iEvoBio: Informatics for Phyogenetics, Evolution, and Biodiversity Conference - Ottawa, Canada. Theme: Sythesizing Treesgraft detail
10-11 July 2012
Ottawa, Canada
Sister meeting with Evolution 2012



About the Conference

iEvoBio is a forum bringing together biologists working in evolution, systematics, and biodiversity, with software developers, and mathematicians. The goal of iEvoBio is both to catalyse the development of new tools, and to increase awareness of the possibilities offered by existing technologies (ranging from standards and reusable toolkits to mega-scale data analysis to rich visualization). The meeting extends over two full days and features traditional elements, including a keynote presentation at the beginning of each day and contributed talks, as well as more dynamic and interactive elements, such as a challenge, lightning talk-style sessions, a software bazaar, and Birds-of-a-Feather gatherings. The conference is poised to establish itself as a self-sustaining annual event and a must-attend for researchers, developers, and users of informatics resources at the intersection of phylogenetics, evolution, and biodiversity science.

The inaugural meeting in 2010 in Portland, Oregon, attracted over 300 participants and was enthusiastically received. The 2011 meeting, held in Norman, Oklahoma, was smaller, but similarly successful. The 2012 iEvoBio conference will again be held jointly with the Evolution Meetings in Ottawa, Canada, and as in previous years the meeting will overlap with the last day of the Evolution Meetings and extend one day longer.

iEvoBio is supported by the US National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), Biomatters Ltd, the Open Tree of Life project (NSF #DEB-12008809), the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), and the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB). The Organizing Committee for 2012 is chaired by Hilmar Lapp (NESCent) and includes Robert Beiko (Dalhousie University), Nico Cellinese (University of Florida), Robert Guralnick (University of Colorado at Boulder), Rebecca Kao (Denver Botanic Gardens), Ellinor Michel (Natural History Museum, London), Nadia Talent (Royal Ontario Museum), and Andrea Thomer (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). You can contact the committee by email at

iEvoBio is inspired by a similarly scoped conference for the domain of genome informatics, the Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC). BOSC has been running annually since 2000 in association with the premier annual computational biology conference (ISMB), and continues to be highly successful in its mission.



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