May 27, 2019

8:30-9:00 Registration.

9:00-9:30 Opening ceremony.Professor Solomon P.Wasser, University of Haifa, Israel.

Congratulations by Professor Ron Robin, President of the University of Haifa, Professor Gustavo S. Mesch, Rector of the University of Haifa, Professor Ido Izhaki, Vice President and Dean of Research, Professor Tzion Fahima, Director of the Institute of Evolution.

9.30-13.00 Session 1. Chairman Professor Yoav Soen, Israel.

9:30-10:15 Professor James A.Shapiro,University of Chicago, Gordon Center for Integrative Science, USA.

How Should We Think About Evolution in the Age of Genomics?

10:15-11:00 Professor Eugene Koonin, NCBI, NIH, Bethesda, USA.

Lamarck, Darwin, Wright, and Nevo: on Chance and Necessity in the Evolution of Life.

11:00-11:30 Coffee break.

11:30-12:15 Professor Walter Bodmer, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital,Oxford, UK.

Evolutionary Perspectives on Cancer and Ageing.

12:15-13:00 Professor Alan Templeton, Washington University, St. Louis, USA.

Using Networks to Gain New Insights into Old Problems in Evolutionary Genetics.

13:00-14:30 Lunch break.

14:30-18:00 Session 2. Chairman Professor Alan Templeton.

14:30-15:15 Professor Yoav Soen, Weizman Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.

Beyond Darwin: How Every Individual Adapts to its Internal Perturbations.

15:15-16:00 Professor Tzion Fahima, Institute of Evolution, University of Haifa, Israel.

The Discovery of the Tandem Kinase-Pseudokinase Protein Family Involved in Plant Immunity.

16:00-16:30 Coffee break.

16:30-17:15 Professor Moshe Szyf, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

DNA Methylation Mediating the Crosstalk between Experience and the Genome.

17:15-18:15 Professor Eviatar Nevo, Institute of Evolution, University of Haifa, Israel.

Origin of Species: How Realistic is Sympatric Speciation? The Evolution Canyon Model.

19:30-22:00 Social event and celebration dinner, by invitation only.

May 28, 2019

9.00-13.00 Session 3. Chairman Professor Eugene Koonin

9.00-9:45 Professor Hynek Burda, University of Life Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic.

Subterranean Mammals: A Global Evolutionary Experiment with Implications for Biomedical Research.

9:45-10:30 Professor Junhua Peng, Huazhi Rice Biotech, Changsha, Hunan, China.

Wild Emmer Wheat, the Progenitor of Cultivated Wheats, and Its Natural Genetic Variation Revealed by SNP Markers.

10:30-11:15 Professor Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern, Bar-Ilan University, The Azrieli Faculty of Medicine, Safed, Israel.

Evolution Utilizes 3D Topologically Associated Domains to Build New Proteins by Means of Chromosomal Translocations.

11:30-12:30 General discussion and closing remarks.

15:00:17:30 Evolution Canyon Excursion*.