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SMBE Interdisciplinary Symposium on Population Genomics of Mobile DNA

We are pleased to announce the SMBE Interdisciplinary Symposium on Population Genomics of Mobile DNA, to be held as part of the FASEB Mobile DNA Conference on June 23-28, 2019, in Palm Springs, California.

The conference will bring together researchers studying all aspects of transposable element biology in any taxon, ranging from direct impacts on genome structure to regulatory innovations to the role mobile DNAs play in the realm of human health.

Conference sessions will present the latest research findings and foster engaging discussion on:

·         - Comparative genomics of transposable elements,

·         - Mobile DNA defense and regulation,

·         - Mobile DNA epigenetics and gene regulation,

·         - Mobilization mechanisms,

·         - Mobile DNA and the environment,

·         - Population genomics of mobile DNA.

The SMBE Interdisciplinary Symposium on Population Genomics of Mobile DNA will take place on June 25, 2019. It will feature talks from invited speakers and participants. In addition, a poster session will be held to provide additional opportunities for attendants to present their research. Confirmed invited speakers for the SMBE Interdisciplinary Symposium include:

·         - Josefa Gonzalez (CSIC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain) will speak on the contribution of transposable
       element insertions to environmental adaptation,

·         - Stéphane Boissinot (New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE) will speak on population genomics of
       transposable elements across vertebrates.

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  • Monday, February 25, 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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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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