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Abstract submission is extended to 21 February 2018

Travel grants available for students and early career scientists

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If you haven’t submitted your abstract already, do not miss out on this exciting opportunity to present your research in an oral or poster presentation and network with colleagues in your field from a global community.

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The SEB is offering students and early career scientists the opportunity to apply for travel grants, ranging from £250 - £500, to support their attendance at the symposium.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a Student or Early career scientist member of the SEB or European Aquaculture Society (EAS)

  • Have an abstract (talk or poster) accepted for presentation at the symposium – Abstract deadline: 21 February 2018

  • Have registered and paid to attend the symposium before the early bird registration deadline: 2 March 2018


Organised by: Rod Wilson (University of Exeter, UK); Rob Ellis (University of Exeter, UK); Mauricio Urbina (Universidad de Concepción, Chile); Göran Nilsson (University of Oslo, Norway); Elizabeth Ytteborg (NOFIMA, Norway); Colin Brauner (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Exponentially rising CO2 (currently ~400 μatm) is driving climate change, and causing acidification of both marine and freshwater environments. Physiologists have long known that CO2 directly affects acid-base and ion regulation, respiratory function, and aerobic performance. More recently, many studies have demonstrated that elevated CO2 projected for end of this century (e.g. 800-1,000 μatm) has dramatic effects on behaviours linked to sensory stimuli (smell, hearing and vision), that have negative implications for fitness and survival. Some sectors of the aquaculture industry have been farming aquatic animals at extremely high CO2 levels (>10,000 μatm) long before the term “ocean acidification” was coined, with limited detrimental effects reported. It is vital to understand the physiological mechanisms behind this variability in resilience to high CO2. Potential explanations include: the relatively benign environment in aquaculture (abundant feed, disease and predator control); co-selection for CO2 -tolerance; high “control” CO2 levels in aquaculture studies.

This symposium will highlight insights the two communities can offer from marine and freshwater settings. Bringing together climate change and aquaculture scientists will stimulate discussion on the direction of future research priorities and mitigation strategies to alleviate negative impacts of high CO2 on future aquatic ecosystems and the sustainable production of fish, invertebrates and algae in aquaculture.


  • Carol Turley OBE (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK) - CO2 and the ocean: An increasingly important issue on global to local scales for governments and society
  • Christopher Good (The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute, USA) - Assessing the impacts of dissolved carbon dioxide in intensive water recirculation aquaculture
  • Cory Suski (University of Illinois, USA) - Carbon dioxide and freshwater fish: Insights from barrier application
  • Göran Nilsson (University of Oslo, Norway) - Neurophysiological mechanisms linking high-CO2 with altered behaviour
  • Philip Munday (James Cook University, Australia) - Ocean acidification and marine fishes: The current state of knowledge, uncertainties, and future perspectives
  • Rod Wilson (University of Exeter, UK) - Using fundamental physiology to tackle high CO2 associated problems in aquaculture
  • Bill Dewey (Taylor Shellfish Farms, USA) - Impacts of ocean acidification on United States west coast shellfish aquaculture
  • Chris Harley (University of British Columbia, Canada) - Ocean acidification impacts: Confronting complexity and context-dependence
  • Sam Dupont (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) - From local adaptation to resilience– how to predict (and be prepared) for future global changes
  • Grant Stentiford (Cefas, UK) - Disease as the major barrier to sustainable aquaculture production to 2050

Find out more about the Keynote speakers

Early bird registration deadline: 2 March 2018

Registration is open for the symposium and we would encourage you to register before the early bird deadline and to take advantage of the discounted member rates.

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If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us on or +44(0)207 685 2600. 

We hope you can join us in the Azores.

Best wishes,

Oliver Kingham
Events Manager
Society for Experimental Biology