This triannual meeting will focus on a wide range of topics related to the biology of cladocerans, including their ecology, evolutionary biology and diversity, and stressing their use as model organisms.
- Luc De Meester (Katholieke University Leuven, Belgium): Eco-evolutionary dynamics featuring Daphnia and cladoceran zooplankton
- Michael Lynch (Indiana University, Bloomington, USA): The 5000 Daphnia pulex Genomes Project
What to expect
As it became tradition, the conference will not have parallel sessions to ensure that experts from different fields get exposed to each other’s views, and everyone has a chance to listen to all talks. Sufficient time will be allocated to two poster sessions (on Monday and Thursday), posters will be shortly advertised by their authors, and presented in the conference hall throughout the whole symposium. A mid-conference excursion will bring the participants to some of the most interesting sites in the surroundings.
List of talks and posters can be downloaded here.
Sunday, September 28:
registration in the afternoon (ca 4 PM), official opening followed by welcome drink (and snacks) in the evening (ca 6 pm)
Monday, September 29:
morning (9 am) and early afternoon (2 pm) presentation sessions, followed by session of posters & (bio)diversity of tastes to which participants may contribute (until late evening)
Tuesday, September 30:
morning (with first keynote) and afternoon presentation sessions; evening guided visit of Lednice chateau
Wednesday, October 1:
morning presentation sessions, snack lunch, departure for afternoon excursions (option 1: historical Mikulov with its castle, old town center, Jewish heritage and optional climb to one of the nearby hills; option 2: hike across limestone Pálava hills; option 3: birdwatching in the nearby landscape); evening in the My Hotel with local wine, snacks & traditional folk music (dulcimer music in the wine cellar, space for talks in hotel salons)
Thursday, October 2:
morning and afternoon presentation sessions (second keynote talk); second poster session in the afternoon; social dinner with wine of Vinselect Michlovský and announcement of best student talks and posters, followed by late-evening entertainment with live music (acoustic trio) in My Hotel.
Friday, October 3:
morning session starts later after a long social evening (10 am), conference concludes after the afternoon session (ca 3:30 pm)
optional: late-afternoon/evening trip to Valtice with a visit of the Wine Salon of the Czech Republic.