Heliconius meeting 2018, Montpellier, France
This is the registration page to the 2018 Conference on the Biology of Heliconius Butterflies.
(Registration will require your email address)
The Heliconius meeting
Heliconius butterflies are tropical insects which have fascinated scientists for 150 years. Research on Heliconius has provided important insight in our understanding of the evolution of biodiversity, from an ecological and genetical standpoints. Heliconius have been instrumental in the study of mimicry, adaptation, biogeography, species assemblages, hybridization, diversification and speciation, and in the genetics and developement of wing patterns, intra and interspecific signalling, brains, or complex behaviours. Today, those species are recognised as important organisms for research at the interface of ecology and evolution.
The community of people working on Heliconius has dramatically increased in the recent years. Today at least 20 different labs have Heliconius as a main study organism. This yearly meeting brings together people from around the world involved in the study of those butterflies, as well as many researchers with interests in the study of similar questions (e.g. mimicry, speciation, wing development) or in species with phylogenetic or ecological proximity to Heliconius. Recent meetings were held in Sheffield (2016), Panama (2015), Puerto Rico (2014), Cambridge MA (2013) and Cambridge UK (2012).
for more information on Heliconius butterflies and the labs studying them.
The 2018 meeting in Montpellier, France
The 2018 meeting will be held in Montpellier from lunchtime on Thursday 23 August to the afternoon of Saturday 25 August , right after the Joint Evolution/ESEB congress (
The meeting will be held at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Sud, on the campus St Charles 2 of the Université Paul Valery. This is in the historical center next to the old university and the botanical garden. A map will be placed on this page soon. We plan to have Thursday and Friday dedicated to talks and formal discussions, and two meeting dinners on Thursday and Friday nights. Saturday will be used for more informal discussions, and a picnic in a more natural setting nearby.
We will draft the programme of talks and discussions by July 15, so please send in your proposed abstracts as soon as possible so we can count you in. Those of you who present a poster at the Evolution congress are encouraged to show their poster again at the Heliconius meeting, but may also take this as an oportunity to turn it into a talk, for lively discussions ! Also please take registration as an opportunity to provide any comment or suggestion you might have.
If you need help with preparing your trip, or booking accommodation, please don't hesitate to contact us. We can provide lists of convenient hotels and guest houses. Bear in mind that demand is high at this time of year and especially next to the Evolution/ESEB congress.
Contact & information
Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (UMR 5175)
CNRS, 1919 route de Mende, 34293 Montpellier 5, France
Registration is free but compulsory. Deadline : 15 June.
The University of Montpellier has allocated a small subsidy which will be used towards providing coffee breaks, and hopefully lunch boxes, depending on catering decisions to be made.
We can provide registration certificates if necessary.
Your lab address
Would you like to give a presentation?
Both / several
No formal presentation
Title of your presentation
Short abstract of your presentation
Would you like to propose a group discussion? If so, on what topic?
Do you need a visa to come to France?
If you would like to provide any other information, please use the box below.
The community in 2013 and 2015
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