International Conference on Copepoda

e-ICOC 2022

25 - 29 July 2022

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From: Giesbrecht, W. (1892). Systematik und Faunistik der pelagischen Copepoden des Golfes von Neapel und der angrenzenden Meeres-Abschnitte.

We are very excited about the opportunity to host the online International Conference on Copepoda from July 25 to 29, 2022. e-ICOC is the first online meeting organised by the World Association of Copepodologists. The time that has lapsed since our last ICOC meeting in California – and for many of us the last time many of our fellow copepodologists could meet up – is coming up to five years. By the time the next ICOC will take place it will be seven years, implying that a generation of copepodologists will have retired by then and at least two cohorts of students will never have had the opportunity to participate in the most appropriate international scientific platform for disseminating their research. Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic having prevented the normal physical conference cycle of 2020, and the recent cancellation of the meeting in South Africa, the Executive Council of WAC endorsed our proposal to host a virtual meeting this year. This event will give priority to early-career researchers who need to present their work as part of their career milestones. The e-ICOC will be held in the Greenwich Mean Time zone, using the Zoom video platform.

e-ICOC is not a replacement for the normal in-person International Conferences on Copepoda. The cycle of these physical meetings is planned to continue from 2024 with Prof. Susumu Ohtsuka taking the lead in organising the next ICOC in Hiroshima, Japan. As during previously organised copepod conferences, e-ICOC will host the WAC Business Meeting during which members of the Executive Council will present the Society’s financial reports, overview of activities for 2017–2022, election of Officers, awards for best student presentations, and plans for 2022/2024.

As the conference will be online, registration fees are significantly reduced compared to the physical format, facilitating the attendance of more participants and enabling more inclusion.

The meeting will observe a strict Code of Conduct to ensure that participants will be comfortable sharing their slides and posters. Access the Code of Conduct of e-ICOC .

Visit this page periodically to check for the latest news about the event. We count on the presence of all!
with kind regards

Rony Huys & Alexandra Savchenko
Co-organisers of e-ICOC

e-ICOC logo credit: Alexandra S. Savchenko
Copepod images credit: Rony Huys, Nancy Mercado Salas, Danny Tang
Web site designer: Stanislav Iliutkin


From: Giesbrecht, W. (1892). Systematik und Faunistik der pelagischen Copepoden des Golfes von Neapel und der angrenzenden Meeres-Abschnitte.



The e-ICOC will be organised under the auspices of the World Association of Copepodologists (WAC), a non-profit international organization whose purpose is to promote research on Copepoda by facilitating communication among interested specialists. WAC website.

“The WAC Executive Council stands in support of all scientists. We are greatly appreciative of the organizers and committee members of the e-ICOC conference for their contribution to WAC. We feel that it is important that the international research community have unconditional support and that everyone feels welcome to participate in all aspects of WAC” (WAC Executive Council, March 2022)

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Conference organisation and scientific management

Rony Huys
Rony Huys
Alexandra Savchenko
Alexandra Savchenko

Scientific steering committee

James P. Bernot

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, U.S.A.

Maria Cristina Bruno

Fondazione Edmund Mach, Research and Innovation Center, Italy

Astrid Cornils
Astrid Cornils

Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Bremerhaven, Germany

Iole di Capua
Iole Di Capua

Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Napoli, Italy

Tiziana di Lorenz
Tiziana Di Lorenzo

Istituto di Ricerca sugli Ecosistemi Terrestri of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – IRET-CNR, Italy

Diana Galassi
Diana M.P. Galassi

University of L’Aquila, Italy

Julianne Kalman Passarelli
Julianne Kalman Passarelli

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, U.S.A.

Nancy F. Mercado Salas
Nancy F. Mercado Salas

Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change, Germany

Danny Tang
Danny Tang

Orange County Sanitation District, U.S.A.

Grace Wyngaard
Grace Wyngaard

James Madison University, U.S.A.

Daria Yurikova
Daria Yurikova

Moscow State University, Russia


Please use e.icoc.2022@gmail.com to contact us

e-ICOC Programme

Monday 25 July Tuesday 26 July Wednesday 27 July Thursday 28 July Friday 29 July
8.30 - 9.00 Welcome by WAC President and Co-organisers
9.00 - 12.00 Symposium 1 Symposium 2 Session 5 + thematic posters + lightning talks Session 7 + thematic posters + lightning talks Symposium 4
Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break
Symposium 1 Symposium 2 Session 6 + thematic posters + lightning talks Session 8 + thematic posters + lightning talks Symposium 4
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch break Lunch break Lunch break Lunch break Lunch break
13.00 - 18.00 Session 1 + thematic posters + lightning talks Session 3 + thematic posters + lightning talks Symposium 3 Session 9 + thematic posters + lightning talks Session 11 + thematic posters + lightning talks
Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break
Session 2 + thematic posters + lightning talks Session 4 + thematic posters + lightning talks
Coffee break
Keynote Lecture
Monoculus Award
Maxilliped Lecture
Session 10 + thematic posters + lightning talks WAC Business Meeting


We are proud to welcome excellent speakers from a broad range of disciplines and backgrounds. Look forward to inspiring talks from a variety of fields and experiences. Sixteen invited presentations, arranged in four symposia, will set the scene for timely questions. Each 40-min talk will allow for 5 min Q&A.

