International Symposium
Evolutionary Studies of Biosystems: History, the cutting edge and the future

Sokendai's Department of Evolutionary Studies of Biosystems (ESB) was established in Hayama in 2007. Currently, twenty faculty members and around thirty PhD students are striving to create a unique interdisciplinary graduate program covering evolutionary biology from theory to behavior, with special attention to the interface of science and human society. The symposium will showcase some of ESB's current activity from an international perspective. We will organize stimulating lecture sessions with four plenary speakers from overseas. One session will be dedicated to “science and society”, focusing on science as a human social activity. We hope to stimulate discussion on how best we can direct ESB to make the next decade even more fruitful.

Shonan Village Center, Hayama

Dates & Venue  (poster is downloadable from here

February 26th - 27th, 2018
Shonan Village Center, Hayama, Kanagawa, JAPAN 
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Invited Speakers (in an alphabetical order)

Prof. Brandon S. Gaut (University of California, Irvine, USA) (link to website)

Prof. Scott F. Gilbert (Swarthmore College, USA) (link to website)

Prof. Dan-Eric Nilsson (Lund University, Sweden) (link to website)

Prof. Karl Sigmund (University of Vienna, Austria) (link to website)

Speakers from SOKENDAI

Prof. Mariko Hasegawa (President of SOKENDAI)
Prof. Kentaro Arikawa (ESB, SOKENDAI)
Prof. Kaori Iida (ESB, SOKENDAI)
Prof. Hisashi Ohtsuki (ESB, SOKENDAI)
Prof. Shohei Takuno (ESB, SOKENDAI)
Prof. Yohey Terai (ESB, SOKENDAI)

Timetable (last updated on Jan. 21st)

Monday, February 26th
13:00-13:20 Kentaro Arikawa (Chair of ESB, SOKENDAI) Opening Remark: The first 10 years of ESB (tentative)
Session 1: Molecular Biology and Evolution
13:20-14:20 Brandon Gaut (UC Irvine, USA) “The Genomics of Plant Domestication(abstract)
14:20-14:50 Shohei Takuno (ESB, SOKENDAI)
& Yohey Terai (ESB, SOKENDAI)
“The Genomics of Speciation in Nature” (abstract)
*** Break (14:50-15:10) ***
Session 2: Evolution and Behavior
15:10-16:10 Dan-Eric Nilsson (Lund University, Sweden) Behavioural drive and performance continuity: the why and how in eye evolution” (abstract)
16:10-16:40 Kentaro Arikawa (ESB, SOKENDAI) “Molecular logic underlying eye development in insects” (abstract)
*** Break (16:40-17:00) ***
Plenary Lecture
17:00-18:00 Mariko Hasegawa (President, SOKENDAI) Evolutionary Studies and Society (abstract)
Dinner Session (18:10-20:00)
Tuesday, February 27th
Session 3: Ecology and Evolution
9:00-10:00 Karl Sigmund (University of Vienna, Austria) The Prisoner's Dilemma: Partners and Rivals” (abstract)
10:00-10:30 Hisashi Ohtsuki (ESB, SOKENDAI) Information availability and Evolution of indirect reciprocity” (abstract)
*** Break (10:30-10:50) ***
Session 4: Science and Society
10:50-11:50 Scott Gilbert (Swarthmore College, US) “Legends of the Body: The Changing Notion of the Biological Individual” (abstract)
11:50-12:20 Kaori Iida (ESB, SOKENDAI) “Knowledge and ignorance: How scientists are related to their causes and distribution” (abstract)
12:20-12:30 Akira Sasaki (ESB, SOKENDAI) Closing Remark
*** Bus to Zushi/Shin-Zushi: 12:50, 13:50, 13:55(express), 14:50 ***
*** Bus to Shioiri: 13:41, 14:41 ***

Participation to the Symposium (registration not required)

  • Pre-registration is not required. An on-site registration desk will be available.
  • Admission free.
Dinner Session (including meal) (registration closed)
  • Dinner Session with speakers will be held at Shonan Village Center (the same place as the symposium site) from 18:10 to 20:00 on Monday, Feb. 26th. 
  • Fee is 7,000JPY.
  • Pre-registration is required. The deadline is January 18th, 2018 (or earlier, if the capacity is reached).
  • For those who wish to join the Dinner Session, please register here (REGISTRATION IS CLOSED) (information collected here will be used for the purpose of this symposium only).


  • Inquiry about the symposium should be sent to the ESB Office, SOKENDAI
  • Email: hayamajimu@ml.soken.ac.jp
  • Phone: 046-858-1595
  • Address: Shonan Village, Hayama, Kanagawa 240-0193, Japan



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