II World Summit on Evolution

II World Summit on Evolution (2009)

The Second World Summit on Evolution (WSE) will convene 24-27 August 2009 in the Galapagos Islands. With their historical significance in the development of the evolutionary theory, the Galapagos Islands offer an unparalleled venue to celebrate Darwin's bicentennial. The summit will bring together experts and students from widely different areas of evolutionary biology that rarely have the chance to meet. The focus will be on recent research and new advances in our understanding of evolution and the diversity of life. One session will focus in directly on containing the spread of creationism and intelligent design while improving the public's understanding of evolution throughout the Americas and elsewhere. Unlike the First WSE in 2005, there will be a mix of invited speakers and submitted talks.

The summit will also include the first meeting of the Sociedad Iberoamericana de Biologia Evolutiva (SIBE). SIBE will be the first truly international forum that can lead to the establishment of academic and intellectual bonds between the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking specialists in evolutionary biology.

The Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador, will again host the WSE and the first meeting of the SIBE on its Galapagos campus. This campus is located on the Island of San Cristobal and was established in 2002. This Summit is planned as part of a broader program designed to teach evolution to students and the general public that will take place throughout the year in mainland Ecuador.

Structure of conference

This four-day conference will consist of 40-minute talks by invited speakers, as well 15-minute submitted talks. There will also be poster sessions. Professors, post-docs, and students from throughout the world will be able to submit abstracts for talks or posters. This conference will include 250 participants; thirty speakers and chairs will be invited.

On the third day, conference participants will be able to attend guided tours of the island. Both terrestrial and marine environments will be visited.


GAIAS, San Cristobal Island, Galapgos,
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Galapagos, ECUADOR
Sponsor: Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Contact: Gabriel Trueba, gtrueba@usfq.edu.ec, 59322971836