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Sixth Workshop of the Hydrozoan Society

Location: Plymouth
Event Type: Workshop
Event Date: 2007-06-18    
End Date: 2007-06-30

Start Time: 9:00    Ending Time: 17:00

Event Description:
The Hydrozoan Society ( is active since 1985 and gathers all specialists of the group, throughout the world. The workshop takes place every 4-5 years. Previous workshops were held in Italy, Spain, France, United States, South Africa. The Sixth will take place in the UK, at the Marine Biological Laboratory of Plymouth.
The concept of these workshops is to gather specialists from all over the world and make them interact for two weeks in a Marine Laboratory. Iteractions involve formal presentations (usually in the morning) and field and laboratory work, by using the facilities of the hosting Laboratory. In the case of Plymouth, the participants will try to update the Hydrozoan section of the Plymouth Marine Fauna.

The workshop is endorsed by MarBEF. This means that regular members of MarBEF can put the costs for fee, travel and subsistence for 2 persons up to a maximum of 750 € p.p. on their MarBEF account (total max is thus 1,500 €).

Contact email:

Event programme:
The event is very informal and this granted the success of all former editions. The main aim of the workshop is to enhance collaboration among specialists that usually work in isolation. The text of the last circular is:

Marine Biological Association at Plymouth, UK, 18-30 June 2007

February 2006

Organized by: The Hydrozoan Society in collaboration with the Marine Biological Association at Plymouth. (

Workshop Presidents: Josep-Maria Gili (Institut de Ciències del Mar, Barcelona), Prof. Jean Bouillon (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Prof. Wim Vervoort (Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum, Leiden).

Secretary: Francesc Pagès (

Organizing Committee: Josep-Maria Gili (Barcelona), Ferdinando Boero (Lecce), Francesc Pagès (Barcelona), Rob Hughes (London), Elaine Robson (Reading), Keith Hiscock (Marine Biological Association Plymouth).

A. TOPICS: Contributions may cover any aspect of hydrozoan biology, in its widest sense including systematics, ecology, evolutionary biology, physiology, cell and developmental biology. Methodological contributions are welcome if they are particularly relevant to hydrozoans. Contributions should not consist of faunal lists

The organisers are keen that important areas of physiology such as neurobiology and some of the equally significant advances in cellular and developmental biology of Hydrozoa should be presented and discussed.

New session titles and all comments are welcome: please write to us.

The following topics have already been suggested:

-Morphological systematics versus molecular systematics: to evaluate and explore how results based on molecular systematics can influence and modify morphological systematics and phylogeny.

-Nematocysts: to establish the state-of-the art in nematocyst classification and to determine how nematocyst identification is a useful tool for morphological systematics. Relationships between nematocyst assemblages and phylogenetic trees derived from molecular studies.

-Ecological role in marine ecosystems: to explore the spatio-temporal distribution and trophodynamics of hydrozoans in world oceans.

-Life-cycles: to investigate how the development and description of hydrozoan life-cycles involving polyp and medusa stages have influenced or will influence the systematics and phylogeny of hydrozoans.

-The use of taxonomic literature to reconstruct the ecological history of hydrozoan species.


-Advances in methodology.


The schedule used with success at previous workshops will be followed. Informal lectures will take place either in the morning or the afternoon to allow ample time for other activities. These include round table discussions, practical research (including joint projects), field work, collecting material etc. Three or four talks may be given each day. Those who suggest a session title will be invited to open the discussion with an introductory talk.


THE RESOURCE CENTRE of the Marine Biological Association (MBA) has capacity for 35-40 people in a conference room equipped with a Powerpoint, and overhead and 35mm slide projectors (overhead transparencies available). The conference room has access to Internet (4-5 computers provided). Laptops can be used as usual but will not have access to the MBA’s internal network. Memory sticks can be brought or requested.


Participants will have the use of an immediately adjacent laboratory in the Resource Centre plus a smaller laboratory nearby, in total about 25 seated work places. Laboratory facilities include running seawater, individual aquaria of different sizes, aerators, cultured algae for feeding specimens, tools for cultivation of Artemia, binoculars and compound microscopes but not cameras, preservation liquids (alcohol, formaldehyde), magnesium chloride, distilled water, ice, plastic sorting trays, plastic bowls, plastic and Pasteur pipettes, Petri dishes,plastic bags, vials, bottles, beakers and flasks, glass finger bowls,lens cleaning tissues, microscope slides and cover slips, paper tissues, use of fume cupboard.

Some research microscopes are also available: Digital microscope (1). confocal microscopes (2), and fluorescence microscope (1). A dark room can be used.

The MBA has strict laboratory safety standards. For example, formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals are used at specific sites and individuals must wear protective glasses, gloves and white lab coat. All food and drink to be taken outside the laboratory.

Participants who wish to order specific chemicals not listed above must send us a list of these by 16th March 2007 (to be ordered by the MBA). Please list any other item or facilities not mentioned above that you may wish to use.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laboratory tools (forceps, scissors, bistouries etc.), lab coat, Artemia eggs, camera lucida, calibrated pipettes. Clothes for field or boat work (rubber boots, good shoes for walking on the shore N.B without footwear not recommended). (Useful extras: pocket lamp, small first aid, simple picnic kit).


Access to a variety of shore and marina habitats will be arranged. There will be two days use of the inshore survey vessel ‘MBA Sepia’ provided free-of-charge by the MBA. The maximum number of delegates allowed on “Sepia” for sampling is 10 in addition to the crew.

