Conference venue

The ISEPEP4 conference will be held at the University of Rennes 1 (Rennes, France) at 4 km from the city centre, on the Campus of Beaulieu (main entrance: 263 avenue du général Leclerc, Bât 2a) . Please, have a look to the conference venue on the city map and on the campus map.

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the 4th International Symposium of Environmental Physiology of Ectotherms and Plants (ISEPEP4), on July 18-22, 2011. The conference venue in 2011 is Rennes in France. Rennes, the historical capital of Brittany, is located about 350 km west of Paris (, and it is only one hour from the seaside and its two most impressive attractions: Saint-Malo, a charming walled corsair city and Mont Saint-Michel, an iconic tower in the heart of an immense bay invaded by the highest tides in Europe (visit our excursion page).
The ISEPEP4 organizing staff will try to provide all information and opportunity for participants to enjoy the stay here fully both from scientific and personal points of view. We recommend that you visit the ISEPEP4 home page from time to time and of look forward to welcoming you to Rennes in 2011.

Sincerely yours,

David Renault (on behalf of the organizing committee)


ISEPEP arose from the amalgamation of two previous series of meetings: the International Symposium on the Cold Hardiness of Animals and Plants and the European Workshop on Invertebrate Ecophysiology. The idea was to cover the environmental physiology of invertebrates, plants and vertebrate ectotherms (fish, amphibians, reptiles). ISEPEP1 was held at the University of Roskilde, Denmark in 2005 and attracted 90 participants from 14 countries. ISEPEP2 was held in Dunedin, New Zealand in 2009. ISEPEP3 was held in Tsukuba, Japan in 2009.
ISEPEP is the only meeting focused on the environmental physiology of these groups and has the potential to attract an interesting and cohesive group of researchers who work in these areas. There will be sessions devoted entirely to the effects of temperature, not restricted to discussion of cold adaptations but also including adaptations to high temperature, thermal stresses and dehydration/desiccation tolerance.
Preliminary list of topics to be covered:

1. Low temperature biology of insects
- Dormancy, Diapause and Cryptobiosis
- Phenology
- Rapid cold hardening, acclimation and acclimatisation
- Metabolism
- Chilling injury and subsequent recovery

2. Molecular aspects of cold and heat stress: "Omics" studies in low temperature biology of ectotherms and plants
- Antifreeze and ice active proteins
- Chaperone/heat shock proteins
- Transcriptomics
- Proteomics
- Metabolomics

4. Water relations:
- Dehydration and anhydrobiosis
- Ion balance during stress
- Ice nucleation and antinucleation
- Aquaporins
- Osmotic and ionic relations

5. Environmental physiology in alpine and polar environments

6. Ecological perspectives:
- Applied aspects
- Extreme environments
- Climate change
- Ecotoxicology

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