Conferences and meetings

A place of notices and information on Opisthobranch Conferences, Symposia, Meetings, Workshops etc.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2001 (January 21) Conferences and meetings. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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3rd International Workshop on Opisthobranchs - Registration

January 29, 2010
From: Jesús Troncoso

Dear friends:

We would like to inform you that the registration to the Third International Workshop onOpisthobranchs (3IWO) to be held at Vigo this year (1-4 September) is already open.

You may find information for the registration as well as the registration form (Word file) in the following link:

Should you have any query you may directly contact us at:

We look forward to your presence on September in Vigo, and enjoy the 3rd IWO.

See all you in Vigo!
The organising committee.

Jesús S. Troncoso (UVIGO)

Vice Chairman
Victoriano Urgorri (USC/EBMG)

Guillermo Díaz-Agras (USC/EBMG)
Juan Moreira da Rocha (USC/EBMG)
Cristian Aldea Venegas (UVIGO/CEQUA)

Troncoso, J., 2010 (Jan 29) 3rd International Workshop on Opisthobranchs - Registration. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Announcement of 3rd International Workshop on Opistobranchs

November 13, 2009
From: Jesús S. Troncoso

Dear friends:

We are delighted to inform that the Third International Workshop on Opisthobranchs (3IWO) will be held at Vigo next year 2010, between 1-4 September. We are following on the steps of the previous workshop, held at Bonn and so successfully organised by Heike Waegele, Annette Klussmann-Kolb and Michael Schrodl; we hope that the new workshop is, at least, as successful as the previous one.

The web link to the 3IWO is: and you may directly contact us at:

The organization board wishes that this workshop is a meeting point for students, researchers, and Opisthobranchia lovers. We would like to turn it into a forum where scientists present their newest results and findings, and also to facilitate students the access to knowledge, training and future working perspectives.

We look forward to your presence on September 2010 in Vigo, and enjoy the 3rd IWO.

See all you in Vigo!
The organising committee.

Jesús S. Troncoso (UVIGO)

Vice Chairman
Victoriano Urgorri (USC/EBMG)

Guillermo Díaz-Agras (USC/EBMG)
Juan Moreira da Rocha (USC/EBMG)
Cristian Aldea Venegas (UVIGO/CEQUA)

Troncoso, J.S., 2009 (Nov 13) Announcement of 3rd International Workshop on Opistobranchs. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Jesús,

Good Luck with the organisation!

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

1st opisthobranch course in Venezuela

August 1, 2006
From: Sylvia Grune

Dear Opistobranch Community,

I am very glad to inform you about the first course on Opisthobranchs which we have just held on Margarita Island (Venezuela). This first course was titled: 1er Curso Introductorio a la Indentificación de Moluscos Opistobranquios, with a participation of 27 students of Marine Biology and 2 (two) students of Oceanography. The course had a duration of two days ( 8 hours theory and 8 hours practice). Here are some pictures of the course. We think this is an initiation of an opistobranch community in Venezuela, so we all can contribute to a better and faster spread of information and create qualified students to pareticipate in later projects.

A second course titled  Curso Introductorio al Estudio de Moluscos Opistobranquios will be from the 26th - 28th of October (2006) and will contain more information about ecology and biology.

Best Wishes,
Sylvia Grune
Marine Biologist

Grune, S., 2006 (Aug 1) 1st opisthobranch course in Venezuela. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Sylvia,

Good Luck for your second course. I certainly hope it leads to further opisthobranch research in such an interesting part of the world

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2006 (Aug 1). Comment on 1st opisthobranch course in Venezuela by Sylvia Grune. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Molluscan Forum 2006 - London

April 7, 2006
From: Manuel Malaquias

The Malacological Society of London and the Natural History Museum are pleased to advertise the next edition of the:

Molluscan Forum
2nd November 2006
Natural History Museum, London


The Molluscan Forum is an informal, annual meeting designed to bring together people starting their research on molluscs, to give them the opportunity to present and discuss their work and to compare notes on methods and problems.

Attendance is open to all, but speakers and poster presenters should be research students, post-doctoral researchers, undergraduates starting molluscan projects or dissertations, and amateurs engaged in substantial projects, which have not yet been published. Any topic related to molluscs is acceptable: palaeontological, physiological, behavioural, ecological, systematic, morphological or molecular.

Short talks ( 15 mins ) or posters may be offered. They need not be polished accounts of completed work: descriptions of new methods, work in progress, appeals for assistance with unsolved problems are equally acceptable. Powerpoint presentations are the usual form, but should be discussed in advance (see registration form overleaf).

In addition to talks and posters there will be opportunities to acquire reprints contributed by members of the Society. The forum will end with a wine reception.

There is no registration fee; a limited amount of help with travel costs will be available for presenters who cannot claim them from elsewhere.

