The first Symposium on Metabolic organization will be convened from 19th to 22nd April, 2009, in Brest (France). This conference is being organized jointly by Ifremer (French Institute for the Research and Exploitation of the Sea), the Department of Theoretical Biology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Universities of Brest (UBO), Marseille (LMGEM-UMR CNRS 6117), Caen (UMRPE2M, LBBM) and Lisbon (Instituto Superior Técnico), the IRD (French Research Institute for Development), the INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research), the NIOZ (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research), the IMARES Wageningen (Institute for Marine Resources and Ecosystem Studies), as all these research teams are involved in research on DEB theory.

Dynamic Energy Budget theory for metabolic organization is based in first principles and is central in biology. The aim of the symposium is to bring together people with an interest in DEB theory and its applications in the various fields, ranging from molecules to system earth, from fundamental to applied, from experimental to theoretical, covering biology, chemistry, physics, geology and mathematics. Few symposia can bring such a diversity of disciplines together, because specialists cannot recognize the coherence. Why should they waste time to lectures on topics they never meet again? DEB theory is unique, however, in revealing the required coherence for fruitful exchange, with the explicit aim to restore coherence in biology, and to develop a fundamental physical-style research program in biology. We seek to develop the theory on the basis of practical applications in fisheries, aquaculture, ecotoxicity, pharmacology, medicine, biotechnology, sewage water purification, sustainable development, economics.

Special issue 2 of the  Journal of Sea Research 56 ( 2006) was exclusively devoted to applications of DEB theory in bivalves. A second special issue  of JSR is planned for 2009, which will be presented during the symposium.

The meeting will include oral presentations and posters in four sessions, which will be opened by keynote speakers. To submit an abstract, see details in instructions for authors.

Forthcoming deadlines for 2009 are:

5 January 2009: Registration opens

19 to 22 April 2009: DEB2009 symposium