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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.

Monday 18 March

17:00 – 18:00 Welcome reception and drinks

18:00 – 19:00 Delegate introductions

19:00 Dinner

Tuesday 19 March

09:00 – 09:10 Welcome/introduction

Andrew Biewener and Alan Wilson

Session I: Mechanisms and energetics in movement ecology (Chairs: Andrew Biewener and Alan Wilson)

09:15 – 09:55 Alan Wilson The Royal Veterinary College, UK

Field biomechanics: linking muscle energetics to performance and environment

10:00 – 10:40 Glen Lichtwark Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Predicting the variance in movement energetics within individuals: integrating muscle energetics into musculoskeletal models

10:45 Refreshment break

11:15 – 11:55 Jessica Selinger Queen’s University, Canada

Human running energetics: can ecological preferences inform assistive device design?

12:00 – 12:40 Anders Hedenström Lund University, Sweden

The biomechanical foundations of vertebrate migration: linking theory, energetics and ecology

12:45 Lunch

Session II: Insights from aquatic environments (Chair: Andrew Biewener)

13:45 – 14:25 Valentina Di Santo Stockholm University, Sweden

Integrating energetics and biomechanics to explore solutions employed by fishes to increase locomotor performance

14:30 – 15:10 Brad Gemmell University of South Florida, USA

It’s a fluid situation: exploring novel strategies for feeding and locomotion in marine invertebrates

15:15 Refreshment break

15:45 – 16:25 Jeremy Goldbogen Stanford University, USA

How lunge feeding biomechanics, extreme predator-prey size ratios, and the rare enemy effect determine foraging energetics at the largest scale

16:30 – 17:10 James Liao University of Florida, USA

From lab to ocean and in between: linking energetics, ecology and mechanics in fish locomotion

19:30 Dinner

Wednesday 20 March

Session III: Challenges of studying movement in complex environments (Chair: Andrew Biewener) 

09:00 – 09:40 Emily Shepard Swansea University, UK

The role of wind, updrafts and turbulence on flight energetics

09:45 – 10:25 Doug Altshuler The University of British Columbia, Canada

Specialization and generalization in avian flight: effects of biomechanics, energetics and ecology

10:30 Refreshment break

11:00 – 11:40 Lucy Hawkes University of Exeter, UK

Flight physiology and adaptations/limitations for high altitude flight

11:45 – 12:25 Timothy Higham University of California, Riverside, USA

Dynamic adhesive locomotion in geckos: ecology, energetics, and biomechanics

12:30 Lunch

13:00 – 17:00 Social activities

19:30 Dinner

Thursday 21 March

Session IV: Studying energetics in the field (Chair: Alan Wilson)

09:00 – 09:40 Judy Shamoun-Baranes University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Incorporating energetics in the annual cycle of migratory animals

09:45 – 10:25 Herman Pontzer Duke University, USA

The energetics of movement, from exercise to ecology

10:30 Refreshment break

11:00 – 11:40 Roxanne Beltran University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

Bridging the gap between animal movement and functional trait databases to facilitate global ecological and evolutionary discoveries

11:45 – 12:25 Robyn Hetem University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Biologging body temperature to quantify internal physiological state within the movement ecology paradigm

12:30 – 12:45 An introduction to The Company of Biologists and JEB

Michaela Handel, Managing Editor, Journal of Experimental Biology

12:45 Lunch

Session V: Beyond the animal – biorobotics and augmented systems (Chair: Andrew Biewener)

13:30 – 14:10 Federico Formenti King’s College London, UK

Insights from human physiological performance in unusual conditions

14:15 – 14:55 Gregory Sawicki Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Pushing beyond locomotion economy – What can exoskeletons do on the shortest and longest timescales?

15:00 Refreshment break

15:30 – 16:10 Alexander Badri-Sprowitz KU Leuven, Belgium
Linking mechanics to energetics in the context of biorobotic design

16:15 – 17:00 General discussion (Chairs: Andrew Biewener and Alan Wilson)

19:30 Dinner

Friday 22 March

By 10:00 Departure

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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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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 2025.

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 6 May 2024.

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