Evolution and Ecology of Cancer

Artistic representation of a splitting cancer cell
17 July, 2019 - 19 July, 2019

Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1RQ, UK


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Abstract Submission

Submit your abstract here, deadline 21 May 2019.

General Information

This new conference aims to bring together evolutionary biologists, ecologists, cancer researchers and cancer clinicians, highlighting that evolution and ecology are fundamental to both the basic science and the clinical management of cancer.

The conference will discuss the evolution and ecology of cells in tumours, as well as the interaction of cancer with the evolution and ecology of organisms. The main focus of this year’s meeting is on Cooperation, Conflict and Parasitism, including cellular competition, multicellularity and mathematical models. There will also be an extensive session on the new and exciting field of transmissible cancers.

Topics will include:

  • Cooperation and conflict in multicellularity
  • Cellular competition
  • Mathematical models
  • Cooperation and cancer
  • Evolvability and adaptation
  • Transmissible cancer


  • Early bird deadline: 23 April 2019
  • Bursary deadline: 07 May 2019
  • Abstract deadline: 21 May 2019
  • Registration deadline: 18 June 2019


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Keynote Speakers

Athena Aktipis – Arizona State University, USA
Mel Greaves – The Institute of Cancer Research, UK

Confirmed speakers

Rodrigo Hamede – University of Tasmania, Australia
Kairbaan Hodivala-Dilke – Barts Cancer Institute, UK
Michalina Janiszewska – Scripps, USA
Michael Lynch – Arizona State University, USA
Michael Metzger – Pacific Northwest Research Institute, USA
Ginés Morata Pérez – Centre for Molecular Biology, Spain
Elizabeth Murchison – University of Cambridge, UK
Kenneth Pienta – Johns Hopkins, USA
Kateřina Staňková – Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Stuart West – University of Oxford, UK