Symposium 1: Marine planktonic copepods: from biodiversity to ecology

Co-convenors: Iole Di Capua (Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Naples) & Astrid Cornils (Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Bremerhaven)


  • Petra Lenz (University of Hawaii)
  • Susumu Ohtsuka (Hiroshima University)
  • Marco Uttieri (Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Naples)
  • Lidia Yebra (Centro Oceanográfico de Málaga)

Symposium 2: Living underground: diversity, ecology and evolution of groundwater copepods

Co-convenors: Diana Galassi (University of L’Aquila) & Tiziana Di Lorenzo (Istituto di Ricerca sugli Ecosistemi Terrestri, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – IRET-CNR)


  • Anton Brancelj (National Institute of Biology, Ljubljana)
  • Paulo Corgosinho (Unimontes-State University of Montes Claros)
  • Tiziana Di Lorenzo (Istituto di Ricerca sugli Ecosistemi Terrestri, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – IRET-CNR)
  • Eduardo Suárez-Morales (El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Chetumal)

Symposium 3: Biodiversity and evolution of symbiotic Copepoda

Co-convenors: Danny Tang (Orange County Sanitation District) & Julianne Kalman Passarelli (Cabrillo Marine Aquarium)


  • Susan Dippenaar (University of Limpopo)
  • Rony Huys (Natural History Museum, London)
  • Susumu Ohtsuka (Hiroshima University)
  • Daisuke Uyeno (Kagoshima University)

Symposium 4: Copepoda from surface freshwater habitats

Co-convenors: Nancy Mercado Salas (Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change) & Grace Wyngaard (James Madison University)


  • Grace Wyngaard (James Madison University)
  • Nancy Mercado Salas (Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change)
  • Gilmar Perbiche Neves (Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos)
  • La-orsri Sanoamuang (Khon Kaen University)

Keynote Lecture

Keynote Speaker: Prof. J. Rudi Strickler

School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, U.S.A.

The Copepod’s Domain

Prof. J. Rudi Strickler Copepods live in a world that is vastly different from ours. For planktonic copepods it is three-dimensional with very few landmarks, while for their parasitic counterparts it creates a considerable impediment to finding a host or a mate when the target is 100,000 body-lengths away in any of the three dimensions. In the fluid environment, with very low excess gravity (gravity minus buoyancy), copepods face specific challenges during the various activities and processes of their life history, including grooming, disposal of unwanted items, orientation and positioning during mating, and capture and manipulation of prey. The interplay between gravity and viscosity sets boundary conditions for evolution, while the lack of obvious landmarks prioritizes the requirement for a sensory system that keys in on the complexity of the fluid around the animals.

I will start my thoughts with an observation I made while I was processing copepod samples as a student in the lab of my mentor Uli Einsle. Upon the discovery of a male copepod displaying over ten spermatophores attached to its genital segment, I realized already then that the lives of copepods must have their secrets. I will end by pointing out that, after 50 years of attempting to understand and analyze the copepod’s domain, my questions and observations related to tracking and comparing copepod behaviour have matured but nevertheless plenty remain to contemplate.


Oral presentations

All conference talks will be recorded and immediately uploaded on a closed YouTube channel. However, participants will have the option to pre-record the video of their oral presentation. Note that your presence will still be required (1) to play the video, (2) during the short Q&A at the end of your presentation, and (3) for additional questions/interaction at the end of the general session that includes your talk. Test sessions will be provided to presenters a few days before the conference.

  • The maximum video length depends on the type of presentation:
    • Oral presentation (general session): 18 minutes (max.) + 2 min for Q&A.
    • Invited presentation (symposia): 35 minutes (max.) + 5 min for Q&A.
  • Record your video in the highest possible resolution with a maximum file size of 500 MB.
  • A picture of yourself on the first slide would be appreciated.
  • If you record your presentation using PowerPoint or Keynote, we recommend converting it into .mp4 file format.
Creating a video

Here are a couple of links to help you recording.

