MEMS Summer School

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Aug. 29 til Sep. 02 2016, Brest France


Marine organisms are being exposed in their habitat to an increasing number of environmental stressors: i) changes in the dynamics of their environmental conditions (frequency, amplitude of variations in temperature, salinity, pH, O2 concentration), ii) exposition - sometimes acute - to new factors (e.g. contaminants, toxins, pathogens) and iii) new combinations of these factors (multi-stressors). These environmental stressors impact individual physiology and life history traits and therefore plasticity and adaptation potential at the population level.

Mathematical modeling within the context of Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) theory has proven to be a powerful tool to interpret results of experimental studies at the individual level, to extrapolate results to other species and to transfer results from the individual to the population level. More progresses are expected from joint work of modelers and specialists of biological responses.


This workshop aims to thrive discussions among experimenters and modelers regarding the scales at which they typically work, the effects that have been measured, and the questions that can be most effectively tackled with a combined experimental and modeling effort. We will also discuss scale transfer from sub-individual experimental results to individual traits using DEB models, review the existing studies that combined experimental and DEB modeling approaches, and discuss how innovative experimental approaches could benefit from a DEB modeling approach. We aim to work on a review paper that will propose new approach where modeling contributes early on in the design of experimental studies.

Reading material

Models in Stress research

MEMS Summerschool program

Organisation committee


The workshop is co-sponsored by IRD, LabexMER, Ifremer, the Ifremer-Canadian International Group of Research RECHAGLO (“Responses of exploited fish and shellfish populations, communities and habitats to global changes”), and Ibacon. It is the follow-up of four training workshops on statistical tools for the estimation of DEB parameters, which took place since 2013 at IUEM within the framework of the LEMAR transverse axis “Scale interactions and transfers”.

Navigate past events:

Event Location Dates
DEB2017: Practical course & 5th International DEB Symposium Tromsø, Norway 2017/ 05/21-30; 05/31-06/02 Continuation of the DEB Tele-course. The focus of the practical course is mastering the skills involved in the interface between the empirical world and mathematics. The course is followed by the symposium covering advances in research and developments of DEB theory in the context of ecosystem based approaches to managing resources. (Akvaplan-niva AS)
debX micro Online 2017/ 05/12 - 05/25 A framework for modelling metabolism for microorganisms using the Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) Theory is provided in this course.
DEB Tele-course 2017 Online 2017/02-03 The tele-course focuses on chapters 1-4 of the DEB-book, which deals with the principles of the theory and with univariate DEB models. (Akvaplan-niva AS)
Add-my-pet curator workshop II Voorschoten, the Netherlands 2017/ 01/23-27 Developments in AmP/ DEB course and symposium 2017
MEMS Summer School Brest, France 2016/ 08/29-09/02 "Combining Modeling and Experimental Approaches for Marine organisms under Stress".
TKTD summerschool 2016 Holbæk, Denmark 2016/ 08/09-17 Learning the basics of toxicokinetic and toxicodynamic modelling, how they can be linked and how to analyse and interpret body residue and toxicity data on a mechanistic basis.
Add-my-pet curator workshop I Voorschoten, the Netherlands 2016/ 06/25-07/02 Developments in add-my-pet/ DEB course 2017
Effective Strategic Renewal workshop Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen Denmark 2016/06/22 Study of applicability of DEB theory in Economics
Eco(toxi)cology tool for produced water workshop Statoil, Trondheim, Norway 2016/ 03/03-04 Improving risk assessment for produced water in the Bering Sea using DEB theory
Multispecies parameter estimation workshop LEMAR, Brest, France 2015/ 09/07-08 Introduction to multispecies DEB parameter estimation