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.
Organisers & speakers
Douglas Altshuler (The University of British Columbia, Canada)
Alexander Badri-Sprowitz (Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Sytsems, Germany)
John Bertram (University of Calgary, Canada)
Vincent Careau (University of Ottawa, Canada)
John Dabiri (California Institute of Technology, USA)
Valentina Di Santo (Stockholm University, Sweden)
Lucy Hawkes (University of Exeter, UK)
Anders Hedenström (Lund University, Sweden)
Robyn Hetem (University of The Witwatersrand, South Africa)
Timothy Higham (University of California, Riverside, USA)
Natalie Holt (University of California, Riverside, USA)
Mimi Koehl (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
James Liao (University of Florida, USA)
Glen Lichtwark (The University of Queensland, Australia)
Herman Pontzer (Duke University, USA)
Gregory Sawicki (Georgia Tech, USA)
Emily Shepard (Swansea University, UK)
Terrie Williams (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)
Alan Wilson (The Royal Veterinary College, UK)
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.
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.