Electric Fish Satellite Symposium 2022: Electrosensory and Electromotor System
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).
The title of the Satellite Meeting should be taken broadly, and the expected contributions may cover different areas beyond electrosensory and electromotor systems, for example: animal communication, cognition, navigation, neuroendocrinology, development and evolution of the nervous system of electroreceptive animals, as well as related topics from other disciplines, as imaging or robotics.
KENT DUNLAP (Trinity College, USA), VIELKA SALAZAR (Cape Breton University, Canada) & ANA SILVA (Universidad de la República, Uruguay)
IN-PERSON PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE
Saturday, July 23
Venue: The 2022 Electric Fish Satellite Symposium will take place in ISPA
(R. Jardim do Tabaco 34, 1100-304 Lisboa; see map below)
Times set in Lisbon time (GMT+1)
Registration & Poster set-up
by Ana Silva
Session 1: Nature & Evolution
Chair: Rudiger Krahe
Session 2: Central Electrosensory Coding
Chair: Andre Longtin
Lunch & Poster Session
Coffee Break & Poster Session (cont'd)
Session 3: Different Approaches to the Study of Electrocommunication
Chair: Jan Benda
Coffee Break &
Hormones & Behavior
Chair: Kent Dunlap
Walk to Restaurant
Faz Figura Restaurante
Registration (includes three coffee breaks and one lunchbox).
Sunday, July 24
Zoom link will be sent via email to the Efish email list
Times set in Lisbon time (GMT+1)
I. VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM
Chair: Vielka Salazar
Opening Words & Perspectives
Vielka Salazar, Canada
María Castelló, Uruguay
Francesco Janzen, Canada
Joseph Waddell, Uruguay
Tim Walther, Germany
Pedro Aguilera, Uruguay
Melissa Proffitt, US
G. Troy Smith, US
II. HOMAGE TO HAROLD ZAKON
Chairs: Kent Dunlap, Vielka Salazar, Ana SIlva
Harold Zakon, US