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Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics

Suzhou, China
October 8-12, 2014
Abstract Deadline is extended to: August 17, 2014

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Organized by:
Brandon Gaut, University of California, Irvine, USA
Song Ge, Institute of Botany, CAS, China
Chung-I Wu, University of Chicago/Beijing Institute of Genomics, USA/China


We are pleased to announce Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics which will be held in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Wednesday October 8, and will conclude after lunch on Sunday October 12, 2014.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in evolutionary biology. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions.The conference is timely in light of the recent decision by China to make Ecology and Evolution "Tier 1" subject, on par with medical sciences, biology and agriculture.

Evolution is the central theme in biology, but genomic tools allow new insights into the mechanisms and patterns of evolutionary change. This meeting will provide a format for the exchange of ideas and advances in evolutionary biology and genomics. Particular emphases will include the application of genomic approaches to study population diversity, new findings about adaptation and speciation, and our nascent understanding of the role of genetic interactions in the evolutionary process.

The theme of the Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics conference sponsored by CSHC has attracted the attention of National Science Foundation of China (NSFC). The convergence between this theme and NSFC's own "Major Research Projects" (重大研究计划) , entitled“Multigenic interactions driving micro-evolutionary processes" (微进化过程的多基因作用机制,基金号:91331101 ) is both substantial and timely. To promote further exchanges among scientists working on these themes, NSFC has announced the support for scientists affiliated with Chinese institutions to attend this meeting to be held in Suzhou, Oct. 8-12, 2014. NSFC will also sponsor a symposium in this conference to highlight the recent progresses made by Chinese scientists, especially those funded by the mechanism of Major Research Projects.

For obtaining NSFC funding support to registration fee, interested parties should make on-line registrations through CSHA website and submit abstracts by August 17. Please write a brief application to Connie Zhang ( The organizing committee will review all the applications and abstracts, and make the selection based on the scientific merit. The selection results will be announced by the end of August on the meeting website and via emails. If you have any questions, please contact CSHA office.

Major Topics:
1. Population Genomics – Methods
2. Population Genomics – Inferences
3. The Genomic Basis of Adaptation
4. The Genomic Basis of Speciation
5. Epistasis and Interactions
6. The Evolution of Networks
7. The Origin of Genetic Novelty
8. Epigenetics & Evolutionbr
9. Multigenic interactions driving micro-evolutionary processes

Keynote Speakers:
Loren Rieseberg, University of British Columbia, CANADA
Abstract title:Sexual selection and plant speciation
Chung-I Wu, University of Chicago/Beijing Institute of Genomics, CAS, USA
Abstract title:New frontiers of evolutionary studies – From cancerous cells to global biodiversity centers

Invited Speakers:
Doris Bachtrog, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Abstract title:Numerous transitions of sex chromosomes in Diptera
Kirsten Bomblies, Harvard University, USA
Abstract title:Meiotic adaptation to whole genome duplication in Arabidopsis arenosa.
Steven Eichten, Australian National University
Abstract title:Adaptation via the 'Extended Genotype' - DNA methylome variation among low diversity populations of Brachypodium distachyon
Brandon Gaut, University of California, Irvine, USA
Abstract title:Adaptation, phenotypes and trade-offs in experimental populations of Escherichia coli.
Song Ge ,Institute of Botany, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title:Pattern and causes of genomic divergence between incipient Oryza species
Hong-Ya Gu, Peking University, China
Abstract title:Genetic changes responding to a periphery warmer distribution range in a group of native Arabidopsis thaliana along the Yangtze River, China
Xionglei He ,Sun Yat-sen University, CHINA
Abstract title:Insights from a long-term experimental evolution of a tumor
Elizabeth King, University of Missouri, USA
Abstract title:Genetic dissection of the Drosophila melanogaster female head transcriptome
Manyuan Long, University of Chicago, USA
Abstract title:Roles of New Genes in Phenotypic Evolution: A Little did We Learn from Flies and Humans
Xuemei Lu, Beijing Institute of Genomics, China
Abstract title:r- and K-selection revisited with free-living mammalian cells
Leonie Moyle, Indiana University, USA
Abstract title:Clade-wide whole transcriptome analyes reveal rapid, complex divergence and speciation in wild Solanum
Rasmus Nielsen, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Abstract title:Human genomics: A Window Into Our Evolutionary past
Molly Przeworski, University of Chicago, USA
Abstract title:An evolutionary perspective on human germline mutation
Suhua Shi, Sun Yat-sen Unversity, CHINA
Abstract title:High biodiversity and speciation across the Indo-Pacific barrier (IPB) - Cyclic isolation punctuated by admixture
John Wang, Academia Sinica, TAIWAN
Abstract title:A supergene causes alternative colony organization in fire ants
Wen Wang, Kunming Institute of Zoology, CAS, China
Abstract title:Evolutionary genomics of domestic organisms
Fuwen Wei, Institute of Zoology, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title:Population genetics and genomics of the giant panda
Shuhua Xu, CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology, CHINA
Abstract title:Modeling and Dating Human Population Admixture
Soojin Yi, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Abstract title:Epigenetic Modifications and Genome Evolution
Jianzhi Zhang, University of Michigan, USA
Abstract title:Intra- and inter-specific variations of gene expression levels in yeast are largely neutral

We encourage abstracts to contain new and unpublished materials. The abstracts must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. Status (fellow's talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. A certain number of presentations by graduate students and postdocs in this conference will be selected as fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards. For more details, please visit

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in July 2014.

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Please kindly note:

1. Registration includes food, but does NOT include Housing. Due to requests from participants to provide more housing at lower prices, we have expanded our housing options to include some lower priced nearby hotels. After completing the online registration, you will receive a link to the full list of housing options.
*Reference Room Rate:
CNY 500 per standard room per night in the Conference Hotel (Worldhotel Grand Dushulake Suzhou)
Up from CNY 200 per standard room per night in nearby budget hotels (within 5 km)
CNY 400-700 per standard room per night in nearby 4-5 star hotels

2. The early price will be available if the full payment is finished before the exact due date.
For USD participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if we could not successfully charge the payment from your registered credit card before the deadline.
For CNY participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if our bank account could not receive your full payment by wire transfer before the deadline.

3. For late registrations, your registration materials may not be guaranteed since the order is usually made in advance.

4. Please inform us your special request on food (vegetarian, kosher…etc.) or other things during the online registration or email us as early as possible so that we could make relevant arrangement accordingly.

5. Student package is exclusively designed for all the graduate, undergraduate and doctor students who have not received the doctor degree. (Student ID will be required upon arrival).

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Cold Spring Harbor Asia Conferences
Suzhou, China


Cold Spring Harbor Asia Conferences (冷泉港亚洲会务)
Suzhou Industrial Park Conference Center (苏州工业园区会议中心/独墅湖世尊酒店)
No.299 Qiyue Road (启月街299号)
SIP/ Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China (中国江苏省苏州工业园区)
Phone: +86 512 6272 9029
Fax: +86 512 6272 9028