Monday September 3, 2018​​

16:00 - 17:00 Pre-Conference Session: Neurobiology of Insects and Crustaceans – Comparative and Evolutionary Perspective

Chair: David Doležel (Czech Academy of Science, Czech Republic)


Eran Tauber (University of Haifa, Israel)
The Jewel Wasp Nasonia: an Emerging Model in Chronobiology


David Doležel (Czech Academy of Science, Czech Republic)
Neuropeptides and Their Receptors in Hemiptera: Suggestions for Research in Drosophila
16:30-16:45Joanna Kotwica-Rolinska & Lenka Pivarciova (Czech Academy of Science, Czech Republic)
Circadian Clock Genes in the Linden Bug
16:45-17:00Charalambos P. Kyriacou (Leicester University, UK)
Molecular Basis of Tidal Rhythm in Euridice pulchra
17:00-17:30Coffee Break

Plenary Lecture: Michael Rosbash (Brandeis University, USA)

Circadian Rhythms and Behavior in Flies: The Feedback Loop, Neurons and Circuits

19:00Welcome Reception (Collegium Maius, Jagiellonian University)

Tuesday September 4, 2018

09:00-09:45Plenary Lecture: James W. Truman (University of Washington, USA)
The Role of Neuronal Lineages in the Functional Organization and Evolution of the Nervous System

09:45 - 12:00 Session 1: How Time and Light modulate Behaviour and Physiology

Chairs: Pamela Menegazzi (University of Würzburg, Germany) and Mareike Selcho (University of Würzburg, Germany)

10:00-10:20Jadwiga M. Giebultowicz (Oregon State University, USA)
The Dark Side of Light: Effects of Light Exposure on Aging Phenotypes
10:20-10:40Simon Sprecher (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)
Circadian Regulated Behaviour in the Fruit Fly Larva
10:40-11:10Coffee Break
11:10-11:30Ko-Fan Chen (University College of London, UK)
Neurocalcin Regulates Night Sleep in Drosophila

Paola Cusumano (University of Padova, Italy)
Modulation of miR-210 Alters Phasing of Circadian Locomotor Activity and Impairs Projections of PDF Clock Neurons in Drosophila Melanogaster


Edgar Buhl (University of Bristol, UK)

Temperature and Light Integration in the Drosophila Clock


Plenary Lecture: Andrea Brand (University of Cambridge, UK)

Time to Wake Up: Regulation of Neural Stem Cell Quiescence and Reactivation

14:45 - 17:00 Session 2: Development and RNA Regulation
Chair: Matthias Soller (University of Birmingham, UK)
14:45-15:00Jean-Yves Roignant (IMB, Mainz, Germany)

Shaping the Nervous System by the m6A RNA Modification

15:00-15:15Manuel Irimia (CRG, Barcelona, Spain)
Expansion of Animal Proteomes by Neuronal Microexons (EMBO Young Investigator Lecture)

Matthias Soller (University of Birmingham, UK)

mRNA Methylation in Neuronal Development and Function

15:30-16:00Coffee break
16:00-16:15Claudio Alonso (University of Sussex, Brighton, UK)
The Impact of microRNA Regulation on Neural Development and Behaviour
16:15-16:30Daniela Zarnescu (University of Arizona, Tucson, USA)
Deciphering Translation Dysregulation Mechanisms Across Multiple Models of ALS

Daniel L. Garaulet (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, USA)

A miRNA Tale: Tuning Behavior to Internal State


Mary K. Thompson (University of Oxford, UK)

Genome-wide Determination of RNA Synthesis and Decay Rates Identifies Regulatory Strategies in the Developing Drosophila Brain


Sebastian Rumpf (University of Münster, Germany)

A Bypass Mechanism for Canonical Translation Initiation is Required for Developmental Dendrite Pruning

17:00-20:00Poster Session

Wednesday September 5, 2018

09:00-09:45Plenary Lecture: Angela Giangrande (CNRS, IGBMC, Universite de Strasbourg, France)
Gliogenesis in Flies, How to Make a Unique Cell Type

09:45 - 12:00 Session 3: Glia

Chairs: Alicia Hidalgo (University of Birmingham, UK) and Bing Zhang (University of Missouri, USA)


Andrew Rallis (Université Côte d’Azur, France)

Activation of the Hedgehog Signalling Pathway in the Glia Regulates Lifespan and Neuroprotection in Drosophila

10:15-10:30Christian Klämbt (University of Münster, Germany)
Drosophila Glia: from Development to Behaviour
10:30-11:00Coffee Break
11:00-11:15Mary A. Logan (Jungers Center for Neuroscience, OHSU, USA)
Genetic Investigation of Glial Responses to Neural Injury

Ellen McMullen (University of Münster, Germany)

Regulation of Carbohydrate Transport in the Drosophila Nervous System


Maria Losada-Perez (Cajal Institute, CSIC, Spain)

Characterizing Cell Types Involved in Glial Regenerative Response in the Adult Fly


Kentaro Kato (Kyorin University School of Medicine, Japan)

Developmental Robustness of Drosophila Adult Glial Architecture


14:00 - 15:45 Session 4: Drosophila Models of Neurological Diseases

Chairs: Erik Storkebaum (Donders Insitute and Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands) and Daniel Segal (Tel-Aviv University, Israel)

14:00-14:15Daniel Segal (Tel-Aviv University, Israel)
Alterations of Protein Glycosylation Impact Alzheimer’s Disease – Lessons From Flies
14:15-14:30Amrit Mudher (University of Southhampton, UK)

Wlds Confers Bystander Protection Against Taumediated Degeneration in a Drosophila Model of Tauopathy

