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10th European Malacological Congress

September 15-20, 2024
Heraklion, Crete, Greece.

The slow side of life on a rapidly changing planet

Welcome to EUROMAL 2024, the 10th European Congress of Malacological Societies. The congress, organized by the Hellenic Malacological Society and the Natural History Museum of Crete, will take place at the Cultural Conference Centre of Heraklion, Crete, from 15 to 20 September 2024.

The motto of EUROMAL 2024 is “The slow side of life on a rapidly changing planet”. The aim of the conference, among other things, is to highlight the importance of molluscs in our efforts to understand and address anthropogenic impacts on the environment.

Therefore, in EUROMAL 2024 all aspects of research concerning diversity, function, ecology, evolution, behavior, utility, and conservation of extant and fossil molluscs in the 21st century is welcomed. The meeting will continue the successful tradition of the past EUROMAL congresses, and we invite everyone with an interest in molluscs to join the EUROMAL 2024 in Heraklion and to present and discuss their work.


 Please check regularly for any updates

We are looking forward to your abstracts until 15 June 2024.

We are pleased to announce that in the framework of EUROMAL 2024 there will be field trips (on Wednesday 18th September 2024)


Key Dates

30 April 2024

Deadline for suggesting Special Sessions

15 June 2024

Deadline for early-bird registration

15 June 2024

Deadline for submitting abstracts

15 - 20 September 2024

Holding of the congress


To be announced


  • Phylogenetics of molluscs: from morphology to the molecular era

  • Understanding the past of our planet: molluscs in paleontology

  • The slow smarts: behavior of molluscs

  • Functional molluscs: from chemistry to physiology

  • Molluscs in space and time: Diversity, Evolution, Ecology and Biogeography

  • Saving molluscs: conservation and climate change

  • The modern raid: invasive molluscs

  • Molluscs in a polluted planet: ecotoxicology of molluscs

  • Molluscs for humans: food, drugs and cosmetics

  • Molluscs in the Museums

  • Molluscs for the citizens

Invited Speakers

    • Robert A.D. Cameron (The Natural History Museum of London, UK)
    • Diana Delicado (Department of Animal Ecology & Systematics, Justus Liebig University, Germany)
    • Edmund Gittenberger (Naturalis Biodiversity Center, The Netherlands)
    • Mathias Harzhauser (Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria)
    • Joris Koene (Amsterdam Institute for Life and Environment, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
    • Mary Seddon (IUCN SSC Mollusc Specialist Group, Red List Authority Coordinator)
    • Julia Sigwart (Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, Germany)
    • Kostas Triantis (Department of Biology, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)


Book of Abstracts

To be announced


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Fees for senior scientists

  • Early Bird Registration (until 15 June 2024): 250 €
  • Late Registration (after 15 June 2024): 300 €

Fees for Students

  • Early Bird Registration (until 15 June 2024): 150 €
  • Late Registration (after 15 June 2024): 170 €


Registration for the Congress covers the following:

  • Access to the sessions
  • Congress gift package
  • Coffee and snacks during the breaks
  • Welcome Icebreaker with drinks and snacks

The registration fees do not include the Congress Dinner, which is not compulsory and for which there will be a separate charge.

Abstract Submission

Guidelines for the submission of abstracts

Before submitting an abstract, the submitting author has to register at the congress.

You should use this file as a template for submitting your abstract.

Each registered congress attendee is allowed to submit up to two abstracts (of course, they can participate in many more – there is no limit). However, if he/she participates in more than two presentations, then another author must be registered to submit them. Authors are responsible for the quality of the abstracts they submit, as they will be published exactly as sent and there will be no editing or proofreading of the texts after submission.

Authors may indicate their preference for oral or poster presentations as well as for the thematic section. All abstracts will be submitted via the electronic submission form. All abstracts will be subjected to a scientific review by the Scientific Committee which will decide on their acceptance. If there are comments and suggestions from the Committee, they will be sent to the authors of the abstracts who will be invited to submit the final version of their abstracts within ten (10) calendar days. All abstracts will be included in the Book of Abstracts of the Congress, which will be published under the coordination of the Scientific Committee and posted on the Congress website.