Enquiries and registrations to: Dr Georges B. Dussart, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury CT1 1JK (tel: +0227 767700, email: or to Manuel Malaquias, Zoology Department, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD (email: ). Non-presenters: please let us know you will be coming so that we may estimate numbers.

Looking forward to see you next November in London!

Manuel Malaquias

Malaquias, M A E , 2006 (Apr 7) Molluscan Forum 2006 - London. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

International Workshop on Opisthobranchia - Bonn

April 6, 2006
From: Heike Waegele

2nd International Workshop on Opisthobranchia

The 2nd International Workshop on Opisthobranchia (Gastropoda) will be held in September this year at the Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig. Major topic is the phylogeny of the Opisthobranchia (Gastropoda) and how we relate consisting hypotheses to our knowledge on all kinds of biological phenomena (including behaviour, biochemistry, physiology etc.) observed and described.

I was asked whether I intend to publish the contributions of the 2nd International Workshop in a special edition, or journal. Yes I do. The Museum in Bonn has an own journal, called "Bonner zoologische Beitraege". Sorry to say, that it has not the impact factor of Science or Nature. There will be a special volume covering only the contributions of the IWO in September. There will be a strict deadline for submitting the manuscripts, and this will be the 31st of December 2006. I do not intend to wait for contributions, so that there will be no unnecessary delay for getting the results published (intended is the forth and last volume in 2007!!!). There will be 50 free reprints, and you do not have any costs for publication (except you intend to publish colour plates).

For further news coming up concerning the Workshop, have a look at the
following website:

Best wishes

Waegele, H., 2006 (Apr 6) International Workshop on Opisthobranchia - Bonn. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Malacological conference in Ukraine

March 4, 2006
From: Mikhail Son

Dear colleagues!
I am honoured to invite you to attend the 3rd Malacological Conference from Ukraine

"Mollusks: Perspective of Development and Investigation "

which will take place in the town of Zhytomyr, between the 27th and 29th of September 2006.
More information:  
Sincerely yours,
Mikhail Son,
Administrator of Ukrainian malacological site "Malacologia ukrainica"

Son M. O., 2006 (Mar 4) Malacological conference in Ukraine. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Opisthobranch Symposium, Seattle, USA

February 12, 2006
From: Sandra Millen

The joint meeting of the Western Society of Malacologists and the American Malacological Society will be held in Seattle, Washington, USA this July 29 - August 3. There will be a symposium on Opisthobranchs tentatively set for the morning of August 1.

For further information, please contact the symposium organiser, Sandra Millen.

Millen, S., 2006 (Feb 12) Opisthobranch Symposium, Seattle, USA. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

World Congress of Malacology, Perth

November 20, 2003
From: Bill Rudman

The 15th World Congress of Malacology 2004 will be held on the campus of the University of Western Australia, in Perth, Western Australia between the 11-16 July 2004.

It will be jointly organised by Unitas Malacologia and The Malacological Society of Australasia and will adopt the style of the highly successful conferences in Washington, DC, USA (1998) and Vienna, Austria (2001)

Download here a copy of the Registration Brochure pdf file.
If you do not have a copy of Acrobat Reader to read *.pdf files, download a free copy here.

Bill Rudman

Western Society of Malacologists Annual Meeting

February 8, 2003
From: Angel Valdes

The Western Society of Malacologists (WSM) is pleased to officially announce its 36th Annual Meeting that will take place at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, California, from June 6 to June 10, 2003. At this meeting, the WSM will sponsor three symposia:

Molluscan Paleontology: A west coast perspective, organized by Lindsey Groves (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County)
Phylogenetic Systematics, organized by Doug Eernisse (California State University Fullerton)
Molluscan Ecology, organized by Jeff Goddard (University of California Santa Barbara)

A special session on biology and systematics of opisthobranch mollusks is also anticipated.

The meeting will include a banquet at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, the WSM Book sale and Auction, optional field trips, and other fun events. Housing will be available in several categories at the facilities of the University of Southern California and the Radisson Hotel, within walking distance of the Museum.

For further information and registration please visit our web site at:

Registration forms are available in PDF and MSWord formats. The deadline for registration and submission of abstracts is May 1, 2003, but if accommodations are reserved through the organization the registration form should be received no later than April 15, 2003.

If you would like to become a member of WSM or find out more about the society activities and student grants, visit our new and improved web site at:

I hope to see you all in Los Angeles!
Ángel Valdés

Valdes, A., 2003 (Feb 8) Western Society of Malacologists Annual Meeting. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Announcing a course on Mollusca

October 16, 2002
From: Winston Ponder

Announcing a course on Mollusca

The University of Wollongong, in conjunction with the Australian Museum, is running an advanced course on molluscan biology in February 2003. It will undertaken at the University of Wollongong (situated a little over an hour south of Sydney) with field work in Jervis Bay (and surrounds), one of the most pristine embayments on the east coast of Australia.

