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Journal of Experimental Biology Symposium 2021

Integrating Biomechanics, Energetics and Ecology in Locomotion

Organisers: Andrew Biewener, Alan Wilson

Date: 20-24 March 2021

Location: Wiston House, Steyning, UK

The integration of biomechanics and energetics is challenging for all forms of locomotion, especially in the context of free-ranging movement in the natural environment. Traditionally, biomechanists focus on mechanics, physiologists on energy – usually in a laboratory context – and ecologists on field measurements, often using proxies of movement and energy use, such as accelerometry, because direct measurements in the field are often not feasible. Greater integration would improve the biological and scientific relevance of both field and laboratory measurements, while a shared conceptual framework would enable better experimental data and information flow at the interface of the disciplines.

The aim of this symposium is to promote cross-disciplinary understanding and establish a common framework for studies that link energy consumption, muscle function and locomotor mechanics in terrestrial, aerial and aquatic locomotion. The meeting will bring together key innovators working across the traditional boundaries of biomechanics, ecology and physiology to examine multidisciplinary approaches for investigating how animals use energy to power movement.


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 2022.


Wiston House is a 16th-Century Grade-1-listed building located at the foot of the South Downs National Park in England, surrounded by over 6000 acres of parkland.

Steeped in history, it provides a relaxed atmosphere that lends itself to work, dialogue and recreation.

Wiston House
Steyning Road
West Sussex
BN44 3DZ
Tel: +44 1903 815020



Wiston House is easily accessible by road and rail from the major London airports: London Gatwick is 32 miles away (~45 mins by road) and London Heathrow  is 60 miles away (~2 hours by road).

Note that The Company of Biologists will be carbon-offsetting the flights of all delegates to this meeting.

If you are driving to Wiston House, please enter postcode BN44 3DZ on your satellite navigation equipment.

The nearest train station to Wiston House is Shoreham-by-Sea. Trains run regularly from London Victoria train station and take approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. Plan your route and book tickets online on the National Rail Enquiries website. Alternatively, train tickets can be purchased at any UK station.

A taxi rank is located outside Shoreham-by-Sea station. The journey to Wiston House takes 15-20 minutes and costs £20-25. Please note that most taxi drivers require payment in cash.


Warning – scam alert!

It has come to our attention that some of our speakers have been contacted by someone purporting to be from the meeting venue about their accommodation booking. This is a scam. If you receive a telephone call or email asking you to make a payment or fill in a credit card authorization form to secure your booking, please do not engage with the caller/sender and do not provide any personal information.

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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 2022.

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 2021.

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