Key Dates

5 September 2018

Symposia applications accepted

9 November 2018

Deadline for symposia applications

25 January 2019

Abstract submission opens

20 March midday GMT 2019

Abstract submission deadline

March 2019

Abstract review commences

1st May 2019

Late Breaking Abstract Submission Opens

Abstract submission for SMBE 2019 is now closed. Details for abstract submission for SMBE 2020 will be shared in due course.

We are delighted to advise that abstracts for SMBE 2019 will be accepted under the following topics:

  • Barriers and drivers of evolutionary innovation by horizontal gene transfer
  • Biochemistry, epistasis and the evolutionary process
  • Contemporary Evolution
  • Evolution of phenotypes: understanding diversity and the role of plasticity in adaptation to new environment
  • Evolution of proteins and molecular pathways/networks under higher level selective effects
  • Evolutionary Ecology in the Microbiome
  • Evolutionary genetics and genomics of metabolic networks
  • Evolutionary Insights from Metagenomics
  • Evolutionary processes and consequences of animal and plant domestication
  • From the rings of life to the new animal phylogeny: James A. Lake’s contributions to evolutionary biology
  • Genetic conflicts in molecular evolution
  • Genome-wide methods for detecting selection
  • Genomic perspectives on plant and animal domestication
  • Inside Africa: Uncovering patterns of human genetic diversity
  • Insights from fitness landscapes into evolutionary pathways
  • MEGE: Microbial Eukaryotic Genomic Evolution
  • Microbial Evolution in Complex Environments
  • Mitochondrial-Nuclear Interactions
  • Molecular basis of neural circuit and behavioural evolution
  • Mutation Rate Evolution
  • Novel insights into evolutionary genetics from emerging technologies
  • Origins, evolution and function of novel genes
  • Outreach in Molecular Biology and Evolution: good practices and challenges
  • Phylogenomics under the multispecies coalescent
  • Repeats and mobile elements as drivers of innovations in protein coding genes
  • Resistance evolution in real-time
  • The application of evolutionary approaches to the study of microbial communities and microbiomes
  • The causes of parallel molecular evolution
  • The Coalescent in the Era of Population-Scale Genomics
  • The Ecological Genomics of Extremophile Eukaryotes
  • The evolution of senescence: from theory to molecular data
  • The genetic architecture of polygenic adaptation: sweeps, small shifts and everything in between
  • The molecular basis of major transitions in evolution
  • The molecular evolution of cancer
  • Understanding the genomics of climate change response
  • Using Ancient DNA to Study Natural Selection: New Models and New Data

The full symposia programme can be viewed here.

The deadline for late breaking abstracts is Wednesday 15 May 2019.

Abstract submitters can only submit one abstract for SMBE 2019

Late breaking abstracts will be accepted for poster presentation only. There will be two guided poster sessions within the SMBE 2019 scientific programme. The poster sessions will take place on the evenings of Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 July. Within your notification you will be advised which session your poster will be presented in. Authors must stand by their posters for the duration of their allocated session to discuss their submission with poster chairs and delegates.


Awards have now all been allocated and notifications have been sent to all successful submitters. If you have a query around a submission please contact the team on SMBE2019@mci-group.com. Information on the awards is included below.

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 here) at the time of application. These awards defray the cost of attending, although recipients will need to pay for in advance and will then be reimbursed by SMBE. Awardees will get a code to waive registration and Gala Dinner tickets. There will also be poster awards chosen at the meeting.

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-only 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 250 word 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 smbe2019@mci-group.com 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 while you’re at the meeting, or extra help paying for on-site daycare.

Award Winners at SMBE 2018

Accepted abstracts

Abstracts can be submitted for Poster or Oral presentation. Notifications of successful abstracts will be sent out in April.

Abstracts selected for poster presentation will be advised of the requirements along with the notification. Posters will be hung in the Exchange Hall from Monday afternoon through until the close of the conference. Poster sessions will take place on the evenings of Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 July.

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