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Symposium: "Genomics of local adaptation" (Lausanne, CH - 10-14 Aug 2015)

Dear colleagues,

It is our pleasure to announce a Symposium on ‘Genomics of local adaptation’ (see Abstract below) that will take place during the next ESEB meeting, August 10th-14th 2015 in Lausanne, Switzerland ( The Symposium is organized by Dr. Santiago C. González-Martínez (Madrid, Spain) and Prof. Martin Lascoux (Uppsala, Sweden) and the invited speakers are Prof. Outi Savolainen (Oulu, Finland; and Prof. Thomas Mitchell-Olds (Durham, USA; We hope to see you in Lausanne!

Deadline for Abstract submission is January 10th, 2015

Genomics of Local Adaptation

The study of how organisms adapt to different environments is one of the major challenges in evolutionary biology. Recent genome and transcriptome sequencing has allowed fast progress in our understanding of the genomic signatures of local adaptation, including the genetic architecture of fitness traits, and the identification of ecologically-relevant gene variation. Genome-wide molecular studies have addressed classical questions on local adaptation, such as the role of new mutation vs. standing variation or the geographical distribution of adaptive polymorphisms. They are also starting to produce the empirical information needed to assess the potential for evolutionary responses of keystone plants and animals in the face of impending climate change, a major societal concern, and to push forward the field from mostly descriptive studies towards the construction of prediction models. Recently, genome-wide studies have also produced detailed knowledge on covariance of allelic effects and adaptive gene networks. Nevertheless, ecological genomic studies of local adaptation also bring about new challenges related to sampling issues, the production of reliable genomic data in many individuals, the analysis of large and particularly complex datasets, and the understanding of the limitations associated with these analyses. This Symposium will welcome original research in model and non-model species as well as the presentation of novel methodological approaches.

Invited speakers: Outi Savolainen (University of Oulu, Finland) and Thomas Mitchell-Olds (Duke University, USA)

Martin Lascoux, Santiago Gonzalez-Martinez, Giovanni Giuseppe Vendramin


by: Gabriele Bucci - Last Updated: Dec 16, 2014 (13:01)

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