2020 Annual Meeting Session Proposals


Deadline: 1 March 2019

SEB Members are invited to submit proposals for Animal Biology sessions for our 2020 Annual Meeting taking place from 7-10 July 2020 in Prague, Czech Republic.  

For our 2020 Annual Meeting, the Animal Section will be running four themes. Proposals are accepted for topics that sit within these four themes, but we also welcome proposals in any area of the Animal Section Interest Groups. Further information can be found below:

Find out how to submit a proposal here.

Theme 1:Big Data in Experimental Biology: from Genes to Ecosystems 

Researchers studying genetics, physiology, behaviour, and ecology are experiencing a technological revolution, allowing them to collect data at unprecedented rates and at scales that have previously been impossible. For example, polyomic analyses are providing massive amounts of information on genomes and gene expression; automated video collection and data extraction are facilitating detailed and complex behavioural analyses; and rapid advances in the tracking of wild animals are allowing data to be collected at extraordinary spatial and temporal resolutions. This volume of data is allowing us to answer novel questions but also comes with unique challenges associated with storing and analysing enormous datasets. The Animal Section encourages proposals highlighting how big data can be used to answer comparative and integrative biological questions across taxa, relevant to the fields of environmental adaptation, ecophysiology, movement ecology, behavioural ecology, and molecular ecology.

Theme 2: Diversity Loss

Biodiversity is of primary importance for maintaining ecosystem health and services, yet we observe a steady decline in animal biodiversity due to human impact, including loss of habitat, climate change and pollution. Every species that becomes extinct is not only a precious pool of potential knowledge lost to experimental and comparative biology but also important in its specific food web and ecosystem. The consequences of diversity loss for the society can be disastrous. The Animal section seeks session proposals that embrace the broad theme of biodiversity loss in an integrative manner, from addressing the issue through comparative physiology to application of experimental data to ecosystem modelling and conservation approaches. 

Theme 3: Ecoimmunology

Parasites and pathogens exert strong selection pressures on animals in the wild, which has large implications for ecological dynamics. Ecoimmunology is a rapidly developing interdisciplinary field addressing the diversity of immune-driven responses to infection, often including physiological and behavioural adjustments as seen from an integrative perspective. The Animal Section now encourages session proposals addressing the broad theme of ecoimmunology including the interactions between immune responses and other traits, such as neuronal regulation, endocrine and physiological responses to stress and environmental fluctuations. Session proposals may also consider the vast environmental heterogeneity in which hosts and pathogens coexist, and other timely topics fitting within the theme.

Theme 4: Environmental Fluctuation

Seasons change, tides come rolling in, and night turns to day. These are just a few examples of the cyclic events that cause fluctuations in environmental variables such as temperature, salinity, oxygen availability, pH, light and food availability. Experimental biology is often concerned with the biological responses and adaptations that allow organisms to tolerate or exploit specific types of environmental variability, yet the experimental conditions used to examine these adaptations are often remarkably constant in the laboratory. The Animal section seeks session proposals that concern biological responses to fluctuating environments. In particular, we welcome sessions that address how we can translate experimental data obtained in a constant and controlled environment to make inferences to the fluctuating and stochastic environment that most organisms meet in the wild.

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SEB Seville 2019

Seville, Spain
2 - 5 July 2019