23–26 June 2015 Modena, Italy


Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We are glad to announce that the Special Issue (178 (4)) of the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111 (ISSN)1096-36) dedicated to the Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Tardigrada will be published closer to the end of November 2016, but hopefully earlier.

This Special Issue contains 23 papers covering a wide range of themes presented during the Symposium. We hope that the reader of this volume discovers evidence of the vast research activities on water bears.

We thank all the contributors who patiently endured the review process, the reviewers, and who have been involved in the grammatical revision of papers. Further, we greatly acknowledge Dr. Peter Hayward and Dr. Louise Allcock, editors-in-chiefs, for giving us the opportunity to publish the Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Tardigrada in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

We are all members of the family of tardigradologists (Tardigradologiidae), and we will see you all at the next tardigrade symposium at the University of Copenhagen in 2018. Bring others with you!

Warm regards,
Lorena Rebecchi and Diane Nelson
(Guest Editors)

Photo group 13 th Int Symp on Tardigrada




June 2015, Modena, Italy

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We are pleased to welcome you to the 13th International Symposium on Tardigrada, which will take place in Modena, Italy, from the 23rd to the 26th of June, 2015. Tardigrada Symposia take place every three years. They offer unique opportunities for scientific researchers, students and other tardigrade enthusiasts from all over the world to get together and to promote scientific exchange and friendship.
The 13th International Symposium on Tardigrada is the scientific forum to provide an up-to-date perspective on the biology of tardigrades. Lectures and posters will cover a broad spectrum of themes such as taxonomy, phylogeny, biogeography, reproductive and developmental biology, biochemistry, physiology, genetics, molecular biology, extreme stress resistance and further topics on these fascinating water bears. We plan to make it a truly memorable meeting, and we are looking forward to welcoming you in Modena, thirty years since the 4th Symposium on Tardigrada in 1985.

The Organizing Committee

Organized by

Organizing Committee

Lorena Rebecchi, Tiziana Altiero, Roberto Bertolani, Michele Cesari, Michele d’Errico, Ilaria Giovannini, Roberto Guidetti, Maria Agnese Sabatini, Matteo Vecchi (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia), Leonardo Latella (Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Verona), Sandra J. McInnes (British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK), Diane R. Nelson (East Tennessee State University, USA)

Scientific Committee

Lorena Rebecchi, Tiziana Altiero, Roberto Bertolani, Michele Cesari, Roberto Guidetti, Sandra J. McInnes, Diane R. Nelson




  • In response to a number of requests, the Organizing Committee of the 13th International Symposium on Tardigrada has decided to extend the deadline for registration with regular fees and the submission of abstracts to

    March 22nd 2015

  • If you are interested in attending the 13th International Symposium on Tardigrada, please fill in the Registration Form:

    The registration fees are:

      Before 22nd March 2015 After 22nd March 2015
    Regular 330.00 € 390.00 €
    Student 110.00 € 170.00 €
    Accompanying person 250.00 € 310.00 €

    Registration for accompanying children under 10 years is free.

    Thanks to the economic support received from several sponsors and co-organizers, we were able to reduce the registration fee for all students in order to encourage their participation.

    Students are considered to be bachelor, master or PhD students and will require a signed statement from their academic institution. Please send confirmation of the full-time student status to the Organizing Committee.

    Cancellation and refunds

    Registered participants who are unable to attend the Symposium will have their fees refunded with a 25% administration charge if the cancellation is received before May 25, 2015.
    No refund will be made for a cancellation received after that date.

  • The deadline for the payment of the Symposium Registration Fee and the submission of the Registration Form is

    22nd March 2015

    After 22nd March an extra charge will be required

    For all registrants (regulars, students, accompanying persons and children) the registration fee will cover the admission to both scientific oral and poster sessions, conference kit, shuttle service from/to the Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport, coffee breaks, lunches, conference excursion, and guided visit to discover the treasures of Modena.

    In addition, regular and student registrants will receive the abstract booklet and conference program. Publication costs of the symposium proceedings are included in the fee.

    Registration fee for accompanying persons also includes an additional guided tour to a tourist site in the Modena surroundings.

    How to pay the registration fee
    Symposium registration fees must be paid by Bank Money Transfer:
    UNICREDIT BANK sede di Modena - Piazza Grande n. 40 - 41121 Modena, Italy
    Beneficiary: Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita - Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia
    IBAN: IT60I0200812930000102063751

    IBAN: IT23E0100003245243300037150

    You must specify your name and 13th Symposium on Tardigrada on the Bank Money Transfer.
    A copy of the bank money transfer must be attached to the Registration Form.

