Science Across Boundaries
0.5 day (Thursday 6th July)
The year 2023 represents the ten-year anniversary of the launch of the SEB journal "Conservation Physiology". Conservation physiology is an emerging discipline that is focused on understanding and solving conservation problems across taxa and ecosystems. Given the state of biodiversity and the increasing threat matrix facing the planet, conservation physiology is a timely and relevant disciplinary domain. In this session we will 1. celebrate the first decade of the journal; 2. reflect on the past decade to understand our history and impact to date; and, 3. chart a path forward for conservation physiology for the next decade. The journal has served as more than just a place for content - it has been instrumental in developing a community of practice and in helping to guide the discipline. Using a diverse group of speakers that span taxonomic expertise, region, and career stage we will bring together those interested in further developing this discipline. To enhance the impact of conservation physiology on policy and practice we will also include management perspectives as well as those that deal specifically with communicating conservation physiology to diverse audiences.
Session Aims & Objectives
1. To celebrate the ten year anniversary of the launch of the journal Conservation Physiology.
2. To reflect on the last decade (and beyond) in terms of the history of the discipline and its development.
3. To look forward and chart a course for the next decade to ensure that Conservation Physiology (as a discipline and journal) delivers on its goal to generate science to understand and solve conservation problems.
The impacts range from strengthening the conservation physiology community to raising the profile of the journal (to the benefit of SEB). Moreover, it will help to position the discipline (and the journal) for the next decade.
2 days ( Tuesday 4 – Wednesday 5 July 2023 )
As we look back on 100 years of the SEB, this special session aims to celebrate the rich history of experimental animal biology that has been a hallmark of the society. The session will provide homage to the science and scientists that have paved the way within central topics of comparative physiology including, biomechanics, ecophysiology, cardio-respiratory physiology, neuro-biology, temperature physiology, osmoregulation, endocrinology and conservation physiology. All presentations will be delivered by outstanding invited speakers who will aim to connect the historical legacy of their research topic to their current research programs that exemplify state of the art experimental animal biology.
Session Aims and Objectives
The goals of this session are: i) to provide a historical perspective on some key topics of experimental animal biology; ii) to showcase its legacy in terms of the outstanding related research that is currently being carried out by modern leaders in the respective field.
1 day (Wednesday 5th July)
This session will aim at presenting the latest discoveries and findings in the field of thermoregulation and thermal adaptations of animals enabling them to cope with environmental fluctuations as well as cover the ecological evolutionary implications of thermal responses of species living in a seasonal world. The one-day session aims to highlight the broad scope of thermal and energetic animal adaptations across a large diversity of both endotherm and ectotherm species, i.e. from mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and insects.
Session Aims & Objectives
The following aims and objectives will be addressed at the session:
1. Exposing, developing, and discussing results, ideas and concepts on thermoregulation and adaptive thermal and energetic responses used by species to face environmental challenges.
2. Detailing the implications of the nature and the limits of the thermal and energetic responses in the context of climate change and global warming.
3. Exposing the use of various techniques and methods to assess thermoregulation at both the whole-body and tissue/cellular levels.
Poster session (Wednesday 5th July)
The Centinary conference will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre The Exchange, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE