Symposium 2020: Fish in a Dynamic World.

Cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic

Dear All,

We are deeply disappointed to have to announce that FSBI2020 has been cancelled. We had a fantastic response to our call for abstracts, and have assembled a really exciting and full programme with contributions from 24 nations, but with the ever-increasing global impact of COVID-19, it has become clear that holding the planned symposium at the end of July is no longer a realistic possibility.

As the 2021 FSBI Symposium is already in advanced stages of planning, we hope to re-schedule our planned symposium for 2022, on the same theme of Fish in a Dynamic World, and we hope to make a definite announcement about that soon. We will also be in contact individually with those of you that submitted abstracts, and with all invited speakers.

We send our very best wishes at this challenging time, and look forward to welcoming you to NTU in a couple of years’ time.


Iain Barber & Carl Smith (FSBI2020 co-organisers)

Details of the FSBI symposium 2020: Fish in a Dynamic World

Importance of the Symposium

Fish show a remarkable capacity to adapt to aquatic environments, occupying oceans, lakes, rivers, streams and even temporary pools.  Fish also show a striking radiation in modes of feeding, life history, reproduction and behaviour. The aquatic ecosystems that fish inhabit are also often subject to highly dynamic changes, over diurnal, tidal and seasonal cycles, and fish exhibit remarkable plasticity to allow them to prosper in the face of such changes.

Investigating Fishes Adaptability Under Rising threats

However, aquatic environments across the globe, and the fish that live in them, are subject to myriad threats, including the input of anthropogenic pollutants, overexploitation, species introductions, physical barriers to movement, the manipulation of flow regimes and global climate change. Fish are responding to these perturbations at all organisational levels, with consequences for gene expression, physiology and patterns of behaviour, and the impact of these changes on populations, communities and ecosystem processes is now beginning to be revealed.The symposium will explore the ways in which fish are able to occupy such a broad range of naturally dynamic environments, as well as their capacity to adapt to habitat loss and directional environmental change.

Symposium Goals

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Topics of the Symposium

  • Sex and reproduction, feeding and behaviour in a dynamic world
  • Evolutionary adaptations over contemporary timescales
  • Eco-evolutionary dynamics
  • Population and community consequences of a dynamic world
  • Phenotypic plasticity
  • Analysing dynamic worlds
  • Fish conservation, fisheries management and invasion ecology in a dynamic world
  • Predator-prey interactions
  • Parasites, pathogens and diseases
  • Impacts of anthropogenic noise and ecological stressors

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is a modern city campus based in the heart of Nottingham. It has recently won many plaudits for teaching and research and has been a top 10 in the People and the Planet League since 2009, making it a perfect venue for the FSBI 2020 symposium


Conference bed-and-breakfast accommodation will be in en-suite student rooms located on the doorstep of the conference venue at the City campus.

We are delighted to welcome you to Nottingham, one of the most historic places of the UK, steeped in legends and culture.

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Local Organising Committee:

Iain Barber (NTU)

Carl Smith (NTU)

Rowena Spence (NTU)

Alex Kent (NTU)

Nick Ray (NTU)

Daniele D’Agostino (University of Nottingham)

Iain Hill (University of Nottingham)

Contact Us

For all conference enquiries, please contact
Conference convenors
Carl Smith and Iain Barber (both NTU)

Scientific Advisory Committee:

Iain Barber – (NTU Co-Convenor)

Carl Smith – (NTU Co-Convenor)

Penny Watt – (Sheffield, UK)

Mark Warren – (Environment Agency, UK)

Nick Jones – (St Andrews, UK)

Martin Genner – (Bristol, UK)

Andy Nunn – (Hull, UK)

Benjamin Ciotti – (Plymouth, UK)

Ioanna Katsiadaki – (Cefas, Weymouth, UK)

Will Norton – (Leicester, UK)

Steve Simpson – (Exeter, UK)

John Pinnegar – (Cefas, Lowestoft, UK)