The Speciation GRC is a premier, international scientific conference focused on advancing the frontiers of science through the presentation of cutting-edge and unpublished research, prioritizing time for discussion after each talk and fostering informal interactions among scientists of all career stages. The conference program includes a diverse range of speakers and discussion leaders from institutions and organizations worldwide, concentrating on the latest developments in the field. The conference is five days long and held in a remote location to increase the sense of camaraderie and create scientific communities, with lasting collaborations and friendships. In addition to premier talks, the conference has designated time for poster sessions from individuals of all career stages, and afternoon free time and communal meals allow for informal networking opportunities with leaders in the field.
The Gordon Research Conference on Speciation is the world's largest conference focused on speciation research and is dedicated to integration, synthesis, and bridge-building between a diversity of directions, systems and approaches in modern speciation research. The 2023 Speciation GRC will build on these themes and further expand the sphere of speciation research. In particular, speciation research until now has largely focused on identifying the isolating mechanisms that promote the origin of new species. Despite many recent advances, this largely microevolutionary research program has failed to explain macroevolutionary patterns of species diversity. Thus, an emerging theme is that a complete understanding of speciation requires the identification of the mechanisms that promote the persistence of species. Addressing these questions requires new expertise and approaches from fields that have not traditionally been at the core of speciation research. The 2023 Speciation GRC will engage both emerging and established leaders in these fields to promote a further synthesis of the traditional and modern views of the mechanisms that promote both the origin and persistence of species.
The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include 9 sessions and the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. Please check back regularly for updates to this information.
- Macroevolutionary Patterns of Species Origin, Persistence and Extinction
- Ecological Divergence as a Driver of Speciation
- Ecological Persistence after Speciation
- Reproductive Divergence as a Driver of Speciation
- Reproductive Persistence after Speciation
- Conflict and Cooperation in the Origin and Maintenance of Species
- Speciation Genetics: From Reproductive Isolation to Coexistence
- Introgression’s Role in Speciation and Persistence
- Keynote Session: Mesoevolution as a Link between Microevolutionary Divergence and Macroevolutionary Patterns