26 March 2018
27-28 September 2018
The perception of environmental stimuli, their processing and integration is essential for any organism. Apart from the more familiar senses like hearing, seeing or tasting, there are sensory tasks performed by highly specialized animals, such as echolocation in bats or the perception of polarized light in grasshoppers. Sensory processing consequently also differs strongly between species. However, at the same time there are astonishing similarities between sensory modalities of phylogenetically distant animal groups, such as the shared cellular structure of light-sensitive organs or the genetic control and developmental origin of sensory cells. With methodological innovation, more and more species can be used for detailed analyses, which further expand the understanding of the evolution of sensation.
GOEvol is an evolutionary biology network based in Göttingen, Germany, and they present their 2018 conference on the evolution of sensation. GOEvol VI – #Sensation @GOEEvolution 2018 will be a small interdisciplinary symposium with an informal atmosphere. Because of the diversity of research and various methodologies in multiple (emerging) model organisms in the field of evolution of sensation the organizers want to bring together scientists from a broad range of fields to reveal commonalities across disciplines.