Mission

The aim of the society is to promote evolutionary developmental biology by regularly organizing meetings on this subject in Europe. The scientific program consists of plenary sessions, symposia, contributed talks and poster sessions. The society welcomes scientists from all over the world.

Executive Committee

mullerPresident: Gerd Müller
Location: Austria
Institute: University of Vienna and The KLI Institute
Research Interests:
The relationship between development and evolution in the generation of organismal form. This integrative approach includes experimental, bioinformatic, and theoretical work.
Email: gerhard.mueller@univie.ac.at
Website: Department of Theoretical Biology, University of Vienna

scuttVice President: Charlie Scutt
Location: France
Institute: Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon
Research Interests:
The origin and evolution of the carpel- the unique female reproductive organ whose presence defines the flowering plants. This work involves molecular-genetic studies in the model flowering plant Arabidopsis thaliana and molecular, biophysical and bioinformatic studies in taxa chosen for their key positions in seed plant phylogeny.
Email: charlie.scutt@ens-lyon.fr
Website:
L’Ens De Lyon

galisProgram Officer: Frietson Galis
Location: Netherlands
Institute: Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden
Research Interests:
Innovations and mechanisms that either facilitate or constrain evolutionary changes. In particular, the role of pleiotropic constraints and selection in shaping the adaptive evolution of body plans.
Email: frietson.galis@naturalis.nl
Website: frietsongalis.nl

schubertTreasurer: Michael Schubert
Location: France
Institute: Laboratoire de Biologie du Développement de Villefranche-sur-Mer, Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer
Research interests:
In our team, we are studying the developmental functions of two intercellular signaling cascades, Wnt and retinoic acid signaling, in three animal models located at key phylogenetic positions within the deuterostome phylum. Namely, we are working on sea urchins (Paracentrotus lividus), amphioxus (Branchiostoma lanceolatum) and lampreys (Petromyzon marinus), respectively, a xenambulacrarian, an invertebrate chordate and an agnathan vertebrate. Taking advantage of these three animal models, we use comparative approaches to assess the evolution of Wnt and retinoic acid signaling functions and their interactions during deuterostome development.
Email: michael.schubert@obs-vlfr.fr
Website: Evolution of Intercellular Signaling in Development (EvoInSiDe)

jennerSecretary: Ronald Jenner
Location: United Kingdom
Institute: Natural History Museum, London
Research Interests:
Comparative venomics, evolution of venoms in neglected venomous taxa, conceptual issues in systematics and evo-devo
Email: r.jenner@nhm.ac.uk
Website: Natural History Museum, Dr. Ronald Jenner

olsonSponsorship Officer and Website Coordinator: Peter Olson
Location: United Kingdom
Institute: Natural History Museum, London
Research Interests:
Development, genomics and comparative biology of flatworms; understanding the evolution of parasitism and Neglected Tropical Diseases through investigations of parasites in the context of their natural animal affinities.
Email: p.olson@nhm.ac.uk
Website: Olson Lab

Other Council Members

Per Ahlberg – Sweden
Richard Bateman – United Kingdom
Angélica Bello Gutierrez – Spain
John Bowman – Australia
Anne Burke – United States
Didier Casane – France
Chun-che Chang – Taiwan
Ariel Chipman – Israel
Isaac Ciudad-Salazar – Spain
Michael Coates – United States
Peter Dearden – New Zealand
David Ferrier – United Kingdom
Scott Gilbert – United States
Beverley Glover – United Kingdom
Philipp Gunz – Germany
Thomas Hansen – Norway
Jukka Jernvall – Finland
Shigeru Kuratani – Japan
Hans Metz – Netherlands
Alessandro Minelli – Italy
Philipp Mitteroecker – Austria
Mariana Mondragón – Germany
Ram Reshef – Israel
Paula Rudall – United Kingdom
Dmitry Sokoloff – Russia
Élio Sucena – Portugal
Michel Vervoort – France