ARCEx is a proud sponsor of the Fifth international symposium on Dynamic Energy Budget theory: metabolic organization plays a role in planetary stewardship, held at Clarion Hotel The Edge, Tromsø, Norway, May 31 – June 02 2017. This is in connection with our WP3 activities in Ecotoxicology.
About the 5th symposium in Tromsø:
Planet earth is basically our life-support system as we need ecosystems for the very water, food and air that we breathe. That is why it can be said that eco-systems provide regulating, provisional, cultural, and economical services. Life, and so metabolic organization, plays a key role in these services. The theory for metabolic organization is the science which allows quantifying and understanding that role. The dynamic energy budget (DEB) theory is the best tested quantitative theory on metabolic organization. Advances in research and developments of DEB theory will be presented at this symposium.
The Symposium unites an international audience interested in the further development and application of DEB theory in the context of ecosystem based approaches to managing resources of system earth. DEB theory is a set of coherent assumptions from which mathematical models follow for the study of metabolic organization at the individual level and the interaction with a varying environment (see  for a general presentation).
DEB symposiums are international researcher conferences that are arranged on a regular, rotating basis between different countries. They are hosted by different nodes of the DEBnet: international network of expertise on Dynamic Energy Budgets. The first one was held in 2009 to celebrate 30 years of research in metabolic organization. The most northern DEB node, here in Tromsø is now proud to host the 2017 event. This symposium aims at:
- Mixing researchers in biology, mathematics, engineering, chemistry, and physics to solve biological/ecological problems;
- Introducing the DEBnet to the arctic research community in Norway (e.g. ARCTOS, ARCEx) and bringing international expertise in modelling biological systems to Norway
- Introducing new challenging problems where mathematical analysis is used for solving ecological questions.
- Stimulating biological research in physics style, using explicit mechanistic assumptions, rather than descriptions and to think about implications of these assumptions for new situations (which were possibly never studied before).
- Creating a platform for lectures who followed a previous DEB course to present results they obtained since then, but orals will not be constrained by this.
- Bringing in fresh ideas into the DEB community by inviting some keynote speakers outside the DEB community.
- Maximizing the broadness of scope of DEB applications via selection of oral presentations, and offering this to participants of the DEB course by integrating the symposium into the course. The international 8-day workshop on DEB modelling in Tromsø, that follows the 5-week tele part, is organized directly prior to the symposium.
 T. Sousa, T. Domingos, and S. A. L. M. Kooijman. From empirical patterns to theory: A formal metabolic theory of life. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 363:2453-2464, 2008
Register now : http://deb.akvaplan.com/
Costs: 3600 NOK (incl. 25% V.A.T.)