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    Adaptive Dynamics: beyond ESS

    Symposium and workshop in Hungary, August, 1996


    Is the ESS falling apart? The recent stream of novel approaches to the dynamics of adaptation on longer time scales has led to both a splitting up of the ESS concept, and to its embedding into various families of related concepts. The extensions and refinements derive from a range of dynamic approaches derived from deterministic or non- deterministic phenotypic, quantitative genetic or population genetical considerations. These approaches all seek for supremacy, clash as well as reinforce each other. Is there any hope that the various approaches can be unified into a coherent picture? A necessary condition is that the diverse schools keep in touch. We provide an apportunity.


    Time schedule

    The Fifth International Congress of Systematic and Evolutionary Biology (ICSEB), titled as 'Origins and Evolution', will be held in Budapest, Hungary between 17 and 24 August, 1996 (Saturday-Saturday). This seems rather long, but it includes a leisure day, 20 August (a great national feast in Hungary with fireworks). Among many evolutionary biology symposia, there will be a full-day symposium on adaptive dynamics on Friday, 23 August.

    A satellite workshop on the same topic will be organized after the Congress: from 25 August (Sunday) evening to 30 August (Friday) morning. Notice that the workshop is going to be LONGER than what is announced in the Second Circular of the ICSEB. This is because we plan a more relaxed program for the workshop in order to give enough time for informal discussions. The workshop is outside Budapest (see below). We provide transport to the workshop site on Sunday 25th August afternoon, such that most of the day is left free for rest and sightseeing in Budapest. On the way back, we will make a trip in the Mátra hills and return to Budapest on the evening.


    The symposium lecturers are the following:

    The symposium will be 7 hours long in total. The symposium talks will be 30 minutes long each, allowing a few additional minutes for discussion. During the satellite workshop there will be more time to go into details.

    Satellite Workshop

    The main idea of the workshop is to give opportunity both for presentations and for informal discussions among various approaches at greater depth. We would like to allocate the presentations in the mornings and leave the afternoons free for informal discussions. Discussion groups could be organized as well even on site.

    The satellite workshop will take place at Hotel Bérc in Mátraháza. Mátra is one of the most beautiful mountains of Hungary, Mátraháza is a nice resort place close to the highest peak (Kékestetõ, 1014 m above see level) of Hungary. The hotel is in the forest, ca. 2 km from the village of Mátraháza. It has nice facilities - swimming pool, bars, good restaurant, etc., etc.; the wonderful view and the walks one can make in the immediate neighbourhood are quite attractive. For the scientific part, we shall have four smaller discussion rooms beside the conference room at our disposal.

    How to go there and come back?

    We will provide transportation from Budapest. If you come by car, take highway M3 from Budapest to Gyöngyös. From Gyöngyös take road 24. You will find the sign of Hotel Bérc on the right side of this road after Mátrafüred, but before Mátraháza.

    If you doesn't want to take part of the excursion on Friday, August 30, you can come back to Budapest by public transport bus. It has a stop at the Hotel and take you to one of the main bus stations of Budapest. The earliest bus starts at 6:25 a.m. and arrives to Budapest around 8:35 a.m. If you are going to reach a flight departing earlier than 10:15, you have to leave the workshop place on the previous day.


    The workshop is supported by NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research). Therefore registration to the workshop is free, and we can cover the costs of accommodation and meals during the workshop as well for a limited number of people.
    Complied by Géza Meszéna.