Conference Schedule

We are very proud to announce that the pre-conference course will be given by Petr Šmilauer and Jan Šuspa Lepš. An introduction to advanced multivariate statistics in which you can learn how to use these techniques in rotifer studies.


August 28, 2015 (Friday)

17:00 Registration for the statistical course
19:00 Social program for statistical course participants (restaurant U Šípků, not included in the fee)

August 29, 2015 (Saturday) - Computer room (48°58'39.690"N, 14°26'51.779"E)

9:00-12:00 Unconstrained ordination (PCA, DCA, NMDS)
12:00-13:00 Lunch - Restaurant Jiskra
13:00-15:00 Constrained ordination (RDA, CCA) – introduction
15:00-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-19:00 Constrained ordination (RDA, CCA)
from 19:00 Dinner and the social programme (Small breweries club, not included in the fee)

August 30, 2015 (Sunday) - Computer room

9:00-12:00 Constrained ordination, forward selection
12:00-13:00 Lunch - Restaurant Jiskra
13:00-16:00 Variation partitioning

Fee: 50 EUR

Fee covers course materials, lunches and refreshments. The participants will get handouts of presentations, study text partially resembling the book of Smilauer & Leps (2014) Multivariate Analysis of Ecological Data using Canoco 5, flash disc with demo of Canoco 5 and other study materials.

During the course we will use CANOCO 5 software for Windows. For Mac software it runs happily using emulator toolkits, such as the CrossOver package. On Linux OS it runs both under CrossOver and under Wine emulator (see

Participant will be selected on first-come first-served basis, taking into account that of the 30 participants we could allow for approximately 20 PhD students and 10 more senior researchers.

Participants are highly welcome to consult their own data!

16:00 Registration   Registration desk / Conference hall
19:00 Welcome party (with refreshment) Conference hall



Conference hall

Opening Ceremony Welcome by Miloslav Šimek, director of the Biological Centre, Academy of Science and Libor Grubhoffer, Rector of the University of South Bohemia
Conference hall Organism Functioning 1 Chair: José L. Gama-Flores


Invited Lecture

Steven Decklerck Rotifers as model systems for the study of rapid micro-evolutionary adaptation and its ecological implications
10:00 Simone Riss Genetic divergence among closely related B. plicatilis populations that markedly differ in genome size
10:20 Jessica Beyer Negative effects of cyanobacteria on survival and reproduction in the rotifer Brachionus calyciflorus across generations
10:40 Coffee break  
  Organism Functioning 2 Chair: Simone Riss
11:00 Carmen Gabaldón Ecological differentiation in cryptic rotifer species
11:20 José Luis Gama-Flores Population growth and fatty acid profiles of Brachionus calyciflorus (Rotifera) in relation to different thermal regimes
11:40 Qing Wang The effects of seaweeds extract on the reproduction of Brachionus plicatilis
12:00 Shohei Kamizono Effect of starvation on mixis induction in offspring of the monogonont rotifer Brachionus manjavacas
12:20 Spiros Papakostas Recognizing evolutionary units in the Brachionus calyciflorus cryptic species complex despite rampant hybridization
12:40 Lunch  
Conference hall Integrative and Applied Research Chair: Roberto Rico-Martínez
14:00 Roberto Rico-Martínez Ecotoxicological monitoring of the drinking water system of the Municipality of Aguascalientes
14:20 Jae-Seong Lee Expression pattern of entire cytochrome P450 genes and response of defensomes in the benzo[a]pyrene-exposed monogonont rotifer, Brachionus koreanus
14:40 Célia Joaquim-Justo Assessing the anti-androgenic activities of chemicals and surface waters using Brachionus calyciflorus and the anti-YAS test
15:00 Jiaxin Yang Effect of testosterones and flutamide on production growth and hatchability of resting eggs of the rotifer B. calyciflorus
15:20 Jae-Seong Lee Multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) leads antioxidant depletion and activates ERK signaling pathway but decreases copper toxicity in the rotifer Brachionus koreanus


