Following the success of last year’s Platynereis virtual conference, we are organizing the 2nd Virtual Platynereis Conference to keep the community together, learn about each other’s projects, promote collaborations and continue the discussions about the future of our community resources. The meeting will be held online and will run on the 8th, 9th, and 10th of December 2021, 14:00-18:00 CET.


Invited speakers

  • Development and Regeneration (embryogenesis, segmentation, regeneration)
    Duygu Özpolat (MBL)
  • Genomics / transcriptomics
    Oleg Simakov (University of Vienna)
  • Neurobiology (neuroanatomy, neurodevelopment, circuit mechanisms, behavior)
    Kristin Tessmar-Raible (University of Vienna)
  • Evolution (trait evol., morphology)
    Detlev Arendt (EMBL)
  • Ecology (settlement, population genomics, phylogeny)
    Elizabeth Williams (University of Exeter)

Keynote lecture

Christoph Bleidorn (University of Göttingen) will talk about the current Annelid Phylogeny.


We will take advantage of the virtual conference environment to meet in the Platynereis community working groups to discuss progress, difficulties and come up with possible solutions. Also, there will be meet-the-speaker-sessions and the possibility to meet virtually in smaller groups. We will be using the platform for group discussions and social interactions. More information on the gatherings later.


You can view the programme HERE or download the pdf version HERE.


Abstract submissions are closed, but you can still register until 28th November 2021. Please click HERE to register.


We thank The Company of Biologists for sponsoring this conference.
The Company of Biologists

Platynereis Virtual Conference Organizing Committee

  • Eve Gazave
  • Mette Handberg-Thorsager
  • Sanja Jasek
  • Michel Vervoort

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