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Evolutionary Biology of Caenorhabditis and other Nematodes
14-17 June 2014
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK

Register>    Abstract & Bursary deadline: 2 May | Registration deadline: 16 May

The 2014 Evolution of Caenorhabditis and Other Nematodes conference will bring together scientists studying evolutionary processes in diverse nematode groups. In addition to attracting many researchers studying evolution in Caenorhabditis elegans as model organism (and its closer relatives such as C. briggsae and C. remanei), this meeting will also welcome scientists investigating other free-living groups and the numerous animal- and plant-parasitic nematode species that threaten human health and the global economy.

There will be a strong emphasis on genomic approaches and perspectives. The themes will include experimental evolution, fundamental evolutionary forces, genotype-phenotype relationships, metagenomic analyses, and processes of parasitism. Topics will include, but not be limited to: evolution of complex phenotypes; genome evolution - impact of nucleotide change on genomes, patterns of selection and adaptation; evolution of genome organisation; evolution of sex, recombination and asexuality; evolution of parasitism, pathogens and symbiosis; speciation (genetics, phylogenetics and patterns).

Scientific programme committee
Mark Blaxter University of Edinburgh, UK
Dee Denver Oregon State University, USA
Scott Baird Wright State University, USA
Holly Bik University of California, Davis, USA
Adrian Streit Max-Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany

Keynote speaker 
Patrick Phillips University of Oregon, USA

Confirmed speakers
James Cotton Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Etienne G.J. Danchin INRA, Institut Sophia Agrobiotech, France
Ronald Ellis Rowan University - SOM, USA
Suzanne Estes Portland State University, USA
Karin Kiontke New York University, USA
Ben Lehner EMBL-CRG Systems Biology & ICREA, Spain
Dorota Porazinska University of Colorado, USA
Paul Sternberg California Institute of Technology, USA
Valerie Williamson University of California, USA

Conference provisional programme
The conference will start at approximately 13.30 on Saturday, 14 June and will close at approximately 14.30 on Tuesday, 17 June 2014. Please click here for a draft programme, please refer back to this webpage for updates.

Registration and accommodation

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The accommodation packages include registration, meals and housing for the nights of the 14, 15 & 16 June 2014. The no accommodation package includes registration and meals only.

On-site Accommodation
Important limited on-site accommodation. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
Bedrooms on the Hinxton campus will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To view more information on the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre accommodation, please click here. To book additional nights accommodation, please email the conference centre directly on

Off-Site Accommodation
When the onsite Wellcome Trust Conference Centre accommodation has sold out, further bedrooms will be available at the Holiday Inn Express, Duxford.

Registration deadline: 16 May


 Financial assistance:

The Nathan Cobb Nematogy Travel Grant
The Nathan Cobb Nematology Foundation is offering a limited number of travel grants for graduate students working with either plant or insect nematodes. To apply please specify that you are applying for The Nathan Cobb Nematology Foundation travel grant and send:
Covering letter
Letter from supervisor
to the conference organiser Emily Rees by 2 May 2014

German Society for Parasitology
In order to encourage the communication between Nematode parasitologists and basic nematode /C. elegans scientists the German Society for Parasitology offers two stipends of 500.-- Euro, each, for student members to attend this conference. At the current exchange rate this is slightly more than required to cover registration and accommodation (double room).
Who can apply:
Student members of the German Society for Parasitology working on parasitic nematodes.

How to apply:
Send by Email to Adrian Streit
 by Friday 4th April 2014 noon.There is no need to register for the meeting at the time of application. However, by applying candidates pledge to attend the meeting and present their abstract in the form of an oral presentation or a poster if awarded a stipend. In your application please include:
-CV including publications
-Abstract according to the guidelines of the conference
-Cover letter of half a page or less describing your motivation to attend the conference.
-Letter from your supervisor confirming that he/she supports your application and confirming that the remaining costs (travel costs) will be covered. 

Applicants will be informed about the outcome by March 31st 2014.


A limited number of registration bursaries are available for PhD students to attend this conference (up to 50% of the registration fee) from the Wellcome Trust Scientific Conferences department. Incomplete applications will not be considered. To apply, please send:
Covering letter
Letter from supervisor
to the conference organiser by 2nd May 2014

Abstracts & Posters:

Abstract submission is strongly encouraged as a several presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts.
Please ensure that you follow the abstract guidelines and upload your abstract during registration.

If you are not ready to up-load your abstract at the time of registration, please e-mail your abstract document to Emily on no later than 2 May 2014. Registration must be completed in order for your abstract to be considered.
After the abstract deadline the scientific committee will assess your abstract and you will be notified whether you have been selected for a short talk or poster presentation.
Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0- portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the conference.

Abstract deadline: 2 May 2014

Travel Visas:
If you require a letter of acceptance in order to obtain a travel Visa please e-mail

For further enquiries, please contact the conference organiser:
Emily Rees
Directdial: +44 (0) 1223 495111
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 495131


We would like to acknowledge the generous support from the following organisations:



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