Abstracts and submissions

1. Who can submit an abstract for EMPSEB?

You must be a doctoral researcher and this must be your first time attending an EMPSEB conference (with the exception of those that attended EMSPEB 26). We welcome submissions from all areas of evolutionary biology (behaviour, genetics, genomics, modelling, evo-devo, and more). 

2. When can I submit my abstract?

Abstract submission is now closed

Submit abstracts deadline: 12 noon (GMT) 23rd of January 2023

Attendees are expected to present a 12 minute talk (followed by 3 minutes of questions). Participants are also invited to submit either a poster or an alternative presentation. 

3. How are abstracts selected?

Abstracts will be blindly reviewed by at least two committee members. The EDI team will ensure attendees from a range of backgrounds are represented at EMPSEB.

4. Are all attendees required to present?

Yes. All participants, both attending in-person or online, must at least give an oral presentation. EMPSEB provides a unique opportunity for ECRs to present their research to a kind and constructive audience, and we are really excited to hear about your work!

In addition, you have the opportunity to present either a traditional poster or an “alternative” presentation if you wish. Alternative presentations can include anything from a rap to an interactive game based on your PhD - get creative, the weirder the better! Some examples from last year include: animations, games, short videos, sculptures, and songs all presented to an audience of adoring fans.

An alternative presentation. Participants are playing a game based on the owner's PhD topic.
An alternative presentation. Participants are adding to a 'draw your PhD' board

5. Will there be presentation awards?


Very exciting stuff, thanks AllGenetics and Physalia!


6. How much will EMPSEB 28 cost?

In Person

In person attendance will cost £312 ( ~ 350 EUR). 

This will cover:


Online attendance will cost £40 ( ~ 45 EUR).

This will cover:

7. Are there travel grants?

ESEB are continuing to support EMPSEB by offering travel grants:

Travel and accommodation

8. When should I plan to get to/leave Scotland?

The conference will run from the 29th of May 2023 to the 3rd of June 2023. Please arrive on Monday the 29th of May to get checked in at the venue and meet the other attendees before talks start on the morning of Tuesday the 30th. Talks finish in the afternoon on the 2nd of June but we will have some evening social events to finish off the conference and accommodation is covered until the morning of the 3rd so plan to leave on the 3rd of June.

9. How do I get to the conference?

We will organise a couple of buses going from Glasgow Airport to the conference venue on Monday (29/05/23). We will provide more information about this soon.

10. Where will I stay?

Your registration fee covers your stay in a shared twin room at FSC Millport for the duration of the conference (29/5/23 - 03/06/23). Click here to see a virtual tour! Of course, you can arrive in Scotland before or stay after the conference, but EMPSEB will not cover costs outside of the duration of the conference. 

11. I need a visa to go to Scotland. Can you help?

We can certainly try! We have some of our team dedicated to helping with visas, once your abstract is accepted to EMPSEB 28. We can support your application by sending letters to an embassy, signing paperwork for funding, and more. 

Find out more here.


12. What are covid requirements for entering Scotland?

There are currently no covid requirements for entering the UK. However, we strongly recommend having all your vaccinations and taking a covid test before you travel (if possible). This may change, so keep an eye out for updates: Scottish Government Coronavirus information.

Last updated 21/09/22

13. Is the venue low risk for covid?

FSC Millport is a remote field centre located on a small island. For more information about safety precautions that the venue is taking see here. If you have any questions regarding health and safety please feel free to email us! 

Last updated 21/09/22

14. What is the EDI subcommittee?

The EDI subcommittee is a group made up of committee members dedicated to Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity at EMPSEB 28. They will work on representation, mental health, and accessibility at the conference. They also work towards ensuring the website and social media is accessible for as many people as possible. Please let us know if there is any way we can improve!