International Symposium on Ostracoda 2022 in Lyon

The French Ostracodologists’ Group and the International Research Group on Ostracoda are pleased to invite you to attend the 19th International Symposium on Ostracoda that will be held in Lyon at the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 from July 18th-22nd 2022.

EXTERNAL LINK to the symposium's website.

Participants who will be unable to attend in person because of travel, health or mobility restrictions will still be able to present their work and follow the conference online. If their abstracts are accepted, they will be invited to submit pre-recorded talks ahead of the meeting and to attend a live virtual Q&A session after their talks. Oral sessions during the meeting will therefore be a mix of predominantly live, in-person presentations and some pre-recorded presentations, presented to both the in-person and virtual audience. The symposium will thus be fully streamed for virtual attendees but social events taking place in Lyon will be for in-person attendees only.



October 31st 2021 First Circular – Pre-registration form, suggestions for workshop(s).

January 15th 2022 Second Circular – Symposium and field-trip(s) registrations, opening of abstract submission.

March 31st 2022 Deadline for abstract submission.

April 30th 2022 Decisions on abstracts (including travel grants) and deadline for payment of reduced fees for symposium and field-trip(s)

May 31st 2022 Third Circular – Full program of Symposium and field trips.

December 15th 2022 Deadline for submission of manuscripts for the conference proceedings.



Registration to the Symposium, the annual dinner and the post symposium field trip are now open on this website:

The Registration fee for permanent and junior (i.e. undergraduate students, PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, unemployed researchers) participants includes the abstract volume, the proceeding volumes, the ice-breaker party, the coffee-breaks, the five lunches and the mid-congress excursion.

Accompanying persons will be welcome at all the social events as well as at the midcongress excursion. Virtual attendees’ fees include the live stream of the whole conference (four days) plus the possibility to pre-record a presentation that will be played during the symposium. They will be able to answer questions during a live online session at the end of each day.


FEES (payment made before April 30th, 2022):

Senior participants 350; Junior participants 250; Accompanying persons 100; Virtual attendees 150; Annual dinner 60

FEES (payment made after April 30th, 2022):

Senior participants 450; Junior participants 350; Accompanying persons 150; Virtual attendees 200; Annual dinner 60

Please note that very late registration and payment during the Symposium will be possible.



ISO 18 will be held in Santa Barbara

T55.2% Santa Barabara - 44.8% Washington, D.C.he next International Symposium on Ostracoda will be held in Santa Barabara, California, USAmerica.

During the last business meeting of IRGO in Rome, our dear colleagues Todd Oakley (University of California Santa Barbara) and Gene Hunt (Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.) offered to host the next ISO in 2017. We thank Gene hunt for his invitation. We will keep Washington, D.C. in mind for one of the future ISOs.

55.2% of the voters decided that Santa Barbara has better options to host the ISO 18 in 2017. We are looking forward to travelling to California. May be some of us will take the opportunity to stop over at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. after all.

ISO18 will be the third meeting in the USA after the 4th ISO 1972 Delaware (USA) and 8th ISO 1982 Houston (USA).

>>> Proposal <<<

>>> 1st circular <<<

>>> 2nd circular <<<

Report on ISO17 in Rome 2013

17th International Symposium on Ostracoda “Back to the future” University of Roma 3, Rome (Italy) 22nd-26th July, 2013

The International Symposium on Ostracoda (ISO) is a meeting that features research on both living and fossil Ostracoda. It takes place every four years, each time in a different location. The 17th Symposium took place in Rome (Italy) and was hosted by the University of Roma 3. It was also an opportunity to celebrate 50 years from the first ISO meeting, which took place at the Zoological Station in Naples (Italy) in 1963. For this reason, the motto of ISO17th was “Back to the future” further developed in “Evolution of concepts and methods in ostracodology during the last 50 years”.

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Sylvester Bradley Awards 2013 (sponsored by TMS and IRGO) @ISO17, Rome

The winners of this year's Sylvester Bradley Awards

Oral presentation (sponsored by TMS): Yuanyuan Hong et al. (Shallow marine ecological degradation in Hong Kong: a palaeoecological approach using ostracods)

Poster presentation (sponsored by IRGO): Josep Antoni Aguilar-Alberola et al. (The hatching process in Cyprididae ostracods: morphology and function of the A-9 stage)

SF*IRGO Poster Award (splitted):

- Ilaria Mazzini et al. (The “elephants” and the ostracods: a 7 My old tale from the United Arab Emirates)

- Jessica Fischer et al. (The potential role of freshwater ostracods in controlled ecological life support systems (CELSS))

New - Asian and non-Asian ostracodologists met in Korea

A new tradition started in Korea at the Hanyang University, Seoul Campus, Korea. From 23-27 June 2014 several Asian and non-Asian ostracodologists met for the first time. It was organised by Prof. Ivana Karanovic (Hanyang University) and Prof. Cheon Young Chang (Daegu University) and their team

It was a very pleasant gathering and we have agreed to meet again in China in 2016. More information and announcement will follow shortly from the Chinese colleagues. Please, remember, this meeting is for all ostracodologists working on Asian ostracods, but everyone else is always welcome to join.

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