Instructions for the presentations

Oral Presentations

To be announced

Poster Presentations

To be announced


The three poster and the three oral presentations for early career malacologists selected by the congress attendees as the best will be awarded. All communications are eligible for an award unless the authors indicate that they do not wish to participate in the competition.

Organizing Committee

    • Sinos Giokas (Department of Biology, University of Patras)
    • Katerina Vardinoyannis (Natural History Museum of Crete – University of Crete)
    • Moisis Mylonas (Natural History Museum of Crete – University of Crete)
    • Chrysa Doxa (Hellenic Centre for Marine Research)
    • Elisavet Georgopoulou (Natural History Museum of Crete – University of Crete)
    • George Iliopoulos (Department of Geology, University of Patras)
    • Danae Karakasi (Natural History Museum of Crete – University of Crete)
    • Nefeli Kassari (Hellenic Centre for Marine Research)
    • Drosos Koutsoumbas (Department of Oceanography and Marine Biosciences, University of the Aegean)
    • Penny Lampri (Department of Biology, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens)
    • Leonidas Maroulis (Natural History Museum of Crete – University of Crete)
    • Aris Parmakelis (Department of Biology, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens)
    • Dimitris Poursanidis (Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas)
    • Nella Radea (Department of Biology, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens)
    • Alexandra Staikou (Department of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
    • Danae Thivaiou (Department of Geology, Naturhistorisches Museum, Basel /NMB –  Switzerland)
    • Eleftherios Bitzilekis (Natural History Museum of Crete – University of Crete)
    • Christos Psarras (Department of Geology & Geoenvironment, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens)
    • Evangelia Rentoumi (Department of Geology and Geoenvironment, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

Scientific Committee

Ηere is the updated list of the scientific committee in alphabetical order. The list is subject to change until we confirm all the speakers and sessions so make sure to check regularly for any updates.

  • Marija Bošnjak (Croatian Natural History Museum, Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Celia Bueno (Natural History Museum of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
  • Radovan Coufal (Department of Botany and Zoology, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno, Czechia)
  • Stefanos Dailianis (Department of Biology, University of Patras, Greece)
  • Chrysa Doxa (Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece)
  • Elisavet Georgopoulou (Natural History Museum of Crete – University of Crete, Greece)
  • Issaad Kawther – Ezzine (Laboratoire de Génétique, Biodiversité et valorisation des Bio-ressources, Institut Supérieur de Biotechnologie de Monastir, Tunisia)
  • Paraskevi Niki Lampri (Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Anavyssos, Greece)
  • Océane Lapauze (Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, Basel, Switzerland)
  • Maria Lazaridou (Department of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
  • Janine Mazenauer (Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, Basel, Switzerland)
  • Vasilis Michailidis (Department of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
  • Sonia Barbosa dos Santos (Instituto de Biologia Roberto Alcantara Gomes, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
  • Lenita de Freitas Tallarico (Laboratório de Parasitologia – Malacologia, Instituto Butantan, São Paulo, Brasil)
  • Danae Thivaiou (Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, Basel, Switzerland)
  • Quentin Wackenheim (Laboratoire de Géographie Physique, CNRS- Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne -UPEC University, France)
  • Argyro Zenetos (Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece)

Congress Location

The congress will take place at the Cultural Conference Centre of Heraklion

Heraklion’s airport “Nikos Kazantzakis” (coded as HER), is around 15 minutes from Heraklion city and it is also connected with low-cost flights. Airport is served by local buses. The stop is in front of the terminal building. Alternative ways are by taxi or by car. For further information please visit the website:

Sightseeing in Crete

Knossos Palace

Τhe Minoans flourished in Crete 5000 years ago.

Archaeological Museum of Heraklion

Discover the antiquities of Crete

Natural History Museum of Crete

From the dinosaurs to homo sapiens who set foot in Crete


The largest aquarium in the Mediterranean

Archaeological Museum of Chania

Discover the antiquities of western Crete

Samaria Gorge

Test your endurance in the largest gorge of Crete

Phaistos Minoan Palace

Travel through time through the Phaisto disk


Relive the hippie era of the 70s

Chania City

The 2nd biggest city of Crete

Rethymno City

The 3rd biggest city of Crete

Heraklion City

The capital city of Crete

Agios Nikolaos City

The 4th biggest city of Crete