The website for the course is - this gives details of costs, credit points, enrollment, requirements etc.

Best wishes
Winston Ponder

Ponder, W.F., 2002 (Oct 16) Announcing a course on Mollusca. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

World Congress of Malacology - Perth 2004

May 30, 2002
From: Bill Rudman

As you may know, Unitas Malacologica and the Malacological Society of Australasia are jointly organising the World Congress of Malacology in Perth, Western Australia in 2004. Further information, dates and preliminary details can be found on the Malacological Society's website at
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2002 (May 30) World Congress of Malacology - Perth 2004. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

WSM Opisthobranch Talks: July 2002

May 16, 2002
From: Cynthia Trowbridge

Dear Bill,
I was wondering if you would kindly post the following list of opisthobranch talks for the July 2002 Western Society of Malacologists' Conference in Asilomar, CA?

The full list of speakers and titles will be available soon at the WSM web site ( We have ca. 50 invited and contributed talks with participants from 5 countries. We regret that we do not have travel support available but would welcome additional registrants. For any questions, please refer to the WSM web site.

• Feeding specialization in cryptobranchiate dorid nudibranchs: A review of hypotheses. Brian K. Penney. Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta. Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2E9, CANADA –and– Bamfield Marine Station, Bamfield, British Columbia
• The ecology of gastropod-cyanobacterial associations in coral reefs: species diversity and chemical interactions. Edwin Cruz-Rivera. University of Guam Marine Laboratory, UOG Station
• Convergence in the time-space continuum: a predator-prey interaction. Ann L. Knowlton, Institute of Marine Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
• Toxic substances in strange places: Studies on chemicals found in dorid nudibranchs, ecological roles and cytotoxic findings. Shireen J. Fahey, Department of Chemistry, University of Queensland.
• Japanese Sacoglossan Opisthobranchs Associated with Codium spp. (Chlorophyta). Cynthia D. Trowbridge1, 2, Yoshiaki J. Hirano2, 3, and Yayoi M. Hirano2, 3, 1 Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State University, Newport, Oregon, USA; 2 Misaki Marine Biological Station, University of Tokyo, Japan; 3 Kominato Marine Laboratory, Chiba University, Japan
• Sacoglossa bearing fusiform cerata from the Pacific coast of America. Sandra Millen, Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia.
• Effects of predator presence on nematocyst uptake in the nudibranch Flabellina verrucosa in the Gulf of Maine. Kinsey E. Frick, Department of Zoology, University of New Hampshire
• A new species of Tritonia (Gastropoda: Dendronotacea) from Okinawa found to be feeding on a gorgonian (Cnidaria: Octocorallia). Victor G. Smith and Terrence M. Gosliner, Department of Biology, San Francisco State University CA94132, and Department of Invertebrate Zoology, California Academy of Sciences
• Phylogeny of Bathydoris: changing dogmas in dorid nudibranch classification. Ángel Valdés, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
• Marine Biodiversity of Mollusks in Costa Rica: The case of Opisthobranchia. Yolanda E.Camacho-García, California Academy of Sciences and Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, Sub-Programa de Malacología, Costa Rica.
• Phanerobranch Dorids: clade or grade? Yvonne Vallès1,2, Mónica Medina1,3 and Terrence Gosliner 2. 1California Academy of Sciences, 2San Francisco State University, 3DOE Joint Genome Institute.
• Preliminary phylogeny of the basal chromodorids (Mollusca: Nudibranchia). Rebecca F. Johnson, Department of Invertebrate Zoology, California Academy of Sciences.
• Comments on Malacological Research in the Gulf of California, Mexico. Hans Bertsch, Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Geology, California Academy of Sciences.
• More than an artist: Olive Hornbook MacFarland's work to complete her husband's Studies of Opisthobranchiate Mollusks of the Pacific Coast of North America. Rebecca F. Johnson, Department of Invertebrate Zoology, California Academy of Sciences.

WSM Treasurer & Symposium Organizer

Trowbridge, C., 2002 (May 16) WSM Opisthobranch Talks: July 2002. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Opisthobranch Symposium at WSM

June 19, 2001
From: Cynthia Trowbridge

Dear Bill,

I would appreciate it if you could please post this WSM Opisthobranch Symposium schedule as a message. The Western Society of Malacologists' symposium will be on Thurs. June 21st and Sat. June 23rd in San Diego, Calif. Last minute attendees are welcome ($25 for 1-day registration plus $20 late fee). Please contact me for details.

