Naturvetarkonferensen 2015

Naturvetarkonferensen 2015 hölls onsdagen 7 oktober kl. 13.00-15 på Ångströmlaboratoriet.

Årets inbjudna gästföreläsare var Marie Dacke, Lektor i Sinnesbiologi vid Lunds universitet. Hon  att pratade om hur djur kan navigera - har de ett "sjätte sinne" som vi inte känner till?

Titeln på hennes presentation var "Celestial orientation: from dung to stars":

Upon locating a suitable dung pile, a ball-rolling dung beetle cuts off a piece of dung, shapes it into a ball and rolls it away to a distant location for burial and consumption. While rolling, the beetles move away from the dung pile in a straight line; a remarkable feat given that they do this facing backwards with their head pointing towards the ground. It is impossible for any animal (or machine) to move along a straight path without using an external reference, or ‘compass. The dung beetles thus make use of a whole range of compasses, some unique for these animals, to move in a line a straight as the terrain allows. In this talk we will join the beetles on a journey from shit to stars.

Efter det följde studentpresentationer (på svenska eller engelska) inom naturvetenskap i parallella sessioner. Se programmet.