SASB Conference News

Insect Genomics, 3-8 August 2014, York, UK

Speakers are sought for a symposium on insect genomics at the annual meeting of the Royal Entomological Society from 3rd - 8th August 2014, to be held in the beautiful city of York. This follows on from the highly successful Insect Genomics Special Interest Group meeting in Cambridge in 2012. The symposium aims to highlight the insights that can be gained by using genomic techniques in all aspects of entomology, and to bring together genome biologists with entomologists to encourage new uses of genomics techniques. Submissions are encouraged from anyone using genomics approaches in any insect system. For more details and an abstract submission form see

International Biogeography Society, 8-12 January 2015, University of Bayreuth, Germany

The University of Bayreuth welcomes the International Biogeography Society for its 7th international conference. Some highlights of the upcoming conference include:

  • Four plenary symposia, each with four to five presentations by leading scientists:
        Global Functional Diversity in a Data-Rich Era
        Tracking Changes from Space: Advances of Remote Sensing in Biogeography
        Paleobiogeography: The Importance of Fossil Data to Species Biogeography Past, Present, and Future
        Adaptation, Migration, Persistence, Extinction: New Insights from Past Climate Changes
  • Keynote addresses by the recipients of the Alfred Russel Wallace Award and the MacArthur and Wilson Award
  • Contributed talks in four concurrent sessions (9-11th January)
  • Extended poster sessions in a spacious hall (9-11th January)
  • Workshops (8th and 12th January) are currently being developed on several topics, including 1) use of biodiversity data, 2) next-generation species distribution modeling, 3) software tools for collaboration, 4) statistical methods, 5) the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
  • Excursions (on 8th and 12th January) are also being developed for the following locations:
        UNESCO world heritage site Bamberg
        The Franconian Switzerland with its world record of traditional breweries and beer diversity
        Nature Park Fichtel Mountains - place of work for the young Alexander von Humboldt and of leisure for Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
        Springs and caves as (sub)terrestrial islands

Check the conference website for details: Download conference flyers and posters from