Scientific Programme

The EGG 2013 Programme and Abstracts are now available here

The keynote seminar will be presented by Prof Laurent Excoffier.  Laurent is Professor of Population Genetics at the University of Bern, and Group Leader at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics.  He is probably best-known in EGG circles for his development and implementation of the ARLEQUIN software package, loved by all population geneticists.

Presentations will take place Council Chamber on Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning and Thursday morning, and will each be 15 minutes long with a few minutes of questions afterwards.  There will be a prize for Best Student Talk.

Poster Session (with wine reception)
The poster session and wine reception will be held in the Canada Room on Tuesday evening, with a prize for the best poster presented by a student.

Discussion Topic
There will be a discussion topic on the subject of Next-Generation Sequencing, which will be presented by Alex Twyford (Syracuse University).   Alex was part of the organising committee who arranged the extremely successful Next Generation Plant Ecology and Evolution Workshop which was held in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh in October 2011.

Field Trip
As with all EGG meetings, the traditional field trip to a local site of ecological interest will take place on Wednesday afternoon.  This year, we will be visiting the stunning Glenariff Glen, which is considered the most beautiful of the nine Antrim Glens.  The Glen contains spectacular waterfalls, tranquil pools and fast-flowing rivers.  Deep within the rocky gorges carved out by the river, the moist, humid microclimate supports a wide range of mosses, liverworts and ferns and, as a result of the richness and diversity of these plants, part of the Glenariff Glen has been designated as a National Nature Reserve.  The surrounding forest is also home to many protected animal species, including red squirrels and hen harriers.  Remember to bring suitable footwear and clothing for this trip.


White Rocks
Queen's University Belfast
The Palm House in the Botanic Gardens
Ulster Museum
Fern at Glenarm
Belfast City Hall