SEB Conference 2021

SCIENCE ACROSS BOUNDARIES –  INTERDISCIPLINARY CELL,PLANT AND ANIMAL BIOLOGY SESSIONS

The following joint Animal, Cell and Plant biology sessions will take place at SEB Annual Conference 2021.

ANIMAL, CELL AND PLANT BIOLOGY

ANIMAL & CELL BIOLOGY 

ANIMAL BIOLOGY AND OED

CELL AND PLANT BIOLOGY



ANIMAL, CELL AND PLANT BIOLOGY

Technology Enabled Approaches to Ecophsyiology 

Organisers:

Oliver Tills
Manuela Truebano
Anne Plessis

Organisers:

Oliver Tills 
Manuela Truebano 
Anne Plessis 

This session is focussed on the application of both established and emerging technology enabled approaches to understanding ecophysiology.

This session is inclusive of global approaches such as molecular-omics and phenomics through to more focussed technology enabled approaches to research targeted on a particular aspect of ecophysiology.

A key unifying principle of the session is in utilising the large datasets produced by technology enabled approaches to understanding key physiological mechanisms and the intention is that this will encompass a broad range of taxa. Research using large datasets present unique challenges relating to big data, analytical approaches and study design.

Our session will draw on the breadth of experience and research interests within the society and bring together researchers using large datasets, from molecular to organismal, across all sections of the society.

Speakers:
Related sessions:

Animal biology sessions
Cell biology sessions
Plant biology sessions

ANIMAL & CELL BIOLOGY 

Neuroendocrines to pheromones: the control of physiological and behavioural responses to environmental change

Organisers:

Katherine Sloman
Danielle M McDonald
Pedro Miguel Guerreiro

This session would be a follow-up to a session that took place at the Society of Experimental Biology Annual Meeting in Glasgow in 2011 that was titled, "Chemical communication: neurotransmitters to pheromones".   Animals have the ability to respond physiologically or behaviorally to their surroundings through communication via chemical messengers.  The functions of chemical messengers range from communication between cells to between whole organisms, and depending on the compound, chemical messengers can travel distances from nanometers to kilometers to interact with their given receptor and elicit their response.   

Neurotransmitters, released by the presynaptic cell in response to electrical signals, diffuse across a narrow gap to interact with receptors on a postsynaptic cell.  Paracrine factors travel further, yet still diffuse relatively short distances to influence cells in the local environment compared to hormones and neurohormones, which are specialized for long distance communication within an animal.  For many animals, chemical messengers outside the animal convey information that signals social status, sexual readiness or alarm.  

The goal of this symposium is to focus on the broad topic of neural, endocrine and external communication, their role in physiology and behavior and their potential sensitivity to environmental change.Insert session description

Speakers:
  • Dr. Katarina Medger (University of Pretoria, South Africa) - Stress at a small scale: Non-invasive monitoring of glucocorticoids in African small mammals

  • Dr. Bob Wong (Monash University Australia) - Sex on steroids: Widespread endocrine disruptor impairs mechanisms of sexual selection in fish

  • Dr. Sarah Dalesman (Aberystwyth University, Wales) - Intraspecific variability in the response to predation threat: linking physiology, cognition and behavior

  • Dr. Katie Gilmour (University of Ottawa, Canada) - Physiological and behavioural responses to the social environment in fishes

Related sessions:

Animal biology sessions
Cell biology sessions

EPISODIC HYPOXIA: MAMMALIAN SPECIES WITH EXCEPTIONAL TOLERANCE AND HOW TO STUDY THEM 

Organisers:

Frank van Breukelen
Allyson Hindle

Related sessions:

Animal biology sessions
Cell biology sessions

DO ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINANTS ALTER ENERGY BALANCE, HOW CAN WE FIND OUT AND HOW MUCH DOES IT MATTER?

Organiser:

Kimberley Bennett

Related sessions:

Animal biology sessions
Cell biology sessions

THE PHYSIOLOGY BEHIND PHENOTYPIC PLASTICITY IN RAPIDLY CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS 

Organisers:

Tamzin Blewett
Tommy Norin 

Related sessions:

Animal biology sessions
Cell biology sessions

ANIMAL & PLANT BIOLOGY 

Mechanical Ecology - Taking Biomechanics to the Field    

Organisers:

Ulrike Bauer
Simon Poppinga

Related sessions:

Animal biology sessions
Plant biology sessions
Sciences across boundaries biology sessions

 

ANIMAL BIOLOGY AND OED

Open electronics in experimental biology

Organisers:

Michael Oellermann
Richelle Tanner

Open electronics

Arduino, Raspberry PI and many other open source microcontroller and electronical devices have sparked a revolution in electronical development. Initially designed to appeal to electronic hobbyists, such devices have now formed a global community of "Makers" and inventors with accelerating use in industries and professional research. Novel and innovative research requires customised experiments, but it is often hampered by the lack of readily available equipment or sufficient funding. This research need can be addressed with open electronics devices and electronical DIY skills, which provide very flexible low-cost solutions in the lab and field that can be easily maintained and shared among labs, researchers and students. They can further automatise time-consuming tasks in the lab, improve repeatibility of experiments and lead to novel and creative applications.   The session, "Open Electronics in Experimental Biology", aims to bring together researchers and students from different disciplines to exchange innovative self-assembled electronical solutions and to inspire peers to implement DIY applications into their own research.

Speakers:
  • Hannah Wilson (Utah State University, United States) 
  • Jenny Molloy (Shuttleworth Foundation Research Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology,  University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Tobias Wenzel (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile)
  • Rui Seabra (CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade do Porto, Portugal)
  • Jolle Jolles (Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Germany)
Related sessions:

Animal biology sessions
SEB+ sessions
   

CELL AND PLANT BIOLOGY

Cellular aspects of plant hormone action

Organisers:

Alexander Jones
Sabrina Sabatini

Celullar aspect

Plant hormones serve as signal integrators and master regulators of physiology and development. In multicellular organisms, these functions are crucial for the coordination of the activities of individual cells – each having an independently tuneable hormone level and hormone response – into an ensemble behaviour appropriate for the organism as a whole given the developmental stage and environmental condition. Because plant cells do not move in relation to each other, intercellular movement and patterning of hormones serves a crucial role in plant biology and thus is of long-standing interest.

Speakers:
  • Eva Benkova (Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Autria) - Hormonal regulation of root adaptive responses to environmental signals
  • Bert de Rybel (Ghent University , Belgium) - Vascular transcription factors guide plant epidermal responses to limiting phosphate conditions
  • Laura Ragni (University of Tübingen, Germany) - Specificity in auxin-mediated pericycle growth outputs
  • Niko Geldner (University of Lausanne, Switzerland) - The endodermis - a central hub in root biology
  • Kirsten ten Tusscher (Utrecht University, Netherlands) - The key role of growth and division in root developmental patterning
  • Anna Stepanova (North Carolina State University, United States)
  • George Coupland (Max Planck Society, Germany)
  • Dolf Weijers (Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands) 
Related sessions:

Radial signaling and transport in plant roots
Cell biology sessions
Plant biology sessions

General Cell and Plant biology

Cell biology sessions
Plant biology sessions