Location & dates EMBL Heidelberg, Germany 1 - 4 Mar 2020
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Programme

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Day 1 - Sunday 1 March 2020
TimeSpeaker
11:30 - 13:15 Registration and Lunch
13:15 - 13:30 Opening remarks
13:30 - 14:30 Keynote Speaker:
Epistasis, the spice of life: Lessons from the study of the plant immune system

Detlef Weigel - Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany
14:30 - 18:30

Session 1 - Small-scale evolutionary experiments:  model organisms 
Chair:
Detlev Arendt - EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

14:30 - 15:00

Towards a dynamical understanding of microbial communities
Paul Rainey - Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany

15:00 - 15:15

In cellulo high-resolution investigation of macromolecular events upon environmental stress
Matteo Allegretti - EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

15:15 - 15:30

Forecasting mobilome activity and its adaptive potential in response to climate change
Pierre Baduel - École Normale Supérieure (IBENS), France

15:30 - 16:00

The role of natural transposable element insertions in environmental adaptation
Josefa González - Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF), Spain

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee break and Meet the Speakers

16:30 - 17:00

Tolerance and Resistance: Eukaryotic responses of cells and populations to drug stress
Judith Berman - Tel Aviv University, Israel

17:00 - 17:30

Watching domestication of yeast in real time
Maitreya Dunham - University of Washington, USA

17:30 - 17:45

Evolution of immune regulation: structure, activity, and biology of transcription factor NF-kappaB in early metazoans
Leah Williams - Boston University, USA

17:45 - 18:00

Specialisation and plasticity in a primitive social insect
Adolfo Alsina - Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Germany

18:00 - 18:30

Comparative cell biology in evolution and ecology
Detlev Arendt - EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

18:30 - 20:00

Dinner

20:00 - 21:30

Welcome reception in the ATC Rooftop Lounge and poster pinning

Day 2 - Monday 2 March 2020
TimeSpeaker
09:00 - 12:30

Session 2 - Small-scale evolutionary experiments: model ecosystems    
Chair: Jonathan Howard, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal  

09:00 - 09:30

How legumes police their symbionts
Lindsey Turnbull - University of Oxford, UK

09:30 - 09:45

Amphipod-bacterial symbioses in sulfidic caves: a new model ecosystem to study organismal adaptation to chemosynthetic environments
Jean-François Flot - Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium

09:45 - 10:00

Evolving animal microbiomes in the anthropocene
Ananya Jana - Indian Institute of Science, India

10:00 - 10:30

Following eco-evolutionary dynamics in the gut in real time
Isabel Gordo - Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break and Meet the Speakers
11:00 - 11:30

Unicellular and multicellular functions of bacterial biofilms during stress
Knut Drescher - Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Germany

11:30 - 11:45

Drosophila melanogaster interaction with stable gut-colonizing bacteria in wild populations
Luis Teixeira - Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal

11:45 - 12:00

Gene amplification as a form of population-level gene expression regulation
Isabella Tomanek - Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Austria

12:00 - 12:30

Perturbing synthetic gut microbial communities
Peer Bork - EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 17:00

Session 3: Effects of environmental variation and stress
Chair: Kiran Patil - EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

14:00 - 14:15

Impact of industrial and climate change on the Amazonian biodiversity
Guilherme Oliveira - Vale Institute of Technology, Brazil

14:15 - 14:30

The life course impacts of extreme, dynamic environments in short-lived model organisms: a focus on aging
Brandon Pearson - Columbia University, USA

14:30 - 15:00

Neuropeptide-mediated environmental responses in the hydrozoan Clytia
Evelyn Houliston - French National Centre for Scientific Research and
University Pierre et Marie Curie, France

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break and Meet the Speakers
15:30 - 16:00

Rules of engagement: molecular arms races between host and viral genomes
Harmit Malik - Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA

16:00 - 16:15 Mechanisms underlying functional innovation in the nuclear receptor superfamily
Greg Slodkowicz - MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
16:15 - 16:30

Phenotypic enhancement and multimodality of drug resistance at the single-cell level
Miki Umetani - The University of Tokyo / RIKEN, Japan

16:30 - 17:00

What limits adaptation to complex environments?
Nick Barton - Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Austria

