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Deadline for manuscript submission to XIV Symposium Proceedings postponed

The submission deadline will be the 1
st November 2018.

Please could we remind you that the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society publishes papers on systematic and evolutionary zoology and comparative, functional, and other studies where relevant to these areas. Studies of extinct as well as living animals are included. The ZJLS also has a wide circulation amongst zoologists and although narrowly specialised papers are not excluded, potential authors should bear that readership in mind.

A number of presentations at the Symposium based studies on cultured animals, and using laboratory strains for model organisms is becoming a common practice. However, we are discovering that several of the laboratory strains are not the ‘type species’ but are new or separate species. For example, the commercial isogenic culture sold as Hypsibius dujardini (Sciento strain Z151) is now Hypsibius exemplaris (
Gąsiorek et al. 2018 Zootaxa 4415: 45–75). In some cases, we have a recognised strain, e.g. Ramazzottius varieornatus strain YOKOZUNA-1 (Horikawa et al. 2008 Astrobiology 8: 549–556). A good practice is to identify the origin of cultured organisms in a manuscript (i.e. commercial or local sample collection) and establishing an authentication reference for a particular strain (e.g. Ramazzottius varieornatus strain YOKOZUNA-1). It is also good practice to provide in the manuscript a GenBank accession number to the DNA barcode sequence (COI or/and ITS-2) for the strain that is the subject of the study. This is especially important if the strain has not yet been taxonomically verified. In such cases, we also strongly advise to explicitly show the taxonomic uncertainty by placing a “cf.” or an “aff.” between the genus and the species names. These actions would allow future researcher to relate studies and identify any changes to the taxonomic nomenclature of that species (e.g. see Table 1 in Kosztyła et al. 2016 Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 178: 765–775).

We hereby encourage corresponding authors to send an email immediately to the senior Editor (
Nadja Møbjerg) with information on the title, authors, and abstract for each manuscript they would like to submit. This will allow us to identify reviewers in advance and how many manuscripts we are to expect. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Symposium Proceedings Editorial Team.

We look forward to receiving your manuscripts for the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society “Special Issue: Tardigrade Symposium”, and we also hope to be able to call on you to help with the reviewing process.

With Regards,

Symposium Proceedings Editorial Team

Nadja Møbjerg:
Łukasz Michalczyk:
Sandra McInnes:


Third Annual Meeting on Tardigradology in Japan

The Third Annual Meeting on Tardigradology in Japan will take place on the 9th of September 2018, in the Hiyoshi Campus of the Keio University. The meeting will be chaired by Professor Midori Matsumoto.

The meeting will be in Japanese, official website of the meeting (also in Japanese):

Sent in by Kazuharu Arakawa


PostDoc on Tardigrade Sperm Evolution

A two-year position starting in January 2019 at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, is now open for applications. This project is funded by an Academy of Finland Fellowship to Dr.
Sara Calhim. The main objective of this position is to conduct comparative analyses to tackle major reproductive trait evolution questions, by compiling a phylogeny and gathering new and literature-based data on species-specific reproductive (morphological, behavioural) and ecological traits.


More information:

Deadline: 30.09.2018

Sent in by Sara Calhim


København & Kraków

The 14th International Symposium on Tardigrada is now officially closed. The atmosphere was wonderful and the presentations were truly amazing. We would like to thank the Symposium Chair,
Nadja Møbjerg, and all other organisers for such a great meeting! :-)

Although it is sad that the Symposium is already over and it is now time to write up manuscripts for the Symposium Proceedings, we are happy to let you know that the next tardigrade meeting, the 15th International Symposium on Tardigrada, will be held in Kraków, in August 2021, so make a note in your calendars because we would very much like to see you all again in three years! :-)

The TN section devoted to the København Symposium is under construction, but you can already see the Group Photo taken during the conference there - thank you Nadja for sending it to us so quickly :-)

Talking about photos, we will be very grateful for any photos taken at the Symposium that we could upload on the TN website. Thus, if you would like to share your photos, please send them to us and we will upload them online (the best way for you to send us your photos is to upload them on a cloud, such as DropBox, and send us a download link or send them to us in a zipped folder via a file transfer service, such as SendSpace or WeTransfer).