  • Windows & PowerPoint

    For Windows users with a recent version of PowerPoint we recommend creating the recording using PowerPoint. Video Tutorial

  • MacOS & Keynote

    For Mac users with Keynote version 10.1 or higher the easiest way is using Keynote. Video Tutorial

Tips to make a good video

Besides the technical aspects described above, please consider the following:

  • Avoid wobbling around while recording. Choose a silent spot and avoid background noise. Beware of potential echo. The use of earphones with microphone can improve the audio quality of your video.
  • Do not use any elements that are copyright protected.
  • Avoid talking too fast. Consider varying your voice, be it in volume, speed or tone. This will help the audience keeping engaged.
  • If possible, put somewhere a “no noise” timer (best at eye level) so that you can keep track of recording time.

Lightning talks

  • Poster presenters will be given the opportunity to present a lightning talk based on maximum 3–4 slides.
  • Lightning talks are designed to be short presentations capped at four minutes. They are brief, which requires the speaker to make their point clearly and rid the presentation of non-critical information. This causes the audience to be more attentive to the speaker and gain a broader array of knowledge from the presentation given.
  • Lightning talks delivered by different speakers will be arranged one after the other during each thematic session
  • Time for a single question should be allocated within the 4-min time slot. Additional questions (if any) will be deferred to the 20-min Q&A session at the end of each lightning talks session.
  • For poster presenters: please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to deliver a lightning talk presentation.

Poster presentation

Contrary to previous in-person ICOC’s there will not be a dedicated poster session during the e-ICOC meeting. Instead, posters presented as lightning talks will be an integral part of thematic sessions (e.g. phylogeny, marine plankton, ecology, …) spread over five days. Each thematic session will consist of a number of 20-min oral presentations followed by 4-min lightning talks that match the theme. There will be a 20-min Q&A slot at the end of each thematic session for everyone to engage in discussions. All poster presenters will automatically be assigned to a thematic lightning talk session upon acceptance of the abstract. Posters that do not correspond to a thematic oral session will be grouped in a dedicated miscellaneous one. If you have strong objections against presenting your poster as a lightning talk, it will still be posted on the e-ICOC website. However, we strongly advise all participants to use this opportunity to actively participate in the conference and make a short oral presentation (lightning talk).

All submitted posters will be uploaded to the e-ICOC conference website and will become accessible to registered participants only, from the opening day of the conference until two weeks after the closing date of the event (15th August 2022). This should give participants sufficient time to examine your poster and formulate relevant questions which can be posted in a dedicated comments box at the bottom of each uploaded poster. All registered participants are encouraged to engage in discussions using the comment box. You will be able to personally contact poster presenters during lightning talk sessions. Questions and answers in the comment box will be moderated following the Code of Conduct by conference staff throughout the meeting.

It is crucial that poster presenters are present during their Q&A session to answer questions from the audience.


Maxilliped Lecture

Diana Galassi The Maxilliped Lecture, to be given by the outgoing President of the WAC, has been a traditional event at each ICOC since 1987. This year, Past-President Eduardo Suárez-Morales will introduce President Diana Galassi prior to her lecture.

The first Maxilliped Lecture was given by the Founding President Bob Kabata (who was also responsible for suggesting the name for the presidential address) during the London ICOC (Kabata, 1988), and this marked the start of a tradition when the second President, Jan Stock, during the Karuizawa meeting was also asked to present the lecture (Stock, 1991). In the introduction to his Maxilliped Lecture, Stock defined the rules as he understood them. The lecture should be ex cathedra (with the full authority of office), meaning, as he ironically put it, “that someone old enough not to allow any discussion after his presentation, presents just a couple of philosophical thoughts”. The lecture should “review a broad field on some aspect of copepodology, rather than novel discoveries” and it should “follow the trend that it is helpful to be the President of the WAC”. It has also become a tradition to keep the topic secret right until the beginning of the lecture. Eleven “Maxilliped Lectures” have been delivered so far, eight of which were published in peer-reviewed journals.

Previous Maxilliped Lecturers

London 1987 Zbigniew (Bob) Kabata
Karuizawa 1990 Jan H. Stock
Baltimore 1993 Arthur G. Humes
Oldenburg 1996 Gustav-Adolf Paffenhöfer
Curitiba 1999 Ju-shey Ho
Keelung 2002 Geoffrey A. Boxshall
Hammamet 2005 Horst Kurt Schminke
Pattaya 2008 Shin-ichi Uye
Mérida 2011 Janet M. Bradford-Grieve
Seoul 2014 Rony Huys
San Pedro 2017 Eduardo Suárez-Morales

