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Dear colleagues,

It is a pleasure and an honor to invite you to attend the Mediterranean Life Sciences Union Annual Meeting (MedLIFE-24), which will be held in-person and online on 08 – 10 December 2024, in the Congress Center of Istanbul Technical University in Türkiye. Researchers from all fields of life sciences, both in the Mediterranean area and throughout the world, are invited to present and discuss their most recent research discoveries at MedLIFE-24 and to publish their findings in the MedLIFE-24 proceedings.

After the remarkable successes of the Mediterranean Geosciences Union Annual Meetings (MedGU-21 in Istanbul, MedGU-22 in Marrakech, and MedGU-23 in Istanbul) aimed mainly at highlighting the contribution of the Earth Sciences community in addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it became obvious that there is a need to expand this global scale initiative to create extensive and comprehensive international annual meetings for other science unions with the aim of bringing together researchers to present and discuss the most recent findings and contribute from their perspective to addressing the SDGs.

With this objective in mind and as a continuation of the tremendous success of the MedGU Annual Meetings, which have attracted an overwhelming interest with over 4000 abstract submissions from 95 countries, the MedLIFE-24 will be organized to provide a forum where life scientists from the Mediterranean region and all over the world. Researchers, particularly those in the early stages of their careers, can be informed about the latest studies and discuss their latest unpublished findings with experts from the wide- ranging fields of life sciences.

Connecting and communicating the impact of life science research on sustainability is critical for shaping and influencing the life sciences' future, including training next-generation life scientists, accelerating scientific innovation, and advancing our understanding of life, the planet, and beyond. In this regard, the life sciences should maintain and continue playing its specific role in achieving the SDGs. For example, the life sciences have been used in the health, medicine, and pharmaceutical industries to improve people's quality of life. Also, several SDGs directly or indirectly address the water-food-energy nexus, which has been a focal point for life scientists throughout their history in research. Life scientists are, therefore, critical to delivering the SDGs. Their vast knowledge of the function and interactions of living organisms and their environments, together with the ability to translate this knowledge into tools to inform policy and practice, may help to enlighten many important areas and inform many key aspects of sustainable development.

In this context, MedLIFE-24 seeks to highlight and strengthen the synergies and links between different life science segments and the UN SDGs. For example, SDG 3, "ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being," is one of the 17 goals and targets that is especially pertinent to life science. It stands for the core of sustainable efforts in the field. Given their traditional focus on “purposive” research, life scientists have adopted and continue to pursue integrative approaches, for example, by complementing perspectives from natural and technical disciplines with those from the environmental and social sciences. They can thus offer expertise in integrating knowledge from the natural, technical, and social sciences to provide solutions for many of the global challenges posed by sustainable development.

MedLIFE-24, through engagement by life scientists in academia, research, industry, government, and civil society, working across sectors and in close partnership with other disciplines (e.g., engineering, earth science, environmental sciences, and social sciences), can inform many key aspects of sustainable development. MedLIFE-24 will host initiatives that allow life scientists to agree on conducting transdisciplinary research with stakeholders. This can contribute to theory development since integrating academic and experiential knowledge from practice actors is crucial to the transformation towards sustainability.

During MedLIFE-24, prominent speakers will be invited to give Plenaries. Moreover, we are planning a rich Conference Program, including regular and Special Sessions, a Social Program, and an Excursion to Cappadocia, where participants can take a little time out to explore the wonders of Türkiye and discover new experiences and sensations.

As with the previous MedGU Annual Meetings (see SpringerLink), the latest research findings at MedLIFE-24 will be published in the conference proceedings by Springer in the IEREK Interdisciplinary Series for Sustainable Development ASTI Book Series (indexed in ScopusSCImago ) and in some Special Issues, with a clear mission to encourage greater scientific cooperation and to open doors to new and enriching collaborations between life scientists on the opposite shores of the Mediterranean and from all over the world.

MedLIFE-24 is looking forward to cordially welcoming you to Istanbul. Your participation, in person or virtually, will support MedLIFE ’s mission of ensuring a sustainable future for humanity in the region and the planet.

