Welcome Letter

 Dear Colleagues,


On behalf of the international organizing committee, we would like to invite you to apply to register for an exciting conference entitled POTENTIAL AND LIMITATIONS OF EVOLUTIONARY PROCESSES to be held near Jerusalem, Israel between 4-8 October 2021.

From time to time, the scientific community gathers to address the foundations of evolutionary theory. In 1909, on the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species, scientists from around the world met in Cambridge; in 1947, in Princeton, to found the journal Evolution; in 1966, at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, to discuss mathematical challenges to neo-Darwinian theory; in 1980, at the Field Museum in Chicago, to probe the concept of macroevolution – and, most recently, in November 2016, at the Royal Society in London, to examine the idea of an extended evolutionary synthesis. This conference intends to pursue the tradition of evaluating the foundations of evolutionary theory.


  • Fine-Tuning of the Universe

  • Origin of Life: Pre-biotic chemistry

  • Origin of Life: Lipids

  • Origin & Fine-tuning of the Genetic Code

  • Pathways to Functional Islands in Protein Sequence Space

  • Evolution of Novel Proteins by Modification

  • Evolutionary Genetics

  • Fine-tuning of Biological Systems I

  • Fine-tuning of Biological Systems II

  • New approaches in Evolutionary Theory

  • What is emerging?

The program will be complemented with a poster session and breakout sessions, offering junior scientists an opportunity to take an active part. There will be plenary lectures given by two Nobel Laureates and some of the world’s leading scientists and philosophers. Click here for full details of the program, which will be updated frequently.



The conference will be held in Neve Ilan. The hotel is set in the beautiful Judean Hills, a short drive from Jerusalem as well as Ben Gurion International Airport. The hotel offers 173 spacious and upgraded rooms, a swimming pool (heated in the winter) with a terrace overlooking the wonderful landscape.  



The conference will be organized by Target Conferences. Details of registration fees can be found by clicking here.


We of course realize that travel commitments are difficult to make during this time of the coronavirus pandemic, and we will update you if any changes need to be made to the program should the current situation not clear up by the fall of 2021.


On behalf of the International Organizing Committee, sincerely yours and with best personal wishes,


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Tony Futerman

Weizmann Institute of Science


Russ Carlson

University of Georgia


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Siegfried Scherer

Technical University of Munich


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Joel Sussman

Weizmann Institute of Science