The two-day GRS provides a unique opportunity for young researchers to discuss current and future issues in the field. Neuroethology is the study of the neural basis of naturally occurring animal behavior. Within the larger discipline of neuroscience it seeks to understand biodiversity from the perspective of neural systems and behavior. This seminar is a chance for the next generation of scientists to imagine what the field will look like in the year 2050.
The theme “Neuroethology 2050” seeks to generate discussion amongst students and postdoctoral researchers, not only of their current research, but also on methodological and conceptual developments that will be required to advance our understanding of the neural basis of natural behavior. Participants will have the chance to build informal networks with their peers that may lead to a lifetime of collaboration and scientific achievement. Discussions will include - but by no means be limited to - the application of new techniques for monitoring animal behavior under natural conditions, the role of functional brain imaging in neuroethology, the relationship of gene expression to neural circuits, and new developments in modeling, including robotics. Contributions will be in the form of short talks or posters.
The seminar is held in Oxford on August 9-10, 2008, the weekend prior to the Gordon Research Conference “Neuroethology: Behavior, Evolution, and Neurobiology” (August 10-15, 2008). Students and post-docs who are accepted to “Neuroethology 2050” will be accepted into the GRC provided that they apply to both.
|2:00 pm - 9:00 pm||Arrival and Check-in|
|4:00 pm - 6:00 pm||Poster Session|
|7:15 pm - 7:30 pm||Welcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff and Chair's Remarks|
|7:30 pm - 9:30 pm ||Neuroethology: Past and Present|
|Discussion Leader: Bill Kristan (University of California, San Diego)|
|7:30 pm - 7:55 pm ||Keynote Address: Catherine E. Carr (University of Maryland, Baltimore)|
"Back in my day… How will neuroethology’s past shape its future?"
|7:55 pm - 8:00 pm ||Discussion|
|8:00 pm - 9:20 pm||Shaping Neuroethology Research During Career Beginnings|
|8:00 pm - 8:15 pm ||Martin How (Australian National University, Canberra, Australia)|
"Courtship herding in the fiddler crab Uca elegans: Tracking control system"
|8:15 pm - 8:20 pm ||Discussion|
|8:20 pm - 8:35 pm||Stefan Pulver (Brandeis University, Boston, MA)|
"Electrophysiological characterization of light and heat activated methods for acutely manipulating neuronal excitability in Drosophila melanogaster"
|8:35 pm - 8:40 pm ||Discussion|
|8:40 pm - 8:55 pm ||Gesa Feenders (Newcastle University, United Kingdom)|
"A motor theory for the origin of vocal learning"
|8:55 pm - 9:00 pm ||Discussion|
|9:00 pm - 9:15 pm ||Theo Mota (University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France)|
"Integrative study of colour perception and learning in the honeybee Apis mellifera"
|9:15 pm - 9:20 pm ||Discussion|
|9:20 pm - 9:30 pm ||Informal discussion and wrap up|
|7:30 am - 8:30 am||Breakfast|
|9:00 am - 12:30 pm ||Neuroethology’s Future|
|Discussion Leaders: Jochen Zeil (Australian National University, Canberra, Australia)|
Kathy French (University of California, San Diego)
|9:00 am - 9:50 am ||Integrative Approaches in Neuroethology: A Look to the Future|
|9:00 am - 9:20 am||Andrew Barron (Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)|
"Bees on crack"
|9:20 am - 9:25 am ||Discussion|
|9:25 am - 9:45 am||Catharine Rankin (University of British Columbia)|
"Plasticity: From behavior to neural circuits to networks of genes and back again"
|9:45 am - 9:50 am ||Discussion|
|9:50 am - 10:10 am ||Coffee Break|
|10:10 am - 11:30 am ||Advances in Neuroethology: Where are we Heading?|
|Selected Student Presentations|
|10:10 am - 10:25 am ||Stephen Shepherd (Duke University, Durham, NC)|
"Parietal "mIrror neurons" reflect both deployed and observed attention"
|10:25 am - 10:30 am ||Discussion|
|10:30 am - 10:45 am ||Andrew George (University of Texas, Austin)|
"Calcium-Mediated Change in Neural Intrinsic Excitability in Weakly Electric Fish, Apteronotus leptorhynchus and Eigenmannia virescens"
|10:45 am - 10:50 am ||Discussion|
|10:50 am - 11:05 am ||Anna Greenwood (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA)|
"What can genetics teach us about the evolution of the nervous system?"
|11:50 am - 11:10 am ||Discussion|
|11:10 am - 11:25 am ||Jeff Riffel (University of Arizona, Tucson)|
"Olfactory behavior and neural processing of complex odor mixtures in the moth, Manduca sexta"
|11:25 am - 11:30 am ||Discussion|
|11:30 am - 12:00 pm ||Directed Questions and Wrap up Discussion: What are Future Challenges and Promises of Neuroethology?|
|11:30 am - 11:35 am ||Seth Ament (Univeristy of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)|
"What will neuroethology’s place in science be in 2050?"
|11:35 am - 11:45 am ||Discussion|
|11:45 am - 11:50 am ||Helga Groll (University of Southampton, United Kingdom)|
"What aren’t we going to predict?"
|11:50 am - 12:00 pm ||Discussion|
|12:00 pm - 12:30 pm||Business Meeting|
|(Discuss request for a subsequent GRS; Nominations for the next Student/Post-doc Vice Chair(s) to work with GRC Chair (serving as mentor); Fill out Evaluation Forms)|
|1:30 pm||Gordon Research Seminar ends. For those attending the associated Gordon Research Conference, please check in at the GRC Office beginning at 4:00 pm.|