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EVOLTREE Online Seminar Series 2021 on "Adaptation to Climate Change"

A series of virtual events featuring leading experts in research on climate change adaptation - both in forest trees and other organisms. The series will be an opportunity to hear the latest from relevant scientists in the field, exchange ideas and discuss potential collaborations and projects.

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First EVOLTREE Conference 2021: Genomics and Adaptation in Forest Ecosystems

The first EVOLTREE Conference, hosted by WSL Birmensdorf (Switzerland) from 14-17 September, 2021, focuses on the genomics of trees and interacting species from evolutionary, demographic, and ecological perspectives.

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EVOLTREE Online Seminar Series 2020 on Polygenic adaptation

A series of virtual events featuring leading experts in research on polygenic adaptation - both in forest trees and other organisms. The series will be an opportunity to hear the latest from relevant scientists in the field, exchange ideas and discuss potential collaborations and projects.

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First EVOLTREE Conference 2021: Genomics and Adaptation in Forest Ecosystems

The first EVOLTREE Conference, hosted by WSL Birmensdorf (Switzerland) from 14-17 September, 2021, focuses on the genomics of trees and interacting species from evolutionary, demographic, and ecological perspectives.

 

Conference theme

The first EVOLTREE Conference, hosted by WSL Birmensdorf (Switzerland) from 14-17 September, 2021, focuses on the genomics of trees and interacting species from evolutionary, demographic, and ecological perspectives.

EVOLTREE is a European network of institutions engaged in studying the evolution and functioning of forest ecosystems, in particular trees as the foundation species in forest stands. A prime topic in the face of ongoing climate change is to elucidate how trees, together with their associated organisms such as mycorrhizal fungi, respond to rapid environmental changes.

We welcome contributions that apply innovative approaches and consider the relevance of their research in the context of biodiversity conservation through natural dynamics or silvicultural interference.

 

Conference format

The main program – keynotes and presentations – will take place each afternoon. Additional activities such as poster sessions, training lectures, workshops and an excursion are planned for the mornings.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for now you can register only for the online conference. The conference fee is 150 CHF (100 CHF for students including PhD students, certificate needed). Students from EVOLTREE member organizations are eligible for financial support to attend the conference.

In early June 2021, we will decide if and how many attendees can participate on-site (although this will be subject to government travel restrictions). You will then be able to buy an additional package (200 CHF, 100 CHF for students) that includes four coffee breaks and lunches, the excursion, and the conference dinner.

 

Tentative Program

The conference will include the following topical sessions:

1) Climate change genomics (Chair: Dr. Pascal Milesi, Uppsala University, SciLife Laboratory, Sweden)
Animal and plant species undergo cycles of contractions and expansions as a result of global environmental changes. Genome diversity is therefore the result of the complex interplay between demographic history and adaptation. Population and quantitative genomic approaches aim at disentangling these two effects and allow to i) quantify genome-wide response to natural selection, ii) describe the genetic architecture of adaptations or, to some extent, iii) predict individual / population / species response to climate change. In this cession, we welcome studies investigating such question from -omics data (SNPs, structural variants, RNA, etc.) coupled or not with phenotypic or ecological data. Simulation or modelling-based studies are also welcome.

2) Genomics of interactions (Chair: Dr. Martina Peter, WSL Birmensdorf, Switzerland)
In nature, organisms do not live and evolve in isolation, but interact with various living beings throughout their life histories. Long-lived trees provide a variety of resources and habitats for an enormous diversity of associated organisms including microbes, fungi, insects, and parasites whose interactions range from beneficial to detrimental. These complex interrelations vary in space and time and may range from gene-to-gene interactions that lead to co-adaptation to associations between partners that have little effect on each other. In this session we welcome studies that provide genomic insights into host-associate interactions in forest ecosystems, whether they are  experiments with single candidate gene studies, field studies investigating temporal and spatial patterns of associations with genome-wide scans, or comparative studies spanning millions of years of co-evolution.

