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Invited speakers

Paul Selden

Paul Selden

Distinguished Professor of Invertebrate Paleontology
University of Kansas

Paul Selden graduated with joint honours in Geology and Zoology from the University of Manchester, UK, and then went on to do a PhD at the University of Cambridge, on functional morphology of eurypterids, under the supervision of Professor Harry Whittington. Following a short period at the University of London, he spent most of his research career back at the University of Manchester, where he supervised numerous research students on fossil arachnids, including Jason Dunlop and David Penney.  Read more

Rosa Fernández

Research Fellow
Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona

Rosa Fernández received her PhD at Complutense University in Madrid (Spain) in Nov 2011 on phylogeny and phylogeography of terrestrial oligochaetes. In 2012, she moved as a postdoctoral fellow to the lab of Gonzalo Giribet at Harvard University (Massachusetts, USA), where she focused on resolving phylogenetic interrelationships of arthropods through phylogenetics and phylogenomics. In 2017, she moved to the lab of Toni Gabaldón at the Center for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona (Spain) and started to apply comparative genomics and transcriptomics to shed light on arthropod evolution. Her research focuses on understanding how animal life took shape in space and time through phylogeography, phylogenomics, comparative transcriptomics and comparative genomics. Read more

Jutta M. Schneider

professor of behavioural ecology
University of Hamburg

Jutta Schneider studied Biology at the University of Mainz in Germany and moved to the Max-Planck-Institute for Behavioural Physiology at Seewiesen for her Diploma and PhD theses. During her PhD she started to work on Stegodyphus lineatus which was further pursued during a 3-year post-doc with Yael Lubin in Israel. This period was followed by a 1-year Marie-Curie post-doc with Fritz Vollrath in Denmark where she worked on web-bulding plasticity in Araneus diadematus. From Denmark she moved to Melbourne Australia where she started to work with Mark Elgar and Marie Herberstein on Australian Nephila and Argiope spiders with the aim to better understand sexual cannibalism. A habilitation fellowship, followed by a Heisenberg-fellowship brought her back to Germany where she was based at the Universities of Mainz and Bonn interspersed by another year in Melbourne. In 2004 she was appointed as a full professor in Behavioural Ecology at the University of Hamburg where she is still today.  She works in the field of behavioural ecology concentrating on the evolution of mating systems, Read more

Christian Wirkner

Research Associate
University of Rostock Institute of Biosciences, General and Special Zoology

Christian Wirkner began his scientific career in Vienna under Professor Günther Pass, specializing early on in the evolutionary morphology of the circulatory system in centipedes. Since then he has investigated this fascinating organ system in over 100 species and representatives of all the major arthropod groups. While completing his doctorate at Berlin’s Humboldt University he introduced the crustacean community to the previously untold benefits of three-dimensional visualization. Since 2007 he has been an associate professor at the University of Rostock and the leader of a working group which deals with the evolutionary morphology of key organ systems in arthropods, Read more

Symposium: Distribution of spiders

Organiser: Yuri Marusik

Themes for the symposium:

1. Unusual distributional patterns: e.g., disjunctions in Europe and the Holarctic.Distribution as a taxonomic signal (a kind of taxonomic character): e.g., when a disjunction in a species range is indicative of the presence of a different species; a generic range seems to be strange/unusual to be that of a monophyletic taxon.
2. Vicariance, viz., when one species replaces another one along a longitudinal/latitudinal direction.
3. Incorrect catalogue data about distribution.
4. How to extract proper/correct distributional data from the existing catalogues and publications.

If you wish to participate in the syposium, you can mark it during abstract submisson, also get in touch with Yuri Marusik.

Social events

July   8 – Welcome party
July   9 – Guided evening walk in Vác, eventually ending up in pubs
July 10 – Early morning walk on Danube riverbank forest trail; in the evening Russian party
July 11 – Mid-congress excursion; in the evening BBQ in the dark forests of the Börzsöny mts
July 12 – Dragon boating on the Danube early in the morning; in the evening congress dinner, live music and dancing with a Hungarian folk band
July 13 – Early morning visit to the market; in the evening meet up in your favourite pub after the closing ceremony