iEvoBio Call for Challenge entries for conference on Informatics for Phylogenetics, Evolution, and Biodiversity (iEvoBio)

From: Hilmar Lapp
Date: Thu, May 10, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Subject: [iEvoBio] Call for Challenge entries for conference on Informatics for Phylogenetics, Evolution, and Biodiversity (iEvoBio)
To: iEvoBio Announcements

Many trees enter.
Fresh analysis ensues.
New insights emerge.

As a reminder, the iEvoBio conference is again holding a Challenge competition in 2012, this time on the theme, "Synthesizing Phylogenies." Further information on the nature of challenge entries and how to submit them can be found on the iEvoBio website at Submissions are due by June 25, 2012. Cash prizes will be awarded for first place (USD 1,500) and runner-up entries. The winning entries will be selected by a vote of the iEvoBio meeting participants.

Also, alongside the iEvoBio Challenge, 2012 iEvoBio sponsor Biomatters Ltd is running the Geneious Challenge. The goal of this challenge is to develop a new plugin to Geneious Pro, using the public API, that enables a new and exciting visualization or analysis. The winning entry will receive a $1000 cash prize, and all entrants who submit by the deadline will receive a 12-month subscription license. The deadline for the Geneious Challenge is the same as for the iEvoBio Challenge. See for more information.

More details about the iEvoBio conference and program are available at You can also find continuous updates on the conference’s Twitter feed at and Google+ page, or subscribe to the low-traffic iEvoBio announcements mailing list at

iEvoBio 2012 is sponsored by the US National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) and by Biomatters Ltd., in partnership with the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE) and the Systematic Biologists (SSB).

The iEvoBio 2012 Organizing Committee:
Hilmar Lapp, US National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (chair)
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
Andrea Thomer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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