Journal of Experimental Biology Symposium 2023
Developmental Plasticity: From Mechanisms to Evolutionary Processes
Organisers: Patricia A. Wright and Kathleen M. Gilmour
Date: 11-15 March 2023
Location: Tenuta il Cicalino, Massa Marittima, Italy
Although the concept that conditions encountered during early development can shape an animal’s phenotype is not new, in recent years developmental plasticity has gained prominence in new fields for several reasons. Epigenetics has revolutionized our understanding of the mechanisms underlying developmental plasticity, providing insight into how environmental experiences translate into altered phenotypes both within and between generations. This development, coupled with recognition that plasticity can differ among genotypes, has given new impetus to studies of how developmental plasticity may contribute to evolution. Finally, global change is providing an important and increasingly urgent lens for viewing developmental plasticity as a potential lifeline for species facing environmental challenges.
This meeting will bring together investigators who use innovative approaches across a range of taxa to understand evolutionary mechanisms and physiological processes of developmental plasticity.
Organisers & speakers
Daniel Ardia (Franklin & Marshall College, USA)
Simon Blanchet (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Moulis, France)
Anne Bronikowski (Michigan State University, USA)
Paula Brunton (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Jorge Contreras Garduño (Unidad Morelia, Mexico)
Helen Eachus (University of Exeter, UK)
Sophie Jarriault (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Strasbourg, France)
Imroze Khan (Ashoka University, India)
Alexander Little (McMaster University, Canada)
Mylene Mariette (Doñana Biological Station, Spain and Deakin University, Australia)
Neil Metcalfe (University of Glasgow, UK)
Armin Moczek (Indiana University Bloomington, USA)
Amy Newman (University of Guelph, Canada)
Rajendhran Rajakumar (University of Ottawa, Canada)
Suvi Ruuskanen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Tobias Uller (University of Lund, Sweden)
Matthew Walsh (University of Texas at Arlington, USA)
Linda Wilbrecht (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
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 2024.
In the province of Grosseto in rural Tuscany, the small medieval town of Massa Marittima is just 130 km (81 miles) from Pisa and 225 km (140 miles) from Rome and is easily accessible by road and rail. Surrounded by the wonderful Maremman countryside of olive groves, fruit trees and vineyards, the symposium will be held at the Tenuta Il Cicalino Estate, with accommodation in a variety of beautifully restored, traditional Tuscan farmhouses.
Tenuta Il Cicalino
Località il Cicalino
58024 Massa Marittima (Grosseto)
Tel: +39 0566 902031
The nearest international airport to the conference venue is Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport (81 miles, 130km).
You can travel from the airports in Pisa or Rome by train to Follonica, which is a 20-min taxi ride to the conference venue. Details of train timetables and prices can be found on the TrenItalia website. We can arrange a taxi from Follonica to/from the venue if you let us know expected arrival/departure times. Train tickets can be purchased online (type either ‘Pisa Aeroporto’, ‘Fiumicino Aeroporto’ or ‘Ciampino’ in the ‘From’ field and ‘Follonica’ in the ‘To’ field) or from the Information Office in the airport Arrivals Hall. Allow approximately 2 hours from Pisa and approximately 3.5 hours from Rome.
Alternatively, we may be able to provide transport (by taxi/minibus) from Pisa and Rome Airports to/from the conference venue for delegates arriving/leaving at similar times. Journey time to the venue is ~1.5 hours by taxi/minibus from Pisa, ~2.75 hours from Roma Fiumicino and 3 hours from Roma Ciampino, but allow extra time, where possible, as you may have to wait at the airport for other delegates to arrive.
Delegates should book their travel to ensure they arrive at the conference venue on the afternoon of Saturday 11 March 2023. Earliest check-in time is 12 noon.
Spouses/domestic partners are welcome to accompany invited delegates to the meeting. To cover the costs of the accommodation, catering and social event, the registration fee will be €560 (euros). The fee assumes two people sharing a double room and that accompanying persons will NOT attend the scientific sessions.
Registration fee (560 euros) for accompanying persons includes:
- Accommodation for four nights (11-14 March)
- Welcome Reception on 11 March
- Breakfast on 12-15 March
- Lunch on 12-14 March
- Dinner on 11-14 March
- Social event on 13 March
To register an accompanying person, please email us by 1 February 2023.
Charges may be incurred for cancellations after 25 February 2023.