Once again thank you for København and see you in Kraków in three years! :-D

Łukasz Michalczyk


Two meiofauna PostDoc positions at Ifremer

Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in the Atacama and Kermadec trenches (Scientific Responsables: Daniela Zeppilli/Ifremer, Frank Wenzhöfer/AWI-MPI and Matthias Zabel/MARUM)

Ecological connectivity and functional links between hydrothermal active and inactive sites in view of potential SMS mining in the deep sea (Scientific Responsables: Daniela Zeppilli, Lenaick Menot and Lucie Pastor/Ifremer)


Deadline for applications: 10.09.2018


Sent in by
Nigel Marley


PhD studentship in tardigrade evolution

Fully funded 4-year PhD studentship in tardigrade evolution at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland) in the team of Dr.
Łukasz Michalczyk.

The main goal of the project is to test how reproductive mode and cryptobiotic abilities affect dispersal and, in consequence, speciation and extinction rates in tardigrades. Tardigrades are a phylum of microinvertebrates that dwell a wide variety of habitats throughout the globe. They are famous for their cryptobiotic abilities that allow them to withstand extreme conditions and are also thought to aid dispersal of individual species. Moreover, tardigrades exhibit a range of reproductive modes, including dioecy and parthenogenesis. Theory predicts that both asexual reproduction and cryptobiotic survival should increase dispersal potential. On the other hand, differences in dispersal abilities are hypothesised to affect speciation and lineage extinction rates. Thus, tardigrades are an interesting model to address some of the fundamental questions of modern evolutionary biology, biogeography and taxonomy such as mechanism underlying the evolution of biodiversity or evolution of sex.

The successful candidate will be involved in fieldwork (sample collection), sample extraction, slide preparation, morphometrics and imaging in light microscope, processing specimens for scanning electron microscope, karyotyping, DNA extraction, amplification and multilocus sequencing (NGS), species identification, and taking care of tardigrade cultures. The student will also analyse data and prepare drafts of manuscripts, and will be involved in the promotion of results at seminars and conferences.

The PhD programme in Biology at the Jagiellonian University is run entirely in English and includes some obligatory and facultative classes. The programme is open to all nationalities and there are no tuition fees.

Depending on achievements and performance of the successful candidate, the tax-free monthly stipend will vary from 4 000 to 7 000 PLN (typically, cost of life in Kraków for a PhD student is ca. 2 500 PLN).

Deadline for applications: 20th May 2018.

Detailed information on the project, university, our team and the application procedure is available here:

Łukasz Michalczyk


XIV International Symposium on Tardigrada - early bird deadline extension

The deadline for early registration and abstracts submission for the 14th International Symposium on Tardigrada will be extended until 20th April 2018 as a number of you have asked for a little more time to prepare abstracts etc.

For those of you who are interested in acquiring Irwin Loops for tardigrade collection: Paul Bartels is currently making these – please contact Paul at if you are interested in acquiring an Irwin loop and he can bring them with him to the Symposium.

Please forward this message to anyone who might be interested.

Happy Easter!

Best wishes,

Sent in by
The Local Committee Tardigrada2018


A funded PhD studentship in a project on rotifers and tardigrades

University of Plymouth, UK
Group of Dr.
Chiara Boschetti

Please see the following links for further information:

Deadline for applications: 06.04.2018

Sent in by Nigel Marley


XIV International Symposium on Tardigrada - the Second Announcement!

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We are very pleased to welcome you to the 14th International Symposium on Tardigrada, which will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, 30 July - 03 August 2018.

Information about the Symposium is available at the website:

Please note that the deadline for Early Registration and Abstract submission is 30 March 2018. Late Registration is open until 1 June 2018. Information about registration and abstract preparation etc. can be found at the Symposium website.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Copenhagen Symposium in 2018!

Please forward this message to anyone who might be interested.

On behalf of the Organising Committee,
Chair of Tardigrada 2018,
Nadja Møbjerg


Happy New Year!!!

Thank you very much for all the wishes you have been sending us over the holiday period. We also wish you all the best in 2018! :-)

We hope to see you all in København this Summer!

Łukasz Michalczyk & Łukasz Kaczmarek

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