Thanks to everyone who came to the Heliconius meeting! There were 53 participants in the end (including 3 from Montpellier, who didn’t make it in person because of the strikes, but had a virtual presence through the wonders of teleconferencing). This included representatives from 16 different research organisations spanning 7 countries. It was great to hear about all the work that is going on, across quite a diversity of topics. The programme and abstracts are here if anyone missed the meeting or wants to refresh their memory.
Congratulations to the student talk prize winners:
1st Bruna Cama (University of York) – Genetic analysis of wing pattern and pheromone composition in two sister species of Heliconius butterflies
2nd Paul Jay (CNRS, Montpellier) – Supergene evolution favoured by the introgression of an inversion in Heliconius
The meeting had a distinctly European feel with especially strong links between the groups in the UK and France and it was suggested that future meetings should alternate between the Americas and Europe, with Montpellier proposed as the venue for 2 years time. However, it is sad to think that it might have been the last meeting to be held in a united Europe.