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A one day symposium

Location: Natural History Museum, London: Flett Theatre
Event Type: Meeting
Event Date: 2008-04-25    

Event Description:
This is an informal, one-day meeting designed to bring together people interested in patterns and mechanisms of speciation. The particular focus is on molluscs as model organisms and the event is co-sponsored by the NHM and the Malacological Society of London.

The programme includes six international speakers, each speaking about their own research. There is an opportunity for others to bring a poster. Any topic related to molluscs is acceptable for posters, although studies of speciation are especially encouraged.

Attendance is open to all, and is free. Registration is required, in order to cater for a free wine reception at the end of the event. People bringing posters can provide an abstract (approximately 200-300 words) for inclusion in a programme.

Enquiries and registrations to: Suzanne Williams, The Natural History Museum, London. Email:

Contact email:

Event programme:
• 1030-1040 – Introduction and welcome. Georges Dussart (Malacological Society of London, President)

• 1040-1120 – Evolution on a block of rock; snail speciation on tropical limestone karst. Menno Schilthuizen (National Museum of Natural History 'Naturalis', The Netherlands)

• 1120-1200 – Gastropod endemism in African freshwaters: traits, time and topography. Ellinor Michel (NHM, UK)

• 1200-1320 – AGM meeting and lunch

• 1320-1400 – Patterns from the fourth dimension of a marine snail radiation. Jon Todd (NHM, UK)

• 1400-1440 – Dispersal and speciation in a big pond. Chris Meyer (Smithsonian Institution, USA)

• 1440-1500 – Coffee break & poster session

• 1500-1540 – Speciation and gene flow between Japanese snails of contrasting ecology and opposite chirality. Angus Davison (Nottingham University, UK)

• 1540-1620 – Ecological speciation of Littorina saxatilis in Galicia. Emilio Rolαn-Alvarez (University of Vigo, Spain)

• 1620-1750 – Wine reception & poster session

• 1800 – Museum closes.

Collaborators and organisers:
The Natural History Museum, London
The Malacological Society of London:

Website url:

Registration form: 

Registration fee: 0 €

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF: 0 € 

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

MarBEF supported event: No

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 200

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

Posted by Suzanne_Williams on 2008-04-18 and approved by webmaster