17:00 - 18:30 Poster Session 1
18:30 - 20:00 Dinner
20:00 - 21:30 After dinner drinks in the ATC Rooftop Lounge
Day 3 - Tuesday 3 March 2020
TimeSpeaker
09:00 - 12:30

Session 4 - Adaptive responses to environmental variation
Chair: Justin Crocker - EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

09:00 - 09:30 The network of life - introgression and adaptive evolution in Lepidoptera
Chris Jiggins - University of Cambridge, UK
09:30 - 09:45

Adaptation of cellular functions to climate conditions through liquid-liquid phase separation
Christiane Iserman - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

09:45 - 10:00

Proteome dynamics of cold-adapted species in response to warming and confounding environmental variables
Joshua Ebner - University of Basel, Switzerland

10:00 - 10:30

Drosophila glue: at the interface between pupae and the environment
Virginie Courtier-Orgogozo - French National Centre for Scientific Research - Institut
Jacques Monod, France

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break and Meet the Speakers
11:00 - 11:30 From development to deep time: Reconstructing the evolution of diversity with a phenomic approach
Anjali Goswami - Natural History Museum, UK
11:30 - 11:45 Interspecies comparative analyses reveal distinct carbohydrate-responsive systems among Drosophila species
Kaori Watanabe - Kyoto University, Japan
11:45 - 12:00 Microbes-Mechanics-Materials: A critical nexus?
Anupam Sengupta - University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
12:00 - 12:30

Adapting to different winters: non-coding transcripts and epigenetic switching at FLC
Caroline Dean - John Innes Centre, UK

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 17:00

Session 5: Population level genome changes in nature
Chair: Vincent Colot - Institut de Biologie de l'École Normale Supérieure, France

14:00 - 14:30

What keeps pathogens in check in the wild?
Anna-Liisa Laine - University of Zurich, Switzerland

14:30 - 14:45 Genomic analysis of speciation and adaptation in the Lake Malawi cichlid fish radiation
Richard Durbin - University of Cambridge, UK
14:45 - 15:00

PhenoChip: A single-cell phenomic platform for high-throughput photophysiological analyses of microalgae
Lars Behrendt - Uppsala University, Sweden

15:00 - 15:30

Context-dependent phenotype switch and historical contingency in bacterial populations
Silvia De Monte - French National Centre for Scientific Research, France

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break and Meet the Speakers
16:00 - 16:30

Adaptations to the Arctic in marine plankton communities
Chris Bowler - Ecole Normale Supérieure, France

16:30 - 16:45 Identifying the genetic steps toward adaptation to a novel edaphic environment
Emmanuel Tergemina - Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Germany
16:45 - 17:00 Non-random developmental variants accrue in Paramecium after forty sexual generations in nutrient-rich and selection-free conditions
Francesco Catania - University of Muenster, Germany
17:00 - 18:30 Poster Session 2
18:30 - 20:30 Gala Dinner
20:30 - 23:00 Conference reception in the ATC Rooftop Lounge
Day 4 - Wednesday 4 March 2020
TimeSpeaker
09:00 - 11:45

Session 6 - Preparing for the future
Chair: Detlef Weigel - Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany

09:00 - 09:30

Evaluating the effect of past environmental changes on macroevolutionary processes
Hélène Morlon - CNRS Ecole Normale Supérieure, France

09:30 - 09:45 Adaptation to the environment by endosymbiosis - A model systems' approach
Annika Guse - Heidelberg University, Germany
09:45 - 10:15

Cancer as a selective force on the evolution of multicellular organisms
Frederic Thomas - French National Centre for Scientific Research, France

10:15 - 10:45

Coffee break and Meet the Speakers

10:45 - 11:00 Experimental evolution with digital organisms
Moshe Khurgel - Bridgewater College, USA
11:00 - 11:15 The stress of ecological success: Ancestral reconstructions decipher the adaptations of archaea radiating into moderate terrestrial and marine environments
Christa Schleper - University of Vienna, Austria
11:15 - 11:45 The biomass distribution on Earth
Yinon Bar-On - Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
11:45 - 12:00 Closing Remarks and Poster Prize
12:00

Packed Lunch

12:10

Bus departure to downtown

12:20

Bus departure to Frankfurt Airport