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Pre-registration and abstract deadline June, 1st 2015

Origins of metazoans

International Workshop, 14th to 16th October 2015, Giens, French Riviera in France

The Spongex program funded by the scientific foundation A*MIDEX of Aix-Marseille University is organizing an exciting workshop about the origins of metazoans. It is a crucial question in evolution that can now be addressed by new genomics and functional studies on several marine animal models such as choanoflagellates, porifera, ctenophores, cnidarians, placozoans...

General objectives

  • The goal of this workshop is to bring together world-leading scientists working with unconventional or new models to understand the origins and evolution of metazoans. During this workshop an update of new genomics approaches will be made and recent advances in the development of new biological models will be presented. Another goal of the workshop will be to share expertise in the development of functional assays in these species.
  • A round table will be held about controversial issues concerning metazoan emergence and phylogenetic relationships.
  • This workshop will also be an opportunity for young scientists to present oral communications and posters if selected.


  • Concepts and methods for reconstructing evolution
  • Origin of holozoan multicellularity
  • Epithelial morphogenesis
  • Stem Cells and Regeneration
  • Patterning

Registration and submission are new open

Short presentations or poster contributions on any topic relevant to the workshop theme will be welcome. The scientific committee will review them rapidly after pre-registration.
You will be informed by email in early June if your contribution has been accepted.

The registration fees include the access to the conference : welcome aperitif, accomodation for the 3 days from Wednesday 14th at 12:00 to Friday 16th October after the lunch,( rooms, bed and breakfast, coffee break, lunches and dinners), abstract book and also the shuttle bus to reach the meeting from Nice and Marseille airports.

Senior with single room : 468€

Senior with twin room : 420€

Student, post-doc with twin room : 300€

Submission procedure

If you would like to give a presentation or submit a poster you will be asked to indicate this during the pre-registration procedure. See guidelines

NOTE : You will subsequently be informed of the full registration and payment procedure by e-mail.


Feb, 13td 2015
Pre-Registration opened

June, 1st 2015
Closing of pre-registration

October, 14th 2015
Opening of the conference

October, 16th 2015
Closing of the Conference


Please contact for any information

Lieu : The Belambra Club
Adresse :

Giens Peninsula,

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