Evolution of Complex Life

The evolution of complex life is an inherently multidisciplinary problem encompassing a wide range of topics, including:

  • How do new levels of the biological hierarchy evolve?
  • How do interactions between individual organisms contribute to complex phenotypes and behaviors?
  • How do social behaviors evolve?
  • How do evolutionary novelties emerge and evolve?
  • How do organisms drive geochemical cycles and how do geochemical changes influence evolution?

This conference brings together scientists from different backgrounds to discuss these and other important topics about one of the most salient aspects of life: the evolution of complexity.

Register at http://eclife.biosci.gatech.edu/registration/ 

Conference Program

Below are the topics and confirmed speakers for the conference sessions.The detailed program will be available by April 15, 2019. Please check back at http://eclife.biosci.gatech.edu/program/ for updates.

The evolution of biological complexity

Mechanisms driving evolutionary innovations

Social evolution across scales

Evolutionary transitions

Dynamics and evolution of Earth-systems

Principles of social evolution

Origins and nature of life

Information dynamics in evolution

Organizing and Scientific Committees

The members of the organizing and scientific committees are graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and professors from three schools within the College of Sciences of Georgia Tech.

Organizing Committee

Scientific Committee

More information at http://eclife.biosci.gatech.edu/

Event Details


  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Location: GTRI Conference Center, 250 14th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Fee(s): $20-$75 depending on status

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