Conference

     13th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology
     Tuebingen, Germany
     20-25 August 2011

Call for abstracts:

We would like to invite submissions of abstracts for oral and
poster presentations for the symposium

    "Mutualistic interactions: causes and consequences".

     Submission deadline: 28. February 2011
     Abstract submission: http://www.eseb2011.de/call_for_abstracts.htm

Aims of the symposium:

In recent years, our understanding of mutualistic interactions has significantly advanced. Rigorous experimental studies have fostered new insights and enhanced mutualism theory. This symposium aims at highlighting the latest developments in the field by drawing together both theoretical and empirical contributions, thereby analysing the evolutionary ecology of mutualisms on all levels of biological organisation. Topics that will be covered include, but are not limited to:

i)  cooperation and conflict in mutualistic interactions
ii) factors that promote the evolution and maintenance of mutualisms
iii) coevolutionary consequences and evolutionary genetics of mutualistic 
      interactions
iv) costs and benefits that result from mutualistic interactions

This symposium aims not only at providing a platform to discuss the latest developments in the field of mutualism research, but shall also help to identify future avenues.

Invited speakers:

    Nancy Moran, Yale University, USA
    Ulrich Mueller, University of Texas, USA

Symposium organisers:

    Christian Kost, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany
    Martin Kaltenpoth, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany