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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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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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Congratulations to the SMBE Graduate Student Excellence Award Winners 2023

  • Wednesday, May 24, 2023
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Each year, SMBE provides funds in aid for SMBE SATELLITE, INTERDISCIPLINARY AND REGIONAL MEETINGS.These meetings are organized and held independent of the SMBE annual meeting.

SMBE is now calling for proposals for meetings and actions to be held between Jan 2024 and Dec 31st 2024. Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis to members of the molecular evolution research community to run workshops/meetings on an important, focused, and timely topic of their choice.The number of awards will depend on the quality of proposals and total cost.

The deadline for submission of proposals is August 15 2023. Decisions will be communicated to the applicants mid-september 2023. 

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  • Thursday, May 18, 2023
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Register for the 2023 BII/CME Annual Symposium on Mechanisms of Cellular Evolution

SMBE Members, 

You are cordially invited to register for the SMBE Satellite Meeting on Mechanisms of Cellular Evolution. This four-day event is being organized by the Biology Integration Institute for Mechanisms of Cellular Evolution at Arizona State University and is in collaboration with the NSF BII for Mechanisms of Cellular Evolution's Annual Symposium.

The event is scheduled to take place from November 8-11, 2023, in Tempe, AZ and is the second in a series of annual events focused on the emerging interdisciplinary field of evolutionary cell biology (ECB). This field combines evolutionary biology and cell biology with other related disciplines, including biochemistry, biophysics, population genetics, molecular biology, and mathematics. The motivation behind this meeting is the simple point that the cell, organelles, and their contents define the natural settings within which genes, genomes, proteins, and other molecular features evolve. It follows that a stronger focus on the molecular features inside of cells and the constraints under which they function will lead to an improved understanding of evolutionary processes. Remarkably, despite well-established fields of molecular evolution, genome evolution, and evolutionary developmental biology, we still have no recognizable field of ECB. Our efforts with this symposium seek to change that.

This symposium aims to bring together leading researchers and experts from diverse scientific fields to discuss current advances and future directions in ECB, and to provide opportunities for interdisciplinary discussions, knowledge sharing, and collaboration. This year, our meeting will incorporate several broad themes within ECB.

For more information and to register, please see HERE.

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  • Thursday, May 18, 2023
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Call for Best Graduate Student Paper of 2022 Nominations

Dear SMBE Members,

SMBE is calling for nominations for Best Graduate Student Papers of 2022. These awards provide recognition for outstanding papers in both our SMBE journals,  Molecular Biology & Evolution (MBE) and Genome Biology & Evolution (GBE). There will be one Best Graduate Student Paper award for each journal. Like last year, each journal may also name up to 3 ‘honorable mentions’ for outstanding runners-up.

All articles published in the calendar year 2022 are eligible for nomination. This corresponds to papers published in the printed volume 39 in MBE and volume 14 in GBE. Please see below for additional information on eligibility.

Winners will receive a prize each of US$ 500, runners up a prize each of US$ 100.

Best Regards, 
Kateryna Makova
President, SMBE

Eligibility & Nomination

1. All articles published in the two SMBE journals, Molecular Biology & Evolution and Genome Biology & Evolution (one prize for each journal), in the calendar year 2022 are automatically eligible if the final publication date of the nominated paper is not more than two years later than the date of the nominee's Ph.D.

2. The nominated graduate student must be the first author or joint first-author of the nominated paper.

3. An article and its first author can be nominated by anyone; self-nominations are acceptable.

4. A signed letter from the Ph.D. advisor, MSc advisor, or equivalent, confirming that the paper was part of the nominee’s thesis or graduate work is required.

5. The deadline for submitting nominations is June 1, 2023.

How to Enter

Please send the name of the nominee, a scan of the signed advisor letter, and the name of the paper for which the award is to be considered as a SINGLE PDF to

Please use the email subject line "MBE/GBE Best Student Paper Nomination", deleting journal name as appropriate.

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  • Saturday, April 15, 2023
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SMBE Business Meeting 2022 Recording

Dear Members,

The SMBE Business Meeting 2022 Recording from our President James McInerney is available here. With lots of announcements, this year's election results, award winners, our current and upcoming conferences, financial summary, and including our exciting activities toward diversity, equity and inclusivity in our society. Please do listen to James' summary, ask us anything unclear or you'd like to know more of, and get involved! As James says, we are your voice and here for you, our members.

We'll also be making separate dedicated announcements of the election results, upcoming award nominations, conferences and the various other activities on our website and on social media via @officialSMBE and Facebook over the next few weeks: please 'watch this space'.

Greetings from all of us at Council, SMBE

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  • Tuesday, October 25, 2022
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