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Past Aquarium Guest Speaker Francisco J. Ayala Hosts Colloquium


September 16, 2009

The year of Darwinian celebration will close with a Sackler Colloquium devoted expressly to human evolution. Darwin addressed the topic at length in “The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex” (1871). Much has been learned since then, not least from the evidence of paleontology, comparative vertebrate biology, and comparative genomics. This Sackler Colloquium will bring together leading biologists with special expertise about human evolution, both biological and cultural. A preliminary program can be viewed on their website.

Attendance at the Colloquium is limited to 230 registered individuals. Registrations will be accepted only when the registration fee is included and in the order in which they are received. The early registration fee by November 15, 2009 ($300) includes the cost of meals, reception, and banquet. After November 15, 2009, all registrations are $350.

A reduced all-inclusive (meals, reception, and banquet) registration fee of $150 is offered to graduate students and postdocs who register by November 15, 2009. The NAS has provided funds to supplement the expenses of participating graduate students and postdocs up to $125 for hotel costs and up to $150 for air travel (see award qualification details on the registration page). Awards will be approved on a first come basis when accompanied by the registration fee. Reimbursements will be paid after the Colloquium, upon documentation of qualifying expenses.

Registration is available on their website.