3) Past demography and post-glacial recolonization (Chair: Prof. Dr. Tanja Pyhäjärvi, University of Helsinki, Finland)
The amount and distribution of molecular variation along the genome is a result of both historic demographic events and adaptive changes. Analysis of both is required for understanding the underlying processes. Many forest trees and associated species have experienced drastic changes in the past both in terms of geographical location and amount of breeding individuals. In this session, we will delve into inferring pre- and post-glacial demographic changes from genomic and genetic data. We welcome studies on demographic inference, phylogeography, population structure, and joint inference of adaptive and demographic factors. Also studies integrating demographic analysis with e.g. pollen or climate records are welcome.

4) Innovative methods and approaches (Chair: Dr. Katrin Heer, Philipps University Marburg, Germany)
Studying the genomic basis of adaptation and understanding the dynamics of adaptation in times of climate change is a challenging task. Even more so, if the study organisms are large and long-lived organisms such as trees for which approaches such as multigeneration experiments cannot be realized. In this session, we will discuss innovative and creative research methods designed to overcome these limitations. Such approaches include, for example, the joint analysis of genetic data and data stored in the temporal archive of trees – their tree rings, modelling approaches that integrate genomic information or an in-depth analysis of the genetic architecture of trees.

5) Conservation strategies (Chair: Dr. Marjana Westergren, Slovenian Forestry Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
This session looks at the link between genetic, genomic and environmental data and forest genetic resource conservation, including the issue of assisted migration. We seek examples of how genetic, genomic, and environmental data can help develop in situ and ex situ conservation strategies, how these strategies are or could be applied locally and regionally, and how breeding could be used to conserve genetic resources and support their adaptation to biotic and abiotic stressors. We welcome oral and poster presentations of concepts and case studies, especially applied ones from around the world.

6) Towards climate-smart forests (Chair: Dr. Charalambos Neophytou, BOKU, Vienna, Austria)
Thus far, a body of genetic and genomic studies have dealt with predicting adaptive responses of forest tree species to climate change. In practice, however, seed transfer guidelines are rather focused on local seed sources which are still commonly used to regenerate forests. In this session, we focus on the contribution of genetic and genomic research towards adaptation of forest management to the needs of climate change. We are particularly interested in studies serving as a basis to inform seed transfer guidelines. Moreover, we welcome application-oriented contributions focusing on the genetic diversity and adaptive capacity of forest reproductive material, as well as on genetic and genomic aspects in silviculture under a changing climate.

 

We invite abstracts for oral presentations or posters. As main author, you can submit a maximum of one oral presentation and/or several posters.

 

Important dates

April 19    Registration for online conference and abstract submission open

June 1    Registration for on-site attendance open, if possible, subject to government guidance on travel

June 15  Abstract submission deadline

July 15   Final program online

 

Venue

Birmensdorf is located just outside of Zürich in the countryside and can be reached by bus or train within 30 mins from Zürich downtown. Hotel options will be recommended once the on-site event is confirmed.

 

Organizing committee (contact us if you have questions):

Felix Gugerli, WSL

Christian Rellstab, WSL

Susanne Senn-Raschle, WSL

 

Scientific committee:

Dr. Felix Gugerli, WSL Birmensdorf, Switzerland

Dr. Katrin Heer, Philipps University Marburg, Germany

Dr. Pascal Milesi, Uppsala University, SciLife Laboratory, Sweden

Dr. Martina Peter, WSL Birmensdorf, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Tanja Pyhäjärvi, University of Helsinki, Finland

Dr. Christian Rellstab, WSL Birmensdorf, Switzerland

Dr. Eva-Maria Sehr, Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna, Austria

Dr. Marjana Westergren, Slovenian Forestry Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

Evoltree Working Group "Biannual Evoltree Conference"

Dr. Lucian Curtu, University of Brasov, Romania

Dr. Felix Gugerli, WSL Birmendsdorf, Switzerland (head)

Dr. Katrin Heer, Philipps University Marburg, Germany

Ewa Hermanovicz, European Forest Institute, Barcelona, Spain

Dr. Miran Lanšćak, Croatian Forest Research Institute, Jastrebarsko, Croatia

Dr. Sanna Olsson, INIA Madrid, Spain

Dr. Annika Perry, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Edinburgh, UK

Prof. Dr. Tanja Pyhäjärvi, University of Helsinki, Finland

Dr. Christian Rellstab, WSL Birmendsdorf, Switzerland

Dr. Nataša Šibanc, Slovenian Forestry Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dr. Giovanni Giuseppe Vendramin, CNR-IBBR, Florence, Italy

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

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