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Call for Best Graduate Student Paper of 2018 Nominations

SMBE is calling for nominations for Best Graduate Student Paper of 2018.

These awards provide recognition for outstanding student papers in both SMBE journals.

All articles published in the calendar year 2018 in the two SMBE journals, Molecular Biology & Evolution (MBE) and Genome Biology & Evolution (GBE), are eligible for nomination. This corresponds to papers published in the printed volume 35 in MBE and volume 10 in GBE.

The best student paper winners will be given a certificate, a prize of $2,000 and a travel award to the next annual meeting.

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 2018 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 PhD.

2.   The nominated early-stage researcher 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, including the first author.

4.   A signed letter from the PhD 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 March 11, 2019.


How to Enter
Please send the name of the nominee, a scan of the sign

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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019
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SMBE launches a new Equal Opportunities Initiative: Applications due April 1st, 2019

In its effort to promote diversity and gender equity, SMBE is now launching an Equal Opportunity Initiative that aims to sponsor actions ranging from the organization of dedicated standalone symposia or sessions at the annual SMBE meeting, to financing research actions whose goal is to raise awareness of discrimination in our community (see, for instance, the recent publication on Progress and Prospects in Gender Visibility at SMBE Annual Meetings https://academic.oup.com/gbe/article/10/3/901/4924379).

A budget of $10,000 will be dedicated each year for this call. Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis to members of the molecular evolution research community. SMBE is now calling for proposals for activities to take place between Sep 1 2019 and Dec 31 2020. The deadline for submission of proposals is April 1, 2019.

Guidelines

• A detailed projected budget must be submitted with the application. The budget may include travel/food/lodging/registration costs for a standalone symposium or for invited speakers who do not typically attend the SMBE conference (for instance people from social sciences). It may include costs related to research actions such as sponsoring a student to gather data that will help describe current trends in diversity and gender within the molecular evolution research community.

At least one of the organizers must be a member of SMBE.

• Proposals are encouraged to include details for plans about the recruitment of speakers and participants that will ensure broad representation across SMBE membership, including gender and geographical location.

• Proposals will be received and reviewed by three SMBE Council Members that will make a recommendation to SMBE Council, whose decision is final. The SMBE Council may decide not to support any meetings in any particular year. A proposal that was unsuccessful can be invited for revision and reapplication.

• Events will be named “SMBE Equal Opportunity Initiative Symposium/Session/Research”. In the case of organization of a standalone symposium, meeting organizers should host a website for the meeting that highlights the main theme as well as program, including the speaker list. This website should stay active for at least 3 years after the meeting date and be made available for archiving on the main SMBE website. Symposium and lecture organizers should provide a link to be advertised on the SMBE webpage. The sponsorship by SMBE must be mentioned in all pre-meeting publicity and in the meeting program.

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  • Monday, February 11, 2019
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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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Announcing the new Editors-in-Chief GBE


After 10 years in the role, Bill Martin has decided to step down as Editor-in-Chief of Genome Biology and Evolution. Bill founded the journal with Takashi Gojobori in 2009 and has been its sole EiC since then. Under his guidance, the journal has grown to one which now receives over 500 submissions and publishes around 300 papers per year. His place is taken by not one, but by two EiCs: Laura A. Katz and Adam Eyre-Walker. Laura will serve for 5 years and Adam for 4, to allow overlap going forward into the future.


We don’t anticipate making any changes in the near future but we would welcome your input as to how the journal can be improved. We would also ask that you bear with us as we take over and iron-out any problems running the journal with two EiCs.

We are very grateful to Bill for all that he has done for the journal and we look forward to receiving submissions from you.

Best wishes,

Laura A. Katz and Adam Eyre-Walker
Editors in Chief, Genome Biology and Evolution

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  • Wednesday, December 05, 2018
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SMBE 2019 – Call for Symposia Deadline - 9 November 2018 - Deadline Extended

We are delighted to remind our membership that proposals are being accepted for symposium topics for the 2019 SMBE Annual Meeting, taking place in Manchester, United Kingdom from 21 to 25 July, 2019.

Proposals should span the range of interests of SMBE members, including exciting new scientific developments, and should represent the geographic and gender diversity of our membership. SMBE will provide financial support for accepted symposia to help attract outstanding invited speakers.

For more details and to submit your proposal, please visit the meeting website at http://smbe2019.org/call-for-symposia/. The deadline for proposal submission is 9 November, 2018. Successful applications will be confirmed by the middle of November.

As always, SMBE is keen to ensure good international representation. Support will be provided to all delegates who may require additional documentation to secure a visa to the UK. Please visit http://visahq.com/ to check if you require a visa for the United Kingdom.

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  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
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2018 Walter M. Fitch Prize Winner & Finalists

SMBE would like to congratulate the 2018 Walter M. Fitch Prize Winner and Finalists. These 8 young investigators presented their abstracts in the Walter M. Fitch Symposium at the 2018 annual SMBE meeting in Yokohama, Japan. Based on these presentations, the winner, Harry Kemble, was chosen by an anonymous expert panel and awarded the 2018 Walter M. Fitch Prize.

Please join us in applauding their efforts!



Winner - Harry Kemble – IAME, INSERM, Paris, France, presenting at SMBE 2018, Yokohama, Japan

Finalist - Ana Marija Jaksic – Vetmeduni Vienna, Institut fuer Populationsgenetik, Vienna, Austria

Finalist - Mrudula Sunil Sane – National Centre for Biological Sciences, Banglore, India

Finalist - Jason Tarkington – Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA

Finalist - Xinzhu Wei – Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Finalist - Rachel Leigh Cosby – Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Finalist - Christopher R Robles – Department of Human Genetics, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Finalist - Martin Silvert – Department of Human Evolutionary Genetics, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France


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  • Monday, October 15, 2018
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