Gears available: Anchor dredge, Van Veen grab, Agassiz trawl, plankton tow nets (coarse & fine). A working boat day is from 8:00am (departing Sutton Harbour) returning by the afternoon. However, tide times and heights may of course dictate time of return. Tidal heights and state of the tide (ebb & flow) will influence any work that is considered especially up the Tamar estuary. Tide tables and all field safety recommendations will be posted in the Resource Centre.

Brevits for plankton samples are available on the boat; white sample buckets with lids could also be used. There is no fridge on ‘Sepia’ for samples to be kept cool but cool boxes and aerators can be provided. The Workshop will be advised of Safe Working Practice and a risk assessment for boat work.

Transport: Vehicles in order to conduct rocky shore work would need to be hired. Usually, a walk down from the lab to the boats takes 10-15 minutes.

There is the possibility of sampling further offshore if arrangements can be made to use the vessel ‘Plymouth Quest’ whilst on regular sampling.

DIVING: If you wish to go SCUBA diving, it is essential to contact Dr Keith Hiscock (
Individual diving costs pro rata, approximately 30 Euros per dive with local dive centre.

F. ABSTRACT SUBMISSION. (please use the attached form)


The University has summer accommodation facilities that can be used by the workshop participants. For best availability we are recommended to book by the end of March 2007 (with payment).
Note self-catering facilities only. At present no breakfast provider nearby but cafes in town. A bus towards the MBA runs twice an hour (fast walking time 20 mins).

Room prices for 2007 (VAT included): (see attached Local Hotel & B&B list 2007 and Plymouth 2007)

ALTERNATIVES LISTED BY THE MBA: (see attached Local Hotel & B&B list 2007)

See also Tourist Information Office and Civic Websites (see attached Plymouth 2007).


Restaurants and pubs are situated not very near and may be expensive and therefore it is highly recommended to use a catering service (lunches and some evening meals) arranged through the MBA. However, participants must decide for themselves and accompanying persons in advance.

Catering package (per week, 5 good pack lunches with a drink + 3 simple evening meals at 6pm, includes festive evening 28 June). Cost for 1 week is 96 € (£64), for 2 weeks 192 € (£128).Cost of festive dinner only 25 € (£16.50).

Catering for the second week can be ordered at the beginning of the workshop. We will collect catering payments in Plymouth unless you want to send money in advance.

J. REGISTRATION AND FEES. (Please use attached form)

Students 260€ (£175)
All other participants
Sent before 31 March 350€ (£235)
Sent after 31 March 400€ (£270)
Per week (17-23 or 24-30 June) 200€ (£135)

UK RESIDENTS ONLY: may pay in sterling to the MBA. Please write to F.Pagès for details.

DISCOUNT FOR MBA MEMBERS: please write to F.Pagès for details.

CANCELLATION OF ATTENDANCE: please notify F. Pagès. Reimbursement minus the cost of any bank charges will be arranged after the meeting.

The cost of registration includes the workshop fee (use of MBA facilities,all tea/coffee-breaks), one copy of the JMBA special issue that will publish the contributions accepted, and a 1-year subscription to the MBA which allows free access to the National Marine Biological Library and Archives.

K. PAYMENT. (please use the same registration form)

All payments must be in Euros. Please note that the payment can be done only by bank transfer or cheque. Credit cards are not accepted.
UK residents can pay in sterling as advised by F. Pagès (see above).

Details for Bank Transfer in Euros:

Bank: Santander Central Hispano (BSCH).
Office address: Avinguda Icaria 141, 08003 Barcelona, Spain.
Account number: 0049 1548 62 2110186111.
IBAN: ES52 0049 1548 6221 1018 6111.
Refer the payment to: HYDROZOAN WORKSHOP

Details for Cheques or bank drafts:

Please make cheques in Euros payable to CSIC-Institut de Ciencies del Mar. Refer the payment to: HYDROZOAN WORKSHOP. Send the cheque to César García (Gerente), CSIC-Institut de Ciencies del Mar, Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta 37-49, 08003 Barcelona, Spain.

After payment, please send a copy of the cheque or transfer receipt to Francesc Pagès by fax (00 34-932309555), e-mail (
or airmail (F.Pagès at the CSIC address above). This will be essential for our effective organisation of the Workshop Do not forget to mention HYDROZOAN WORKSHOP in the main text of the payment. Receipt of payment will be acknowledged immediately by e-mail.


All contributions presented in the workshop can be submitted for publication in a special issue of the Journal of the marine biological Association of the United Kingdom. Deadline for submission of manuscripts will be mid-September 2007 and the time estimated between their acceptance and publication is 6 months. Colour photographs are accepted but £700 is charged per page.
Authors will receive 50 free reprints, but the charge (in 2007) for a single issue is £45 (this is included in the registration fee). Members of the MBA can subscribe to the JMBA for £95 and receive all issues for a year.
Instructions to authors:


An invitation letter is available from Dr. Josep-Maria Gili ( on request.

Visit the following websites:


Plymouth Tourist Information Office:
E-mail them for maps etc
Postal address: Island House 9 The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2LS, UK.

Plymouth Marine Laboratory
This has a map and general travel directions.


There is a large general hospital at Deriford just outside Plymouth.
For all medical enquiries go to the Hospital web-site (currently
being re-organised):
European citizens should bring their EU Medical Card.

P. THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM (LONDON): Participants who may wish to visit the Museum for access to its collections are advised to write beforehand to Clare Valentine (


Collaborators and organisers:
see above

Website url: 

Registration form: 

Registration fee: 350 €

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: Yes

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 30

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

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