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Journal of Experimental Biology Symposium 2016:

Evolution of Social Behaviour

Organisers: Joel Levine, Daniel Kronauer and Michael Dickinson

Date: 20-24 March 2016

Location: Eiger Hotel, Mürren, Switzerland

One of the great challenges in modern biology is to understand how the social behaviours of animals arise through a combination of genetic and environmental factors and how they are implemented by mechanisms of neural and endocrine control. Recent innovations in a wide variety of subfields from molecular techniques to machine vision make it possible to perform comparative studies on genomes and behaviours. These new approaches suggest novel ways for researchers to bridge gaps between the laboratory and more naturalistic habitats as well as in a broad range of taxa.

The purpose of this symposium is to bring together researchers who do not ordinarily interact. The goal is to create a common framework for analyzing problems so that evolutionary themes of social structure and dynamics can be identified and studied in a comparative manner. This symposium brings together a diverse array of researchers working on this topic from different perspectives and with different model systems.



Muerren, Switzerland


The Symposium will be held in the Hotel Eiger in the charming Swiss village of Mürren, which is approximately 3 hours by car and 4.5 hours by train from Zurich. As the highest altitude ski resort in the Bernese Oberland, car-free Mürren faces a series of giant peaks carved out of rock or ice: from left to right, the view encompasses the Eiger, the Mönch, the Jungfrau, the Breithorn and the Gspaltenhorn range.

Hotel Eiger Mürren
3825 Mürren

Tel: +41 33 856 54 54
Fax: +41 33 856 54 56
E-Mail: info@hoteleiger.com
Website: www.hoteleiger.com/en/


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Journal of Experimental Biology is the leading journal in comparative physiology. JEB publishes papers on the form and function of living organisms at all levels of biological organisation, from the molecular and subcellular to the integrated whole animal.

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The JEB Symposia were launched in 1978 at the suggestion of the then Editor-in-Chief John Treherne. Their aim was, and still is, to review knowledge and stimulate further research in an expanding topic of experimental biology and to bring together scientists from different areas to encourage cross-fertilization of techniques and knowledge across specialization boundaries. Since the first symposium on ‘Cellular oscillators’, the annual JEB symposia have covered a diverse array of topics within experimental biology, highlighting the relevance and power of the comparative approach to mainstream physiology.

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Manuscript submission

As part of their agreement to attend the symposium, all invited speakers are required to submit a Review article based on their presentation to appear in a special issue of Journal of Experimental Biology in early 2017.

Manuscripts should be a maximum of 7000 words (excluding title page, summary, references and figure captions), with up to 8 display items, and comply with our Submission Guidelines and Manuscript Preparation guidelines.

All invited Review articles for the JEB Special Issue should be submitted by Friday 22 April 2016.

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