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ISOECOL 2018: 30 July — 3 August




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.

All scientific activities (and the welsome recepetion) are held in the Viña del Mar campus of the Universidad de Andrés Bello (located at Quillota 980, Viña del Mar, Región de Valparaíso, Chile)

(Orange house icon on Google Map).

Google Map for IsoEcol. NB: includes key transport locations in Santiago, so you may need to zoom into Viña del Mar.

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:

Day Morning Afternoon Evening
Sat 28 July 2018 Workshop 1 Workshop 1
Sun 29 July 2018 Workshop 2 Workshop 2 Welcome icebreaker
Mon 30 July 2018 Talks Talks Poster Session 1
Tues 31 July 2018 Talks Talks Poster Session 2 & Workshop 3
Wed 1 August 2018 Field Trips Field Trips
Thu 2 August 2018 Talks Talks Poster Session 3 & Workshop 4
Fri 3 August 2018 Talks Talks Conference dinner and party
Sat 4 August 2018   Workshops 5 & 6 Workshops 5 & 6

presentation formats

Oral presentations: Please save your files in either .PPTX or .PDF format. The projector is 16:9 format, so it is possible to use a widescreen format. We'll be using a Windows based PC running PowerPoint 2016 so if you have used another OS for your presentation, please check that it still looks as you intended when viewed on a PC. Plenary talks will be 45 minutes + 15 for questions. Standard oral presentations will be 12 minutes + 3 for questions. Session chairs will be strict with timing, so please practice your talk in advance.

Poster presentations: Posters should be printed in A0 Portrait (Width x Height = 841 x 1189 mm; 33.1 x 46.8 inches). nb: Please do not print your poster in landscape as there will not be room for it!


Student support to attend the meeting:

We have provided financial 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 Palaeoecology
    • 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 contributions of Brian Fry and Marilyn Fogel to Isotope Ecology


If you have questions please contact Chris Harrod (



We are extremely lucky to have received sponsorship from a range of different sources. Their generous contributions mean that we have been able to minimise registration costs (especially for students), provide student fellowships and invite plenary speakers.






University of Tokyo

Our host institution have kindly donated space to the meeting

Universidad de Antofagasta

CNRS-Observatoire Oceanologique de Banyuls sur Mer

Universidad de Concepción

Universidad de Playa Ancha

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago

Universidad de Valparaíso



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. Info here on travel to and in the city.

    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, a range of organised tours and activities for the Wednesday and a conference dinner/fiesta to remember.