European Conservation Genetics Meeting 2022

International experts will share expertise at the fifth annual European Conservation Genetics Meeting (ConsGen22) which will be held for the first time in Scotland and online.

Starts: 30 August 2022 Ends: 1 September 2022

  • Time
  • Location
    John McIntyre Conference Centre, 18 Holyrood Park Road Edinburgh, EH16 5AY
  • Booking
  • Cost
    £200-£250 Early Bird > 16 May
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This is the first meeting of its kind in UK, with hosts Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), the University of Edinburgh and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) recognised as global leaders in the fields of wildlife conservation and biodiversity research.

Experts will be sharing recent developments in conservation genetics from around Europe and beyond in Edinburgh, a hub of science and innovation.

The study of genetics is fundamental to species, the ecosystem, and for conservation. By understanding the genetic diversity within a population, experts can define what they are working with and how best to protect it.

Conservation genetics is a rapidly evolving field which is revolutionising species management and contributing to the conservation of some of the world’s most endangered wildlife.

Scientists are ensuring that genetic tools and methods are available to conservationists working on a wide range of threatened species on the frontline of conservation around the world.

This is the first time the European Conservation Genetics Meeting has happened in the UK and we're really excited to welcome everyone to the wonderful city of Edinburgh.

Dr Emily Humble, Research Fellow in Conservation Genomics, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and the Roslin Institute

Collaboration and teamwork are fundamental in conservation. Our planet is facing an extinction crisis, so now more than ever, we are looking forward to hosting an in-person global event to learn and share vital information. By coming together to share our expertise and experience in designing genetic tools, we can protect species around the world and help secure a future for wildlife.

Dr Kara Dicks, Researcher, RZSS WildGenes, Edinburgh Zoo

Genetics and genomics are increasingly important tools in the urgent quest for the conservation of threatened species. This European Conservation Genetics meeting provides an essential opportunity for researchers at all career stages to share their cutting-edge techniques and exciting results.

Professor Pete Hollingsworth, Director of Science, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

This year the scientific programme will be divided into four themes focused on the development and application of genetic and genomic methods to conservation management. There is an exciting line-up of key note speakers as well as opportunities for delegates to contribute through oral presentations and posters. In keeping with previous ConsGen meetings, there will be an emphasis on promoting the involvement of Early Career Researchers.


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