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ISOECOL 2018: 30 July — 3 August


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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

    15 January 2018: online registration opens

    7 May 2018: Abstract decisions released (extended from 30 April)

    31 May 2018: End of early-bird registration

    30 July — 3 August 2018: IsoEcol meeting

outline schedule

  • Saturday 28 July: Workshop 1.
  • Sunday 29 July: Workshop 2. Evening welcome icebreaker.
  • Monday 30 July 2018: Opening ceremony. Plenary 1. Oral presentations. Evening poster sessions.
  • Tuesday 31 July 2018: Plenary 2. Oral presentations. Workshop 3. Evening poster sessions.
  • Wednesday 1 August 2018: Conference trips.
  • Thursday 2 August 2018: Plenary 3. Oral presentations. Workshop 4. Evening poster sessions.
  • Friday 3 August 2018: Plenary 4. Oral presentations. Closing ceremony. Conference dinner and party.
  • Saturday 4 August 2018: Workshop 5. Workshop 6.


Student support to attend the meeting:

We have provided finanacial support for 25 students to attend the meeting (costs of registration, conference dinner and/or help with travel and accommodation).

Scientific themes:

We HAVE receivED > 250 abstracts for oral and poster presentations from researchers working across the diverse breadth of isotope ecology. this work will be presented in sessions based on the following 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.