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The 20th Portugaliæ Genetica: DNA - Ancient and New

21-22 March 2024 | Hybrid Event


Time flies, indeed - next year, 2024, we will hold the 20th edition of Portugaliæ Genetica: DNA – Ancient and New; a hundred years after the publication of the seminal paper of Felix Bernstein1 on the formal model of inheritance of ABO blood groups, in which he introduced the simultaneous analysis of two loci at the population level. 
Population Genetics has since evolved greatly and Portugaliæ Genetica as well: from a scientific meeting with a humble start (1998) it has gathered over this quarter of a century many distinguished contributors and a wide audience.

The organizing committee is pleased to announce the upcoming 20th edition of PORTUGALIÆ GENETICA which will be held at the Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde (i3S) on March 21-22, 2024.
This year is devoted to the broad theme "DNA – Ancient and New" and we will try to cope with the most recent developments of the field and Ancient DNA is therefore inescapable as one of the addressed topics in this edition. Also, Genetics and Genomics; Mutations and Evolution; Ancestry Paradoxes; Population Genetics - uses & abuses, will be covered.

All topical sections will include lecture(s) and/or discussions/round tables.
Selected oral communications and poster session, specially devoted to young researchers, is also planned.


1. Crow J. F. (1993). Felix Bernstein and the first human marker locus. Genetics, 133(1), 4–7. https://doi.org/10.1093/genetics/133.1.4


i3S – Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde
Rua Alfredo Allen, 208; 4200-135 Porto, Portugal
Tel: +351 226 074 900 | E-mail: events@i3s.up.pt
GPS coordinates: 41º 10’ 30.008’’ N, 8º 36’ 12.488’’ W.


António Amorim
Catarina Xavier
João Lavinha
João Teixeira
Lounès Chikhi

Iva Gomes
Nádia Pinto
Sandra Martins
Verónica Gomes


Lisbon time – WEST time

Preliminary program


Day 1 | 21 March

9h00 Welcome
António Amorim, IPATIMUP, i3S - Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Porto, Portugal


SESSION 1 | Ancient DNA and Archaeogenomics 
Chair 1: João Teixeira, The Australian National University, Australia and University of Coimbra, Coimbra Portugal

9h15 Keynote lecture | Janet Kelso, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

10h30 Coffee Break 

11h00 Keynote lecture | Catarina Ginja, CIBIO-InBIO, Porto, Portugal

12h15 Short oral communications (to be selected)

13h15 Lunch break


SESSION 2 | Mutations & Evolution
Chair 2:  António Amorim, IPATIMUP, i3S - Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Porto, Portugal

14h30 Keynote speaker | Michael Lynch, Arizona State University, Arizona, USA

16h00 Coffee Break

16h30 Short oral communications (to be selected)

18h00 Closing session

19:30 Event dinner* (Location to be confirmed)
 *requires participants’ registration.


Day 2 | 22 March


SESSION 3 | Genetics vs. Genomics
Chair 2: Lounès Chikhi, CNRS, Toulouse, France and Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal

9h00 Keynote speaker, Laurent Excoffier, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland

10h30 Short oral communications

11h00 Coffee break


SESSION 4 | Ancestry Paradoxes
Chair 4: Catarina Xavier | i3S - Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Porto, Portugal

11h30 Keynote speaker | Aylwyn Scally, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

13h00 Short oral communications (to be selected)

13h30 Lunch break


SESSION 5 | Population Genetics - uses & abuses
Chair 5: João Lavinha, Instituto Nacional de Saúde Doutor Ricardo Jorge, Portugal

14h30 Keynote speaker | Jonathan Marks, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA

15h15 Keynote speaker | Helena Machado, ICS-Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal

16h00 Short Coffee Break

16h15 Round Table 

18h00 Closing Session

Abstract Submission

The call for abstracts will be open until the 8th of January (notification of acceptance until the 15th of January).
The meeting will include poster sessions and the selection of abstracts for short oral communications as part of the program, during which contributors will have the opportunity to introduce and attract attention to their research. During the submission of abstracts, candidates can select their field of study / session and preference for oral or poster presentation format.

Abstracts Guidelines:
- Title is limited to 150 characters (including spaces).
- Abstracts are limited to 1500 characters (including spaces; authors and affiliations excluded).
- Define all non-standard abbreviations at first use.
- Images cannot be included in the abstract.
- Abstracts should be submitted through the web interface.

The participants should use the layout provided here:

Abstract Template | Download  >>

Abstract Submission Form >> 


The meeting will be held at i3S and online. Information regarding the online streaming will be sent prior to the meeting. Please note that the meeting will be held live (Lisbon time – WEST time) and recordings will not be available. A certificate of attendance will be issued after the meeting for participants that attend the event. The certificate will not be issued in case of a no-show.



In-person / Online format


Until January 22nd 
Payment deadline: January 22nd

From January 22nd to February 13th 
Payment deadline: February 13th 

i3S and P.CCC Raquel Seruca members & Students

80 €

100 €


120 €

150 €

Dinner (location to be confirmed): 50€ 


Registration form >>


More information:
Events Management Unit | Rua Alfredo Allen 208 | 4200-135 Porto, Portugal
Email: events@i3s.up.pt | Tel: +351 226 074 900