Building C

Poster Session 1  
16:00 Sections: Organism functioning, Ecosystem functioning, Resting eggs, dormancy and egg banks, Bdelloid rotifers  


Invited Lecture

Conference hall

Holger Herlyn The phylogeny of Syndermata (= Rotifera sensu lato) and its implications for the evolution of acanthocephalan endoparasitism
Conference hall Ecosystem Functioning 1 Chair: Ulrike Obertegger
9:40 Huan Zhang Counteracting effects of recruitment and predation shape establishment of rotifer communities under climate change
10:00 Maria Špoljar Rotifers in biotic interactions within the transparent vs. turbid state: a mesocosm contribution to the reestablishment of macrophytes
10:20 Radka Ptacnikova Spatial and temporal diversity of rotifers in pools of Lower Lobau (Austria)
10:40 Coffee break  
Conference hall Ecosystem Functioning 2  Chair: Maria Špojlar
11:00 Ulrike Obertegger Taxonomical and functional diversity of rotifers in two distinct basins of L. Tovel, what do they tell us about community assembly?
11:20 Małgorzata Pronin Rare species in small field water bodies: the effect of habitat and environmental factors
11:40 Külli Lokko Role of environmental parameters defining seasonal variability in the dominance structure of psammic rotifer communities
12:00 Naomi Zweerus Life-history responses to past environmental change: experimental analyses of rotifer populations resurrected from sediments of a historically polluted lake
12:20 Alois Herzig Rotifers in extreme habitats: Brachionidae in soda pans
12:40 Lunch  
Conference hall Workshop on Dormancy and Resting Eggs Chair: Esther Lubzens
14:00 Elizabeth J. Walsh Production of diapause embryos in phylum Rotifera: A metadata approach to documenting sexual reproduction
14:15 Elizabeth Wurdak Monogonont egg structure and development
14:30 Terry W. Snell Environmental regulation of monogonont rotifer resting egg production
14:45 Atsushi Hagiwara Survival and hatching of resting eggs
15:00 John J. Gilbert Workshop on Dormancy and Resting eggs in Rotifers: Questions relating to diapause, hatching, and early population development
15:15 Coffee break  
    Chair: Manuel Serra
14:35 Claus-Peter Stelzer The costs of sex in rotifers
15:50 Eduardo M. García-Roger Optimization of resting egg production and hatching
16:05 Luc Brendonck The impact of dormant egg bank dynamics on population and community processes along the pond permanence gradient
16:20 Esther Lubzens Proteome profiling discloses clues on functional pathways associated with dormancy in encysted rotifer embryos
16:35 Evelien Rozema Metabolomics of amictic and resting eggs
16:50 Coffee break  
  Discussion Panels:  
17:10 Luc Brendonck, Claus-Peter Stelzer, Diego Fontaneto Ecological and evolutionary aspects
17:30 David Mark Welch, Esther Lubzens Molecular and functional aspects
17:50 Esther Lubzens, Manuel Serra General discussion & A collective paper on perspectives
20:00 Night tour in the town - walk (optional)  

8:30 - 17:00 Mid-conference excursion

All participants are welcome to attend an all-day excursion starting in the morning at around 8:00. We will go by bus from České Budějovice to Třeboň the centre of Czech cultural herritage and landscape site. We will visit fishponds, renaissance castle, nice Regent brewery (with tasting) and the historic town centre. Expected arrival time:19:00.

The scenic landscape of the Třeboň Region (Třeboňsko) with its sophisticated system of fishponds and artificial channels is the result of sensitive human intervention into the original natural conditions. The prosperity of the region started in 14th century and it is connected with the dynasty of Rožmberk, which supported the building of fishponds in the area. The Třeboň Region experienced the greatest fish farming development during the 16th and beginning of the 17th century. Today, Třeboňsko with its 460 fishponds is the main center of fish farming in the Czech Republic. Despite the fact that the landscape of the Třeboň Region (Třeboňsko) has been cultivated by man for many centuries, the unique natural values have been preserved. The Třeboň Region has been declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve and a protected landscape area (CHKO Třeboňsko). With its large water surfaces, Třeboňsko is also an important European area for the nesting and wintering of water birds.

