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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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Call for Proposals to host SMBE 2026

SMBE is excited to seek proposals from Europe to host SMBE 2026 as a hybrid meeting. SMBE rotates our meetings geographically to encourage international participation. Our next meetings will be in Mexico (2024) and China (2025). 

Informal expressions of interest should be from a prospective Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of scientists headed by an SMBE member, and should reach SMBE President-Elect Stephen Wright by 15 January 2014. Full proposals will need to be submitted using the SMBE template (see below) by 1 March 2024.

For details of meeting organization, please refer to the SMBE Conference Guidelines at and refer to the Appendix which outlines the format of proposals.

The primary role of the Local Organizing Committee will be to plan the scientific programme, identify a venue and to select and coordinate logistics alongside a local Professional Conference Organiser (PCO). 

Please note that SMBE is not interested in, and will not respond to, proposals from professional conference organizers.

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Stephen Wright
President-Elect, SMBE

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  • Thursday, December 07, 2023
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SMBE 2024 - the website is now live!

More information about SMBE 2024 can be found at

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  • Wednesday, October 11, 2023
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SMBE 2023 Faculty Award Winners

SMBE is delighted to announce our 2023 Faculty Award Winners!

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  • Friday, July 14, 2023
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SMBE IDEA - 2023 Call for Proposals

Dear SMBE members,

In our efforts to improve to improve Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Access within our society and the wider field of Molecular Biology & Evolution, we are delighted to announce our 2023 call for proposals to address these issues is now open! Up to $25k is available to fund projects that support these goals. Please see the IDEA website (, and check out our call for proposals (

Additionally, we are also looking for new committee members to join the IDEA taskforce. If you are passionate about helping improve DEI within SMBE and the field of Molecular Biology & Evolution, then please do check out the call for new members here (

There will be an IDEA symposium at this year’s meeting in Ferrara, so if you would like to hear more about this initiative, please do check it out. Many of the IDEA committee will also be attending the meeting, so do feel free to get in touch if you would like to chat.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Ravinder Kanda

(On behalf of the SMBE IDEA task committee)

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  • Friday, July 14, 2023
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SMBE 2023 - Remote access registration is still open!

Dear SMBE Members,

While on-site attendance registration has reached capacity, we would like you to know that a remote access registration option is still available for SMBE 2023 (fee is $75.00USD). 

If you have not yet registered for SMBE 2023, please see the congress website for additional information and there you will also find details on the remote access registration and the link to the registration portal. 

If you are interested in attending, please register for remote access by July 18, 2023 so we can ensure you are provided remote access details in time.

Best Regards,
SMBE Business Office
2023 LOC
SMBE Council

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  • Monday, July 10, 2023
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SMBE Satellite Meeting on “De Novo Gene Birth” will take place at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, on November 6-9, 2023.

Dear SMBE Members,

The SMBE Satellite Meeting on “De Novo Gene Birth” will take place at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, on November 6-9, 2023. 

De novo genes represent a major source of genetic variation with a profound impact on adaptation, phenotypic variation, and evolutionary innovation. This international meeting will bring together scientists from across the world to provide a synthesis of the current knowledge of de novo gene evolution and function, develop shared guidelines concerning the annotation of de novo genes, identify critical areas and compelling questions on de novo gene birth and promote novel interdisciplinary collaborations. 

The meeting will include plenary talks from Drs. Anne-Ruxandra Carvunis and Erich Bornberg-Bauer, and invited talks from Drs. David Begun, Christina Cheng, Manyuan Long, Jorge Ruiz-Orera, Christian Rödelsperger, Alan Saghatelian, Yusuke Suenaga, Gisela Storz, Diethard Tautz and Eve Wurtele.

Registration and submission for contributed talks and posters are now open! The abstract submission deadline is June 30th.

Abstract submission:

Travel awards are available for US-based an

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  • Wednesday, May 24, 2023
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