Abstract and Presentation

Registered participants are invited to give one or more oral/poster presentations during the Symposium. The Scientific Committee can recommend change to another presentation mode, as part of the acceptance process. The manuscripts of both oral and poster presentations will be considered for publication in the proceedings (see Manuscript Submittal and Proceedings). Oral or poster presentations will be confirmed by the Scientific Committee in May 2015.

  • Oral presentations

    The duration of each contribution will be 12 minutes plus 3 minutes for questions. Power Point presentations will be accepted. Facilities for alternative presentation material may be available with advanced request.

  • Poster presentations

    Posters (dimension: 700 mm wide x 1000 mm high) will be attached to boards by means furnished by the organizers. Posters will be displayed for the whole period of the symposium. To promote scientific exchange, special Poster Sessions will be scheduled in the program of the Symposium. Authors of poster presentations are kindly requested to be available during this session to answer questions and discuss their results.

  • Manuscript Submittal and Proceedings

    (Impact Factor: 2.658; ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 13/153 - Zoology)

    The Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Tardigrada will be published as a special issue (i.e. one of the 12 normal issues) of the ZOOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY.

    The deadline for manuscript submission is August 31, 2015
    After that date manuscripts will not be accepted

    For authors guidelines and further information please click here

Young Scientist Awards

  • The Awards will honor the best oral and also the best poster presentations. Young researchers (registered as bachelor, master or PhD students) who want to be considered for the Awards must indicate that intention on the registration form and abstract submittal.

    Candidates have to be the first and presenting author. Only one submission per candidate will be considered. The Jury will be constituted by Senior Scientists and the winners will be chosen on the basis of the originality and quality of the work and presentation.




The Symposium will be opening on Tuesday June 23rd at 9:00 AM.

The last day of the Symposium (26th June 2015) will be held in the Museum of Natural History of Verona. Transport will be by bus (about 1 h), and after the conclusion of the program there will be a visit to discover the city of Verona. Return to Modena will be in the late evening. Therefore please take this into account when booking your flight or organizing your return home.

Verona is located in Northern Italy, about 90 km from Modena. [...]click here

Registration & Poster Installation

Opening Ceremony

Invited Speaker: C. BOSCHETTI et al.

Coffee break

Chairpersons: K.I. JÖNSSON & R.O. SCHILL

T. KUNIEDA et al.

T. BOOTHBY et al.

K. ARAKAWA et al.

T. HYGUM et al.


Light Lunch at the Restaurant La Secchia Rapita

Chairpersons: N. MØBJERG & T. KUNIEDA

D.D. HORIKAWA et al.

L.K.B. CLAUSEN et al.

S. HABAZIN et al.


Symposium details and communications

Coffee break

Chairpersons: T. ALTIERO & H. GREVEN

S. CALHIM et al.

I. POPRAWA et al.

M. HYRA et al.


Guided Modena City tour

Invited Speaker: D. NELSON et al.

Chairpersons: K. HOHBERG & P. BARTELS

M. BRYNDOVÀ et al.


T. ALTIERO et al.


Coffee break

Chairpersons: N. GUIL & L. KACZMAREK

J.G. HANSEN et al.

M. RUBAL et al.

E. PERRY et al.

Group photo

Light Lunch at the Restaurant La Secchia Rapita

Chairpersons: R. BERTOLANI & P. FONTOURA

Ç. TEKATLI et al.


D. STEC et al.

N. MARLEY et al.

Chairperson: R. GUIDETTI


Plenary discussion

Coffee break


Invited Speaker: D. PISANI et al.

Chairpersons: D. NELSON & M. CESARI

J. REICHELT et al.

D.K. PERSSON et al.

F. SMITH et al.

V. GROSS et al.

Coffee break

Chairpersons: S.J. MCINNES & J.G. HANSEN

S. FUJIMOTO et al.

N. GUIL et al.

M. CESARI et al.

M. VECCHI et al.

N. MØBJERG et al.


Light Lunch at the Restaurant La Secchia Rapita

Chairpersons: R. GUIDETTI

Plenary discussion


Coffee break


Leaving to Spezzano

Guided visit to Castle of Spezzano & Acetaia

Social Dinner

The Young Research Award winners will be announced during the dinner

Return to Modena

Chairpersons: L. LATELLA & L. MICHALCZYK


P. BARTELS et al.


A. PALMER et al.

R. GUIDETTI et al.

Closing ceremony

Lunch at the Museum (Room: Fossils of Bolca) Museum Tour


Guided Verona City Tour

Free time

Leaving from Verona

Arrival to Modena

Conference venue

The 13th International Symposium on Tardigrada will take place at the “Centro San Geminiano” in the Historic Centre of Modena.