Thursday, 21 June
• 8:45am Introduction to the Annual Meeting, President Hans Bertsch
• 9:10 Alan Grant, Nudibranchs in action
• 9:35 Hans Bertsch, A brief description of the life and scientific contributions of Dr. Frank Mace MacFarland (1869-1951)
• 10:00 Jeff Goddard, Patterns of larval development in opisthobranch molluscs from the northeastern Pacific Ocean
• 10:25 BREAK
• 10:50 James R. Lance, A survey of Panamic Sacoglossa
(Opisthobranchia: Gastropoda)
• 11:15 P.M. Johnson, Sea hare defensive secretions function differently against fish, crustacean, and cnidarian predators
• 12-1:30 LUNCH
• 1:30 Michael Ghiselin et al., Comparative and evolutionary aspects of the biosynthisis of defensive metabolites in the dorid nudibranch genera Dendrodoris and Doriopsilla
• 1:55 Orso Angulo and Hans Bertsch, Opisthobranch molluscs from Baja California Sur
• 2:20 Sandra Millen Seasonal occurrence patterns of opisthobranchs in the northeastern Pacific
• 2:45 BREAK
• 3:10 Mary Jane Adams, The secret lives of sea slugs
• 3:35 Orso Angulo and Juan Felix Elorduy, Preliminary results on temporal and spatial variations of the opisthobranch fauna near La Paz,
Baja California Sur, Mexico
• 4:00 Angel Valdes, Depth-related adaptations, speciation processes and evolution of color in the genus Phyllidiopsis
• 4:25 Yvonne Valles et al., Preliminary phylogenic and taxonomic revision of the genus Kaloplocamus Bergh, 1892

POSTER: Monica Medina et al., Gymnodorid nudibranchs from the eastern Pacific: a preliminary taxonomic revision of the genera Tambja, Roboastra, and Nembrotha

Friday, 22 June
• 4:30 Michael D. Miller, BEYOND THE TUB: An underwater slide presentation of various nudibranch behaviors noted in the May 2001 Philippines field trip

Saturday, 23 June
• 1:30 Cynthia D. Trowbridge, Emerging associations: evaluation of the "host-specificity paradigm" for sacoglossan opisthobranchs associated with introduced macroalgae
• 1:55 Rebecca Johnson, A preliminary phylogeny of the genus Cadlina (Mollusca: Nudibranchia: Chromodorididae)
• 2:20 Terrence M. Gosliner, The systematic status of MacFarland's genus Hopkinsia and its relationship to Okenia (Doridina: Goniodorididae)
• 2:45 BREAK
• 3:10 Elizabeth J. Walsh and Cynthia D. Trowbridge, Genetic variation in stenophagous sacoglossan herbivores on native vs. introduced algal hosts
• 3:35 Pat Krug, Developmental dimorphism in the specialist herbivore Alderia modesta: consequences for dispersal and larval settlement


WSM Treasurer

Trowbridge, C., 2001 (Jun 19) Opisthobranch Symposium at WSM. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Cynthia,
It looks very interesting. If any of the participants who would like to send short ilustrated summaries of their talks to the Forum for those who can't make it, they would be gratefully received.
Bill Rudman

Re: Opisthobranch Symposium at WSM

February 16, 2001
From: Cynthia D. Trowbridge

Dear Bill,

Hi. Hans Bertsch, President of WSM (Western Society of Malacologists) has asked me to let you know that the annual WSM meeting in San Diego, including the opisthobranch symposium, has been moved forward 1 week.

Old dates: 27-30 June 2001
New dates: 20-23 June 2001

This change was necessary, given meeting conflicts by a large fraction of the WSM membership. Please note the new dates. Please plan on attending this exciting meeting in San Diego!

Cynthia Trowbridge
WSM Treasurer

Trowbridge, C.D., 2001 (Feb 16) Re: Opisthobranch Symposium at WSM. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Opisthobranch Symposium - California

January 23, 2001
From: Ángel Valdés

Dear opisthobranch specialist,

The Western Society of Malacologists 2001 annual meeting will take place in San Diego, California, from June 27 to June 30. One of the three anticipated symposia will be dedicated to opisthobranch mollusks, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the death of Frank Mace MacFarland. The objectives of this symposium are to bring together contributions to opisthobranch systematics and ecology and commemorate MacFarland's anniversary. This would also be a great opportunity to join again after the successful opisthobranch conference in Menfi, two years ago, and provide some continuity to a series of international opisthobranch workshops.

Unfortunately, funding is very limited so all participants will have to support their own expenses. The organization of the conference, presided by Dr. Hans Bertsch, will provide low cost lodging in San Diego, at the conference center. San Diego has a major international airport with reasonable airfares from all over the world.

For more information or to register your interest please contact me at this e-mail address.

Best regards,
Ángel Valdés
Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Geology
California Academy of Sciences
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118

Valdés, A., 2001 (Jan 23) Opisthobranch Symposium - California. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from