Molecular studies of human evolution have undergone an extraordinary transformation in the last decade. The analysis of human genetic diversity has shifted from locus-specific to genome-wide, with new molecular techniques and informatic methods, and their application in large-scale collaborative projects. This revolution is providing new insights into the human past, into mutation rates and recombination processes, and into adaptation and the molecular and evolutionary basis of genetic disease. This EMBO Conference aims to provide an accessible opportunity for early-career researchers and PhD students to exchange ideas and knowledge with each other, and with key senior investigators who have contributed some of the major advances. The meeting represents a dynamic and stimulating forum for discussing the state of the art and future of this field.

This EMBO Conference aims to explore the impact of these new developments on a wide variety of topics. These will include:

  • Human genome sequence variation
  • New frontiers in sequencing technologies
  • Processes shaping human genome diversity
  • Making inferences from genome diversity
  • Humans as apes
  • What genetic changes made us human?
  • The function of the human genome
  • Origins of modern humans
  • Crossing disciplinary boundaries
  • The global distribution of genome diversity
  • Migrating out of Africa
  • The impact of agriculture
  • Into new-found lands
  • Phenotypic variation among humans
  • Evolutionary aspects of simple and complex disease
  • The personal genome

The format will include an interdisciplinary 'round table' discussion, and a 'research clinic' - an informal opportunity for participants (students in particular) to discuss their questions about data analysis, methodology, sampling etc. with speakers and organizers.





College Court Conference Centre
Knighton Road,

Leicester LE2 3UF


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Chiara Batini or Mark Jobling


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