Call for Applications for Participation in 2001 Workshop
"Functional Evolutionary Genetics and Plant Adaptation"
Organizers: Thomas Mitchell-Olds (Germany) and Montserrat Aguad=E9 (Spain)
This workshop is part of the European Science Foundation (ESF) Scientific
Programme on Plant Adaptation, with additional support provided by the
Max-Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology. The overall goal of the programme
is to increase the understanding of evolution of plant adaptation by
integrating molecular/physiological and evolutionary/population genetic
The aim of the workshop is to bring together a critical mass of leading
researchers in functional and evolutionary genetics, and promote
interactions between functionally- and evolutionarily- oriented
researchers. A number of European plant scientists, and some from outside
Europe will discuss different facets of the topic.
The conference will be held 9 - 11 March, 2001 in Jena, Germany, near the
new Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology. We will begin at 6:00 PM on
=46riday 9 March, 2001, and continue through the evening of Sunday 11 March.
Seminars will be conducted in newly remodeled facilities of the
=46riedrich-Schiller-Universit=E4t, adjacent to the historic Altstadt in the
city center. On Monday morning following the conference there will also be
an opportunity to visit nearby Weimar, the European cultural city of 1999.
The workshop will be organized in 30 minute talks by the main invited
speakers and 15 minute talks by other participants. Discussion will be
encouraged by reserving time between the talks and by organizing cultural
and social events, which provide more opportunities for discussion among
M. Aguade, Barcelona: Molecular population genetics of genes in the
D. Charlesworth, Edinburgh: Molecular variation in plant genes
E. Coen, Norwich: The evolution of floral characters
C. Dean, Norwich: Molecular basis of vernalization requirement and response
B. Gaut, Irvine: Maize as a model for the evolution of plant nuclear genomes
M. Koorneef, Wageningen: Natural variation in flowering time and seed dorman=
J. Kroymann, Jena: Functional basis of insect resistance in Arabidopsis
J. Micol, Alicante: Molecular basis of salt tolerance
N. Miyashita, Kyoto: Molecular population genetics in Arabidopsis thaliana
I. Olivieri, Montpellier: Metapopulations and genetic variation
J. Parker, Norwich: Unraveling disease resistance pathways
M. Purugganan, Raleigh: The molecular evolution of floral development
M. Rausher, Durham: Evolution of flower color in morning glories
O. Savolainen, Oulu: Evolution of flowering time in Arabidopsis lyrata
B. Schaal, St. Louis: Gene genealogies and population variation in plants
C. Schloetterer, Vienna: Molecular variation of genes involved in trichome
development in Arabidopsis
K. Schmid, Jena: SNPs in Arabidopsis: biological function and evolutionary
W. Stephan, Munich: Recombination and DNA polymorphism in Lycopersicon
P. van Tienderen, Heteren: Life histories and phytochrome
T. Vision, Ithaca: The evolution of genomic duplications in Arabidopsis
D. Weigel, San Diego: Natural variation of light responses in Arabidopsis
Applications for the meeting are invited from graduate students, postdocs
and established scientists from all relevant disciplines and experience.
Participants will be encouraged to present posters or a short summary of
their work. A limited number of places are available. To aid the organizers
in selection of the best programme, applicants are requested to provide a
short summary of a presentation.
Some financial support will be available for accommodation and travel.
Please note that the ESF will only consider costs based on economy fares
and public transport. Requests for financial support should be submitted to
the workshop organizer on the relevant form (available from jdalton at esf.org
or dix at ice.mpg.de).
ESF meetings are generally about 30-40 people. The meetings are for two and
half days of talks and discussions, there is no publication, and they offer
the opportunity to meet a range of scientists interested in the topic.
Participants will be predominantly from Europe, with additional scientists
from outside Europe.
The cost of lodging and meals during the conference will be approximately
DM 750 (although some financial support may be available). It may be
possible to house accompanying persons in the Hotel, but they must cover
all costs. Rooms may be limited.
Jena can be reached by train from airports in Frankfurt, Munich, or
Leipzig. Detailed travel information can be found at:
An application form can be found at:
Requests for further information should be addressed to:
Thomas Mitchell-Olds, Director
Department of Genetics and Evolution
Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology
07745 Jena, Germany
tmo at ice.mpg.de
Departament de Gen=E8tica, Facultat de Biologia
Universitat de Barcelona
08071 Barcelona, Spain
aguade at porthos.bio.ub.es
The deadline for applications for participation and/or financial support is
13 December. Successful applicants will be informed of the outcome during
December. Please note that priority is given to applicants whose host
laboratory is in a country participating in the programme.
Conference web page: