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Evolution of Brain, Behaviour & Intelligence
 
9th - 12th September 2009
 
 
Keynote Speaker - James Moore

 

In this bicentennial year of Charles Darwin’s birth, the principles underlying the origins and evolution of nervous systems and their emergent behaviours remain a central question in biology.  This meeting brings together international speakers addressing a broad range of approaches to the evolution of brain and behaviour. Research on many species from simple unicellular animals, invertebrates and vertebrates, including modern humans and neandertals will be presented. The program spans genes to behaviour through the latest applications of genomics and functional genomics and new behavioural and anatomical technologies. Students and postdocs are strongly encouraged to attend and present their work. A special lecture from the Dr. James Moore, the biographer of Charles Darwin will be a highlight of the meeting.

 
 
Organisers
Nicky Clayton University of Cambridge, UK
Seth Grant Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Svante Paabo Max-Planck-Institute, Germany
 
 
Topics
Brain Development
Cortex Organisation
Genome Evolution
Human Origins
Invertebrate Systems
Language & Communication
Neanderthal Perspectives
Synapse & Neural Origins
 
 
Speakers
Detlev Arendt EMBL, Germany
Fred Coolidge University of Colorado, USA
Mario de Bono Medical Research Council, UK
Colette Dehay Stem Cell & Brain Research Institute, France
Simon Fisher University of Oxford, UK
Rob Foley University of Cambridge, UK
Ralph Greenspan The Neurosciences Institute, USA
Volker Hartenstein University of Carolina, USA
Jean-Jacques Hublin Max-Planck-Institute, Germany
Wieland Huttner Max-Planck-Institute, Germany
Erich Jarvis Duke University Medical Centre, USA
Henrick Kaessmann University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Juliane Kaminski Max-Planck-Institute, Germany
Arnold Kriegstein UCSF, USA
Mirazon Lahr University of Cambridge, UK
Simon Laughlin University of Cambridge, UK
John Mattick University of Queensland, Australia
Marcia Ponce de Leon University of Zurich, Switzerland
Chris Ponting University of Oxford, UK
Pasko Rakic Kavli Institute of Neuroscience, USA
Philipp Rightmire Harvard University, USA
Constance Scharff Max-Planck-Institute, Germany
Faraneh Varga-Khadem Institute of Child Health, UK
Christophe Zollikofer University of Zurich, Switzerland
 
 
 
Draft Programme

 

Wednesday 9 September

 

12:00               Registration & Buffett Lunch

Conference Centre Foyer

 

 Session 1: Synapse & Neuron Origins

Francis Crick Auditorium

Chair: Seth Grant

 

14:00               Seth Grant

                        Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK

                        Detlev Arendt

                        EMBL, Germany

                        Volker Hartenstein

                        University of Carolina, USA

           

15:30               Afternoon Tea

Conference Centre Foyer

 

 

Session 2: Invertebrate Systems

Francis Crick Auditorium

 

 16:00               Ralph Greenspan

                        The Neurosciences Institute, USA

Mario de Bono

                        Medical Research Council, UK

Simon Laughlin

University of Cambridge, UK

 

18:00               Poster Session with Wine Reception

Conference Centre Cloisters

 

19:00               Dinner

                        Hall Restaurant

 

 

 Session 3: Discussion workshop – Gaps in evolutionary studies

Francis Crick Auditorium

 

20:00 – 21:00

 

Thursday 10 September

 07:30               Breakfast

                        Hall Restaurant

 

 

Session 4: Genome Evolution

Francis Crick Auditorium

Chair: Chris Ponting

 

09:00               Chris Ponting

                        University of Oxford, UK

John Mattick

                        University of Queensland, Australia

                        Henrik Kaessmann

                        University of Lausanne, Switzerland

 

10:30               Morning Coffee

                        Conference Centre Foyer

 

 

 

Session 5: Short Talks from Posters

Francis Crick Auditorium

 

11:00               Authors will be contacted individually prior to the conference

 

12:30               Lunch

                        Hall Restaurant

 

  

Session 6 : Neandertal Perspectives

Francis Crick Auditorium

Chair: Svante Pääbo

 

13:30               Svante Pääbo

                        Max-Planck-Institute, Germany                    

                        Jean-Jacques Hublin - replacement to be confirmed

                        Max-Planck-Institute, Germany

                        Fred Coolidge

                        University of Colorado, USA

  

 

