The Speciation GRS provides a unique forum for young doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to present their work, discuss new methods, cutting edge ideas, and pre-published data, as well as to build collaborative relationships with their peers. Experienced mentors and trainee moderators will facilitate active participation in scientific discussion to allow all attendees to be engaged participants rather than spectators.
The Gordon Research Conference on Speciation is the world’s largest conference on speciation research and since 2017 it has been accompanied by the Gordon Research Seminar on Speciation. A continuous thread over the past decade has been integration, synthesis, and bridge building between a diversity of directions, systems, and approaches in modern speciation research. At the 2023 Speciation GRS, we will build on this legacy and further explore the causes of speciation and mechanisms of reproductive isolation, as well as address questions on species persistence through time. While the field has largely focused on the microevolutionary drivers of reproductive isolation, this research has largely failed to explain macroevolutionary patterns of species diversity. Thus, an emerging theme in speciation biology is understanding both the origins of new species, as well as the factors affecting the persistence of species diversity. The 2023 Speciation GRS will highlight cutting-edge graduate student and postdoctoral research that spans both micro- and macro-evolutionary scales and further promote synthesis on both the origin and persistence of species.
The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.
The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by August 1, 2022. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.