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.
Acting President: Gerd Müller
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.
Incoming President: Jukka Jernvall
Institute: Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki
Research Interests: Jukka Jernvall is a Finnish evolutionary biologist in the field of evo-devo research. His research has centered on the interplay of ecology, evolution and developmental biology, especially of the mammalian dentition.
Vice President: Annette Becker
Institute: Institut für Botanik, Justus-Liebig University Giessen
Research Interests: The Becker group members are intrigued by evolutionary innovations. We use the flowering plants female reproductive organ, the carpel as an example to learn how evolutionary novelty can arise. We focus on transcription factors regulating carpel development and try to understand how they were recruited and rewired to generate a novel, highly complex organ.
Acting Program Officer: Frietson Galis
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.
Incoming Program Officer: Sylvie Retaux
Institute: Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience, Université Paris-Saclay, Université Paris-Sud
Research Interests: The Retaux lab focuses on molecular and developmental mechanisms underlying morphological and behavioural evolution in the blind cavefish, Astyanax mexicanus.
Treasurer: Tom Van Dooren
Institute: CNRS, Sorbonne University, Paris
Research interests: The generation of phenotypic trait variation fascinates me. How does selection operate on this diversity machine? I am interested in estimating fitness effects of developmental variability, mainly in annual killifish and in other bet-hedgers.
Secretary: Rainer Melzer
Institute: University College Dublin, School of Biology and Environmental Science
Research Interests: I’m interested in developmental genetic mechanisms generating floral diversity. In my group, we are using model plants like Arabidopsis and crops like wheat to understand the genetics of flower development. Eventually, we aim to unravel how flower development and species diversity are related to each other.
Marketing and Sponsorship Officer: Carlos Guerrero Bosagna
Institute: Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linköping University
Research Interests: Studying how environmental exposures of a variety of sources (e.g. nutrition, contaminants or stress) interfere with epigenetic and developmental mechanisms and can consequently influence phenotypic and genotypic variation in animals. Studying transgenerational effects derived from environmental exposures, and theoretical aspects of evolutionary biology related to environmental exposures, epigenetics and
Other Council Members
Thomas F. Hansen
Isaac Salazar Ciudad
Maria Ina Arnone