Mechanisms of plant speciation

9 – 13 June 2015 | Åkersberga /Stockholm, Sweden


About the workshop

This EMBO Workshop will present frontier research on speciation mechanisms in plants, focusing in particular on the genetic mechanisms establishing hybridization barriers, the role of natural selection in driving speciation, the importance of hybridization and polyploidization in speciation, and the environmental conditions promoting speciation.


Speciation has been studied since Darwin, but the advance of sequencing technologies has given an impressive boost to this research area. This workshop will highlight recent insights into speciation mechanisms in a diverse set of plant species, including the relevance of speciation research for plant breeding and ecosystems management. The EMBO Workshop will bring together investigators at the cutting-edge of their field and will provide ample opportunities for discussion in informal settings, allowing junior scientists and graduate students to exchange ideas with leaders in the field. There are possibilities for short talks selected from submitted abstracts.


The EMBO Workshop will be organized into the following sessions:

  1. Plant reproductive systems, drivers for speciation
  2. Reproductive isolation as a consequence of adaptive divergence
  3. Impact of hybridization and polyploidization on speciation
  4. Molecular and evolutionary consequences of hybridization

Early registration and abstract submission deadline

15 February 2015

Late registration and abstract submission deadline

9 March 2015

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Early registration and abstract submission deadline

15 February 2015

Late registration and abstract submission deadline

9 March 2015















Online application

Apply now!



Registration includes:

  • Participation in the workshop

  • Excursion and conference dinner

  • Abstract book, meeting bag & materials

  • Shuttle bus from Arlanda International airport (1h)

  • Accommodation from June 9 to June 13 (4 nights) including breakfasts, lunches and dinners, coffee breaks, as well as the welcome reception. The participants are expected to stay for the whole duration of the meeting.


Selection criteria

Participants will be selected on the basis of the abstract submission. All selected participants will give their presentation in the form of posters. In addition, a number of abstracts will be selected for a short oral presentation or a flash poster presentation.


Abstract guidelines

600 words max, including references. Please indicate if you wish to present a short talk or poster presentation. The abstract should display all authors and their full affiliation, a title and a short text describing your research. The presenting author should be underlined.


Poster specifications

The poster should not be larger than 1,00 x 1,80 m (portrait).



Applicants will receive the link to the payment website via email after they apply/register.



Three meeting fellowships (waiver of registration fee) are available. They will be awarded to PhD or postdoc participants on a competitive basis (scientific quality of abstracts). The awardees will be informed in a personalized admission email at the end of May.




Clément Lafon-Placette

+46 18 673237






Conference center Skåvsjöholm
184 94 Åkersberga/Stockholm

The conference centre Skåvsjöholm is located close to Stockholm in the famous Roslagen-Stockholm Archipellago, about 31 km north of Stockholm. The conference centre is located directly at the coast, offering beautiful views over the archipellago. All participants will be housed within the conference centre in single rooms. All catering (during breaks, breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided in the centre (except excursion).

The conference centre has a restaurant, a bar, a sauna, a fitness room, a private strand, a large garden area, sunny terraces, and other spaces for socialising and discussion.

The Stockholm archipelago is cluster of some 30,000 islands and rocks spreading 80 km east from Stockholm into the Baltic Sea. It is world-famous for its beautiful nature, allowing all kind of outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, sea kayaking, biking, and swimming. The following websites provide more information about the area and nearby attractions:

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By plane

Stockholm Arlanda airport is the closest airport and a bus shuttle bus will be organized to bring participants to the conference centre and back to the airport on 13 June.


By public transport from Arlanda

Please consult this webpage for public transport connections from Arlanda to the station Rydbo Saltsjöbads Väg, Åkersberga. From there is a 15 minute walk to Skåvsjöholm.


By taxi from Arlanda airport

The price from the airport to Skåvsjöholm is about 700 SEK. Please ask the conference center to book a taxi for you.