Dear MoFa members and friends of malacology!

The planning of the 2. MoFA meeting was somehow delayed due to covid19. Now we are happy to announce the date of the 2nd MoFA meeting on Thursday, 23. September 2021. The meeting will be online, which means that a participation including presentations will be possible via Zoom. In case the COVID19 situation allows, we will organize a hybrid meeting at the Natural History Museum Vienna. This will be decided in August.

Besides the scientific program on 23. September, we plan a field excursion on 24. September – if weather allows – to the Schneeberg, where we may find Cylindrus obtusus and other gastropods of the alpine zone. We may also visit interesting Clausiliid populations at Puchberg.

We hope to attract scientists at all stages of their scientific career to promote their networking. Contributions from all fields of malacology are welcome!

As with our first meeting, we announce that the MoFA Junior Award will be awarded for the participants in early career stage: For MSc as well as PhD studies two awards each will be given (each 300 € / 200 € for talk / short presentation).

Please spread this information among colleagues.
Conference language is English.
Please register and submit your contributions soon to allow proper planning; at the latest 31. July 2021.
We are looking forward to meeting you in September!

Details and Registration

Dear MoFA members and friends of malacology!

We are pleased to announce that the Annual Conference of the “Deutsche Malakozoologische Gesellschaft” will take place on 21. and 22. May 2021 as an online meeting. This is an opportunity for guests to take part without travelling and further costs. There are still open slots for presentations. The conference language is german.

Details can be found in the information file.

Dear friends of malacology!

On 25. June 2021, Oleg Mandic will introduce us into the seas of the Miocene in Lower Austria. We will meet the mollusc fauna of Nexing (Muschelberg), of the „Sandgrube Wohlmuth“ in Kleinebersdorf and at the Buchberg bei Mailberg. Finally we will visit the world’s largest fossil oyster reef, the „Fossilienwelt“ near Stetten.

You find further Information in the program.

Registration until 10. June at

If, due to Corona, the excursion cannot take place, we will fix an alternative date.

We look forward to your participation!

Dear friends of malacology!

In spring / summer 2021 we start with excursions again. The first one, on 28. May, will take us to Bad Fischau-Brunn. This market town is located at the border of two ecoregions, the Alps and the Pannonian Plain which, combined with the fact that several natural thermal springs emerge there, results in diverse terrestrial and aquatic habitats. A remarkable number of rare, endangered and sometimes even endemic species can be found there.

Under the guidance of Otto Moog, Alexander Mrkvicka, and Alexander Reischütz we will visit Bad Fischau-Brunn (thermal pond, dry grassland), the Eisenstein cave, the thermal bath Bad Fischau and the Warme Fischa.

You find more information in the program.

Registration until 10. May at

If, due to Corona, the excursion cannot take place, we will fix an alternative date.

We look forward to your participation!



Dear friends of malacology!

Two MoFA excursions are planned In late summer/autumn 2020:

On Friday, 28. August we will explore the malacofauna of the Wienfluss-Retention Basin in the 14. District. Due to the rich structure of this habitat caused by the dynamics that the Wien River creates, interesting insights into the mollusc fauna of Vienna can be expected. The locality may be reached by public transport (U4 line). We kindly ask you to register at by 20. August.

Furthermore, we will visit some selected sites in the March floodplains north of Marchegg on Friday, 25. September. Despite their diversity and natural uniqueness, the Marchauen are malacologically little studied and finds of rare species are not excluded. The exact points will be discussed with the responsible persons on site and determined in August. As for this excursion, it is hardly possible to reach the sites by public transport, we will organise transport by car. Please register by 1. September at and provide information whether you need a ride or can provide a carpool.

The „Association of Polish Malacologists“ is organizing its “36th Polish Malacological Seminar” in Wisła (Silesian Beskids, Poland) from May 7th to 9th, 2020. The venue is the Hotel Pod Jedlami;

For the first time, a section with English-language contributions will be organized at this traditional seminar.

The registration form and the preliminary program can be found here

registration form [docx]

preliminary program [pdf]

Dear Friends of Malacology,

EUROMAL triennial series of conferences started in 2000 and since then they have visited 8 different venues all over Europe. The 9th European Congress of Malacological Societies will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, from September 6th  to 10th 2020.

The congress will bring together experienced scientists as well as students and practitioners in malacology and related research fields from across Europe and beyond. The recent and most important findings from the hottest topics will be presented.

Conference website:
Please spread the invitation among colleagues!

euromal 2020

Dear Colleagues and friends of malacology,

we heartily invite you to the 1st Meeting of the Society Mollusc Research Austria (MoFA) which will be held from 26th-27th June 2019 in Salzburg, Austria.

Besides the scientific program with talks and posters on 26th June at the Haus der Natur in Salzburg, we plan a field excursion in the surroundings of Salzburg on 27th June. Enough time shall remain for discussions and scientific exchange. We hope to attract scientists at all stages of their scientific career to promote their networking. Contributions from all fields of malacology are welcome! Please distribute this announcement among colleagues.
Conference language will be English.

More details can be found here.

Organized by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Otto Moog an excursion to the Triestingtal will take place on May 17th, 2019.

The Water Supply Association of the Triestingtal and Southern Railway Municipalities draws drinking water for 150,000 inhabitants of the Vienna Basin from various sources, such as artesian wells, fracture springs, fissure springs, surface water or deep wells. Mr. Ing. Wolfgang Hiltl, Deputy Director of the Triestingtal and Southern Railway Municipalities (WLV), accompanies us as an expert guide and gives us the opportunity to gain an insight into the nature of the drinking water supply and to visit some springs. more: [MoFA excursion Triestingtal] pdf

We would like to thank the Wasserleitungsverband der Triestingtal- und Südbahngemeinden for the kind permission to use these photos.

Our workshop “Alpine Land Snails” took place again this year in Johnsbach in Gesäuse (Styria). The mix of field trips, outdoor work and scientific program, cultural contributions and discussions and project planning can, as always, be outlined as “intense and creative”. This year’s scientific lectures again focused on land snails and in addition there were also presentations on marine and freshwater snails as well as contributions to other animal groups, including ABOL projects (Austrian Barcode of Life). The lectures and poster presentations were of the highest quality, the mood was excellent, and overall, the contributions provided ample material for discussion throughout the workshop. The broad professional orientation of the participants – in terms of both groups of organisms and fields of research – as well as the participation of family members was enriching and contributed to the lively professional exchange and the good mood. In addition to the field trips and the scientific program, a field study on rock snails in Johnsbach was another focus. The results are eagerly awaited.

And we had anniversaries to celebrate: 30 years of snail research in Johnsbach, 20 workshops in Johnsbach, 15 years existence of the working group “Alpine Landschnecken”! In this context, the premiere of the premiere of the play “Hans Wundersam” took place, a piece that sketches the memorable early days and the history of the working group and profoundly tackled fundamental malacological questions. We hope everyone enjoyed the workshop and look forward to seeing you again soon.

All Images: Michaela Sonnleitner