Join us for a memorable experience!

Yours sincerely,

The MedLIFE-24 Steering & Organizing Committees

Call for paper

Important date

2024-07-31
Abstract submission deadline
2024-08-15
Abstract notification of acceptance
2024-08-20
Final paper submission deadline

MedLIFE-24 aims to deliver a diverse and integrative scientific program covering all aspects of life science. This includes the technical study of living organisms, such as cell biology, individual organism biology, and how these organisms interact with other species and their surroundings. Although biology remains the core focus of the life sciences, technological advances in molecular biology and biotechnology have resulted in the emergence of new specialties and cross-disciplinary areas.

The life sciences have been used in the health, medicine, and pharmaceutical industries to improve people's quality of life. In this context, MedLIFE-24 seeks to highlight the synergies and links that exist between different life science segments and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG 3, "ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being," is one of the 17 goals and targets that is especially pertinent to life science. It stands for the core of sustainable efforts in the field.

Within this framework, the scientific committee of the MedLIFE-24 invites research papers on all cross-cutting themes of life sciences, with a main focus on the following conference tracks:

  1. Agricultural Biology (Crop science, soil fertility, and pest management in agricultural ecosystems).
  2. Astrobiology (Exploration of life's origin, evolution, and distribution in the universe, including potential extraterrestrial life).
  3. Bacteriology (Study of bacteria, covering biology, genetics, ecological roles, and interactions with humans, animals, and the environment).
  4. Biotechnology (Utilizing biological systems or derivatives to develop products and technologies for diverse industries like healthcare, agriculture, and manufacturing).
  5. Biochemistry (Chemical processes within living organisms, emphasizing molecular mechanisms and metabolic pathways).
  6. Bioinformatics & Biological Data Science (Utilizing biology, computer science, and statistics to analyze large-scale biological datasets, like genomic sequences and protein structures).
  7. Biolinguistics (Studying genetics, neurobiology, and cognition's influence on language acquisition and evolution).
  8. Biological Anthropology (The biological and behavioral aspects of human evolution and variation, including genetics, primatology, and paleoanthropology).
  9. Biological & Biomedical Engineering (Applying engineering principles to innovate solutions in healthcare and medical technology).
  10. Biological Oceanography (Studying marine life, ecosystems, and processes in oceans, including biodiversity, nutrient cycling, and climate change impacts).
  11. Biomechanics (Exploring the mechanics of living organisms' movement and structure, applicable in sports science, rehabilitation, and biomechanical engineering).
  12. Biophysics (Studying physical principles in biology including molecular interactions, cellular mechanics, and biomolecular structure).
  13. Biosustainability (Advocating sustainable practices across agriculture, industry, and society to uphold biodiversity, ecosystem health, and human well-being).
  14. Botany (Plants structure, function, classification, and ecological roles, with applications in agriculture, forestry, and conservation biology).
  15. Cancer Biology & Oncology (Studying cancer cell biology, tumor development, and molecular mechanisms of oncogenesis, with emphasis on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention strategies).
  16. Cell Biology (The structure, function, and behavior of cells, including cellular processes such as cell division, signaling, and organelle function).
  17. Circular Bioeconomy (Encouraging sustainable resource management and recycling to create a circular economy, minimizing environmental impact while maximizing resource efficiency).
  18. Ecology & Environmental Biology (Studying organism-environment interactions, emphasizing ecosystems, biodiversity, conservation, and human impacts on natural systems).
  19. Endocrinology (Studying hormone and endocrine gland structure and function, exploring their regulatory roles in metabolic, growth, and reproductive processes).
  20. Enzymology (Exploring enzyme structure, function, and regulation, as well as their catalytic mechanisms and versatile applications across biotechnology, medicine, and industry).
  21. Ethology (Studying animal behavior in natural settings, focusing on communication, social interactions, and adaptive behaviors).
  22. Evolutionary Biology (Studying evolution processes like genetic variation, natural selection, and speciation to understand the origins and diversity of life forms).
  23. Food Bioscience (Studying food production, processing, safety, and nutrition, including food microbiology, quality control, and functional foods).
