The Programming for Evolutionary Biology (PEB) conference brings together scientists broadly interested in applying bioinformatic tools to answer evolutionary and ecological questions. Unlike other conferences featuring mostly talks and poster sessions, it aims to serve as a platform for discussing common programming pitfalls encountered during research and features workshops to further develop participants’ bioinformatic skills.
The conference is an offshoot of the Programming for Evolutionary Biology course held annually initially at the University of Leipzig in Germany and now in the Freie Universität Berlin. The course teaches the essential skills required to perform computational analyses using next-generation sequencing (NGS) data with a focus on solving research questions related to genomics and evolution. Alumni from the Class of 2014 organized the inaugural PEB conference in May 2015 at CIBIO (Vila do Conde, Portugal), then in 2016 in Belgrade, Serbia and in 2017 in Białowieża, Poland.