News: 7th Annual LERN Conference

The 7th Annual LERN Conference was held on Monday 14th September 2009.

Thank you to all those who attended our Annual Conference. Special thanks to the presenters, judges, and our keynote speakers. The quality and diversity of the talks and posters was impressive, with a high standard of presentation, confidence, and good science commented on by the judges.

The Brian Ruth award for best talk went to Elizabeth Bourne for her talk “Understanding local adaptation in Northern rock cress: coping with the serpentine syndrome“.

Best poster went to Sam Tazzyman for work on “Modeling sexual selection in yeast”.

To honour Charles Darwin;s Bicentennial year, LERN awarded a third prize at this year’s conference: the Darwin prize for best use of an Evolutionary framework. The award was given to Nichola Hawkins for work on “Recent evolution of Rhynchosporium secalis in response to selection by fungicides”.

If you were not able to attend but wish to have a copy of the program it is available for download here: Conference 2009 Full program. To see photos of the event, click here.

Venue: The Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum, London.

Program: Full day, with four sessions and two keynote speakers, Christophe Soligo and Max Reuter.

Talks were 15 minutes + 5 for questions. Posters up during the day.

Fee: coffee, tea, lunch and drinks reception in local Pub.


The LERN conference provides an opportunity for postgraduate students working on any aspect of evolution to present their work to a diverse audience. The program demonstrates the broad range of topics showcased at the conference. We always welcome applications from institutions beyond London.