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AGA Special Event Award - funding available to support student travel to the 2017 ESEB Congress and participation in the workshop “Science policies: how should evolutionary biology be funded?”

AGA Special Event Award - funding available to support student travel to the 2017 ESEB Congress and participation in the workshop “Science policies: how should evolutionary biology be funded?”

Dear Colleagues,

We have received a grant from the American Genetic Association to offset the substantial financial demands of travel to and registration for the 2017 European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) Congress in Groningen, Netherlands for students and postdocs that would like to attend our workshop: “Science policies: how should evolutionary biology be funded?”. This workshop is part of the official ESEB 2017 program in Groningen http://www.eseb2017.nl/. We have funds available to support ~$750 towards travel/accommodation/registration for each of 10 students/postdocs that do not otherwise have funding available to attend the Congress.

Interested students/postdocs should contact Maurine Neiman (maurine-neiman@uiowa.edu) and Stephanie Meirmans (s.meirmans@hum.leidenuniv.nl) ASAP. General inquiries are welcome. Those already planning to apply should include their name, position, a short (<4 page) CV, and a short (~1-2 paragraph) statement of motivation to attend our workshop (what they can contribute to and how they will benefit from the workshop) as well as a one-paragraph statement about how their participation will contribute to workshop and/or ESEB Congress diversity.

Early-bird registration ends April 14, so we will have an initial deadline of April 10, with the goal of getting back to applicants by April 13 so that they can register in time to receive the early-bird discount. Funds permitting, we will consider additional applicants after that date.

Details on Workshop: “Science policies: how should evolutionary biology be funded?”

Organizers: Stephanie Meirmans and Maurine Neiman

The main goal of our workshop is to trigger a translatable discussion of how funding affects scientific quality, what scientific quality is, and whether and how the current funding system could improve. We invite you as active researchers to participate and make contributions to this discussion. Our ultimate aim is for you to return to your home institutions and countries and continue these discussions with colleagues, funding agencies, etc. Our workshop focus is important to virtually every evolutionary biologist and is particularly topical because of recent changes in how science is funded worldwide: increasingly, funding is both assessed by internal scientific quality and by external criteria such as societal relevance and technological-economic impact. These changes have created across-country differences in funding policies, inviting a critical systematic reflection that could have real impact in a time when funding policies are in a phase of transition in many countries.

 

Our workshop will feature two internationally recognized invited speakers with direct involvement in research funding, Leslie Rissler (US National Science Foundation), and (tentatively) Nils Christian Stenseth (University of Oslo/ Scientific Council of the European Research Council). The workshop also includes two panel discussions on this topic: Roger Butlin, George Gilchrist, Hanna Kokko, and Stephen Stearns (Panel 1), and Anne Charmantier, Jan Engelstädter, Astrid Groot, Kayla King, Pleuni Pennings and Jane Reid (Panel 2). The audience will be invited to actively participate in the discussion, so please come prepared with questions and insights.

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