Nowadays, the “Centro San Geminiano” is the Department of Law of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. In the past the “Centro San Geminiano” was the San Geminiano Monastery. This convent was originally built as a hospital in 1348, the year in which the plague was at its peak. It continued as a hospital until the middle of the following century. In 1348, the facility was transformed into a convent for the San Geminiano nuns. In 1586, the convent was adorned with two bell towers. In 1798, when the monastic order was suppressed, the convent was permanently closed and the buildings were used for a wide variety of activities: the city bakery was located here as well as one of the main Italian avant-garde theaters. Still today one can admire the lovely XV century cloisters adorned by a double series of arches. Please note that in the historic centre of Modena the traffic is limited

The address of the “Centro San Geminiano” is: Via San Geminiano 3 – 41121, Modena, Italy.

About Modena

Modena is one of the richest and most socially advanced cities in Italy: 48 miles of cycling paths, 12 museums, 25 libraries, and one of the oldest universities in Europe. There are many art treasures in Modena: the 12h century Cathedral a masterpiece of Italian Romanesque art, that, together with Piazza Grande and the Ghirlandina bell tower, creates a complex of unique beauty, included as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Other monuments and sites are the Town Hall, the Ducal Palace (today a Military Academy), many monumental churches in the town centre and the Museum Building, with the art gallery “Galleria Estense”.

Modena is also known as the “Land of Motors”. You can find the main supercar factories in Modena or in the province like Ferrari, Maserati, Pagani Zonda, B.G. Engineering, De Tomaso and Bugatti. People can visit a lot of museums and private car collections like: Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari (Modena), Ferrari Gallery at the Ferrari car factory (in Maranello, 15 kilometers from Modena), Stanguellini Vintage Car Museum (Modena), Lamborghini (in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Bologna, 21 km from Modena).

The territory of Modena and province is synonymous with good food too. A tour of the tastes and flavours of cuisine in Modena can ideally be started in the Modena Indoor Food Market and then travel to the production centres themselves: dairy farms, to enjoy tastings of Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan cheese), vinegar producers to delight in the unique, enticing taste of the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, and then where hams are cured and wine cellars offer a fine glass of Lambrusco DOC, Modena's sparkling red wine. Farms can be visited to see the making of these great products.

The information and tourist office is located in Piazza Grande in the Historic Centre of Modena: IAT – Information and Tourist Welcome – telephone: +39 059 203 26 60


How to get to Modena

Delegates should make their own travel arrangements.

By Plane

The Regione Emilia Romagna in which Modena is located is served by the Airport Guglielmo Marconi of Bologna [...] click here

By Car

Modena is located in the middle of the Po River valley and it is positioned on the main trading routes between Northern Europe [...] click here

By Train

Modena is also well connected by the train network. Modena is on the train lines Milano-Piacenza-Parma-Modena-Bologna [...] click here

Use of taxi in Modena city

A radio taxi service is available. The name of the company is Co.Ta.Mo – Consorzio Taxisti Modenesi (phone: +39 059 374242; fax and SMS: +39 335 1838555). The services include booking by SMS and services for disabled people.



A wide range of accommodations from all classes of hotels other than B&B and hostel are available in Modena to suit every budget. Delegates are requested to make their own accommodation bookings. A set of specially priced rooms have been negotiated with the hotels listed below. Please quote that you will participate to a conference at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia when booking to gain these special rates. If not differently specified, the prices are per room per night (breakfast included). Important note: the room price may include a "tourist tax"” that could be paid at the end of your stay. The cost of the tourist tax is: 1 €/person/day for 2 stars hotels and B&B, 2 €/person/day for 3 stars hotels, 3 €/person/day for 4 stars hotels. Please ask about the cost of the tourist tax before booking. Hotel accommodation bookings should be made as soon as possible, due to overlapping with Italian summer holidays. To have an idea of the quality of the hotel, other than the stars, the review score of "booking.com" (when available) is reported within parentheses after the name of the hotel. The locations of the hotels can be found in the map of the symposium webpage. Moreover, locations and details of the hotels can be found on their webpages.

List of hotels offering special rates for the 13th International Symposium on Tardigrada

NB: Other than the accommodations on this list, other hotels, B&B, apartments, etc. are available by consulting the online sites that offer hotel booking service (e.g. booking.com, TripAdvisor, etc).


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