ESF Research Conferences

ESF-COST High-Level Research Conference


Chaired by


Professor Roland Pochet
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

Professor Alain Peyraube
CNRS and EHESS, Paris, France

Programme Committee:

Reinhart Ceulemans, Universiteit Antwerpen, BE - János László, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, HU - Martin Stokhof, Universiteit van Amsterdam, NL


15 - 20 September 2009


Hotel Eden Roc, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain
The conference will take place in Sant Feliu de Guixols, on the Spanish Costa Brava, 120 km north of Barcelona and 30 km south of Girona. Group transportation will be arranged from/to Barcelona airport, on arrival and departure days.

Practical Information Guide PDF (232 KB)

Final Programme and List of Accepted Participants

Why attend another Darwin conference? What will be new?

This conference will gather speakers from two different intellectual worlds: “hard” and “soft” sciences, i.e. biological sciences, humanities and social sciences. Speakers will make a concerted effort to escape from their usual jargon and harmonise their semantics to avoid misunderstandings. This will enable the interdisciplinary exchange often sought but rarely achieved.

The conference will aim to achieve the following:
a) A summary of the success of using a Darwinist approach within different disciplines
b) Highlight insights from other disciplines in understanding biological evolution
c) Explore the potential for developing hybrid domains

To reach such aims round table discussions will be facilitated by selected moderators. The conference will be organised around the following four basic Darwinian principles:

  • Variation and diversity (variations among individuals are the driver of evolution);
  • Abundance (more offspring (progeny) are produced than would reach adulthood);
  • Selection (the one best adapted to his environment has more chance of survival);
  • Reproduction and transfer (organisms reproduce and pass on beneficial traits (inheritance).

Final Programme PDF (323 KB) Last updated 09-September-2009

List of Invited Speakers and Accepted Participants

Book of Abstracts PDF (593 KB) Last updated 12-September-2009

Abstracts, Posters & Short Oral Contributions

There will be no short talks other than those listed on the programme.

For the abstracts that have been accepted as posters please see the file below.

List of Accepted Posters PDF (79 KB) Last updated 09-September-2009

Posters can be fixed with self-adhesive tape or blu-tack onto poster panels. Recommended poster size is 140 cm high x 100 cm wide. Use letters and drawings that can be read from approximately 100 cm distance.

Group Transportation & Practical Information Guide

Detailed information on all practical aspects of the conference (access to site, registration & fee payments, accommodation, travel reimbursements...) is available from the Practical Information Guide. Please read it fully and carefully...

Practical Information Guide PDF (232 KB)


Buses will be arranged on arrival and departure day between Barcelona airport and Hotel Eden Roc. The journey takes approximately 2 hours. Please make your travel arrangements in advance: it is advisable to book flights and trains which arrive in the morning of 15 September and depart early afternoon on 20 September.

Airport departure point
The buses will wait in the special bus parking area located just in front of Terminal 2-A (formerly called Terminal A). Each bus has been requested to be at the meeting point 20 minutes before scheduled departure. The buses will have an “ESF Research Conferences” sign in the window.

Note: To go from terminal 1 to terminal 2 you must take the airport shuttle bus.

List of airlines by arrival/departure terminal

Bus departure times on Tuesday 15 September: 16.30 and 18.30

Bus departure time on Sunday 20 September: 8.30

We kindly ask you to fill in this online form in order to book a seat on the bus.


Please note that SINGLE accommodation can only be guaranteed to invited speakers. All other participants will have to share a TWIN room. In case single rooms would become available at the time of the conference, rooms will be attributed on a “first come, first served” basis. Only the TWIN conference fee should be paid to the ESF when registering. The supplement for single should be paid to the venue directly. Should you wish to be put on waiting list for single accommodation, please contact Ms Zuzana Vercinska.

Registration Form

For accepted participants and invited speakers only

All participants - including speakers & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in a Registration Form

Closing date for registration & fee payment: 18 August 2009

What Conference Fee Covers

Basic expenses comprise:

  • registration and meeting costs;
  • accommodation in twin room sharing with another participant;
  • all meals, coffee breaks and drinks included;
  • participation at the excursion and the conference dinner;
  • group transportation from/to the nearest airport.
To Pay
Conference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners0 €
AssistedConference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners375 €
Early Bird
Registration and payment NO LATER THAN 4 August700 €
Registration and payment after 4 and no later than 18 August800 €
Conference participation without accommodation550 €

Extra costs:

To Pay
Industry Supplement
For participants working in industry, 100 € will automatically be added to the fee
Plus 100 €
Single Room SupplementSome single rooms may be available upon request. An additional cost of 150 € will be charged for an upgrade to a single room. The supplement is payable directly to the hotel.Plus 150 €
Late Registration SupplementAn additional 150 € will be charged if participants register after 18 August.Plus 150 €


Should you need to cancel your participation, please contact the Conference Officer immediately. If notice of cancellation is received more than two weeks before the conference, all but EUR 100 will be reimbursed. No refund is possible if notice of cancellation is received less than two weeks before the conference.

ESF Contact

COST OfficeBrusselsBelgium

Phone: +32 (0)2 533 3805
Fax: +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 09-309 in any correspondence.


This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with COST European Cooperation in Science and Technology.