SATELLITE MEETINGS

FROM ARCHERFISH TO ZEBRAFISH ­– HOW TELEOST BRAINS INTERACT WITH THE WORLD

Organizers: Herwig Baier (MPI of Neurobiology, Germany) and Germán Sumbre (ENS Paris)

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Teleost fish are a species-rich vertebrate group that has conquered diverse ecological niches on six of the seven continents. The founders of ethology, prominently among them Karl von Frisch, Erich von Holst and Niklas Tinbergen, already noted the behavioral diversity and striking cognitive abilities of teleosts. Indeed, there is lots to study, from the ability of the archerfish to shoot down airborne prey with a water jet to the complex social systems of cichlids from the great East African lakes. More recently, the cyprinid zebrafish (Danio rerio) has risen to the ranks of a premier model system in biomedical research, largely owing to the optical accessibility of its larval stage. Detailed brain atlases that link structure to function are now available, as are high-resolution computational maps of kinematic motifs and an ever-expanding library of transgenic lines and mutants. While these advances have revealed basic principles of vertebrate neural circuit development and function, the mechanistic insights gleaned from zebrafish studies do not transfer easily to the questions asked by researchers interested in teleosts with different lifestyles or more sophisticated behavioral repertoires. This satellite symposium aims to prepare the ground for cross-fertilization between the different communities, bringing together speakers with zebrafish neuroscience background and experts working on the neuroethology of other fish species, including archerfish, bettas, cichlids and sticklebacks.

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Date: 23 July from 9 a.m to 6 p.m and Sunday, 24 July from 9 a.m to 2 p.m

Price: €70,00/person (two lunches and three coffeebreaks included)

Venue: ISPA – Auditorium 1

To register for this Satellite Meeting, please click here. There will be a limited number of 100 registrations.


2022 ELECTRIC FISH SATELLITE SYMPOSIUM: ELECTROSENSORY AND ELECTROMOTOR SYSTEMS

Co-organizers: Kent Dunlap (Trinity College, USA), Vielka Salazar (Cape Breton University, Canada), Ana Silva (Universidad de la República, Uruguay)

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Research on electroreception and electrogenesis has provided key findings of general significance that integrate organismal biology at successive levels of organization, from synaptic, cellular and circuital levels to systems and pathways underlying behavior. In doing so, this research has contributed to our understanding of neural mechanisms, neuroethology, evolution, and other fields of knowledge.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we launched our EfishConnection initiative to keep our community connected virtually. Through this initiative, we hosted an online synchronous symposium on July 30, 2020. We also launched and hosted for the first time in our community’s history an online synchronous monthly seminar series (2020-2021), which initially showcased talks from early-career researchers, then paired talks from senior researchers and early-career researchers, and closed with talks from pioneers in our discipline. A repository of all these talks can be found in our EfishConnection website.

The goal of this 2022 satellite symposium is to reconnect in-person after our COVID-19-related hiatus, while still providing some virtual participation, to share recent advances in the study on electrosensory – electromotor systems that contribute to the general progress of neuroscience, neuroethology, genomics, development and evolution, and ecology. To this end, we are organizing an in-person one-day of sessions (July 23, 2022), followed by a virtual half-day of sessions (July 24, 2022). Following tradition, speakers will be asked to focus on recent experimental findings or theoretical constructs of general interest. Students will be encouraged to present their research in poster sessions.

This will be the 10th in-person satellite symposium aiming to gather the whole community working on electroreception and electrogeneration. It is preceded by pioneer meetings in Gif sur Yvette in 1978 and 1985 and as a satellite of the ICN meeting at Montreal (1992), San Diego (1998), Bonn (2001), Vancouver (2007), Maryland (2012), Montevideo (2016), and Brisbane (2018).

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Date: Saturday, 23 July (in-person) and Sunday, 24 July (virtual)

Price (in-person: 23 July 2022): €45,00/PIs & Post-docs and €30,00/students (one lunch and three coffee breaks included)

There is no cost associated with the virtual sessions on Sunday, July, 24.

Venue: ISPA – Instituto Universitário in Lisbon

To register for the in-person day of this Satellite Meeting, please click hereRegistration deadline: Tuesday, May 31, 2022. For the in-person day (23 July 2022, there will be a limited number of 70 registrations.

For abstract submissions, please click here. Abstract deadline: Tuesday, May 31, 2022. If you are planning to present your work to the ICN2022, you should submit your abstract separately to the ICN2022 website. Abstracts submitted to ICN2022 can be submitted to EfishLisbon2022 for a poster or oral presentation.