The Fourth International Conference on Invertebrate Vision


Start Time:05 Aug 2019

End Time:12 Aug 2019

Where:Bäckaskog Castle, Barumsvägen 255, Fjälkinge, Sweden

The invertebrates – animals without backbones – constitute the vast majority all known species of animal life on Earth. From a giant squid swimming in the dark cold depths of the sea to a tiny ant foraging in the leaf litter of a rainforest floor, the invertebrates have conquered almost every imaginable habitat. This extraordinary adaptability is in no small part due to their sense organs, and particularly their eyes, which help them to find food, locate mates, escape predators and migrate to new habitats. Even though most invertebrates do not see as sharply as we do, many see much better in dim light, can experience many more colours, can see polarised light and can clearly distinguish extremely rapid movements. Moreover, they do all this with eyes and brains a fraction the size of our own. It is this small size – and comparative simplicity – that has allowed scientists to unravel many of vision’s most fundamental principles, as equally applicable to a dragonfly as they are to us. Due to their small size, invertebrates often rely on comparatively simple circuits of cells to efficiently decipher complex visual information. Many of these circuits – and the computations they perform – seem ingenious to a human observer. Indeed, many have already been used with great success to create artificial visual systems for robots, aircraft and autonomous vehicles.
The Fourth International Conference on Invertebrate Vision will bring together the world’s leading authorities in the field. As with the previous conferences (held in 2001,  2008 and 2013), the next conference will again be held at Bäckaskog Castle in southern Sweden, from August 5th to 12th, 2019.