runners up a prize each of US$ 100.

Best Regards, 
Stephen Wright
President, SMBE

Eligibility & Nomination

1. All articles published in the two SMBE journals, Molecular Biology & Evolution and Genome Biology & Evolution (one prize for each journal), in the calendar year 2023 are automatically eligible if the final publication date of the nominated paper is not more than two years later than the date of the nominee's Ph.D.

2. The nominated graduate student must be the first author or joint first-author of the nominated paper.

3. An article and its first author can be nominated by anyone; self-nominations are acceptable.

4. A signed letter from the Ph.D. advisor, MSc advisor, or equivalent, confirming that the paper was part of the nominee’s thesis or graduate work is required.

5. The deadline for submitting nominations is June 1, 2024.

How to Enter

Please send the name of the nominee, a scan of the signed advisor letter, and the name of the paper for which the award is to be considered as a SINGLE PDF to smbe.ks@kwglobal.com.

IMPORTANT: Please use the email subject line "MBE/GBE Best Student Paper Nomination", deleting journal name as appropriate.

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  • Thursday, May 02, 2024
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Exciting news for SMBE2024 attendees! New deadline for late-breaking poster submissions is April 9, 2024

Dear SMBE Members,

Exciting news for SMBE2024 attendees!

We're opening a new deadline for late-breaking poster submissions until April 9th.

Don't miss the chance to showcase your latest research.

Submit now through the following website, https://smbe2024registration.org/abstracts, and be part of SMBE 2024! 

Best Regards,

SMBE2024 LOC

Questions about SMBE2024? Please contact: attendancesmbe2024@gmail.com

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  • Thursday, April 04, 2024
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Faculty Award Nominations and Judges committee 2024

Due by April 15, 2024

Dear SMBE Members:

SMBE is now calling for nominations for recipients of the 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 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 $1000 and a travel award ($1500 for intracontinental travel/$2000 for intercontinental travel) to attend the annual meeting.  This award will be made annually. 

SMBE Mid-Career Excellence Award

This award is intended for outstanding membe

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  • Tuesday, March 05, 2024
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SMBE2024 - Call for Abstracts

The deadline for submitting an abstract is March 15, 2024.

Dear SMBE Members,

The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution is now accepting abstracts for the 2024 annual meeting. SMBE 2024 will take place in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on July 7-11, 2024. Abstracts can be submitted to request participation as an oral or poster presentation on 37 different symposia. The deadline for submitting an abstract is March 15, 2024.

Visit the 2024 meeting website http://smbe2024.org/ to register and submit an abstract for SMBE 2024. This year SMBE is offering registration rate discounts for low or middle income countries (LMIC). Register to SMBE 2024 before May 9 to have an Early Bird rate. Please direct any questions regarding abstract submission to attendancesmbe2024@gmail.com.

SMBE 2024 Awards can only be applied to when submitting an abstract at http://smbe2024.org/.

The list of awards include:

Young Investigator Travel Award. Attending a major conference is important for young researchers because it allows them to present their work to an expert audience and gives them the opportunity to make useful contacts. However, SMBE recognizes that travel funds may not be easily available at this career stage. Postdoctoral researchers and graduate students may apply for travel awards to attend the annual SMBE meeting.

The SMBE Graduate Student Excellence Award.- This prize is given to the best presentation at the Graduate Student Excellence symposium which features talks from eight graduate students. Eligibility: 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 (minus any career disruption or delay). A candidate for the award must become a member of the Society at least a month before the first day of the annual meeting. You must also email your Curriculum Vitae to smbe.ks@kwglobal.com. **The deadline for applications for this award is March 15th.**

The Undergraduate Mentorship Award provides support, advice and networking opportunities for undergraduate students (including Masters students under a 3+2 system) as they navigate their first international conference. Applicants for this award must be presenting their own work as a poster or talk at the conference. Applicants must email a short explanation (250 words) of why they want to attend this meeting, including a mention of whether you fall into a group traditionally underrepresented at SMBE (e.g. enrolling in university later in life, or being the first in your family to attend university). A short letter of support (250 words) should also be sent from your academic supervisor to attendancesmbe2024@gmail.com confirming that you are undergraduate (or a Masters student under 3+2), and that the research to be presented is your own. **The deadline for applications for this award is March 15th.**

Caregiver award is open for SMBE members with ex

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  • Tuesday, February 20, 2024
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Nominations for President-elect and 2 Councilors - due by Friday, March 9, 2024 –

Due by Friday, March 9, 2024

Dear SMBE Members,

I am writing to solicit nominations for SMBE President-Elect and 2 Councilors whose terms will begin on January 1, 2025. Each of these positions is for a duration of three years.

Council members play important roles in guiding the development of the society, soliciting and implementing programs that support our members, while enriching opportunities for young scientists from around the world. They also have a role in overseeing our two excellent journals (MBE and GBE) as well as our annual meeting, regional meetings, and satellite meetings.

Nominations will be reviewed by the nominations committee who will then put forward a slate of two candidates for each position for vote by the SMBE membership. Past and current council members are listed HERE.

Nominations (self-nominations are welcome) should consist of a brief statement in support of your suggestion (why this nomination, what the nominee can bring to SMBE, work subject, other biographical information). For Presidential nominees please include previous involvement with SMBE.

We ask the nominators to confirm explicitly that the person they are nominating has already confirmed their willingness to run for office.

Please send your nominations to Laurent Duret <laurent.duret@univ-lyon1.fr> and Emmanuelle Lerat <secretary.smbe@gmail.com> by March 9, 2024.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely yours,

Emmanuelle Lerat
Secretary of SMBE, on behalf of the Nominations Committee*

*The Nominations Committee is composed as follows:

  • Laurent Duret (Chair) Lab. Biométrie et Biologie Evolutive, Univ of Lyon, France
  • Soojin Yi University of California, Santa Barbara, USA    
  • Mehmet Somel Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Tur

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  • Thursday, February 08, 2024
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