Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Evolutionary Developmental Biology: Current debates

This satellite meeting, to be held one day before the EHBEA ( Helsinki conference, has been generously sponsored by the Galton Institute, EHBEA, and the Journal of Evolutionary Psychology.

Time: Saturday the 28th of March 2015 (from 9:00-16:00)

Location: University of Helsinki (Fabianinkatu 33, 2nd floor)

Topic:  In recent years there has been much discussion about how to conceptualize the relationship between development and evolution: are developmental trajectories selected for, and how much does development influence evolutionary process?  In this event we will excoriate the fundamental assumptions at work in several influential existing arguments, to look at the view of development within the modern synthesis, and to look at criticisms of this synthesis.

Registration: There is a separate registration fee for this meeting: 50 € for full EHBEA members, 25 € for student EHBEA members and 80 € for everyone else. This includes teas/coffees, buffet lunch, and wine reception. You can sign up for the event by registering and paying the participation fee here Up to 70 participants can register. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Refunds are not possible. Please note that the registration does not include hotel accommodation.

Speakers and titles:

Open reaction norms and human flexibility
H. Clark Barrett, University of California, Los Angeles

(Epi)mutational dynamics and bet hedging
Ben Dickins, Nottingham Trent University

Information as a loom to weave development and evolution
Sinead English, University of Oxford

Developmental changes in aggression and body size: an evolutionary perspective
Tim W. Fawcett, University of Bristol

Developmental niche construction
Emma Flynn, Durham University

Developmental plasticity in the European starling: Empirical observations and evolutionary interpretations
Daniel Nettle, Newcastle University

Clark Barrett – UCLA
Tom Dickins – Middlesex University
Willem Frankenhuis - Radboud University Nijmegen

Questions: Contact Tom Dickins at

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