First Announcement and Call for Abstracts:

We announce the fourth biennial conference on the Developmental Basis of Evolutionary Change at the University of Chicago during 20-23 October 2005. This four-day, graduate student-organized conference has a tradition of assembling, at the intersection of evolution and development, a fellowship of faculty and student conferees of diverse intellectual interests. As such, it has been a fertile occasion for initiating unexpected collaborations and probing new ideas.

The conference will open with keynote addresses by Peter Holland of the University of Oxford and Naomi Pierce of Harvard University. The themes of the four plenary sessions are Sensation and Sensory Networks; History and Philosophy of Evolutionary and Developmental Thought; Ecology, Development and Evolution; and Genetic Regulation, Evolution and Development. The confirmed speakers for each plenary session can be found at the end of this announcement.

In addition, poster sessions and concurrent sessions—comprising shorter, submitted talks from faculty, post-docs, and students—will be held on a variety of topics within developmental and evolutionary biology.

The meeting is designed as a special opportunity for more junior members of the scientific community to interact with more established members in an intimate environment and to encourage scientific exchange; including not only the poster and concurrent sessions, but also dinners and receptions during the course of the meeting.

For more information about the conference, including registration and abstract submission, please visit the conference website, . As conference attendance is limited, we encourage you to secure a spot soon.

If you have any questions, please, contact the conference organizers, Todd Martin and Alex Wolf, at [email protected] .

The confirmed speakers are:

Keynote Addresses: Peter Holland, University of Oxford; Naomi Pierce, Harvard University

Sensation and Sensory Networks: John Carlson, Yale University; Bernd Fritzsch, Creighton University; Walter Gehring, Universiät Basel; William Jeffery, University of Maryland; Steve Kay, The Scripps Research Institute; Dan-E Nilsson, Lunds Universitet; Richard Vogt, University of South Carolina

History and Philosophy of Evol. And Developmental Thought: James Griesemer, University of California, Davis; Jonathan Kaplan, Oregon State University; Gerd Müller, Universität Wien; Lynn Nyhart, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Robert Richards, University of Chicago; Michael Richardson, Universiteit Leiden; William Wimsatt, University of Chicago

Ecology, Development and Evolution: Jessica Bolker, University of New Hampshire; Josh van Buskirk, The University of Melbourne; Rachel Collin, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute; Tom Juenger, The University of Texas at Austin; Margaret McFall-Ngai, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Douglas Schemske, Michigan State University; Paul Turner, Yale University

Genetic Regulation, Evolution and Development: Sean Carroll, University of Wisconsin-Madison; William Cresko, University of Oregon; Veronica Hinman, California Institute of Technology; Frederik Nijhout, Duke University; Patricia Simpson, University of Cambridge; Kevin White, Yale University; Gregory Wray, Duke University