Final Announcement and Extension of Call for Abstracts Deadline:

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.

WE EXTEND THE ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE TO 1 OCTOBER FROM 20 SEPTEMBER. The early registration deadline remains 8 October.

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.