Evolutionary science has helped us to understand the world in many ways. Exploring how aspects of dynamic biological and socio-economic systems have evolved allows us to predict and manage change, especially in more simple systems. Evolutionary science has contributed to rescuing endangered species, improving crops and livestock, informing strategies to increase resilience to climate change, and slowing the evolution of resistance to control measures in pathogens and pests. The evolvability—or capacity for a system to adapt—has been manipulated in all of the above examples.
Understanding evolvability in multilayered, interacting systems remains a challenge, but it is key to understanding innovation and to managing responses to accelerating environmental change. Potential solutions to this challenge—evolutionary science theory and tools—have emerged in different sciences but have been largely disconnected. This event brings together experts from multiple disciplines to discuss how evolutionary science can benefit our changing world.
Refreshments served from 5.30 pm, with the talk 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm.
Professor Craig Moritz FAA, Australian National University
Professor Lindell Bromham, Australian National University
Professor Paul Griffiths, University of Sydney
Professor Adrienne Nicotra, Australian National University
Professor Nina Wedell, University of Exeter
Professor Bob Williamson FAA, Australian National University and CSIRO DATA61