Welcome to the Seventh Annual Meeting of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, on 5-8 July 2022

Evolutionary Medicine is an integrative area bringing evolutionary biologists and medical scientists together to facilitate the application of concepts and approaches from evolutionary biology to medical research and medical practice. This field is growing rapidly and its relevance to society and medicine has been made all the more obvious with the recent pandemic.

ISEMPH 2022 welcomes researchers, clinicians, public health professionals, and students at all levels as well as anyone interested in this integrative view of evolutionary biology and medicine. The meeting will gather delegates from around the world. For many of us this will be the first opportunity in two years to reconnect, and to consolidate new and ongoing collaborations, while promoting important cross-talk among all disciplines that influence the field of Evolutionary Medicine.

ISEMPH sponsors annual meetings, the Oxford University Press journal Evolution, Medicine, & Public HealthThe Evolution and Medicine Review, EvMedEd, and ClubEvMed

Contacts: HostingCommittee@isemph.org    ProgramCommittee@isemph.org

Continuing Medical Education Credits (CME) 

The Seventh annual meeting of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, Lisbon, Portugal, 05/07/2022-08/07/2022 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 20 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be found at www.ama-assn.org/education/earn-credit-participation-international-activities.

Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for ECMEC®s are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Interest in CME can be indicated on the congress registration form.

Important Dates

  • February 16  Registration and abstract submission open  
  • February 28 — Special 20% ISEMPH membership discount ends
  • April 24 — Abstract submission deadline 
  • Early May  Abstract acceptance notifications 
  • May 15 — Discounted early registration ends
  • June 15  Regular registration ends, late registration begins
  • June 20 — Last day to cancel and get a refund - See the bottom of this page for instructions 
  • July 5 — Committee meetings and evening reception
  • July 6-8 — ISEMPH 2022!

    Pre-conference events

    • Zoobiquity Conference - Female Health Across the Tree of Life       

    July 4, 2022 - Lisbon, Portugal

    Zoobiquity Conferences explore the phylogenetic origins of health and illness by promoting interdisciplinarycollaborations between human, animal and environmental health professionals. Hosted by the Portuguese Medical Association and Portuguese Veterinary Medical Association, this year's conference has the theme of Female Health Across the Tree of Life and is dedicated to investigating the unique disease resistance of some females and the shared biological vulnerabilities of female animals. Women’s health challenges to be explored include ovarian and breast cancer, osteoporosis, pre-eclampsia, reproductive senescence and infertility. 

    For more information and to register, please see the program listing and registration page.

    • Workshop: Conceptual and Philosophical Issues in Evolutionary Medicine 

    July 2 - 5, 2022 - Lisbon, Portugal

    This four-day workshop is an opportunity for early career researchers to join field leaders in evolutionary medicine and public health (EMPH) and in the philosophy of biology and medicine for a series of intensive discussions. Rather than simply teaching the state of the field, the aim is to progress key issues in the foundations of evolutionary medicine and to encourage researchers in the philosophy of science and medicine to engage more closely with the field of EMPH.

    12 subsidized positions are available for early career researchers

    For more information and to register, please see the program listing.

    Post-conference events

    • Workshop on Microchimerism, Human Health & Evolution

    July 9, 2022 - Lisbon, Portugal

    Olissippo Hotel, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

    This workshop is free for participants to attend, but limited to 20 participants. To register for the workshop and receive more details, please contact Tanja Ball: tanja.ball@medunigraz.at You can download the flyer here.


      The conference will be held at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (FCG, in the Portuguese acronym) in Lisbon. FCG is a pleasant, iconic, and easily accessible place in the center of Lisbon, with ample indoor and outdoor spaces. Around the FCG, there are many options for accommodation and food, covering a wide range of prices and styles, suitable for all.

      Gulbenkian Garden

      Due to COVID restrictions, we opted for an open-air lunch setting where each participant will be provided with a lunch box and encouraged to enjoy FCG’s gardens located adjacent to the conference venue. All conference areas will have free access to wireless Internet, and the conference venue is fully accessible to persons with special needs. We have available a nursery room, please let us know if you need to use it.

      Lisbon Travel and Lodging

      Lisbon offers a variety of hotels at any price category. We have arranged special prices for ISEMPH 2022 attendees.
      You can find information on travel and hotel reservation here. Please make sure that you book your hotel including breakfast. 
      Travel insurance is the responsibility of each attendee. 

      Host Institutions

      Program Committee

      • Michael Hochberg PhD (chair), University of Montpellier, France; Santa Fe Institute, USA

      • Alejandra Núñez-de la Mora PhD (co-chair), Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico 
      • Amy Boddy PhDUniversity of California, Santa Barbara, US
      • Patrícia H. Brito PhD, NOVA Medical School, and NOVA School of Science and Technology, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal
      • Jay Labov PhD, STEM Education Consultant, The TERC Institutional Review Board, Massachusetts, USA

      • Ruth Mace PhD, University College London, UK

      • C. Brandon Ogbunu PhD, Yale University, USA
      • Hinrich Schulenburg PhD, Kiel University, Germany

      • Beverly Strassmann PhD, Institute for Social Research, Ann Arbor, USA

      • Samuel Urlacher PhD, Baylor University, USA
      • Robert Woods MD PhD, University of Michigan, USA

      Hosting Committee

      • Isabel Gordo PhD,(co-chair) Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal
      • Patrícia H. Brito PhD, (co-chair) NOVA Medical School, and NOVA School of Science and Technology, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal
      • Patrícia Beldade PhD, Center for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
      • Conceição Calhau PhD, NOVA Medical School, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal.
      • Luis Valente PhD, Gulbenkian Collaborative Center, Oeiras, Portugal

      COVID-19 Measures and Information

      ISEMPH 2022 will follow the guidelines issued by the Portuguese Health Authority to prevent the transmission of Covid-19. Please confirm the access conditions to the venue here. For updated information regarding COVID-19 measures implemented in Portugal please see Measures implemented in Portugal English translation.  [Updated on July 1st]


      Refunds are available for cancellations made before June 20. To cancel your meeting registration, log into your account at ISEMPH.org, and click your name in the upper right hand corner to go to your profile, click "My Event Registrations" then go to ISEMPH2022 and click "Cancel registration."  You will get an email confirmation of the cancellation. Refunds are processed about once per week.

      Acceptable Behavior at Meetings

      To maintain an open and respectful community of scientists, the Society does not tolerate illegal or inappropriate behavior at any conference, including violations of applicable laws pertaining to sale or consumption of alcohol or drugs; destruction of property; harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment; and inappropriate or suggestive acts that demean other people by reason of their gender, gender identity or expression, race, socioeconomic status, religion, ethnicity, age, or disability.  Anyone who observes such behavior should report it to a member of the hosting committee. The Council has authority to take actions necessary for enforcement. 

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