Welcome to the ECA 2018 conference page

Important dates

  • 31 March – Student grant applications deadline;
    ESA membership fee payment deadline for discounts;
    Most non-dorm accommodations keep special congress-reservations until this date.
  • 15 April – Early bird registration deadline;
    Call for symposia deadline;
    On-venue dorm single occupancy decision date.
  • 15 May – Abstract submission deadline;
    Registration cancellation deadline.
  • 30 September – Proceedings manuscript submission deadline.

Congress program

Congress programme will follow the canonical route. Here is what we plan:

July   8 – Registration, welcome party
July   9 – Opening ceremony, scientific sessions
July 10 – Scientific sessions, Russian party
July 11 – Mid-congress excursion, BBQ in the dark forests of the Börzsöny mts
July 12 – Scientific sessions, congress dinner
July 13 – Scientific sessions, ESA general assembly, closing ceremony

More details to follow…

Invited speakers

Jason Dunlop

curator of the collections arachnida and myriapoda
Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin

Jason Dunlop studied zoology at the University of Leeds, UK and carried out a PhD in palaeontology at the University of Manchester, UK under the supervision of Paul Selden. Following a further three years of postdoctoral work at Manchester, he was appointed curator of arachnids and myriapods at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, a post he has held since 1997. Jason’s research interests cover fossil arachnids and their relatives 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

Symposia invitation

If you intend to organise a special symposium, please submit your proposal to science.eca2018@gmail.com (subject: symposium proposal). Deadline: 15th April.

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 – A secret plan for early 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 or maybe we have an even better idea (so do not rush home)