Session 7: Human Origins

Francis Crick Auditorium

Chair: Rob Foley

 

15:00               Rob Foley

                        University of Cambridge, UK

Philipp Rightmire

                        Harvard University, USA

                        Christoph Zollikofer

                        University of Zurich

           

16:30               Afternoon Tea

                        Conference Centre Foyer

 

 

Session 8: James Moore Lecture and book signing

Francis Crick Auditorium

 

17:00               James Moore

 

18:00               Drinks Reception

                        Conference Centre Foyer

 

18:45               Conference Dinner

Hall Restaurant

 

 

  

Friday 11 September

 

07:30               Breakfast

                        Hall Restaurant

 

  

Session 9: Language & Communications I

Francis Crick Auditorium

Chair: Simon Fisher

                                                                                   

09:00               Erich Jarvis

                        Duke University Medical Centre, USA

                        W.Tecumseh Fitch

                     

                        Juliane Kaminski

                        Max-Planck-Institute, Germany

 

10:30               Morning Coffee

                        Conference Centre Foyer                 

 

 

 Session 10: Language & Communications II

Francis Crick Auditorium

Chair: Erich Jarvis     

 

11:00               Simon Fisher

                        University of Oxford, UK

                        Faranneh Vargha-Khadem

                        Institute of Child Health, UK

                        Constance Scharff

                        Max-Planck-Institute, Germany

 

12:30               Lunch                                                             

                        Hall Restaurant

 

13:30               Coaches depart outside the Conference for Cambridge

 

14:00               Chauffer Punting along the river Cam

 

15:00               Free time in Cambridge

 

18:30               Dinner in Christs College, Cambridge

 

21:00               Return Coach departs Cambridge

 

 

 

 

Saturday 12 September

 

07:30               Breakfast

                        Hall Restaurant

 

 

Session 11: Brain Development

Francis Crick Auditorium

Chair: Wieland Huttner

 

09:00               Wieland Huttner

                        Max-Planck Institute

                        Arnold Kriegstein

                        University of California, San Francisco, USA

                        Collette Dehay

                        Stem Cell & Brain Research Institute, USA

 

10:30               Morning Coffee

                        Conference Centre Foyer

 

 

Session 12: Brain Expression

Francis Crick Auditorium

 

11:00               Allan Jones

                        Allen Institute for Brain Science, USA

                        Pasko Rakic

                        Yale University School of Medicine, USA     

                        James Sikela

                        University of Colorado, USA

                       

 

12:30               Lunch

Hall Restaurant

 

Close of meeting

 

 

 

 

 
Abstract Submission Deadline - 1 July 2009
Registration Deadline - 20 July 2009
 
Oral Communication Slots are available
Student Discounts are available
 
 
Student Registration - No Accommodation

         £310.00       

Student Registration - Twin Accommodation         £385.00
Student Registration - Single Accommodation

 £460.00

Academic Registration - No Accommodation

£410.00

Academic Registration - Twin Accommodation

£485.00

Academic Registration - Single Accommodation

£560.00

Commercial Registration - No Accommodation

£510.00

Commercial Registration - Twin Accommodation

£585.00

Commercial Registration - Single Accommodation

£660.00

 
To register Click HERE 
 
Accommodation
Accommodation is located at the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, and allocated on a first come first serve basis, so we advise you to register as early as possible.
Once all on-site accommodation has gone, we advise that you reserve accommodation at one of the following locations:
 
The Red Lion Public House, Hinxton - 2 minutes walk from the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre
 
Cambridge Central Travel Lodge - located 10 minutes walk from Cambridge train station
 
Once all on-site accommodation is fully booked, there will be a complimentary return shuttle from the Cambridge Central Travel Lodge, morning and evening. If you wish to travel to and from the hotel throughout the day this will be at the individuals own expense. The first shuttle will operate on Wednesday 9th September 2009, after dinner, to the Cambridge Central Travel Lodge. We ask that you make your own travel arrangements to the conference centre for registration and your luggage can be stored until your evening departure.
 
 
 
Sponsorship Opportunities
The following sponsorship opportunitues are available during this event:
 
Advertisement in the Abstract Book
Sponsor an element of the confererence i.e. drinks reception
Exhibition stand
Donation with acknowledgement in the Abstract Book
Fliers/promotional material in the delegate bags
 
Please contact Lucy Criddle, Conference Organiser direct l.criddle@wtconference.org.uk for further details
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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