Keynote Speakers

Two excellent European cladocerologists, Justyna Wolinska (Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries & Freie Universität Berlin, Germany) and Jana Isanta-Navarro (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) accepted our invitation to give keynote lectures. Learn more about them.

Both talks will focus on different aspects of cutting-edge experimental research, using cladocerans as model organisms. So it should not come as a surprise that they will be rather Daphnia-centered. However, we are sure the topics (ecological impacts of environmental threats, and evolutionary ecology) will be of major interest to all of us attending the meeting, regardless of the specific taxon we study.

Cladocera XII: Registration open

Dear cladocerologists,

registration for the Cladocera XII conference is finally open. Once you have filled in the online form (hosted by Eawag), you will be redirected to the secure card payment page. Make sure that you register as an early bird to benefit from lower conference fees! The early bird deadline has been extended to April 30. The deadline for applications for student support remains on April 1.

Please note that conference registration, hotel booking and abstract submission are not linked. At this stage, it is important that you register for the meeting and, if you want to benefit from the conference rates in the hotels, book your accommodation in time (the conference rates in Hotel Il Chiostro are only guaranteed until March 31). The registered participants will be able to submit their abstracts until May 15, 2024 via the conference website.

We are looking forward to your registrations!

With regards

Adam, Arianne & Piet

Cladocera XII: Key dates updated

Dear cladocerologists,

we are finishing the tasks necessary to open registration for the Cladocera XII meeting, which you may expect during February.

Meanwhile, we updated the conference website with numerous pieces of information. Most importantly, we had to update the key dates, based on the negotiations with the conference venue. To allow the participants to benefit from the conference rates for the accommodation, the early bird registration deadline has been set for April 15 30, 2024. If you register until this date, not only you pay lower fee, but you are guaranteed to book your accommodation in the two recommended hotels for the rates announced on the meeting website. [Update: Il Chiostro hotel only guarantees the rates until March 31!] Just contact the hotels directly, using the keyword “Cladocera XII”. Note that the rooms will be available on the first-come, first served basis!

The registered participants will be able to submit their abstracts until May 15, 2024 via the conference website.

We plan to support a limited number of student participants by full or partial waiver of the conference fee (which also covers costs of all meals during the meeting). The selected students are expected to arrange their accommodation and travel. Those in financial need may submit their student support application (abstract, CV, and a motivation letter) by April 1, 2024, at the latest. We will make an effort to announce the selection by April 10, so that everyone may still register within the early bird deadline.

We hope you are looking forward to the meeting! Expect more news about the registration soon!

With regards

Adam & Piet

First circular is out

Cladocera 2024 meeting (Verbania, Oct 6-12): First Circular

Dear colleagues,

after disruption of all our lives by the covid-19 pandemics, we are reviving the plan to organize the Cladocera XII Conference that we hoped to organize in October 2020 in Verbania, Italy.

This conference will continue in the tradition of the Symposia on Cladocera. The meeting will thus cover a wide range of topics related to the biology of cladocerans (including our beloved Daphnia) as model organisms, covering their ecology, evolutionary biology, genomics, interaction with environmental stressors, diversity, biogeography, systematics, etc.

The conference website where you find more information is already alive at

When: October 6 to 12, 2024

Where: Hotel Il Chiostro, Verbania, Italy

Registration will become available in early 2024. In case of interest in the meeting, do not hesitate to subscribe for the conference newsletter ( not to miss any important info!

Please, spread this information to all colleagues who might find this event interesting, and mark the conference dates in your schedules!

With regards

                              Piet Spaak & Adam Petrusek

                              Cladocera XII organisers