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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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SMBE2024 - Call for Abstracts

The deadline for submitting an abstract is March 15, 2024.

Dear SMBE Members,

The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution is now accepting abstracts for the 2024 annual meeting. SMBE 2024 will take place in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on July 7-11, 2024. Abstracts can be submitted to request participation as an oral or poster presentation on 37 different symposia. The deadline for submitting an abstract is March 15, 2024.

Visit the 2024 meeting website http://smbe2024.org/ to register and submit an abstract for SMBE 2024. This year SMBE is offering registration rate discounts for low or middle income countries (LMIC). Register to SMBE 2024 before May 9 to have an Early Bird rate. Please direct any questions regarding abstract submission to attendancesmbe2024@gmail.com.

SMBE 2024 Awards can only be applied to when submitting an abstract at http://smbe2024.org/. The list of awards include:

Young Investigator Travel Award. Attending a major conference is important for young researchers because it allows them to present their work to an expert audience and gives them the opportunity to make useful contacts. However, SMBE recognizes that travel funds may not be easily available at this career stage. Postdoctoral researchers and graduate students may apply for travel awards to attend the annual SMBE meeting.

The SMBE Graduate Student Excellence Award.- This prize is given to the best presentation at the Graduate Student Excellence symposium which features talks from eight graduate students. Eligibility: 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 (minus any career disruption or delay). A candidate for the award must become a member of the Society at least a month before the first day of the annual meeting. You must also email your Curriculum Vitae to smbe.ks@kwglobal.com. **The deadline for applications for this award is March 15th.**

The Undergraduate Mentorship Award provides support, advice and networking opportunities for undergraduate students (including Masters students under a 3+2 system) as they navigate their first international conference. Applicants for this award must be presenting their own work as a poster or talk at the conference. Applicants must email a short explanation (250 words) of why they want to attend this meeting, including a mention of whether you fall into a group traditionally underrepresented at SMBE (e.g. enrolling in university later in life, or being the first in your family to attend university). A short letter of support (250 words) should also be sent from your academic supervisor to attendancesmbe2024@gmail.com confirming that you are undergraduate (or a Masters student under 3+2), and that the research to be presented is your own. **The deadline for applications for this award is March 15th.**

Awardees are granted up to US $2500 for travel within the same continent, and up to US $3500 for long-haul travel. Reimbursements are processed after the meeting and awards may claim travel, accommodation and meeting registration ex

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  • Tuesday, February 20, 2024
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Nominations for President-elect and 2 Councilors - due by Friday, March 9, 2024 –

Due by Friday, March 9, 2024

Dear SMBE Members,

I am writing to solicit nominations for SMBE President-Elect and 2 Councilors whose terms will begin on January 1, 2025. Each of these positions is for a duration of three years.

Council members play important roles in guiding the development of the society, soliciting and implementing programs that support our members, while enriching opportunities for young scientists from around the world. They also have a role in overseeing our two excellent journals (MBE and GBE) as well as our annual meeting, regional meetings, and satellite meetings.

Nominations will be reviewed by the nominations committee who will then put forward a slate of two candidates for each position for vote by the SMBE membership. Past and current council members are listed HERE.

Nominations (self-nominations are welcome) should consist of a brief statement in support of your suggestion (why this nomination, what the nominee can bring to SMBE, work subject, other biographical information). For Presidential nominees please include previous involvement with SMBE.

We ask the nominators to confirm explicitly that the person they are nominating has already confirmed their willingness to run for office.

Please send your nominations to Laurent Duret <laurent.duret@univ-lyon1.fr> and Emmanuelle Lerat <secretary.smbe@gmail.com> by March 9, 2024.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely yours,

Emmanuelle Lerat
Secretary of SMBE, on behalf of the Nominations Committee*

*The Nominations Committee is composed as follows:

  • Laurent Duret (Chair) Lab. Biométrie et Biologie Evolutive, Univ of Lyon, France
  • Soojin Yi University of California, Santa Barbara, USA    
  • Mehmet Somel Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Tur

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  • Thursday, February 08, 2024
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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 https://www.smbe.org/smbe/MEETINGS/ConferenceGuidelines.aspx 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.

Sincerely,
Stephen Wright
President-Elect, SMBE
SMBE.contact@gmail.com

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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 http://smbe2024.org/.


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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 (https://www.smbe.org/smbe/IDEAINITIATIVES.aspx), and check out our call for proposals (http://www.smbe.org/smbe/IDEAINITIATIVES/IDEAInitiativeCallforProposals.aspx).

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 (http://www.smbe.org/smbe/IDEAINITIATIVES/CallforNewTaskForceMembers.aspx).

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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