Speciation Conference 2012

Progress In Understanding The Origins Of Biodiversity

26-28 February, 2012

University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Conference poster (click here

We are pleased to announce the conference “Progress in understanding the origins of biodiversity” organized by the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network ‘SPECIATION: understanding the evolutionary origin of biological diversity’. The event will be held 26-28 February 2012, Jyvaskyla, Finland. 

Scientific summary

Understanding speciation is critical for our understanding origins of biodiversity. Even after more than 150 years of continuous discussions, this question still remains unsolved and poses a challenge for both science and society, requiring the contribution of many evolutionary biology disciplines. We are bringing together recent work focused in speciation, highlighting advances in genetics, behaviour and adaptation and discuss them in perspective of biodiversity and conservation biology.

Confirmed speakers

Mark Kirkpatrick, University of Texas, USA

John Willis, Duke University, USA

Anne Magurran, University of St Andrews, UK

Daven Presgraves, University of Rochester, USA

Kerry Shaw, Cornell University, USA

Patrik Nosil, University of Colorado, USA

Program: download pdf

Abstracts oral presentations: download pdf

Abstracts posters: download pdf

Conference information HERE

Practical information


The meeting will be held at the University of Jyväskylä. All presentations and the poster session will be held in Agora Center. You can get to Jyväskylä by plane, train and bus.

Registration *closed*


Venera Tyukmaeva (venera.v.tyukmaeva[at]jyu.fi), Anneli Hoikkala (anneli.hoikkala[at]jyu.fi), Jackson Jennings, Maaria Kankare, and Emily Knott (Evolutionary Genetics, University of Jyväskylä) on behalf of the Marie Curie ITN ”SPECIATION” (steering committee: Roger Butlin, Mike Ritchie, Leo Beukeboom, Anneli Hoikkala).

Also visit: Evolutionary Genetics group, University of Jyväskylä