A new scientific society seeking a deeper understanding of cancer's fundamental dynamics

  • Upcoming meetings and Events

    Evolutionary Biology AND ECOLOGY of Cancer Summer School 2022 conference

    Evolutionary Biology and ECOLOGY of Cancer Summer School 2022 conference

    June 13- 17, 2022

    Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK

    Cancers are an evolving ecosystem of cells, and so knowledge of evolution and ecology is important to understand and clinically control cancer. Unfortunately, there are few cancer biologists trained in these disciplines. This course aims to bridge that gap, facilitate cross-fertilisation of ideas, and provide hands-on training in the application of tools from evolution and ecology to cancer.

    This year’s programme will highlight various modelling (e.g. agent-based, game theory), ecological, phylogenetic and digital pathology tools used in cancer research. Participants will gain knowledge of evolutionary biology as applied to the somatic cell evolution in cancer, as well as the principles of ecology relevant to studying tumour microenvironments and immune selection. We also discuss the application of evo-eco principles in the design of novel clinical trials.

    The course is suited to researchers interested in understanding cancer from an evolutionary and ecological perspective. Applications are invited from early-career scientists, including PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and new principal investigators.

    Learn more and apply by April 5, 2022 here.

  • Mission Statement

    The mission of the International Society for Evolution, Ecology and Cancer is to advance cancer research and clinical management by employing evolutionary, comparative and ecological approaches and principles to cancer biology, prevention, and treatment. By bringing together cancer biologists, evolutionary biologists, ecologists, quantitative modelers, bioinformaticians and clinicians, the society seeks to enable collaboration at the interface of these fields, the exchange of research findings, novel methodologies and theoretical frameworks across disciplines. ISEEC supports education and outreach efforts to train the next generation of scientists in the evolution and ecology of cancer, as well as engaging the public in fundamental questions about the nature and evolutionary origins of cancer.

  • Previous iSEEC Events and initiatives

    Supporting Conferences and Eduction in Evolutionary, Ecological and comparative approaches to cancer biology and clinical management

    Evolution and Ecology of Cancer
    Cellular Cooperation and Competition in Cancer

    July 17-19, 2019

    Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK

    Cancer has been central to the history of life. Cancer (uncontrolled growth of somatic cells) was the primary barrier to the evolution of multicellular bodies. It was only after evolution discovered mechanisms to suppress and control the proliferation of what came to be somatic cells, that organisms larger than single cells could evolve. In a sense, cancer is the default state of cells, and cooperation, in the form of large bodies, was the novelty that changed the world.

    The conference discussed the evolution and ecology of cells in tumors, as well as the interaction of cancer with the evolution and ecology of organisms. The main focus of this year’s meeting was on Cooperation, Conflict and Parasitism, including cellular competition, multicellularity and mathematical models. There was also an extensive session on the new and exciting field of transmissible cancers.

    June 4-8, 2018

    Wellcome Genome Campus

    Knowledge of evolution and ecology is important to understand and clinically control cancer. Unfortunately, there are few cancer biologists trained in evolution and ecology, and few evolutionary biologists and ecologists work in cancer research. This course aims to cross-train evolutionary biologists and ecologists in cancer, and to train cancer biologists in the relevant evolutionary biology and ecology to facilitate cross-fertilization of ideas and forge active collaborations.

    iseec 2017 conference, asu

    Resistance, Resilience and Robustness

    December 7-10, 2017

    ASU and Tempe Mission Palms

    Many biological systems are resilient to shocks, having the ability to return to a previous state following a disturbance. In the case of cancer, this resilience presents a clinical problem of therapeutic resistance. The theme of this year's ISEEC conference is "Resistance, Resilience
    and Robustness" and will focus on the evolutionary and ecological processes underlying cancer. During cancer progression and treatment, cancer has the capacity to exhibit resistance, resilience and robustness. Further, organisms have evolved defenses against cancer that increase the robustness of bodies to mutations and other perturbations that can increase cancer susceptibility. Considering the cancer and cancer defenses through the lens of resilience and resistance can help identify challenges and opportunities in cancer therapy and new horizons for cancer prevention. ISEEC welcomes scientists from different disciplines, including but not limited to oncology, cell biology, evolutionary biology and mathematics.


    You can download the conference program here and the conference poster here. The Storify capture of the event can be accessed here.

    July 11-15, 2016

    Wellcome Genome Campus

    Evolution and ecology are fundamental to both the understanding and clinical control of neoplasms. This summer school will provide an introduction to the basics of cancer evolution and ecology for both cancer biologists and evolutionary biologists. The summer school is aimed at early career scientists, including post-graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and new principle investigators. This summer school will provide cancer biologists with the relevant tools and theory from evolution and ecology. It will also provide evolutionary biologists and ecologists an introduction to cancer biology and demonstration of how their theories and tools can be applied to cancer.


    This summer school is supported by the Centre for Evolution and Cancer at the Institute of Cancer Research in London, the Wellcome Trust and the International Society for Evolution, Ecology and Cancer. This next summer school will be held in 2018. Read Revolutionary biology: Evolutionary biology and ecology of cancer summer school supports a growing field to learn about the 2016 summer school.




    Evolutionary Tradeoffs and Clinical Consequences

    December 10-13, 2015

    Mission Bay Conference Center, UCSF

    Tradeoffs are pervasive in biological systems, and the evolutionary dynamics underlying cancer are no exception. The Third International Biannual Evolution and Cancer Conference (IBECC2015) explores the ways in which tradeoffs have shaped the evolution of cancer suppression systems and the role of tradeoffs in the progression of tumors from benign to malignant. A consideration of evolutionary tradeoffs can also help us to identify challenges and opportunities in cancer therapy and new horizons for cancer prevention. We welcomed scientists from different disciplines, including but not limited to oncology, cell biology, evolutionary biology and mathematics.


    This conference was supported in part by the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCSF, the Center for Evolution and Cancer at UCSF and the Biodesign Institute at ASU. Download the official conference poster here.

  • Society Information

    Find out more about ISEEC

    Executive board officers

    President: James DeGregori
    Outgoing President: Carlo Maley
    Incoming President: Athena Aktipis

    Vice-President: Aurora Nedelcu

    Treasurer: Cristina Baciu

    Secretary: Rob Noble


    Advisory Committee:

    Amy Boddy

    Beata Ujvari

    Andriy Marusyk
    Michael Metzger
    Kateřina Staňková
    Dawn Lemanne


    ISEEC committees are now forming to help support the mission of the society

    • Conference Planning Chairs: Athena Aktipis & Carlo Maley
    • Membership Chair: Athena Aktipis
    • Fundraising Chair: TBD
    • Education and Outreach Chair: Pamela Winfrey
    • Society Bylaws Chair: Aurora Nedelcu
    • Awards Chair: Amy Boddy
    • Clinical Outreach Chair: Dawn Lemanne
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