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The ESEB is an academic society that brings together over 1600 evolutionary biologists from Europe and the rest of the world - researchers, academic teachers, students, as well as journalists and other persons interested in evolution. By joining you become part of this academic community.

The biennial Congress of ESEB is one of the largest scientific meetings in broadly defined evolutionary biology. Members are entitled to substantially reduced registration fees. The society also offers travel stipends to support participation of student members from economically disadvantaged countries.

The membership of ESEB includes a personal on-line subscription the Society's journal, the Journal of Evolutionary Biology. The journal has an Open Access option, and authors who are members of the Society benefit from a 50 % discount on the Open Access fee for their papers (US$ 1500 as of August 2009). Members are also entitled to a 25 % discount on all books published by Wiley-Blackwell and a 20 % discount on Ecology & Evolution books from Oxford University Press, as well as other promotional offers.

The Society supports young researchers, e.g., by sponsoring the annual EMPSEB meeting of PhD students in evolutionary biology, and by awarding the John Maynard Smith Prize to outstanding young evolutionary biologists. It also supports outreach initiatives aiming at popularizing evolutionary biology to general public and countering creationism, especially in non English-speaking countries. By joining, you can support these initiatives.

The ESEB is a platform of integration for evolutionary biologists from different countries. Endorsement and logistic support of the ESEB is particularly important for local evolutionary biologists in countries with little tradition and few researchers in evolution. As an active member you could also receive endorsement and support for evolution-related initiatives in your country.

To join the Society or to renew your membership, click on the Membership link on the left panel.


Workshop: Quantitative Evolutionary Biology -- understanding evolution with models and genomes.

This ESEB sponsored workshop will take place from 14-21 September, 2014, at the Mathematics Village, Sirince, near Izmir, Turkey
Keynote lecturers: Aida Andres (MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig), Nick Barton (IST-Austria, Klosterneuburg), Thomas Lenormand (CEFE/CNRS, Montpellier), Pleuni Pennings (Stanford University, California)
More information is available at the workshop web site: or download the poster.

Outreach Fund

Five grants for a total of 8400 Euro have been awarded in Fall 2013. The next deadline for proposals is September 15, 2014.
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Congress 2015
The XV ESEB congress will take place from 10-14 August 2015 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The ESEB Congress 2013 has been held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 19-24 August 2013. Details can be found here. News and changes in the organisation of the ESEB society have been announced and discussed at the general Members' Meeting. The minutes of the Members' meeting are available here.

ESEB Travel Awards 2014

The ESEB is pleased to announce the call for applications for travel stipends 2014. These stipends are for students and young scientists to attend the SSE Congress in Raleigh, North Carolina in June 2014.
Deadline: 14 February 2014 24:00 GMT.
Detailed information is available here.


The 20th European Meeting of PhD Students in Evolutionary Biology (EMPSEB) will take place from to September 1-6, 2014 in La-Roche-en-Ardenne, Belgium.

More detailed information is available on the EMPSEB 20 homepage.

Godfrey Hewitt Mobility Award
ESEB is pleased to announce the call for applications for the new established Godfrey Hewitt Mobility Award. The deadline is January 17, 2014.
Read more about the new award here.
John Maynard Smith Prize 2014: Call for nominations

Every year the European Society for Evolutionary Biology distinguishes an outstanding young evolutionary biologist with a prize named after John Maynard Smith (1920 - 2004), eminent scientist, great mentor, author of many books on evolution, and a former President of ESEB.

The prize is open to any field of evolutionary biology. The candidates for the 2014 prize must have begun their PhD study after January 1, 2007. Candidates for the prize may be nominated by a colleague or self-nominated. The nominations should be sent as a single PDF file to Ute Friedrich at the ESEB office. The nomination should include a brief justification, the candidate's CV and list of publications (indicating three most significant papers), a short description of future research plans, and a letter from the candidate approving the nomination. A letter of reference from another colleague (or two in case of self-nomination) should be sent directly to Ute Friedrich (

Nominations should arrive no later than January 15, 2014. Please take care to limit the size of attachments (total < 10 MB) in any one email.
The nomination committee, chaired by ESEB Vice President Dieter Ebert, will evaluate the nominations and inform the winner approximately by the end of February 2014.

The prize winner is expected to attend the next ESEB congress in 2015, where he or she will deliver the John Maynard Smith Lecture.
The Society will cover registration, accommodation, and travel expenses (economy fare). The Prize also includes a monetary award of 2500 Euro and the possibility of a Junior Fellowship of generally 3 months at the Institute of Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin, Germany.

Further Junior Fellowships may be awarded to other JMS Prize nominees. For more information on the Wissenschaftskolleg, see here or contact Paul Schmid-Hempel, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Current and previous winners of the JMS Prize are listed here.


The 19th European Meeting of PhD Students in Evolutionary Biology (EMPSEB) took place from 3-7 September 2013 in Cornwall, UK.

Read more on the EMPSEB 19 website.

John Maynard Smith Prize 2013
The winner of the John Maynard Smith Prize 2013 is Rich FitzJohn, currently postdoctoral fellow at Macquarie University, Australia. Rich gave the JMS prize lecture at the ESEB Congress 2013 in Lisbon and has been offered a junior fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. A second junior fellowship has been awarded to Line Ugelvig, a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria.
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Presidents' Award 2012
The recipient for the new Presidents' Award is Professor Adam Eyre-Walker of the University of Sussex. He gave an address at the Joint Congress 2012 in Ottawa.
Read more about the new award here.
Joint Congress 2012

The Joint Congress 2012 took place in Ottawa, Canada, from July 6-10. Details can be found here.

New ESEB membership benefits
ESEB is pleased to announce a new member discount for publication charges at the Open Access Journal Evolutionary Applications, for the length of your membership term.
Go to the Membership discounts to learn more.
New Wiley Open Access journal, Ecology and Evolution, is open for submissions

ESEB is pleased to announce a new member discount for publication charges at the Open Access Journal Ecology and Evolution.
Find more details here and read more at Wiley Open Access Blog.

The European Society of Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) is registered as a Public Benefit Organisation in The Netherlands under tax number 8080.77.223

Last updated March 17, 2014. For suggestions or comments please send an e-mail.