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International Workshop on 150 Years after Darwin:
From Molecular Evolution to Language
Palma de Mallorca, November 23 - 27, 2009

Scientific coordination:
José A. Cuesta Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain
Susanna C. Manrubia Centro de Astrobiología (INTA-CSIC), Madrid, Spain
Alan J. McKane University of Manchester, UK

Two hundred years since the birth of Charles Darwin and a hundred and fifty years since the publication of ”On the Origin of Species”, the theory of evolution is now a conceptual cornerstone in a wide number of areas of research outside its original field of application. Evolutionary biologists, linguists, physicists, economists, and social scientists nowadays use the notions of evolution and adaptation in their research. In each of those areas, the mechanisms behind the relevant dynamics (stochastic appearance of mutants, cultural innovations or social strategies, inheritance or spread of a new variant, and selection through competition) take a specific form that, nonetheless, shapes the structure and organisation of each system in a way that can be recognised as arising from ”evolutionary dynamics” in its broadest sense. These anniversaries seem an ideal opportunity to bring together researchers from the variety of disciplines which now use the evolutionary paradigm, to review progress, learn from each other and initiate new collaborations.

Invited Speakers

Santa Fe Institute, USA
Fernando Baquero
Centro de Investigación Biomédica, CSIC, Spain
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA
École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Vienna, Austria
TU Darmstadt, Germany
Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, UK
University of Queensland, Australia
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA
University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
Universität zu Köln , Germany
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
Institut Cavanilles de Biodiversitat i Biologia Evolutiva, València, Spain
IFISC, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
University of Vienna, Austria
University of Maastricht, the Netherlands
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
University of Leipzig, Germany
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Max-Planck-Institut für Evolutionsbiologie, Plön, Germany
Institut de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, Strasbourg, France
Max-Planck-Institut für Ökonomik, Jena, Germany

For any information about the Workshop, please email:

Workshop Secretaries:
Katrin Lantsch (MPIPKS) Tel.: +49-351-871-2107 | Fax: +49-351-871-2199
Rosa Rodríguez (IFISC) Tel.: +34-971-173290 | Fax: +34-971-173248

Applications for participation and contributions are welcome and should be made by using the application form. The number of attendees is limited. The applicants’ registration fee for the workshop is 100 €. Costs for accommodation will be covered during the workshop. Limited funding is available on request to partially cover travel expenses.

Deadline for applications is: July 5, 2009
Extended Deadline for applications: July 12, 2009.
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