The town of Třeboň offers a lot of historical and cultural sightseeing attractions. The historic part of Třeboň includes a renaissance castle, a gothic monastery, renaissance and baroque houses in the square and a large fishpond (The Svět Pond). These are all authentic historic monuments from the flourishing fish-farming period in the 16th century.

The cost of the excursion is included in the registration fee.


Departure from Studentská street (next to the Conference hall)


Medieval fishponds and landscape


Lunch in Zlatá Hvězda Třeboň


Regent Brewery


Třeboň Castle


Třeboň sightseeing


Departure from Třeboň

Conference hall Bdelloid Rotifers Chair: Christopher G. Wilson


Invited Lecture

Karine Van Doninck Genomic evidence for ameiotic evolution and genetic exchanges in the bdelloid rotifer Adineta vaga
09:40 Nicolas Debortoli Evidence for inter and intra-specific genetic exchanges among bdelloid rotifers of genus Adineta
10:00 Christopher Wilson Bdelloid rotifers have been coevolving with lethal parasites for 40 million years in the absence of sex
10:20 Boris Hespeels Gateway to genetic exchange? DNA double-strand breaks in the bdelloid rotifer Adineta vaga submitted to desiccation
10:40 Coffee break and Symposium photo  
Conference hall Population Studies 1 Chair: Guntram Weithoff
11:00 Sarma S.S.S. Clonal differences in the demographic responses of Brachionus calyciflorus Pallas (Rotifera) to temperature
11:20 John J. Gilbert Polyphenisms in monogonont rotifers: a comparison of features and ecological patterns
11:40 Robert L. Wallace Production of diapause embryos in phylum Rotifera: A metadata approach to documenting sexual reproduction
12:00 Hilal Bulut Assesment of the zooplankton community by the index analysis in Kaldırım and Halikan Ponds, Malatya Turkey
12:20 Lluis Franch-Gras Sex-related traits vary accordingly with environmental predictability in natural populations of Brachionus plicatilis
12:40 Lunch  
Conference hall Population Studies 2 Chair: S.S.S. Sarma
14:00 Guntram Weithoff How bad is a bad start - Catch-up reproduction in a variable environment
14:20 Taavi Virro Long-term dynamics and phenology of Polyarthra luminosa in the shallow eutrophic northern temperate Lake Võrtsjärv (Estonia)
14:40 Kimberley Lemmen
(Steven Decklerck)
Changes in the functional response of Brachionus calyciflorus in response to resource stoichiometry
15:00 Adriana Aránguiz-Acuña Diapausing as scape strategy under exposure to sublethal arsenic
15:20 Gerardo García García Demographic responses of the rotifer Brachionus calyciflorus under chronic exposure to the anti-hypertensive drug (atorvastatin)


Building C

Poster Session 2  
16:00 Poster presentations  
20:00 Night tour in the town (walk) - optional  


Invited Lecture

Conference hall

Claudia Ricci How and why to fall in love with bdelloid rotifers
  Patterns in Biodiversity 1 Chair: Nandini Sarma
09:40 Judith Virginia Ríos Arana Chihuahuan Desert Springs: water quality and rotifer diversity in Northern Mexico
10:00 Tvrtko Dražina Epizoic rotifers on freshwater crustaceans – a short review and new faunistic data
10:20 Jolanta Ejsmont-Karabin „Sleeping beauty” phenomenon in lake rotifers
10:40 Coffee break  
  Patterns in Biodiversity 2 Chair: Judith V. Ríos
11:00 Nandini Sarma Seasonal variations of rotifer diversity in a tropical Mexican river (La Antigua, Veracruz)
11:20 Scott Mills Cryptic speciation in Brachionus plicatilis: Steps towards unravelling a complex web of evolution
11:40 Griselda Chaparro Spatial patterns of rotifers diversity in floodplain wetlands
12:00 Adam Cieplinski Rotifer cryptic diversity along altitude
12:20 Shuyu Gu Described the morphological and ultrastructural features of the spermatozoon of Brachionus calyciflorus
12:40 Lunch  
  Concluding Session  
14:00 Christian D. Jersabek Towards a List of Available Names in Zoology, partim Phylum Rotifera - where do we stand?
14:10 Robert L. Wallace, Terry W. Snell Where are you going rotifer family?
14:30 Yang Yufeng Next Rotifer Symposium offer: Will we go to China?
14:40 Miloslav Devetter Closing session
15:00 Coffee break  
15:30 Departure for Hluboká nad Vltavou and symposium dinner  
16:00 Guided Tour: Hluboká nad Vltavou Chateau  
18:00 Symposium dinner in South Bohemian Gallery, Hluboká nad Vltavou  
21:00 Departure to České Budějovice  