  24. Genetics (Studying heredity and variation in organisms, including genes' structure, function, and regulation, with applications in medicine, agriculture, and biotechnology).
  25. Histology & Histopathology (Studying tissue and organ microstructures, including their organization, composition, and pathological changes related to diseases).
  26. Immunology (The immune system and its responses to pathogens, allergens, and tumors, exploring topics such as immunological disorders, vaccination, and immune therapies).
  27. Marine Biology (Studying marine organisms, ecosystems, and processes, including biodiversity, ecology, and conservation in marine environments).
  28. Medical Sciences & Technology (Integrating medical expertise with technological advancements to enhance diagnosis, treatment, and patient care across various medical disciplines, including imaging, surgery, and rehabilitation).
  29. Microbiology (Studying microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protists, exploring their biology, ecology, and diverse applications in medicine, industry, and biotechnology).
  30. Molecular Biology (Studying the structure, function, and interactions of biomolecules such as DNA, RNA, and proteins to understand cellular processes and genetic inheritance).
  31. Mycology (Studying fungi, including taxonomy, morphology, ecology, and interactions with other organisms, with diverse applications in medicine, agriculture, and industry).
  32. Neurosciences (Studying the nervous system's structure, function, and disorders, including neurophysiology, neurochemistry, and neuropharmacology).
  33. Paleontology & Paleobiology (Studying ancient life forms preserved in fossils to gain insights into past ecosystems, evolutionary processes, and the history of life on Earth).
  34. Pathology (Studying disease etiology, focusing on tissue and organ changes associated with pathologic conditions).
  35. Pharmaceutical Sciences & Pharmacology (Studying the impacts of drugs on biological systems, encompassing their discovery, development, and therapeutic applications in treating various diseases).
  36. Phycology (Exploring algae, encompassing taxonomy, physiology, ecology, and biotechnological applications, particularly emphasizing their significance in aquatic ecosystems and industries).
  37. Physiology (Studying the functions and mechanisms of living organisms and their parts, including organ systems, cellular physiology, and adaptations to environmental conditions).
  38. Population Biology (Population dynamics, encompassing growth, distribution, and interactions, which are crucial in conservation biology and ecology).
  39. Quantum Biology (Studying coherence, entanglement, and tunneling phenomena in biological systems, particularly shedding light on their intricate processes).
  40. Reproductive Sciences (Exploring reproductive physiology, fertility, and health in humans and other species, covering gametogenesis, fertilization, and reproductive technologies).
  41. Structural Biology (Analyzing the 3D structure of biological macromolecules, such as proteins and nucleic acids, through methods like X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy).
  42. Synthetic Biology (Applying engineering principles to create artificial biological systems, including synthetic organisms, genetic circuits, and biomaterials, for use in medicine, biotechnology, and bioenergy).
  43. Systems Biology (Utilizing computational and mathematical modeling to analyze biological data across various organizational levels, from cells to ecosystems, to comprehend complex biological systems).
  44. Theoretical Biology (Exploring theoretical frameworks and models to understand biological phenomena, including principles of evolution, behavior, and ecological dynamics).
  45. Toxicology (Studying the harmful impacts of chemicals, drugs, and environmental pollutants on organisms, focusing on toxicity mechanisms, risk assessment, and environmental health).
  46. Virology & Parasitology (Examining viruses and parasites, encompassing their biology, transmission, pathogenesis, and interactions with hosts, with implications for disease control and prevention).
  47. Zoology (Animals and their behavior, ecology, physiology, and evolution, encompassing diverse taxa and addressing topics such as animal diversity, conservation, and evolutionary adaptations).
  48. Integrated Life Science Topics (Interdisciplinary approaches to address complex biological questions, integrating knowledge from multiple life science disciplines to advance understanding of living systems).
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Important Date
  • Conference Date

    Dec 08

    2024

    to

    Dec 10

    2024

  • Jul 31 2024

    Abstract Submission Deadline

  • Aug 15 2024

    Abstract Notification of Acceptance

  • Aug 20 2024

    Final Paper Deadline

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