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From 05 Dec 2022 until 07 Dec 2022 - BIOPOLIS-CIBIO, Vairão, Portugal

Please visit the dedicated website for TiBE – Trends in Biodiversity and Evolution here:

We are pleased to announce the 11th edition of TiBE, Trends in Biodiversity and Evolution Conferences, an annual meeting organised by BIOPOLIS/CIBIO-InBIO and the University of Montpellier, which aims to bring together researchers, post-graduate and graduate students working on the field of evolutionary biology to present and discuss cutting-edge findings in relevant topics related with speciation, behaviour, molecular evolution, comparative genomics, ecology, population and conservation genetics research, among others.
TiBE2022 will be devoted to THE BIOLOGY OF COLOUR. Colour is a central aspect of the biology of many living beings, contributing to mediate their relationship with members of their own species and their ecosystem. The biology of colouration has been extensively studied within the context of ecology, physiology, genetics, developmental biology, behaviour and evolutionary biology, and is a privileged platform to promote the understanding of evolutionary principles and concepts in biology among the general public.

During three days, we will discuss recent trends in the study of the evolutionary and functional significance of colour in nature integrating knowledge from biologists working on these multiple aspects of colouration. Held in an informal but stimulating scientific atmosphere, these conferences provide an excellent opportunity for strong interaction and brainstorming between students and more experienced researchers. 

The conference will take place on 5-7 December, 2022 at CIBIO-InBIO facilities in Vairão, Portugal. It will include invited plenary talks, oral communications (to be selected) and poster sessions. A post-conference tour is planned for 8 December.

CIBIO, Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
(coordinates: 41.328940, -8.672635)
Twitter: @tibe_biopolis (#TiBE2022)

The conference will be structured in four sessions, covering different topics. Each session will open with a plenary conference by a leading researcher in the topic, and will be followed by oral communications and poster sessions.

Session 1 - Genetics and Evolution of Colour: Colour has a central role in the history of genetics, with colourful traits used as some of the first systems to understand how evolution operates. More recently, the growing acessibility of genomic tools for non-model organisms has greatly expanded our knowledge on how genetic variation and its regulation control the expression of colourful traits. For this session we will discuss recent breakthroughs in our understanding on the genetic control of colour and larger patterns of colour evolution.
Plenary talk: Marie Manceau (Collège de France, Paris)

Session 2 - Mechanisms and Physiology of Colour Production: the wide palette of colours observed in organisms are generated by specific combinations of pigments and nanostructures in tissues, and the use of these different modes of colour production has distinct effects on multiple life-history traits. This session will address broad questions on organismal aspects of colouration, particularly (but not only) its physical and biochemical basis.
Plenary talk: Dvir Gur (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot)

Session 3 - Behavioural Ecology and Signalling: Long-standing debates in biology have focused on trying to understand the signalling value of different colours and patterns across organisms, linking them to multiple roles in intraspecific and interspecific communication. This session will highlight research in behavioural ecology that sheds novel perspectives on these classic questions.
Plenary talk: Claire Doutrelant (Centre d'Écologie Fonctionnelle et Évolutive, Montpellier)

Session 4 - Colouration Biology in a Changing World: The world is changing at a very fast pace. As a crucial complex trait that mediates the interactions between organisms and their ecosystem, colour provides some of the most stunning examples of adaptation to changing environments. In this session we will discuss multidisciplinary research focused on understanding the adaptive role of colour, with a particular focus on examples showcasing how colour is involved with responses to the ongoing environmental changes.
Plenary talk: Ilik Saccheri (University of Liverpool, Liverpool)

Marie Manceau, Collège de France, Paris (France)
Marie Manceau is CNRS Research Director. She is interested in studying the formation and evolution of patterns in the skin. She completed her PhD in avian developmental biology in the laboratory of Pr. Christophe Marcelle at the University of Marseille (France) in 2007, and then moved as a postdoc in the laboratory of Dr. Hopi Hoekstra at Harvard University, where she studied the developmental bases of color pattern variation in rodents. Since 2013, she is a Research Group Leader at the Collège de France (CIRB). Marie also works as a naturalist guide in the Arctic and Antarctica.

Dvir Gur, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot (Israel)
Dvir Gur received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Weizmann Institute in 2016, under Prof. Lia Addadi and Steve Weiner, studying the relationship between the structure of biophotonic systems and their optical properties. He then moved to the Dept. of Physics of Complex Systems and the Dept. of Molecular Cell Biology as a Postdoctoral Fellow, with Prof. Dan Oron and Gil Levkowitz, studying how functional crystal-based organs are formed. Afterward, he moved to HHMI Janelia (Virginia), as a Human Frontiers Cross-disciplinary Fellow with Professor Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, where he studied the biological regulation over intracellular crystal formation. Dvir joined the Department of Molecular Genetics at the Weizmann Institute a year and a half ago, where he opened his lab for Biological Crystallization Mechanisms and Biophotonics.

Claire Doutrelant, Centre d'Écologie Fonctionnelle et Évolutive, Montpellier (France)
Claire Doutrelant is a senior CNRS researcher (eq. Prof) based at Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE) / University of Montpellier, France. Her research is centered on the theoretical framework of evolutionary ecology, population biology and behavioural ecology. Using long-term data sets, experiments and comparative studies in birds she is currently working on four main projects: 1) Evolution of colour ornamentation in birds (with a special focus on female coloration and blue tits); 2) the causes and consequences in life history traits of cooperation in sociable weavers; 3) the evolution of visual and colour signals on islands; and 4) the evolution of an extended phenotype: weaver nests.

Ilik Saccheri, University of Liverpool, Liverpool (England)
Ilik Saccheri graduated in Ecological Science from the University of Edinburgh, and first started using Lepidoptera as model organisms during his PhD at the Universities of Leiden and London to study the fitness effects of population bottlenecks. This interest in the interaction between genetic load, inbreeding, and population dynamics led to postdoctoral research on natural and experimental butterfly metapopulations, based in Helsinki and Leiden. Taking up a lectureship at the University of Liverpool in 2000, he began working on the genetics of melanism in the peppered moth, first in Britain then expanding to other geographic regions and moth species. Whilst rearing large numbers of peppered moth caterpillars he became intrigued by their ability to change colour. Other ongoing research uses population genomics to study evolutionary and demographic consequences of environmental change, and the evolutionary genetics of sex-determination systems.

Click here to access the abstract submission form.
The conference will accept contributions in two formats: oral presentations and posters. Presenting authors need to be registered participants. Oral presentations will consist of 12 minutes presentation followed by 3 minutes for discussion. Posters (format 120 cm high x 80 cm wide) will be displayed permanently, with a dedicated 1h30 poster session at the end of the first day of talks.

Click here to access the registration form.
Registration fees:
Student – M:BGE, BIODIV or University of Montpellier (free)
Student - other institutions (15 EUR early registration / 30 EUR late registration)
Researcher - BIOPOLIS/CIBIO or University of Montpellier (25 EUR early registration / 50 EUR late registration)
Researcher - other institutions (100 EUR early registration / 150 EUR late registration

Abstract submission deadline: October 16, 2022
Abstract acceptance: October 31, 2022
Early registration deadline: November 10, 2022
Late registration: November 30, 2022




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