Sightseeing in Český Krumlov (UNESCO heritage site) The town and the castle. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant.

Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a lively, cosmopolitan town with a unique atmosphere surrounded by unspoiled countryside. Dominated by a Castle stretching over the meandering Vltava River, Český Krumlov's narrow cobblestone streets wind along romantic nooks between patrician houses where you will find attractive exhibits of world- renown artists, music festivals and concerts, and theatre performances. The Old Town has not experienced major changes since the 19th century and has maintained its historic character (


9:00 Departure to Český Krumlov
10:00 Town sightseeing (guided tour)
12:30 Lunch in Eggenberg brewery
14:00 Český Krumlov chateau
17:30 Departure to České Budějovice

The cost of the excursion (50 EUR) is not included in the registration fee.

or alternatively:

Canoe trip on Vltava River

Cesky Krumlov - Zlata Koruna - cca 5 hours - 17 km - 5 weirs

We will take lunch in Český Krumlov in traditional pub on the riverside with nice view on the castle.

This is a very popular leg of the river, well known for its romantic features. It starts from log cabin station in Nove Spoli and goes on through the one and only town of Cesky Krumlov. There is no way for you to regret this choice. All in all, you will face five weirs on the way – four of them in Cesky Krumlov and the fifth one right before the finish in Zlata Koruna. But do not be afraid, arduousness of this trip is low (WW1- on international scale) and it is suitable for experienced water sportsmens as well as green ones. Each weir is equipped by bypass to go through safely. You will be fascinated by natural and rural sceneries on river and surrounding nature. Once you leave Cesky Krumlov there is still a lot to look forward to and admire. The remaining part offers numerous meanders running through a gorgeously romantic forest lined by rocks here and there. We will finish in Zlatá Koruna Monastery (based in 1263)

Participants will be equipped with life vests and plastic barrels to keep your belongings dry. However, we strongly recommend you to take some spare clothing in case of involuntary swimming. The best clothing we recommend are shorts, t-shirt, sandals to the water, sweetshirt or jacket in case of colder weather and a raincoat.

The cost of the excursion (50 EUR) is not included in the registration fee.


9:00 Departure from České Budějovice
12:30 Lunch in Eggenberg brewery
17:30 Departure to České Budějovice

Post conference bdelloid workshop

Our conception of this informal workshop is to get together smaller group of people interested to speak about the specific themes which will origin from everyone needs. We will start each particular theme with the short presentation and continue with discussion. We will speak about the taxonomy of bdelloids and their genetics, but other themes will probably appear. Participants are highly welcome to propose them.


September 6, 2015 (Sunday)

9:00 Departure to Martinský Mlýn
10:00 Introduction to determination of bdelloids: Natalia Yakovenko, How to improve the taxonomic reliability of species identification
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Discussing the possibility for common projects - solving the phylogenetic relationships within the group
16:00 Obtaining biogeographic data with a standardised sampling protocol; Implementing cost-effective culturing techniques for more species
19:00 Dinner
20:00 Get together

September 7, 2015 (Monday)

10:00 Departure to České Budějovice

Capacity: 25 participants

This workshop will take place in famous and well preserved water mill in the heart of South Bohemian Landscape, 20 km South-East from České Budějovice. GPS: N 49°3.41', E 14°46.16'.

The cost of the workshop (40 EUR) is not included in the registration fee.

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