Genotype to Phenotype to Fitness

Adapting to Change 22 November, 2018 - 23 November, 2018

Reed Hall, Exeter University


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General Information

The power of selection, whether exercised by man or brought into play under nature through the struggle for existence and the consequent survival of the fittest, absolutely depends on the variability of organic beings. Without variability, nothing can be effected. 

Charles Darwin 1868

On behalf of the Genetics Society we extend a very warm invitation to the 2018 Autumn meeting Genotype to Phenotype to Fitness. The meeting will bring together researchers working with diverse genetic techniques across a multitude of systems, but who are nonetheless connected by a shared passion for understanding adaptive evolution.

**Extended deadline –  Abstracts from people wishing to be considered for a talk will be accepted until Sunday 23rd September. After this we will continue to accept registrations and abstracts for poster presentations until the end of October. **

 We aim to notify all delegates whether their abstract has been selected for a talk by Sept 30th. Unfortunately the number of talk slots is limited, but all delegates submitting abstracts will be able to present in the poster session if we cannot accommodate their preferred option.

The meeting will have four themed open sessions over the two days, each featuring 2-3 of our invited speakers together with contributed talks and posters selected from abstracts submitted. In addition to the open sessions there will be an ECR symposium offering opportunities for early career researchers to present in an especially supportive environment

Session 1 – Genotype to Phenotype
We have an unprecedented array of tools for interrogating the genotype to phenotype map, including epigenetics, but how do genetic differences translate into fitness consequences for individuals or lineages?  What insights can we take from genetic studies of lab models, crops, livestock and wild populations?

Session2 – Constraint and Conflict
Phenotypes under selection are frequently not genetically independent, while individual genes can influence fitness through multiple, sometimes antagonistic, trait pathways.  this session will focus on the need to think about multivariate phenotypes, and evolutionary trade-offs (e.g. among traits, between sexes) arising from genetic architecture.

Session 3 -Genes in Environments
The fitness consequences of genetically determined phenotypes depend on the environment that they are expressed, in many interesting ways, from classical genotype-by-environment interactions, through to genetic mediation of social and/or ecological processes.

Session 4 – Micro to Macro
Bridging scales of biological organisations is frequently challenging for evolutionary genetics.  Do population specific studies studies and microevolutionary perspectives help us understand divergence among populations and species (or vice versa)?  What can we learn from studying the genetics of speciation and/or hybridisation?

We encourage everyone to interpret these themes broadly– they are intended to help identify common ground for discussion, not to limit scientific scope!

We also particularly encourage abstract submissions from women and early career researchers.

This year, the Genetics Society can make a contribution towards childcare or other caring responsibility costs (up to £100), that can be used flexibly. Applications for these awards can be made AFTER completing the registration form.


Full conference
Genetics Society Full Member  – £130.00
Genetics Society Postgraduate/Undergraduate member – £80.00
Non Member (academic – £230.00

Single day registration
Genetics Society Full Member – £75.00
Genetics Society Postgraduate/Undergraduate member – £50.00
Non Member (academic) –  £150.00

Gala dinner
All delegates – £35.00

If you’re not a member and would like to join the Genetics Society in time to take advantage of reduced registration fees please complete this form.

Membership cost:
Full Member – £25.00
Postgraduate Member – £15.00
Undergraduate Member – £5.00
A discount of £5 is available to Full and Postgraduate members wishing to pay by Direct Debit.

To join the Society you will need to be nominated by a current member.  Simply contact with your request.

Travel grants to attend the conference are available via Scheme (A) to those with the following membership status: undergraduate, Masters and PhD students, and postdoctoral scientists within three years of their PhD viva.

How to get there

Where to stay in Exeter

Submit your abstract here

Deadline for submissions: 23rd September

Meeting organisers:

Alastair Wilson (Exeter Universtity)
Kay Boulton (The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh)
Frank Hailer (Cardiff University)
Ben Longdon (Exeter University)
Helena Wells (King’s College London)



Matthew Webster (Uppsala, Sweden)
Nina Wedell (Exeter)
Patrik Nosil (Sheffield)
Susan Johnston (Edinburgh)
Edze Westra (Exeter)
Chris Jiggins (Cambridge)
Anne Charmantier (Montpellier, France)
Miltos Tsiantis (Max Planck, Cologne, Germany)
Katrina McGuigan (Queensland, Australia)
Walter Salzburger (Basel, Switzerland)