14:30-14:45Annette Schenck (Donders Insitute and Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
Deficits in Drosophila Habituation Learning as an Endophenotype of Intellectual Disability/Autism Disorders – of Mechanisms and Clinical Applications
14:45-15:00Alexander J. Whitworth (MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit, Cambridge, UK)
Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Parkinson’s Disease - Not Just Mitophagy
15:00-15:15Patrik Verstreken (VIB & KU Leuven, Belgium)
The Origin of Sleep Defects in Parkinson Disease
15:15-15:30Erik Storkebaum (Donders Insitute and Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
mRNA Translation Defects in Peripheral Neuropathy
15:30-15:45Aron Szabo (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)
miR-284 Regulates Wallenda/dual Leucine Zipper Kinase during Aging to Prevent Axon Degeneration
16:00Krakow Sightseeing and Gala Dinner (Stara Zajezdnia)

Thursday September 6, 2018

09:00-09:45Plenary Lecture: Gerry Rubin (Janelia Research Campus, HHMI, Ashburn, USA)
New Tools and Methods for Circuit Analysis in Drosophila

09:45 - 12:00 Session 5: From Brain Connectomics to Synaptic Functions

Chairs: Kei Ito (University of Cologne, Germany) and Gregory Jefferis (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK)

10:00-10:15Gaia Tavosanis (German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Germany)
Circuit Plasticity in the Adult Fly Brain
10:15-10:30Marta Costa (University of Cambridge, UK)
Going Beyond One Connection: a Connectomics Approach to Map Olfactory Circuits
10:30-11:00Coffee Break
11:00-11:15Andreas S. Thum (University of Leipzig, Germany)
The Larval Standard Brain: The Reconstruction of the Larval Nervous System at Cellular and Synaptic Resolution
11:15-11:30Katrin Vogt (Harvard University, USA)
Does the Fly Larva Get “hangry”? Internal State Modulates Network Processing and Switches Olfactory Preference in Drosophila Larvae
11:30-11:45Martin Müller (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Linking Presynaptic Proteostasis to Homeostatic Plasticity

Gerit Arne Linneweber (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)

Breaking the Symmetry – Stochastic Variable Neuronal Wiring of Visual Interneurons Results in Behavioral Idiosyncrasy

14:00-14:45Plenary Lecture: Iris Salecker (The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK)
Generating Motion Direction-sensitive Neurons in the Drosophila Visual System

14:45 - 17:00 Session 6: Sensory System

Chair: Ian A. Meinertzhagen (Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada)

15:00-15:15Mikko Juusola (Sheffield University, UK)

How Photomechanical Photoreceptor Microsaccades Improve Insect Vision

15:15-15:30Catherine von Reyn (Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA)
Development and Function of Sensorimotor Circuits Driving Visually-Evoked Escape Behaviour
15:30-16:00Coffee Break

Marion Silies (ENI, Göttingen, Germany)  
Distinct Roles of Parallel Visual Pathways


Kit D. Longden (HHMI Janelia Research Campus, USA)

Color Motion Vision for UV Objects in Drosophila


Mathias Wernet (Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Biologie, Germany)

Modality-specific Circuits in the Fly Visual System


Chi-Hon Lee (Cellular and Organismic Biology, ICOB, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan)

A Drosophila Chromatic Circuit Confers Sign-inverted Center-surround Properties

17:00-20:00Poster Session

Friday September 7, 2018

09:00-09:45Plenary Lecture: Amita Sehgal (Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Biology of Bedtime: Understanding Circadian Rhythms and Sleep

09:45 - 12:00 Session 7: Interaction Between Feeding, Energy Metabolism and Associated behaviours

Chairs: Dick Nässel (Stockholm University, Sweden) & Christian Wegener (University of Würzburg, Germany)

10:00-10:15Michael J. Pankratz (LIMES, University of Bonn, Germany)
Towards a Complete Feeding Connectome
10:15-10:30Nuria M Romero (Institut de biologie Valrose, Nice, France)
Neuropeptides Coordinating Growth/Metabolism and Maturation
10:30-11:00Coffee Break

William W. Ja (The Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, FL, USA)

Satiation and the Sleep-feeding Axis


Michael Texada (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

A Fat-body Oxygen Sensor Regulates Insulin Expression and Secretion

11:30-11:45Martina Gáliková (Stockholm University, Sweden)
Regulation of Energy Homeostasis, Water Balance and Reproduction by Ion Transport Peptide (ITP)
11:45-12:00Thomas Riemensperger (University of Göttingen, Germany)
Hunger, Feeding, Satiety – Neuro-peptidergic Circuits Controlling Appetitive and Feeding Behaviour

12:00 - 13:30 Session 8: Cytoskeleton to Plasticity

Chairs: Matthias Landgraf (University of Cambridge, UK), Adrian Moore (RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan)

12:15-12:30Rita O. Teodoro (CEDOC, Portugal)
Motor Neuron - Muscle Interplay During Activity-dependent Bouton Formation
12:30-12:45Cheng-Ting Chien (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
Localization of Actin Blobs Prefigures Dendrite Branching
12:45-13:00Li-Foong Yoong  (RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan)
An in Vivo Time-lapse Imaging Screen, Coupled with Automated Dendrite Feature Detection and Quantification, Reveals the Molecular Mechanisms of Major Dendrite Branch Formation
13:00-13:15Darren Williams (King’s College, London, UK)
Remodeling the Abdominal Motor System: from Branching and Size to Connectivity
13:15-13:30Tomke Stürner (German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Germany)
Actin Dynamics in Dendritic Arborisation Neurons: A Computational Approach
13:30-13:45Closing remarks