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Basic Issues in Evolution. A Darwin 200 Symposium

Basic Issues in Evolution. A Darwin 200 Symposium
Illustration by Noma Bar

Venice, May 2-4, 2009
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti
Palazzo Franchetti


Organizing Committee 
Giorgio Bernardi
(Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venezia;
Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Napoli)
Gian Antonio Danieli (Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venezia;
University of Padova)
Walter Erdelen (UNESCO, Paris)
Alessandro Minelli (Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venezia;
University of Padova)
Engelbert Ruoss (UNESCO-BRESCE, Venezia)
Talal Younès (IUBS, International Union of Biological Sciences, Paris)

Werner Arber
Giorgio Bernardi
John Buckeridge
Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza
Bryan Clarke
Rita Colwell
Gian Antonio Danieli
Eric Davidson
Christian de Duve
Walter Erdelen
Marcus W Feldman
Gary Felsenfeld
Walter Gehring
Takashi Gojobori
Daniel Hartl
Nicole Le Douarin
Rita Levi-Montalcini
Gabriel Macaya
William Martin
Leopoldo Mazzarolli
Alessandro Minelli
Gerd Müller
Werner Müller
Tomoko Ohta
Norihiro Okada
Engelbert Ruoss
Nori Satoh
Vittorio Sgaramella
Maxine Singer
Marc Van Montagu
Marvalee Wake
James D. Watson
Emile Zuckerkandl

Saturday, May 2nd  2009

8.30 a.m. Participants Registration
9.00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction to the Symposium
Leopoldo Mazzarolli (Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venezia)
John Buckeridge (International Union of Biological Sciences, Paris)
Engelbert Ruoss (UNESCO Office in Venice)
Walter Erdelen (UNESCO, Paris)
The Charles Darwin Year 2009 and UNESCO
Rita Levi-Montalcini (European Brain Research Institute, Roma)
Session 1: Fundamental aspects of evolution
Chairpersons: Angelo Azzi (Tuft University, Madford, USA), David
Stewart (Cold Spring Harbor laboratory, New York)
10.00 a.m. Christian de Duve (Institute of Cellular Pathology, Bruxelles)
A darwinian look into the future
10.30 a.m. Werner Arber (University of Basel)
The impact of microbial genetics on the theory of molecular evolution
11.00 a.m. - Coffee
11.30 a.m. Tomoko Ohta (National Institute of Genetics, Japan)
Drift and selection in evolution of complex systems
12.00 p.m. Giorgio Bernardi (Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Napoli)
The neoselectionist theory of genome evolution
12.30 p.m. General Discussion: Contribution of basic science to the
understanding of evolutionary processes
Chairperson: Lars Jermiin (Sydney University)
1.00 p.m. - Lunch
Session 2: Evolutionary genomics
Chairpersons: Erwin Beck (University of Bayreuth), Jean-Marc Jallon
(Paris-Sud University)
2.30 p.m. Edward Trifonov  (University of Haifa)
Towards the earliest steps of  molecular evolution
3.00 p.m. Marc Van Montagu (European Federation of Biotechnology)
On the evolution of plant genomes
3.30 p.m. Gary Felsenfeld (NIH, Bethesda)
Chromatin and the evolution of regulatory mechanisms
4.00 p.m. - Coffee
4.40 p.m. Vittorio Sgaramella (Parco Tecnologico Padano - CERSA, Lodi)
Structural variations of the somatic genome in development and evolution
5.00 p.m. Norihiro Okada (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Multiple SINE insertions made our brain mammalian?
5.30 p.m. General Discussion: Genetic mechanisms of evolution
Chairperson: Ralf Reski (University of Freiburg)

