Registration is now open!

We invite all of you to register for EMPSEB23. All participants will present their research in form of an oral presentation. Additionally, you can present a poster about other project, or additional information of your research. Do not worry, if you are in the middle or even in the beginning of your PhD project. EMPSEB is a conference dedicated to all PhD students, and we gather to discuss and help each other regardless of the level of progress of your project.

You should submit your abstract due to 23rd of May. Conference fee of 1000 PLN covers full board accommodation (including: breakfast, lunch, dinner and hotel room) during whole conference as well as Friday trip and transport from and to Cracow airport.

Conference will last from 10th to 15th of September. Sunday evening is planned for arrivals. Plenary talks, workshops, participant talks and poster session will be held from Monday to Thursday. On Friday, the trip to Wieliczka salt mine is planned. We will transport all participants to Cracow on Friday afternoon.

Small travel grant

It is extremely important to us that every PhD student interested in evolutionary biology will have equal opportunity to participate in the EMPSEB23. For this reason we offer a travel grants for PhD Students from developing countries. The grant would cover the registration fee and part of the travel expenses for five people. In the case of more than five people will be eligible to apply for a travel grant, the decision will be based on the order of applications. If you want to apply for a travel grant, register and send an e-mail with “Travel grant” topic to

PhD students professionally based in the following countries will be not eligible for the travel stipend:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America.

European Meeting of PhD Students in Evolutionary Biology (EMPSEB) provides a platform for PhD students studying Evolutionary Biology to present their work and to meet their peers from all over Europe. It takes place in a different European city each year and is organized by current PhD students in that country.

Typically, EMPSEB lasts 4 or 5 days and involves 70-100 participants. A variety of activities, discussions, and excursions provide opportunities for building relationships with fellow researchers. The meeting is now an annual tradition that started 22 years ago with the first meeting back in 1995 being held in Zurich, Switzerland.

What happens?

Participants come from across Europe to attend and give talks about their work to an audience mostly made up of other PhD students. Joining the participants are 8-10 senior scientists who are invited to give plenary talks, run discussion groups, and to provide guidance about starting your scientific career.

What does the meeting offer?

Attending EMPSEB offers many benefits:

Plenary speakers

Finally we can introduce you our very first plenary speaker! Ladies and gentlemen - Shinichi Nakagawa!

Shinichi Nakagawa

is an associate professor at the University of New South Wales in Australia and a member of Evolution & Ecology Research Centre. He is a specialist in the field of evolutionary biology, behavioural ecology, genetics and applied statistics. Currently he is working on transgenerational inheritance of environmentally induced phenotype in zebrafish. We are more than happy to welcome him in Krasiczyn!

Deborah Charlesworth

is a professor at the University of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Society. Her main field of research is understanding the genetic mechanisms of self-incompatibility of plants on the example of Arabidopsis lyrata and she is a leader in this field. Her interests involve evolution of breeding system and molecular evolution of sex chromosomes, including studies of the evolution of Y-linked genes in Silene latifolia. We are proud and glad to have her as a guest!

Tadeusz Kawecki

works at the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). He is interested in the evolution of adaptive traits, particularly in response to novel, variable and stressful environments. Research in his group concentrates on evolutionary biology of learning, adaptation to chronic nutritional stress and consequences of sexual selection. He uses experimental evolution with the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, as well as mathematical models.

Russell Bonduriansky

is an associate professor at the University of New South Wales in Australia and a member of Evolution & Ecology Research Centre. His research is mainly focused on three subjects: dynamics and consequences of sexual coevolution, the effects of environment on phenotype and fitness, and nongenetic mechanisms of inheritance (and their possible implications for evolution). We are looking forward to meeting him in Poland!

Jacek Radwan

works at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. His research interests focus on inter-relationships between sexual selection, genetic variation and adaptation. He investigates how processes such as recurrent mutations, host-parasite co-evolution (especially involving Major Histocompatibility Complex genes) or sexual antagonisms contribute to genetic variation in traits subject to sexual selection, and how sexual selection in turn shapes genetic variance, adaptive potential and extinction of populations. He uses a variety of approaches including experimental evolution and genomics.

Øystein Varpe

is a professor of ecology at the Department of Arctic Biology, University Centre in Svalbard (Norway). His main research areas are evolutionary ecology, trophic interactions, and life history evolution - with a particular interest in how seasonality shapes ecological processes and evolutionary adaptations. The pronounced seasonality of high-latitude environments provides context and inspiration for his work. His life history studies include optimization models and a focus on individual variability and state-dependent behaviour and strategies, with central traits including energy storage, breeding timing and migration. We are very excited he will join the conference this year!

Aris Katzourakis

is an associate professor of Evolutionary Genomics at the University of Oxford, and the Royal Society University Research Fellow. His research focuses on the evolution of genomes, viruses, and selfish genetic elements. A particular field of interest is paleovirology, the study of ancient viruses over prehistoric or geological timescales, as well as the consequences of viral gene flow. Aris research is also known from a major discovery on the research and treatment of retroviruses such as HIV. We are happy to meet him during EMPSEB23 in Poland!

Virpi Lummaa

Professor Virpi Lummaa currently leads Human Life History Group at the University of Turku in Finland. She studies natural selection in contemporary human populations: how the human evolution is impacted by modern environment and how demographic shifts to low birth and death rates affect the opportunity for selection or specific trait selection. To study changes of the strength and direction of selection on key fitness traits, she and rest of the group uses longitudinal demographic data from Finland spanning 350 years and 15 generations.


People working for 23rd EMPSEB
to meet your highest expectations


Polska Akademia Nauk
Company for Biologists
Copernicus Science Centre

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