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Organizing committee

Giacinta Stocchino
Marco Curini-Galletti
Maria Pala
Marco Casu
Piero Cossu
Valentina Delogu
Tiziana Lai
Daria Sanna
Fabio Scarpa

Scientific committee

Aziz Aboobaker
University of Oxford, UK
Tom Artois
University of Hasselt, Belgium
Ulf Jondelius
Naturhistoriska Rikmuseet, Sweden
Tim Littlewood
Natural History Museum, UK
Ronald Sluys
Naturalis Biodiversity Center, NL


The Symposium will span four full days, starting from August 28, 2018. On the late afternoon of August 27, Monday, a welcome cocktail will be offered on the premises of the Symposium venue, and registrations will start. The Conference Dinner will be held on the eve of August 30. On the following day, Friday, the Symposium excursion will take place: presumably by boat to Capo Caccia (bring your swimming gear!). The topics of the Symposium, and its articulation, will depend on number and content of communications of the attendees.
Possible topics for the four days of the Symposium are:

Day 1

Morphology / Ultrastructure / Taxonomy / Phylogeny / Evolution / Biodiversity / Biogeography

Day 2

Regeneration / molecular regulation / cell signalling

Day 3

Reproductive Biology / Development
As usual, this will include both free-living and parasite flatworms, as well as the "former flatworms" Xenacoelomorpha.

Conference dinner

Day 4


Each day will have a keynote speaker – as first communication of the morning.
According to the number of speakers, we will try to favour short communications (15-20 minutes max). Lunch and coffee-breaks will be offered in the premises of the venue.




Keynote speakers

Dr. Jochen Rink

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
01307 Dresden, Germany
Main research interests:
  • The molecular coordinate system of the planarian body plan
  • Dynamics of the pluripotent stem cell system
  • Evo-devo of regeneration and tissue turn-over.

Dr. Antoine Pariselle

ISEM, CNRS, University of
Montpellier, IRD, EPHE,
Montpellier, France
Main research interest:
systematics, evolution and coevolution of Monogenea and their fish hosts.

Dr. Torsten Hugo Struck

Department of Research and Collections
Natural History Museum, University of Oslo
Main research interest:
evolution and biodiversity of marine spiralians at all taxonomic levels, employing evolutionary genomic, phylogenomic, phylogeographic, population genetic and bioinformatic approaches.

Abstracts (Communications and Posters) submission

Deadline: May 31th, 2018

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please help us to simplify our editing job! Send the abstract as a Word or rtf file to isfb2018@uniss.it

Abstract length: one page maximum, including title, names of authors and affiliations. Please underline the name of the speaker.

Font: Times New Roman

Title: bold type, 14 point size

Authors: CAPITAL LETTER, 12 point size

Addresses: 10 point size

Text: 12 point size, single spacing

Poster size: 70 cm x 100 cm

Format download


Information on how to get to Alghero here

We intend to organise the Symposium in the Quartè Sayàl (www.quartesayal.com): centrally located on the seafront promenade of Alghero, and close to Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts.
Alghero is a touristic town, and offers a wide range of accomodations. However, we strongly recommend to book as early as possible, as you may miss the best options. A list of possible accomodations will be given on this site – but you may prefer to check by yourself, and scout for the best offers.

Alghero Via Garibaldi 87, Alghero, SS

Where is Sardinia?

Where to stay

The are a large number of hotels at B&B in Alghero – and you may wish to spend some time checking the offers in the websites of your preference…
We contacted as organisers several types of accomodations, asking whether they would apply special discount rates to the attendants to the Symposium.
We got a few answers: download


Marco: +39 3293605828

Giacinta: +39 3391880809

email: isfb2018@uniss.it


Sponsored by Dipartimento di Medicina Veterinaria, Università di Sassari