Sunday, May 3rd  2009
Session 3: Evolutionary developmental biology
Chairpersons: Jean David (LEGS-CNRS, Giff sur Ivette FR),
Francesco Salvatore (University of Napoli Federico II)
9.30 a.m. Bryan Clarke (University Park, Nottingham)
The importance of natural history to understanding molecular biology
10.00 a.m. Walter Gehring (University of Basel)
Darwinian evolution of eyes and photoreceptors
10.30 a.m. - Coffee
11.00 a.m. Emile Zuckerkandl (Institute of Molecular Medical Sciences in Palo Alto)
Epigenetic plasticity and evolution
11.30 a.m. Gerd Müller (Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venezia; University of Wien)
The extended evolutionary synthesis
12.00 p.m. General Discussion: Developmental biology and evolutionary
Chairperson: Ettore Olmo (Università politecnica delle Marche, Ancona)
12.30 p.m. Special UNESCO-ICTP Session: Latest developments from
physics for the study of evolution
Chairperson: Talal Younès (IUBS)
1.00 a.m. - Lunch
Session 4: The evolutionary tree of life
Chairpersons: Pietro Calissano (European Brain Research Institute,
Roma), Motonori Hoshi (Open University of Japan)
2.30 p.m. William Martin (Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf)
Hydrothermal vents and the origin of life (an idea that Darwin might have liked)
3.00 p.m. Werner Müller (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz)
Shaping the root of the metazoan tree of life: Urmetazoa
3.30 p.m. Takashi Gojobori (National Institute of Genetics, Japan)
Is darwinian evolution the impetus of species differences in the genome network system?
4.00 p.m. - Coffee
4.30 p.m. Nicole le Douarin (Collège de France, Paris)
The neural crest: a major innovation for the evolution of vertebrates
5.00 p.m. Nori Satoh (Kyoto University)
Notochord, a key organ to understand the evolution of chordates
5.30 p.m. General Discussion: Missing links in the tree of life
Chairperson: Cecilia Saccone (CNR, Bari)

Monday, May 4th 2009
Session 5: Evolution, man and environment
Chairpersons: Fernando Alvarez Valin (University of Montevideo),
Giuseppe Martini (CNR, Roma)
9.30 a.m. Marvalee Wake (University of California, Berkeley)
Darwinian principles of diversification and today's biodiversity crisis
10.00 a.m. Rita Colwell (University of Maryland, College Park)
Climate, oceans, infectious diseases: the evolution of vibrio cholerae and cholera
10.30 a.m. Dan Hartl (Harvard University, Cambridge)
Evolutionary pathways of drug resistance
11.00 a.m. - Coffee
11.30 a.m. Marcus Feldman (Stanford University)
Darwin and the human genome
12.00 p.m. Luca Cavalli-Sforza (Stanford University)
Darwin's prophecy on linguistic evolution
12.30 p.m. General Discussion
Chairperson: Paolo Amati (Sapienza, University of Roma)
1.00 p.m. - Lunch
Session 6: Evolution in education
Telmo Pievani ((Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venezia, University of Milano Bicocca),
Giovanni Giacometti (Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti,
Venezia; University of Padova)
2.30 p.m. Maxine Singer (Carnegie Institution of Washington)
Teaching evolution in schools
3.00 p.m. Gabriel Macaya (University of Costa Rica)
Darwin(ism) in the classroom: science for a renewed citizenship
3.30 p.m. John Buckeridge (International Union of Biological
Sciences, Paris)
The Creationist challenge to evolution and science: is this to be taken seriously?
4.00 p.m. General Discussion: Conclusions of the Sessions 1 - 6
Chairperson: Alessandro Minelli (Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere
ed Arti, Venezia; University of Padova)
2.30-4.00 UNESCO-BRESCE Web Conference with the p.m. participation of Werner Arber, Christian De Duve,
Walter Gehring, Rita Colwell and students from selected European Universities (Palazzo Zorzi)
Chairperson: Giorgio Bernardi (Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed
Arti, Venezia; Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Napoli)
4.30 p.m. James Watson
5.00 p.m. Closing remarks and end of the Symposium
6.00 p.m. Giorgio Bernardi, Gian Antonio Danieli, Alessandro Minelli
Summary of the Symposium

Il 4 maggio alle ore 18,00 si è tenuto, a conclusione del convegno,
l'incontro sul tema
Darwin oggi
Il punto sui meccanismi dell'evoluzione biologica

Giorgio Bernardi
Gian Antonio Danieli
Alessandro Minelli


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