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When and where is PopGroup55?

The conference will be held 5-7 January 2022

The programme and talks are now live so click here to read the programme

How do I contact the organisers?

The 55th annual Population Genetics Group (PopGroup55) is being organised by the Earlham Institute, John Innes Centre, and University of East Anglia (UEA) - all based in Norwich.

You can send the organisers a message via

You can also follow us on Twitter (@popgroup) and #pgg55 #pgg55flash

How can I set up a local meet up? 

We are really sorry but given the developing COVID-19 landscape - and new guidance from the UK government – unfortunately it is no longer appropriate to encourage local meet-ups for PopGroup in January.

However, while we're disappointed not to be able to facilitate people meeting in person, we look forward to welcoming all attendees virtually and are excited about hosting three days of great talks and presentations!

We will discuss with Popgroup members more widely how to use finances earmarked for catering support to benefit our community going forward.

How do I register?

Registration is now open and will close midnight on 4 January 2022.
Registration will cost £25.00

Is there financial support available?

We are pleased to offer a Carers Award. There will be an application process to enable those with dependents to attend the event.
For more information, please contact us using

What is the word limit and deadline on abstracts?

Please limit your abstract to 250 words.
Abstract submission closes 30th November 2021, but as talks are allocated on a first come, first served basis you are encouraged to submit early.  

What is the format for talks?

Talks will be 15 minutes: 10 minutes presentation plus 5 mins for questions. Please ensure you stick to the timings as there will be parallel sessions. 

Talks will be delivered via Zoom. 

What is the format for posters?

In light of the virtual format for this year’s meeting, instead of running online poster sessions, we will be offering flash presentations via Twitter. Abstract submissions to present a Flash Twitter Presentation can be completed after registration, and submissions close 30 November 2021.

Each presenter will be allocated a fifteen-minute time-slot for their Twitter Flash Presentation. Participants will post a thread about their research in the first 2-3 minutes and the remaining time is intended for discussion and questions.

We have a Presenters' Guide available which will explain in further detail how the twitter flash presentations will be run, and a step-by-step guide on how to create your twitter threads.

Can I present both a talk and a Twitter flash presentation?

Yes! Just submit an abstract for both at registration.

Talks and flash presentations are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis (in order of abstract submission) until all talk slots are filled. We particularly encourage submissions from early career researchers and PhD students. 

Will the talks be recorded this year?

Yes, talks will be recorded (where speakers agree to be recorded) and shared post-event with registrants.  

What topics are covered?

The meeting was named "population genetics group" in the 1960s but today's topics include most areas of evolutionary genetics and genomics. Please see the programmes on the previous meetings page for a good idea of usual topics.