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Journal of Experimental Biology Symposium 2020

Predicting the future: species survival in a changing world

Organisers: Craig Franklin, Hans Hoppeler

Date: 22-26 March 2020

Location: Hotel Eiger, Mϋrren, Switzerland

Experimental biologists have the potential to play a significant role in assessing the susceptibility or resilience of species to future, human-induced environmental change, whether on a global scale such as climate change (e.g. effects of global warming, ocean acidification, increased UV-B radiation)  or more locally (e.g. impacts of the damming of rivers, urban heat). Understanding how changing environmental drivers – including temperature, rainfall, salinity, oxygen levels, pH and UV radiation – affect physiological processes and whether organisms have the capacity to physiologically compensate is becoming more critical given the potential effects on biodiversity and ecosystem function, but also due to food security. Developing models to predict the future will require not only a mechanistic understanding of the effects of environmental drivers and their interactions on physiological homeostasis but also a greater understanding of the genotypic and phenotypic plasticity of species. The potential exists to use this knowledge to deliver mitigation measures and management strategies to protect species and ensure food security.

This symposium will bring together experts who work across taxa and environmental drivers and who are using physiological tools and approaches to predict the future responses of organisms to environmental change. Speakers will be asked to reflect upon how the field has changed over the past 10 years, i.e. since the 2010 JEB Special issue on ‘Survival in a Changing World’.


The symposium is open to invited speakers and delegates only. However, all presentations will be published as a special issue of Journal of Experimental Biology in early 2021.


Muerren, Switzerland


The Symposium will be held in the Hotel Eiger in the charming Swiss village of Mürren, which is easily accessible by train from international airports at Bern and Zürich. As the highest altitude ski resort in the Bernese Oberland, car-free Mürren is perched on a high terrace facing the famous Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains.

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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About JEB

Journal of Experimental Biology is the leading journal in comparative animal 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.

About JEB Symposia

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.

The main aim of the JEB Symposia is to unite outstanding biologists and bring together their varied expertise on one particular subject.  It is a leisurely meeting with enough time to talk and to discuss. The number of symposium delegates is limited to invited speakers only.

In order that the proceedings of each symposium are made available to the community as soon as possible, speakers are invited to contribute a Review article to a ‘special issue’ of the journal. These special issues are freely available on the journal website at the time of publication.

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Manuscript submission

As part of the journal’s editorial strategy, all oral presentations will be published in the form of a Review article  in a special issue of Journal of Experimental Biology in early 2021.

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 Monday 4 May 2020.

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