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Speakers should limit the duration of their presentations to 30 minutes to ensure ample time for discussion and transition between speakers.

Sunday 22 March

17.00-17.45   Welcome Reception

17.45-18.45   Delegate introductions

18.45-19.25   Introductory lecture (Chair: Craig Franklin)

Hans-Otto Pörtner (Alfred-Wegener Institute, Germany)

Understanding the impacts of climate change on organisms and ecosystems: contributions from Experimental Biology

19.30   Dinner

Monday 23 March

Session I: Scope and general effects of rising temperatures (Chair: Hans Hoppeler)

09.00-09.40  Carmenza Robledo Abad Althaus (ETH Zϋrich, Switzerland)

Climate change and the human perspective: a risky gap between science and policy

09.45-10.25  Sarah Diamond (Case Western Reserve University, USA)

Physiological adaptation to cities as a proxy to forecast global-scale responses to climate change

10.30   Refreshment break

11.00-11.40  Christian Hof (Technische Universität München, Germany)

Integrating physiology, dispersal and land‐use to project species ranges under climate change

11.45-12.25  Lauren Buckley (University of Washington, USA)

Shifts in the relative fitness contributions of fecundity and survival in variable and changing environments

12.30   Lunch

Session II: Temperature challenges for reptiles (Chair: Craig Franklin)

13.30-14.10  Fredric Janzen (Iowa State University, USA and Michigan State University, USA)

Predicting the effects of climate change on incubation in reptiles: methodological advances and new directions

14.15- 14.55  Essie Rodgers (The Australian National University, Australia)

Diving in a warming world: understanding the impacts of elevated temperatures on ectothermic dive capacity

15.00   Refreshment break

Session III: Risks for mammals in different temperature zones   (Chair: Craig Franklin)

15.30-16.10  Andrea Fuller (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)

Predicting how arid-zone mammals will respond to the direct and indirect effects of climate change

16.15-16.55  Anthony Pagano (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)

Physiological consequences of Arctic sea ice loss on large marine carnivores: unique responses by polar bears and narwhals

19.30   Dinner

Tuesday 24 March

Session IV: Specific challenges for birds and insects (Chair: Hans Hoppeler)

9.00-09.40  Andrew McKechnie (University of Pretoria, South Africa)

Scaling of avian heat tolerance limits and evaporative cooling capacity

09.45-10.25  Cécile Le Lann (Université de Rennes 1, France)

Is winter coming? Climate change, parasitoids and associated trophic webs

10.30   Refreshment break

11.00-11.40  Caroline Williams (University of California, Berkeley, USA)

Insect responses to winter climate change: interactions between cold and energy stress

11.45-12.00  An introduction to The Company of Biologists and JEB

12.00   Lunch

12.30-22.00  Social event and dinner

Wednesday 25 March

08.15-11.45  JEB Editors’ meeting (JEB Editors, Staff and Directors only)

Session V: Environmental stress for marine ectotherms   (Chair: Craig Franklin)

12.00-12.40  Sjannie Lefevre (University of Oslo, Norway)

The role of oxygen supply in modelling effects of global warming on fish

12.45   Lunch

13.30-14.10  David McKenzie (Centre for Marine Biodiversity Exploitation and Conservation, France)

Using aerobic exercise to investigate the thermal physiology of fishes

14.15-14.55 Josefin Sundin (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)

Effects of ocean acidification on fish behaviour and physiology

15.00 Refreshment break

15.30-16.10  Inna Sokolova (University of Rostock, Germany)

16.15-16.55  Hollie Putnam (University of Rhode Island, USA)

Avenues of marine invertebrate acclimatization in response to rapid environmental change

17.00   Meeting wrap-up (Chair: Hans Hoppeler and Craig Franklin)

19.30   Dinner

Thursday 26 March

Departure by 11 am


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About JEB

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.

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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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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