6th DrosEU workshop at ESEB, Groningen, Netherlands, Sunday, 20 August 2017

The 6th DrosEU workshop at ESEB, Groningen, Netherlands, Sunday, 20 August 2017

The 6th European Drosophila Population Genomics Consortium (DrosEU) workshop was held prior to the XIV Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) in Groningen, Netherlands on 20 August 2017. The workshop and a public information session were co-organized by Josefa González, Thomas Flatt, and Martin Kapun. The consortium is generously funded by a European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) Special Topics Network (STN) grant since 2015. DrosEU is a collaborative consortium of scientists and laboratories from 23 counties and 47 research groups who are interested in evolutionary genetics and genomics of Drosophila melanogaster. By regularly sampling and sequencing Drosophila populations through both space and time, the consortium aims to track their eco-evolutionary dynamics and foster the integration and exchange of population genomic information and data. In the previous four years, the members formed eight scientific working groups and made a remarkable effort to cooperate closely in collecting, generating, and analyzing genomic and environmental data for numerous Drosophila populations across Europe. Building on these successful efforts, the 6th DrosEU workshop brought together 35 consortium members to discuss and review the consortium activities, the status of annual and seasonal Drosophila collections, sequencing and genomic analyses, and outreach activities. A major outcome of the meeting was the decision to perform a concerted phenotyping effort across European populations which would complement the genomic data that have already been collected. The workshop also included a satellite presentation by Iryna Kozeretska on P-elements and concluded with a discussion of future plans and funding opportunities. DrosEU also held a public information session about the goals and activities of the consortium on the last day of the conference which was open to all conference attendees.