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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 Heraklio, 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.


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Key Dates

31 March 2024

Deadline for suggesting Special Sessions

30 April 2024

Deadline for early-bird registration

30 April 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

Special Sessions

To be announced

Invited Speakers

The list is subject to change until we confirm all the speakers

    • Diana Delicado-Iglesias (Department of Animal Ecology & Systematics, Justus Liebig University, Germany)
    • Mathias Harzhauser (Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria)
    • Mary Seddon (IUCN SSC Mollusc Specialist Group, Red List Authority Coordinator)
    • Menno Schilthuizen (Naturalis Biodiversity Center and Leiden University, The Netherlands)
    • Julia Sigwart (Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, Germany)
    • Kostas Triantis (Department of Biology, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)


To be announced


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Fees for senior scientists

  • Early Bird Registration (until 30 April 2024): 250 €
  • Late Registration (after 30 April 2024): 300 €

Fees for Students

  • Early Bird Registration (until 30 April 2024): 150 €
  • Late Registration (after 30 April 2024): 170 €


Registration for the Congress covers the following:

  • Access to the sessions
  • Congress materials (bags, printed program, etc.)
  • 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.

Registrations will start soon!

Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission instructions

To submit an abstract, at least one of the authors must be registered at the congress.

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.The text of each abstract should not exceed 300 words. The title, keywords (5 maximum) and abstract should be written in lower case letters.

Authors may indicate their preference for oral or posted 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 announcements

Oral Announcements

To be announced

Posted Announcements (Posters)

To be announced


The three posted 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

To be announced