Dear friends of Malacology!

The Molluscan Forum organized by the Malacological Society of London will take place on Thursday, November 16th.

The extended deadline for registrations and talk applications is Friday, September 29th.
Registration is free!

Research students, post-doctoral researchers, undergraduate students starting molluscan projects, and amateurs engaged in substantial projects that have not yet been published are invited to present their work. Any topic related to molluscs is acceptable to be presented. Talks (~12 minutes), quick fire talks (~3 minutes), or posters may be offered: call and registration form.

In-person talks will be broadcasted, and there are limited spaces in two virtual sessions for people who are not able to travel to London.

Please send any registration forms or correspondence to

Barcoding of Austrian molluscs

The Bielefeld University, Faculty of Biology, Department of Evolutionary Biology, has the following job opening:

Research Position (PhD candidate) in Evolutionary Genetics

Topic: Phenotypic plasticity in the freshwater snail Physella acuta

Application deadline: 18.10.2023

More information: Link

With beautiful weather, the 3rd MoFA meeting took place at the Wassercluster in Lunz am See from August 18-19, 2023. With 10 presentations from a wide variety of malacological fields, we had a diverse program. Highlights of the meeting were the contributions of the candidates for the MoFA awards. We congratulate the winners: Sophie Greistorfer, Nikolaus Helmer and Sonja Bamberger!

As a culinary surprise, tastings of the Common Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum) from a Viennese garden were offered after the award ceremony.

A big thank you goes to the staff of the Water Cluster, who not only supported us on the day of the conference but also helped us to organize the excursion around Lake Lunz on Saturday. All participants including the children enjoyed the excursion, especially the boat trip!

We would like to thank all the speakers and organizers who contributed to the success of this small but nice conference.

Abstracts and program of the 3rd MoFA meeting can be found here, in the next issue of our journal, ARIANTA 11 these and other recent articles will be published.


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Dear MoFA members, dear friends of malacology,

we would like to draw your attention to some interesting job postings:


The LIB Hamburg is inviting to apply for the position of Technical Assistant in the Malacological Collection.

Deadline for application is 11 August 2023.
For more information and application:


Senkenberg Frankfurt is hiring two staff positions to help get more marine invertebrate species assessed for the global IUCN Red List:

1 team lead, who will take over as the coordinator of MIRLA and should have extensive previous experience with the IUCN Red List.

1 assistant who will be doing Red List assessments for marine species; here, on-the-job training will be provided.

Deadline for both positions is 7 August 2023.
More information, job descriptions, and application instructions are available here:


Dear friends of malacology!

We are pleased to share the program for the 2023 MoFA meeting. It will be a very diverse and exciting meeting. Of course, spontaneous participation is always possible and we welcome all interested people!

Registrations via
Please refer to our homepage for further details.

We are looking forward to a great meeting!

Dear friends of malacology,

we are pleased to share the latest edition of the newsletter of the Malakologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft Salzburg.

We hope you enjoy reading!

Dear MoFA members, dear friends of malacology!

Help in locating occurrences of the Great Pond Snail Lymnaea stagnalis is requested:
Prof. Seppälä and his team from the University of Innsbruck are examining the effects of heat waves on snails and their parasites in the research project SNAILPOP.

If 5 or more specimens of L. stagnalis are found at a location in Austria or adjacent Bavaria, please complete the following survey form:

Detailed information and data entry form

If you have further questions, please contact

Please spread the word in your area – every record helps!

The MoFA conference is getting closer!

Date: 18-19 August 2023 in Lunz/See, Lower Austria

Your early registration will make our planning easier!

Registration deadline and abstract submission extended! 30 June 2023 → Webpage

We are excited to already announce our keynote lecture:
Gerhard Haszprunar (LMU München) – Molluscan Nephridia – a Story of Underlying Synapomorphies

Contributions from all areas of malacology are welcome and this year there will be again the MoFA Junior Awards for the best oral presentation as well as the best poster from participants in early career stages (e.g. Master, PhD studies).

We look forward to meeting you in August!

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Dear MoFA members, dear friends of malacology,

the OÖ LandeskulturGmbH is inviting to apply for some positions for the digitisation of the Evertebrata collection, focusing especially on the molluscs and the insects!

We cordially invite you to the 3rd Meeting of the Mollusc Research Association Austria (MoFA), which will take place from 18-19 August 2023 in Lunz/See, Lower Austria.

Besides the scientific programme on Friday, there will again be a malacological excursion around the area of Lake Lunz on Saturday.

We would be pleased if scientists from all phases of their scientific career could participate in the conference allowing intense communication between colleagues. Contributions from the various fields of malacology are welcome!

Again this year there will be the MoFA Junior Awards for the best oral presentation as well as the best poster from participants in early career stages (e.g. Master, PhD studies).

Please spread this announcement to interested people in your area.
The conference language is English.

We ask for registration as early as possible in order to be able to plan realistically, but at latest by 15 June 2023.
We look forward to meeting you in the summer!

Details and registration