Organising Committee

Roberto Torres
has studies in graphic design, marketing and film production, and complementary studies of Interaction design, and user experience. Roberto has an extended experience in advertising and marketing for prestigious international agencies, as art director and associate creative. In the last 10 years, he has specialized in Science Communication, developing and implementing outreach and dissemination strategies and corporate image for several researchers from well recognized research centers.

Elena Casacuberta.
I am a PI at the Institute for Evolutionary Biology, IBE in Barcelona. I have always been interested in the evolution of the genome, first centered in Transposable Elements in plants and then in animals. Now I am more centered in understanding which genome changes are behind changes in cellular biology in the evolution from unicellular protists to animals. After PhD, Postdoc and having my own lab, I have now partnered with a colleague, strongly believing that science is a collaborative effort for which the team is the essential piece.
Human connection is what drives me, through EvoKe I am able to connect with society, sharing, discussing, reflecting and obtaining evolutionary knowledge

David Castellano
I am a computational biologist, the principle of focus of my research is the rate, pattern and effects of mutations in humans and other species like chimpanzees or flies. Recently, I have also started to use cancer genomes as study system. I investigate these questions through the statistical analysis of DNA sequences and mathematical modeling, largely from an evolutionary genomics perspective. 
There are two types of biologists, those who study evolution and those who study their consequences. At EvoKE I also want to contribute to the cultural ramifications and general understanding of the law of universal evolution. 
Postdoc at the Centre of Genomic Regulation, Barcelona (Spain).

Organising team

Cinta S. Bellmunt
I am a journalist at the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES) in Tarragona. I have worked with this team for 32 years ago. I have published three book with Eudald Carbonell, codirector Atapuerca Projecte: Los sueños de la.evolución, El catalanisme evolutiu and Paleo. Recipes from the Cavemen’s Cookbook. 
I’m interested in human evolution, science communication and dissemination. My work promotes interest in the pursuit of science as a career, as well as to help citizens understand the importance of research and make informed decisions about scientific issues.
I’m an archeologist too and I have a Master’s Degree in Quaternary Archaeology and Human Evolution (Erasmus Mundus). Now, I work in a doctoral thesis about science communication.

EvoKe is an opportunity for promoting social engagement with science.

Emilio Rolán-Alvarez
I am a full professor in Genetics in the University of Vigo. I have been interested in the evolution of marine snails, in particular in the mechanisms of adaptation and speciation. Now I am more centered in understanding the mechanism of mate choice and mating preference and how this affects adaptation and speciation. I have also been developing diverse statistical tools for studying mate choice and multiple testing.

Beatriz Beamud Aranguren
I am a PhD student at the Universitat de València, Spain. My main interest is microbial evolution focused on the arms race between bacteria and bacteriophages and the evolution of antibiotic resistance. I couldn’t decide between wet lab and bioinformatics, so I try to do both without going crazy. Since I started the degree in Biology, I have been involved in evolution dissemination through blogging, workshops, and talks to students and the general public.  Also, I am teaching in the university as a part of my PhD and I am interested in effective ways of teaching and learning evolution. I strongly believe in the EvoKE philosophy to encourage society to understand the evolution theory as is something that rules our daily basis.

I am also interested in education and outreach of the evolutionary theory.

Neris García Gonzalez
I am a PhD student at the University of Valencia. My research focuses on antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, one of the biggest threats that humanity is facing nowadays because of the terrible impact that it is causing on global public health. Antimicrobial resistance, like many other non-expected everyday aspects, is an evolutionary process. To understand and face this type of problem is important to increase evolutionary knowledge in society. This is the main reason why I have been involved in public outreach talking or writing about this.

The interest in teaching and learning how to teach evolution is something I share with EvoKE.

Juan Gefaell
I am a PhD student at the University of Vigo. My research is focused on the evolutionary causes and consequences of color polymorphism using marine snails as model organisms. Besides my scientific research, I have a strong interest in issues concerning the philosophy of science. 

Evolutionary theory is a key component of modern science. Thus, I believe that a proper understanding of both its theoretical implications and limitations within and outside science is crucial for a better understanding of ourselves and of how science works.

Marta Pla-Díaz
I am a bioinformatic and a predoctoral student at Universitat de València (Spain). My research focuses on the evolution and epidemiology of Treponema pallidum, a little bacterium that causes syphilis. My main research is trying to answer the questions on the origin and the spread of this pathogen. For that purpose, I use the information obtained from modern and ancient genomes of T. pallidum sequenced in order to better understand the host-pathogen interactions of this bacterium as well as to trace back its evolutionary history. Besides, I also teach genetics and evolution in the university as a PhD student, and for that reason, I know the importance and the necessity of implementing in our education a better evolutionary knowledge.

Through EvoKe, I hope to contribute to people understanding better the evolution and the important role of this last one in our lives.