Join us in Groningen for the 2017 ISEMPH Meeting!

The 2017 meeting of the International Society of Evolution, Medicine & Public Health will take place August 18-21, in Groningen in conjunction with the XVIth European Society for Evolutionary Biology Meeting.  ISEMPH brings together scientists, teachers, clinicians, and students in the evolution and medicine community to share ideas and create new connections that will advance the field. This open meeting is designed to bridge the many different disciplines where relevant research takes place, including infectious disease, public health, genetics, anthropology, psychology, oncology, ecology, and veterinary medicine.
The first two days of the ISEMPH Annual Meeting will be at the University of Groningen Medical Center, the Monday sessions will be at the Groningen Conference Center in conjunction with the European Society for Evolutionary Biology Biannual Meeting August 20-25 (separate registration and abstract submission is required). Registration for both meetings will open in February. We anticipate  discounted registration fees for those who attend both meetings. If you have an idea for a special symposium, round table or other creative experience, please send a note to
Important Dates
  • February 15 Abstract submission deadline for ISEMPH and designated ESEB symposia
  • March 15 Notification of decisions about abstracts
  • March 31  Early registration deadline for ESEB
  • May 1 Deadline for early discounted ISEMPH registration
  • July 1 Deadline for regular ISEMPH registration
  • August 18-21 ISEMPH Meeting
  • August 20-25 ESEB Meeting


Abstract submission

We are happy to offer both oral and poster presentations at the 2017 ISEMPH Meeting. Abstract titles should be less than 200 characters and abstracts should be less than 200 words. Abstracts will be accepted through the Eventure-Online platform which requires you to make a free account.

Please note that abstract submission for the ESEB meeting is a separate process and can be done, here. The deadline for asbtract submission for the regular symposia of ESEB is January 10, 2017. However, the join ISEMPH/ESEB symposia designated twoards evolutionary medicine have a deadline of February 15th. You may see a list of ESEB symposium topics, here

Abstracts for the ISEMPH portion of the meeting are due February 15th.

Keynote Speakers

Svante Pääbo

Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Linda Partridge

Max Plank Institute for Biology of Ageing

Stephen Stearns

Yale University

Sylvia Cremer

Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Mervyn Singer

University College London, UK

Jonathan Wells

University College London, UK

Peer Bork

European Molecular Biology Lab, Germany

Francisco Úbeda 

University of London

Format for Talks

Both roundtables and podium discussions are planned for the ISEMPH meeting. Content of these talks will be updated as abstracts are recieved.

Meeting Schedule

The meeting will open with a gala and reception on Friday, August 18th. Committee meetings will also occur throughout the day on Friday. Check back for a more detailed program closer to the meeting. 


Meeting registration will open in February. There will be discounts for those that register for both the ISEMPH and ESEB meetings. Check back here for registration information in 2017.


George C. Williams Prize

The Prize recognizes the contributions of George C Williams to evolutionary medicine, and aims to encourage and highlight important research in this growing field. The $5,000 Prize will be awarded to the first author of the most significant article published in 2016 in the Society’s flagship journal, Evolution, Medicine and Public Health. Oxford University Press publishes the journal open access. All articles published in 2016 will be automatically considered for the Prize.

To submit an article to the EMPH journal see

Gilbert S. Omenn Prize

The International Society for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health invites nominations for the Omenn Prize of $5000 for the best article published in 2016 in any scientific journal on a topic related to evolution in the context of medicine and public health. It will be awarded in Augsut at the 2017 ISEMPH Meeting in Groningen. The prize, provided by the generosity of Gilbert S Omenn, will be awarded to the first author of the winning article.  Authors are encouraged to nominate their own articles, but nominations of articles by others are also welcome. Nominations open now. 



The meeting will take place at the University Medical Center Groningen in Groningen, The Netherlands. The joint day with ESEB, Monday, August 21 will take place at the Congress Center Martiniplaza in Groningen, The Netherlands.

University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)
19713 GZ Groningen
The Netherlands

Leonard Springerlaan
2NL-9727 KB Groningen,
The Netherlands

Traveling by car
UMCG is close to the city center and easier to reach by public transport. When traveling by car, use the address of the parking garage to navigate. UMCG has two parking garages, Parkeergarage Noord and Parkeergarage Zuid.

Martiniplaza is situated next to Motorway A7 (Amsterdam/Drachten, Hoogezand/Germany) and nearby Motorway A28 (Assen/Zwolle).  Nearby Martiniplaza are 1500 parking facilities and on the opposite of the main entrance there is a parking garage. Both paid parking.

Public transport
UMCG and Martiniplaza are both reachable by bus. Use the site to plan your journey. The system is smart, so you can fill in the address of your hotel or the central station Groningen as departure, to UMCG Hoofdingang / Martiniplaza.

Of course you can order a taxi, they can take you to the main entrance of UMCG and Martiniplaza.

Travel to Groningen, the Netherlands
Groningen is easily accessible through Schiphol Amsterdam Airport
(direct train to Groningen), City Airport Bremen (shuttle to Groningen)
or Groningen Airport Eelde (selective number of European connections).


About Groningen

Groningen City is the capital of the Province of Groningen, in the northeas of the Netherlands. The city is the largest urban center in the area (>200.0000 people)    
Groningen is an attractive city with a level of facilities that can only be found in major cities. Institutions such as the University, the University Medical Centre and the Groninger Museum, make Groningen the regional centre for more than half a million people. The center of Groningen has been preserved and its attraction lies in a contrast between historical and modern Groningen. Founded in the 11th century, it has one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands and a historic city centre, lively nightlife and a wealth of fascinating museums covering various topics from science to art.
Groningen's main attractions are the 13th century Martinikerk and the Renaissance Goudkantoor at the Grote Markt. Cars are banned from the picturesque historic centre. Part of this area was destroyed during WWII; however, many of the medieval and 16th and 17th century structures survived. The University of Groningen was founded in 1614 and its student population keeps the city vibrant. It is easy to feel 'at home' in Groningen.
The city's landmark is the Martini tower which has overlooked the city for over 750 years. Visitors can climb this fourth-highest tower of the Netherlands up to the third gallery to get a spectacular view across the city. Adjoining the tower is the Martini church, the largest in Groningen. It originates from approximately 1230 AD and contains frescos from the 13th century and one of the largest Baroque organs in northwest Europe. Two other main attractions are the beautifully designed central squares: Grote Markt and Vismarkt.
Art pervades the city, even in the central train station. The Groningen Museum, designed by the Italian architect Alessando Mendini, is opposite the train station and houses a permanent collection of 17th-century works (including Rubens' Adoration of the Magi), Hague School paintings, ceramics, modern art, archeological artifacts as well as works by Groningen's expressionists De Ploeg group. Surrounded by water, the museum looks like a sea-going vessel.   

Programming Committee

  • Frank Rühli (chair), University of Zurich
  • Joe Alcock, University of New Mexico
  • Nicole Bender, University of Zurich
  • Dan Blumstein, University of California Los Angeles
  • Michelle Blyth, New York University
  • Jacobus  Boomsma, University of Copenhagen
  • Detlev Ganten, World Health Summit Founder
  • Grazyna Jasienska, Jagiellonian University
  • Joachim Kurtz, Universität Münster
  • Jon Laman, University of Groningen
  • Alejandra Nuñez  de la Mora, Universidad Veracruzana
  • Charlie Nunn, Duke University
  • Robert Perlman, University of Chicago
  • Gertjan van Dijk, University of Groningen