The fifth conference “Interdisciplinary Approaches in Fish Skeletal Biology” takes place in Tavira, Portugal, April 16-19, 2018.
M. Leonor Cancela, Matthew P. Harris and P. Eckhard Witten
Brian K. Hall, Per Gunnar Fjelldal, Marc Muller, Ann Huysseune, Santosh P. Lall, Stefan Schulte-Merker, Jean-Yves Sire, Christoph Winkler, Clara Boglione, Gert Flik,
Vincent Laizé, Paulo Gavaia, Natércia Conceição, Ignacio Fernández, Evi Desender
Great Science at a Beautiful Location
IAFSB conferences promote the dialogue between experts from different disciplines that have a common interest in fish skeletal research and comparative skeletal biology. Participants come from disciplines such as Evolution and Development, Developmental Genomics and Proteomics, Biomedical Sciences and Regenerative Medicine, Ichthyology and Systematics, Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics, Aquaculture and Nutrition, and others. Key Note Speaker 2018: Gloria Arratia (University of Kansas)
The time of the conference is perhaps the best time of the year to visit Portugal. The tourist season has not started. Temperatures are pleasant but still moderate, nature is green and flowering. The conference hotel (Albacora Hotel) is located at the coast, inside a nature reserve, ideal for birdwatching. Tavira is a beautiful old harbour town, with many historic buildings and restaurants.
The emphasis of the conference is to facilitate discussions, to exchange ideas and concepts. The location of the conference is ideal for this purpose. A historic fishing village turned into a hotel where we can accommodate about 100 participants. There will be 40 slots for oral presentations. Each presenter has 25 minutes, but talks are not longer than 15 minutes to leave a minimum of 10 minutes for discussion. There will be no parallel sessions. Two evenings of the conference will be devoted to poster presentations. As for the previous conferences, proceedings, equally open to poster and oral contributions, will be published one year after the conference in the Journal of Applied Ichthyology (see below).