2nd Virtual Platynereis Conference – 8-10 December 2021

2nd Virtual Platynereis Conference – 8-10 December 2021

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 gather.town platform for group discussions and social interactions. More information on the gatherings later.



We have one invited speaker per session. We encourage all others to apply for oral presentations by submitting a title and a 2 sentence summary of your work. Please click HERE to register.

Resgitrations extended until 7th November 2021.


Platynereis Virtual Conference Organizing Committee


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