Published Maxilliped Lectures

  • Kabata, Z. (1988). Copepods and copepodologists, or what’s in a name? In: Boxshall, G.A. & H.K. Schminke (eds.), Biology of Copepods. Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Copepoda. Hydrobiologia 167/168 (= Developments in Hydrobiology 47): 1–8.
  • Stock, J.H. (1991). Some reflections on the antiquity of the copepod lineages. In: Uye, S.-i., S. Nishida & J.-s. Ho (eds.), Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Copepoda. Bulletin of Plankton Society of Japan Special Volume: 1–7.
  • Humes, A.G. (1994). How many copepods? In: Ferrari, F.D. & B.P. Bradley (eds.), Ecology and Morphology of Copepods. Hydrobiologia 292/293 (= Developments in Hydrobiology 102): 1–7.
  • Paffenhöfer, G.-A. (1998). On the relation of structure, perception and activity in marine planktonic copepods. In: Dahms, H.-U., T. Glatzel, H.J. Hirche, S. Schiel & H.K. Schminke, (eds.), Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Copepoda, Journal of marine Systems, Special Volume 15: 457–473.
  • Ho, J.-s. (2001). Why do symbiotic copepods matter? In: Lopes, R.M., J.W. Reid & C.E.F. Rocha (eds.), Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Copepoda, held in Curitiba, Brazil, 25–31 July 1999. Hydrobiologia 453/454 (= Developments in Hydrobiology 156): 1–7.
  • Schminke, H.K. (2007). Entomology for the copepodologist. In: Souissi, S., M.N. Daly Yahia & J.-S. Hwang (eds.), Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Copepoda, Hammamet, Tunisia, 11–15 July 2005. Journal of Plankton Research 29(Suppl. 1): 149–162.
  • Uye, S.-i. (2011). Human forcing of the copepod-fish-jellyfish triangular trophic relationship. In: L.-o. Sanoamuang & J.-S. Hwang (eds.), Copepoda: Biology and Ecology. Hydrobiologia 666: 71–83.
  • Suárez-Morales, E. (2018). Monstrilloid copepods: the best of three worlds. In: Tang, D. & L. Blanco-Bercial (eds.), Proceedings from the 13th International Conference on Copepoda. Bulletin Southern California Academy of Sciences 117: 92–103.

Monoculus Award

The triennial Monoculus Award is awarded to scientists for their exceptionally devoted service and contributions to the activities of the World Association of Copepodologists. The award was first presented on the occasion of the 10th ICOC in Pattaya, Thailand (2008). Previous recipients of the Monoculus Award include Geoffrey Boxshall and Horst Kurt Schminke (2008), Janet W. Reid and Ju-shey Ho (2011), T. Chad Walter (2014) and Rony Huys (2017).


Registration fees

WAC members in good standing 50 USD
Non-WAC members 85 USD
Participants who previously paid registration fees for cancelled 14th ICOC in South Africa FREE
Students FREE

The e-conference will be free for all attendees who had already registered for the 14th ICOC in South Africa and paid their registration fee for that event.

Registration fees will be waived for ALL students (BSc, MSc, PhD). However, students will be asked to provide a letter from their scientific adviser or a document from their university, confirming their current student status.

The difference in registration fee between WAC members and non-WAC members is equivalent to 1-year membership of the World Association of Copepodologists. Once the USD 85 registration fee is paid, non-WAC members will be able to apply for WAC membership by filling out the application form and sending it to the General Secretary, Hans Dam (hans.dam@uconn.edu). We encourage participants to pay for WAC membership until 2024 (3 years), when the next in-person ICOC will happen.

Virtual registration fees will include:
  • Access to our virtual conferencing platform, and upload of your e-presentation or e-poster on the website.
  • e-abstract book
  • Access to live-streamed plenary lectures by internationally renowned speakers
  • Live access to all thematic sessions, including live Q&A
  • Online presentation in one of the streamed sessions as a talk or e-poster, if selected by the organisers
  • Access to e-poster sessions
  • On-demand access to all thematic sessions
  • Access (until 15th August) to all presentations and e-posters recorded at the conference
All registration fees will be paid directly into the WAC PayPal account.

Important dates

Registration with abstract: deadline 31 May 2022
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: 15 June 2022
Registration without abstract: deadline 10 July 2022
Poster submission: deadline 10 July 2022
End of online access to e-talks and e-posters: 15 August 2022

Student Awards

The Zbigniew Kabata Student Award (named after the Founder President of WAC) will be awarded for the best oral presentation given by a student participant. Free communications from all fields of copepodology will be considered. Students presenting poster contributions are not eligible recipients for this award. An Award Panel comprising three WAC members in good standing will be appointed by the Executive Council prior to the start of the conference. Judging will be based on a defined list of prescribed criteria drafted by the Executive Council in consultation with the President, Past-President and Vice-President. The recipient will receive a certificate and a cash prize. In addition, ten smaller awards will be presented for other outstanding research (five for oral communications and five for poster presentations in the student category.

Contrary to previous ICOCs when we had volunteers evaluating the student posters, all registered participants will be able to vote for up to five posters during e-ICOC. A voting button will be provided at the bottom of each student poster. Best student poster awardees will be announced at the end of the conference during the closing ceremony.