Deadline: 1 March 2018

SEB Members are invited to submit proposals for Animal Biology sessions for our 2018 Annual Meeting taking place from 2-5 July 2019 in Seville, Spain.  

For our 2019 Annual Meeting, the Animal Section will be running four themes. Proposals are therefore accepted for topics that sit within these four themes only and further information can be found below:

Find out how to submit a proposal here.

Theme 1: Neuromechanics and neurophysics


Aims of this theme are to explore the link between physical properties of neurones/neural systems and biomechanics; and to better understand how the functional properties of neurones/neural systems affect the musculoskeletal system, locomotor performance and sensing of the environment. We encourage session proposals from members of the Biomechanics and Neurobiology interest groups.

Theme 2: Developmental programming and lifetime fitness

The influence of environmental factors such as nutrition and hypoxic stress have been recently shown to be particularly important during development with impacts from developmental stress only becoming evident later in life. The mechanisms underlying developmental programming may include phenotypic plasticity and environmentally-induced changes in DNA methylation which alter gene expression. We invite session applications from members of all special interest groups which investigate the effect of rearing environment on phenotypic and epigenetic signatures in later life.

Theme 3: Rhythms of life

One cannot think of Seville without considering the rhythms of flamenco. Within the rhythms of life theme, we are seeking session proposals covering biological rhythms or chronobiology from the mechanistic to the organismal level across the animal kingdom. This theme welcomes session proposals from all Animal interest groups with interest in seasonal and daily rhythmic biology.

Theme 4: Energetics: From molecules to organisms

Energy capture and conversion are fundamental to animal physiology and environmental adaptation. In this way, energetics can be used as a unifying theme to explain how physiological processes at the molecular, cellular and organismal level have evolved to meet the demands of diverse environments. Session proposals are encouraged from members interested in cellular energetics through to whole animal performance.