Track 3

Track 3: Perceive and respond

This track focusses on multiple levels through which different microbe, plant, animal species interact with their environment, with each other, and with other species, for their survival, health and development.

  1. Sensory perception of the environment: This theme is about how organisms perceive the environment, including the others that inhabit it. There are several sensory modalities, such as visual stimuli, touch, pheromones, chemical messengers, sound, etc. Often a specific combination of these modalities is required to bring over a message from one organism to the other. The ability to perceive and individual differences in perception determine to a great extent the receivers’ response and thereby behavior in the environment.
  2. Environmental stress and coping strategies : This theme is about the effect of stress on micro-organisms, animals and plants, and the strategies that are employed to cope with stress, leading to adaptation or maladaptation. Natural selection shapes the stress response. Understanding of the evolutionary history of stress responsivity, how it gives advantage and the costs of it, helps to understand how species survive (and thrive).
  3. Microbiota-host interactions in health and disease: A microbiota is an ecological community of commensal, symbiotic and pathogenic microorganisms found in and on all multicellular organisms studied to date from plants to animals. A microbiota includes bacteria, archaea, protists, fungi and viruses. Microbiota are crucial for immunologic, hormonal and metabolic homeostasis (as well as brain function) of their host, and influence their health and disease. Microbiota are also found in the roots of plants influencing plant health and growth.

Invited speakers

Track committee
Judith Homberg
(Radboud University, Dutch Neuroscience Meeting)
“It is very exciting to organize a meeting that is distinctive from established meetings in terms of pollination between research domains.”

Aniko Korosi (University of Amsterdam, Dutch Neuroscience Meeting)
“Life2019 will be a unique platform to build bridges across diverse fields of life sciences, which will form new frames to look at the world around us and to solve the current scientific and societal challenges. I am very excited to contribute to this initiative.”

Bregje Wertheim (University of Groningen)