Ecological Genetics SIG: 61st Annual Meeting

The 61st Meeting of the Ecological Genetics Group will be held at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland between the 4th and 6th of April, 2017. This will be the first time that EGG has been held outside the UK, and we look forward to welcoming you to Dublin.

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The 61st Meeting of the Ecological Genetics Group will be held at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland between the 4th and 6th of April, 2017. This will be the first time that EGG has been held outside the UK, and the meeting is being organized and hosted by Gemma Beatty (Aberystwyth University), Jim Provan (Aberystwyth University) and Colin Kelleher (NBG Ireland).

There will be a full scientific and social programme throughout the three-day period of the conference (Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday and Thursday morning), and the keynote speaker will be Prof Sean Graham (University of British Columbia). We hope to bring together those working in the fields of population genetics, ecology and evolution from across Europe and beyond.

Talks and posters are welcomed from all, and for those of you still completing your PhDs, remember that you will have the chance to win the coveted best talk/poster prizes! The Ecological Genetics Group meetings have a long tradition of being friendly and relaxed, where young researchers studying for their PhDs can mix with established academics (i.e. “Old Lags”), and the organizing team will ensure that this tradition is upheld.

Scientific Programme

The keynote seminar will be presented by Prof Sean Graham. Sean is Head of the Department of Botany at the University of British Columbia, as well as being Research Director at the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research. He is interested in the evolution of vascular plants, particularly comparatively understudied lineages such as mycoheterotrophs (plants that obtain at least part of their nutrition via fungal symbioses).

The EGG Discussion Topics always generate lively debate, and this year Prof Ian Montgomery (Queen’s University Belfast) will present an overview of our knowledge (and gaps in that knowledge) of the effects of the glaciations on the flora and fauna of Ireland.

Getting Published Workshop

This Getting published workshop for early career researchers is organised by the BES journals team. This workshop will cover the basics of getting published, with advice on selecting the right journal for your paper, what happens during peer review, how to give your paper the best chance of getting accepted, what those different decisions actually mean…and what you can do after to get your paper read by the right people.

Poster Session (with wine reception)

The poster session and wine reception will be held in the stunning Teak House glasshouse on Tuesday evening, with a prize for the best poster presented by a student.

Gardens / Herbarium Tour

Wednesday afternoon will be free to tour the gardens. There will also be an organised tour of the herbarium and library facilities.

Social Programme

Lunch / Tea / Coffee

Will be provided in the area adjoining the lecture theatre.

Tuesday Dinner on the first night of the conference will be in The Washerwoman, which is on Glasnevin Hill and is five minutes’ walk from the conference venue.

Pub Quiz

The now legendary “EGG-Heads” pub quiz will be held in the Function Room of the Maples House Hotel on Tuesday night, following dinner. If previous incarnations are anything to go by, expect the unexpected and the ridiculous!

Conference Dinner

The Conference Dinner will be held on Wednesday evening in the Function Room of the Maples House Hotel.


After dinner, everybody will be up for music, dancing and general ‘craic’ (fun).


A limited number of rooms will be available in the Maples House Hotel, which is ten minutes’ walk from the Gardens, and the venue for the Tuesday and Wednesday night entertainment.

Talks / Posters

If you wish to present either a talk or poster, contact Gemma Beatty  by Friday 17 March, 2017. Abstracts should be a max of 250 words long and should be emailed to Gemma by Friday 17 March, 2017.


Those giving oral presentations will be asked to give 15 minute talk, followed by a few minutes for questions. Please ensure that your talks do not run over as the conference has a busy schedule to meet. Presentation software will be Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 running on a Microsoft Windows 10 OS. You are asked to provide your presentation on the morning (15 minutes before the talks are due to start) or during the lunch break for afternoon speakers. Presentations should be saved on a USB memory stick, and you are advised to have a backup copy. Please name your file ‘Author Name-Subject’.


Posters should be no larger than A1 size and should be in portrait format (not landscape).


Registration for EGG 2017 will be limited to 50 delegates. The closing date for registration will be Friday 17 March, 2017.

EGG 2017 residential package (including two nights’ B&B at the Maples House Hotel) – £280

EGG 2017 package without accommodation – £120

Conference fees

The conference fee includes:

Conference attendance for all three days
Book of abstracts
A little badge with your very own name on it
Attendance at poster session (wine included)
Tea, coffee and biscuits during breaks
Lunch on all three days
Tuesday dinner at The Washerwoman
Conference dinner on Wednesday evening
Pub quiz
General good craic!