Linking the Quadrants of the Earth: A Worldwide Exploration of Freshwater Mollusk Study and Conservation
17 – 19 September, 2024
Early bird registration ends: 15 May 2024
Regular registration ends: 30 June 2024
Abstract submission ends: 15 May 2024
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Mollusks are the second most species rich animal phylum on earth, and have a wide variety of adaptations and ecological niches in their terrestrial and aquatic environments. The freshwater mollusks provide many important ecosystem functions and services; however, their highly endangered status, mainly caused by anthropogenic factors, means that their impact on the environment is in drastic decline. To combat this, conservation and reintroduction practices need to be developed and implemented to reduce and reverse their drastic population declines. Nonetheless, conservation strategies for freshwater mollusks are hampered by a lack of key information surrounding freshwater mollusk biology and ecology. In recent decades there has been an increased interest in studying these animals; integrating the knowledge from researchers and conservationists is a key for scientific progress. This conference aims to connect international freshwater mollusk researchers and conservationists to stimulate more international collaborations, and to help global policy makers establish policies and guidelines for future mollusk conservation efforts.
1. To bring together international experts in biology and conservation of freshwater mollusks that, through the present and forthcoming conferences and debates, will be able to create a network of knowledge with the final goal of develop collaborative projects and eventually global directives for the protection and conservation of this important faunistic group.
2. To provide an incentive for non-North American freshwater malacologists to become members of FMCS and participate in planned activities, symposia, publications and workshops.
3. To set up a subcommittee within the society of local malacologists – e.g. initially from Europe, but to be expanded to other continents around the world – to provide structure and communication about resources, lobbying, collaboration and outreach. This will facilitate answering key questions and developing techniques to address the same or similar problems encountered across freshwater molluskan research.
4. To arrange joint international meetings around the world. The first four international freshwater bivalve meetings (Baltimore, Maryland, 2009; Bragança, Portugal, 2012; Buffalo, NY, 2015; and Verbania, Italy, 2018) were exciting and fun with a very good international participation. With the 2024 international meeting at Karlstad University in Sweden, we want to expand the focus on bivalves including all the freshwater mollusks and thereby further improve the building of an international network.