Top researchers will come together this spring to explore evolution in biology, the human sciences and the humanities. And they will do so at the University of Missouri–St. Louis as part of the Consilience Conference hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences. It will take place April 26-28 at the J.C. Penney Building/Conference Center on UMSL’s North Campus.

All speakers attending the conference know the level of consensus in their fields and can recognize major changes taking place, identify the major unsolved problems, and point toward future directions of research. They also will discuss relations among at least two of the three areas.

The conference will feature morning and afternoon sessions for each of the three days. Each session will contain one speaker from biology, one from the human sciences and one from the humanities. The aim of the conference is to maximize the interaction among these three areas.

Edward O. Wilson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will give the keynote address. Wilson’s career has alternated between doing world-class work in specialized biological subjects and synthesizing ideas across the broadest spectrum of intellectual life. Eighteen additional speakers, all top researchers in their fields, will contribute to the conference.

In addition, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are invited to submit poster proposals in all three areas or any combination of the three areas. All proposals should have an evolutionary dimension. The posters will be continuously displayed at the conference, and a special poster session will be scheduled. Poster proposals must be submitted by Feb. 15.

Interested attendees must register for the conference. The registration fee is $155 prior to April 1 and $165 after. Students may register for $75. There also will be a closing reception to further discuss the topics explored and network. The cost to attend this reception is $25.

To register to attend the conference, or for more information including speakers, area hotels, and things to do in St. Louis, please visit the conference website.

Ryan Heinz

Ryan Heinz