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
Simon Blanchet (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Moulis, France)
Anne Bronikowski (Iowa 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