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The presentation of the MoFA Junior Awards to participants of the first MoFA conference was one of the highlights of the meeting. The award was given for the best talk and the best poster by participants in early career stages. We thank all applicants for their interesting and excellent contributions. Only two candidates could win, whom we want to present again here:

 

Martina Stockinger (University of Vienna) received the prize for the best talk “Presence and prevalence of non-indigenous molluscs in a Posidonia oceanica meadow in southern Crete”, in which she presented her research on the mollusc fauna of a seagrass meadow in southern Crete.

The poster prize for the contribution “Molecular characterization of gelatinous egg masses in the lucinid Loripes orbiculatus argues for an acquisition of bacterial symbionts from the environment” was given to Sarah Zauner (University of Vienna), who deals with the moon’s clam and its symbiotic sulfur bacteria.

 

Congratulations!

On 26th and 27th of June we held the first conference of the young society Mollusc Research Austria (MoFA) in Salzburg. The first day was devoted to scientific lectures and posters as well as the awarding of Junior Awards. All contributions were exciting and well presented and the day offered broad thematic diversity. The group of almost 50 participants was quite multinational, with representatives from Poland, Germany, Georgia, Slovenia and Austria. In the venue “House of Nature” we were warmly welcomed and their team took good care of us. In the evening, the winners of the Junior Awards, which had been selected by an independent four-person jury, were honoured.

Martina Stockinger from the University of Vienna won the MoFA award for the best talk for her contribution on the mollusc fauna of a seagrass meadow in southern Crete (Presence and prevalence of non-indigenous molluscs in a Posidonia oceanica meadow in southern Crete). The poster award went to Sarah Zauner for the question of how a moon’s clam comes to its symbiont sulfur bacteria (Molecular characterization of gelatinous egg masses in the lucinid Loripes orbiculatus argues for an acquisition of bacterial symbionts from the environment).

On the second day our colleagues from Salzburg took us to the beautiful headwaters around Fürstenbrunn and to the floodplains of Glanbach near Grödig, where we also documented the mollusk species found there. Overall, we had two inspiring, interesting and atmospheric days in the beautiful country of Salzburg. We would like to thank all participants and especially the speakers who gave the conference substance, the chairman of the sessions, the members of the jury and of course all those who helped organize this nice and successful conference, especially of course the colleagues in Salzburg.

Dear friends of malacology!

With pleasure we send out the final program for the MoFA conference, which will take place on 26th – 27th June 2019 in Salzburg. The program is very diverse and we are happy to meet the participants next week and are looking forward to an interesting and stimulating meeting. We hope those who cannot attend this time will be able to attend the next MoFA conference.

Final program of the 1st MoFA meeting on 26th-27th June 2019 in Salzburg [pdf]

Dear colleagues and friends of malacology!

The deadline for registration and abstract submission for the 1st Meeting of the Society Mollusc Research Austria (MoFA) which will be held from 26-27 June 2019 in Salzburg, Austria, is extended until 15. May.. Submissions of poster presentations are still possible.

We are pleased to remind you that the MoFA Junior Award will be awarded for the best talk and the best poster of participants in early careers (e.g., MSc and PhD studies).

More details can be found at our webpage:

Society Mollusc Research Austria 1st Annual Meeting: 26th – 27th June 2019

See you in June in Salzburg!

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The first MoFA Meeting is approaching!
Date: 26th and 27th June 2019 in Salzburg
Your early registration facilitates the smooth planning of the meeting!
Registration deadline and abstract submission: April 30th, 2019 → to the conference page

Contributions from all areas of malacology are welcome.

We are pleased to announce that the MoFA Junior Award will be awarded for the best talk and the best poster of participants in early careers (e.g., MSc and PhD studies). → read more!

 

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.

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


Since 30 years the Alpine Land Snails working group has been organizing excursion workshops dedicated to recent projects in malacology, frequently with emphasis on Alpine land snails. Colleagues from Austria and many other countries have met to present results, exchange experiences and perform joint filed trips. The 2018 Workshop will take place from Sunday August 19th to Thursday 23rd in Johnsbach, Gesäuse (Styria). The program includes excursions, presentations on mollusc research and a small field study. Furthermore we will, as always, have intense discussions and a lot of “snail fun”.

If you are interested to participate, please contact us (Helmut Sattmann, +43-1-52177-329; team@molluskenforschung.at).

We will send out the final program as soon as possible.

All images: Michaela Sonnleitner

This year we celebrate a special anniversary of the “Alpine Landsnails workshop” in Johnsbach!

It will take place Sunday August 19th to Thursday 23rd. (The arrival might be changed to Monday, thus the official programme will start on Monday 20th ). Some of us consider the option for a subsequent extension/ excursion to Saturday 25th.

We will send out an update as soon as possible with the final days planned for the meeting and a preliminary programme. If you want participate please save this date!

Please tell us as soon as possible whether you plan to come.

This year the Annual Meeting of the German Malacological Society takes place in Cismar (Germany) from the 18.05.2018 to the 21.05.2018.
They celebrate a big anniversary! – 150 years German Malacological Society
Invitation and preliminary programme can be found on the DMG homepage.