SIBE, Società Italiana di Biologia Evoluzionistica - ISEB, Italian Society for Evolutionary Biology

Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza Award

January 31, 2019
The Italian Society of Evolutionary Biology (SIBE-ISEB, ) will held its 8th Congress from 1 to 4 September 2019 in Padua, in the wonderful locations of the historical Botanical Garden of Padua, the most ancient botanical garden in the world and UNESCO world heritage, and in the “Galileo Galilei” Main Hall of the XVI century Palazzo Bo. The Congress will see the presence of numerous invited speakers of world renown, who have distinguished themselves in the biological and evolutionary research. On the 4th of September the sessions will be organized and shared along with the Italian Anthropological Association (AAI), with symposia and debates on the general subject of “Population genetics and genomics”.
On this occasion, the first edition of the “Luigi Luca Cavalli Sforza Award” will be launched, in memory of the prestigious geneticist who died on Aug. 31. Cavalli-Sforza pioneered the field of human population genetics. The first Award will be received by eminent Professor Montgomery Slatkin (University of California, Berkeley), who will hold a public conversation in Palazzo Bo, on Wednesday 4th September, in the late morning.
Montgomery Slatkin, from the University of California at Berkeley, studied as a mathematician at MIT and Harvard University, and soon moved to theoretical and applied population genetics after meeting William Bossert, E.O. Wilson and Ernst Mayr. He is known for his contributions to understanding and modelling gene flow, for the development of methods to estimate evolutionary parameters under a coalescent theory framework, and, more recently, for the study of range expansions and the analysis of ancient DNA data from archaic hominins. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Similarly to Luca Cavalli-Sforza, the influence of Monty Slatkin on the development of population genetics is documented not only by his publication record but also by the scientific impact he had on the careers of many young scientists.
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