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International symposium “Frontiers in Biodiversity: a Phylogenetic Perspective”

You are kindly invited to attend the international symposium “Frontiers in Biodiversity: a Phylogenetic Perspective”, which will be held in Barcelona, Spain, the 1st and 2nd of October 2010.

This symposium is co-organized by the Biodiversity Research Institute of the University of Barcelona (IrBio), the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE, CSIC-UPF) and the Zoological Systematics and Evolution research group on the occasion of the International year of Biodiversity.

These are exciting times to conduct research on Biodiversity. The last years have witnessed the development of new theoretical, computational and technological tools for Biodiversity research at an unprecedented rate. The symposium aims to explore the impact of some of these new conceptual and methodological approaches on our current understanding of the origins and the processes that shape Biodiversity.

Research on Biodiversity has multiple facets. In this symposium we will emphasize the perspective and contributions coming form the phylogenetic and phylogeographic front. The symposium will focus on a selected list of “hot topics” under the headings of Statistical phylogenetics and phylogeography, Biogeography, Time, Key Innovations, Adaptive radiations, Diversification, Community phylogenetics and Phylogenomics.

The symposium will be hosted by the Institute of Catalan Studies (Institut d'Estudis Catalans, IEC), an academic institution for the advancement of Catalan science and culture with more than 100 year of history. It will consist in two morning sessions with invited talks (45’ plus 15’ of discussion) and an afternoon poster session open to participants. The symposium will close with a round table with the invited speakers on the topic “Biodiversity in the omics era

There is no deadline for registration and poster abstract submission, but attendance will be limited to 100 participants and the number of posters to 30. Both registration and poster contributions will be accepted on first-come, first-served basis, and will close once we reach the maximum number of contributors.

You will find more information in the web page of the congress:



The organizing committee

• Miquel A. Arnedo (IRBio-UB)
• Salvador Carranza (IBE-CSIC-UPF)
• José Castresana (IBE-CSIC-UPF)
• Ignacio Ribera (IBE-CSIC-UPF)
• Marta Riutort (IRBio-UB)
• Julio Rozas (IRBio-UB)