ISEPEP7 takes place at at the Technology building of EULS, Kreutzwaldi 56 (see the maps at, in room A204. Coffee breaks and catering will be served in the same building, room A202


Monday 31 July 2017


16:00-20:00        Registration

18:00-20:00        Drinks and snacks


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Registration open 08:00 –

09:00-09:15        Welcome and practical information

09:15-10:45        Keynote presentation: „On categories and kinds of insect cold tolerance: ‘How Many Kinds of Frozen’ revisited“ (Brent Sinclair)

10:45-11:15        Coffee break

11:15-13:00        Session 1 (session chair Vladimír Košťál)

11:15-11:35 Enriquez, Thomas. Cold acclimation favors metabolic stability in Drosophila suzukii.

11:35-11:55 Salachan, Paul Vinu. Effect of developmental and adult thermal fluctuations on heat and cold acclimation.

11:55-12:15 Henry, Youn.  Interactions between nutrient balance and gut microbiota as deciding processes for thermal stress resistance in Drosophila melanogaster.

12:15-12:35 Toxopeus, Jantina. Manipulating the transcriptome and metabolome of the spring field cricket, Gryllus veletis: insights into insect freeze tolerance.

12:35-12:55 Ditrich, Tomáš. Relationship among different metrics of insect cold tolerance.

13:00-14:00        Lunch

14:00-15:30        Session 2 (session chair Brent Sinclair)

14:00-14:20 Freda, Philip. Identifying mechanisms of cold hardiness across metamorphosis in Drosophila melanogaster.

14:20-14:40 Li, Natalia. Some physiological narratives about the cold resistance of Siberian insects.

14:40-15:00 Kruus, Eha. Frequency of seasons suboptimal for invertebrate overwintering

15:00-15:20 Marshall, Katie. Transcriptomic responses to freezing stress in the barnacle Semibalanus balanoides.

15:30-16:00        Coffee break

16:00-18:00        Poster session


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

09:30-09:45        Welcome and practical information

09:45-10:45        Keynote presentation: „Ice and glass transitions in body fluids of freeze-tolerant insects“ (Vladimír Košťál)

10:45-11:15        Coffee break

11:15-13:00        Session 3 (session chair Philipp Lehmann)

11:15-11:35          Rozsypal, Jan. Survival of internal ice formation in freeze avoiding insect, Pyrrhocoris apterus: role of inoculation by external ice.

11:35-11:55          Štětina, Tomas. Study on the nature of freeze injury: a morphological approach.

11:55-12:15       Kutcherov, Dmitry. Temperature responses of a subarctic springtail under local warming.

12:15-12:35     Mensch, Julian. Accelerating chill coma recovery time in a cold susceptible Drosophila by introgression and selection.

12:35-12:55    Des Marteaux, Lauren. Cold acclimation in a chill-susceptible field cricket: effects on structure and active transport function in ionoregulatory tissues.

13:00-14:00        Lunch

14:00-16:00        Session 4 (session chair Tatjana Krama)

14:00-14:20   Dowle, Edwina. Restless slumber: transcriptional dynamics during winter diapause drives the evolution of summer emergence phenology of Rhagoletis flies.

14:20-14:40    Lebenzon, Jacqueline. Mitophagy drives metabolic suppression during diapause in the Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata).

14:40-15:00  Ragland, Gregory. Integrating comparative ‘omics data to dissect the mechanisms underlying rapid evolution of phenology in the wild.

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-15:50   Lehmann, Philipp. Metabolome dynamics of diapause in the butterfly Pieris napi during maintenance, termination and post-diapause development.

15:50-16:10  Sørensen, Jesper. Thermal acclimation ability in Drosophila.

16:10-16:30   Vasheka, Olena. Phenotypic plasticity of two Asplenium species growing in different environmental conditions on the central Apennines.

17:00-19:00        City tour


Thursday, 3 August 2017

09:00-09:15        Welcome and practical information

09:15-10:45        Keynote presentation – „The genetic diversity of restricted wild bumblebees (Bombus) was already low a century ago before the agricultural intensification: a case study in Belgium with historical specimens (1913-1915) with recent ones (2013-2015)“ (Guy Smagghe)

10:45-11:15        Coffee break

11:15-13:00        Session 5 (session chair Guy Smagghe)

11:15-11:35   Jensen, Kim. Cold acclimation reduces predation rate and reproduction but increases starvation tolerance in the predatory mite Geolaelaps aculeifer.

11:35-11:55   Tooming, Ene. Behavioural effects of the neonicotinoid insecticide thiamethoxam on the predatory insect Platynus assimilis.

11:55-12:15  Raimets, Risto. Comparison of the effects of pesticides tau-fluvalinate and tebuconazole on honey bee and bumble bee physiology and longevity.

12:15-12:35 Karise, Reet. Respiratory measurements in biopreparation safety tests: comparison of honey bees and bumble bees.

12:35-12:55 Martinez-Guitarte, Jose-Luis. Differential response of Cytochromes P450 to ultraviolet filters in Chironomus riparius.

13:00-14:00        Lunch

14:00                 Excursion and dinner thereafter


Friday, 4 August 2017

09:00-09:15        Welcome and practical information

09:15-10:45        Keynote presentation: „Dual effects of serotonin activity along the brain-gut axis on organismal growth, metabolic rate and behavior“ (Indrikis Krams)

10:45-11:15        Coffee break

11:15-13:00        Session 6 (session chair Indrikis Krams)

11:15-11:35   Gudowska, Agnieszka. Hypoxic conditions limit energy use during feeding in a ground beetle, but not during self-maintenance and locomotion.

11:35-11:55    Krama, Tatjana. Linking organismal growth, coping styles, behavioral syndromes, stress reactivity, and metabolism: responses against a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor in a cricket.

11:55-12:15    Nurme, Karin. Role of antennal thermo- and hygroreceptor neurons in thermoreception of carabid beetles’.

12:15-12:35     Must, Anne. Sensory basis of antennal thermoreception in click beetles Agriotes obscurus.

12:35-12:55    Shanskiy, Merrit. How do we interpret the earthworms respiration rate?

13:00-14:00        Lunch

14:00-14:30        Closing of the conference


During the half-day excursion, Estonian history (Põlva Peasantry Museum), beautiful nature (Taevaskoja) and cuisine are introduced.