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On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is our great pleasure to invite you to Viña del Mar, Chile, to participate in the 11th International Conference on the Applications of Stable Isotope Techniques to Ecological Studies (IsoEcol 2018). The first IsoEcol to be held in South America, the conference will take place between 30 July and 3 August 2018 at the Universidad Andrés Bello, Viña del Mar, Chile.

IsoEcol is rightfully recognised as one of the friendliest and welcoming meetings in the scientific calendar - we will maintain this record here in Viña del Mar, providing an environment where students, early career researchers and established scientists can meet and talk isotope ecology in a friendly and sociable atmosphere.

Like previous IsoEcol meetings, IsoEcol 2018 will bring together an exciting global mix of researchers at different career stages from universities, industry and government with common interests in the development and application of stable isotope techniques to the ecological sciences.

IsoEcol is traditionally run as a single common session facilitating cross-disciplinary discussion, with evening poster sessions, and includes mid-conference field trips. Following recent IsoEcol meetings, we will also offer a number of specialist workshops led by leading researchers in the weekends before and after the main conference.

In addition to the great science on offer at IsoEcol, Chile is a traveller's paradise, and Viña is one of its jewels. We will provide travel tips for those looking to make a holiday of their time in Chile.

We look forward to welcoming you to Chile!

Organising Committee

ISOECOL 2018 - Important dates

  • 15 November 2017: First call
  • 15 January 2018 — 15 March 2018: Abstract submission deadline (now extended by popular demand!)
  • 15 January 2018: online registration opens
  • 30 April 2018: Abstract decisions released
  • 31 May 2018: End of early-bird registration
  • 30 July — 3 August 2018: IsoEcol meeting

Student support to attend the meeting:

We will offer financial support/fellowships for 15 students* to attend the meeting (to cover registration and help with accommodation). Please apply during the abstract submission process.

Scientific themes:

We are interested in receiving abstracts for oral and poster presentations from researchers working across the diverse breadth of isotope ecology. We have identified the following broad themes:

  • Archaeology and Paleoecology
  • Biogeochemical cycles and global change
  • Isotope ecology from individuals to communities
  • Isoscapes and movement ecology
  • Microbial isotope ecology
  • New methods and models in isotope ecology
  • Physiology and biochemistry
  • Plant isotope ecology
  • Soil isotope ecology
  • Celebrating the contribution of Brian Fry to Isotope Ecology*.

*This special session will involve presentations highlighting how Brian Fry (who has recently retired) has influenced and driven the field of isotope ecology in recognition of his distinguished career.

If you have questions please contact Chris Harrod (


IsoEcol 2018 will be held at the Viña del Mar campus of Universidad Andrés Bello. This modern building has first class lecture facilities, is located ca. 1 km from the Pacific Ocean and within walking distance of hotels, restaurants and bars.


We have four exceptional plenary speakers, all of whom are leading mid-career scientists using stable isotopes in different ways to improve our understanding of ecology.

  • Andrew Jackson (Trinity College Dublin)

  • Diane O'Brien (University of Alaska)

  • Pablo Sabat (Universidad de Chile)

  • Tamsin O'Connell (Cambridge University)


    Viña del Mar is located ca. 120 km to the west of Santiago, Chile's capital city. There are regular flights to Santiago Airport (code SCL) from all round the world.

    The trip to Viña del Mar from the airport takes approx. 1.5 hours.

    Viña has a great variety of accommodation available including hostels, b&bs, hotels and AirBnb. See here for climate information.


    IsoEcol 2018 will be the first IsoEcol held in Latin America. Delegates can be assured of a fun time, with plenty of entertainment including a welcome ice-breaker, poster sessions, pub-quiz, a range of organised tours and activities for the Wednesday and a conference dinner/fiesta to remember.