The recent Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) meeting in Lerici, Italy was an inspiring, productive, and unforgettable event that brought together our HFSP team from Cambridge (Fumiya Iida and Michael Ishida), Chicago (Neil Shubin), and Stockholm (Valentina Di Santo and Fidji Berio), to work on the next steps for the energetics and robotics of walking fishes. Throughout the retreat, we engaged in stimulating discussions, sharing our knowledge and exploring the intricate mechanisms that facilitate underwater walking. These discussions fostered a deeper understanding of the intricate interplay between physiology, biomechanics, and the evolution of walking.
During the retreat, we also had the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the history and beauty of Lerici. Nestled along the enchanting Italian Riviera (Liguria), the town offered a perfect blend of cultural heritage and coastal splendor. During breaks we strolled through the charming streets, admiring the colorful facades, ancient castles, and the mesmerizing waterfront. We were inspired by the swimming feats of Lord Byron in the Gulf of Poets. The food we ate? Amazing!
To conclude the meeting, we embarked on a memorable journey aboard the historical sailboat "La Zigoela" to the picturesque coastal villages of Cinque Terre. Against the backdrop of stunning cliffs and azure waters, we relished and reflected on the productive discussions and connections forged during the meeting. It was a perfect opportunity to unwind, recharge, and appreciate the beauty of the surroundings.
As the HFSP meeting in Lerici drew to a close, we got really excited about the upcoming retreat in Cambridge, UK. The upcoming retreat in Cambridge promises to be another significant milestone in our quest to unravel the energetics of walking fishes!