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Biology and Life History of Cephalopods

 behavior, cognition, evolution, ecology, fisheries, genomics, neuroscience, taxonomy

an interim meeting of the international cephalopod community

CephRes2020 Virtual Event
September 16-21, 2020 

CephRes is pleased to have hosted the Cephalopod Scientific Community in Napoli (Italy) adopting a VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, CephRes2020 Events have been held entirely virtually adopting CephRes-CISCO Webex Events Platform. We aimed to meet our community’s needs and expectations in these challenging times. The Scientific Community convened and contributed with a series of scientific events for discussing about the most updated scientific findings related to cephalopods biology, life history, physiology, genomics, neuroscience and cognition. The Virtual Experience offered the same cutting-edge scientific program including lectures, posters, symposia, satellite events.

After participation, now share your research at the CephRes2020 Virtual Event from wherever you are based!
We are very proud for being able to organize the Conference with the endorsement of the CIAC (Cephalopod International Advisory Council)

The Conference is the occasion for increasing scientific and collaborative network between participants and identify future challenges for cephalopod science. The CephRes2020 Virtual Event series has the main aim to bring together researchers – at any level of experience and from diverse fields – to promote dialogue and facilitate future networking and collaborations.

Accessible from all over the world, CephRes2020 Virtual Event represents an exciting alternative for registered participants to the regular physical format. Professionally implemented online, CephRes2020 Virtual Event provides all participants with plenty of opportunities to interact, network, and explore ongoing and future research avenues.

We thank for your contribution and participation.

Overall 122 Members (28 countries) of the cephalopod research community and colleagues interested to explore science with cephalopod molluscs attended the six days of CephRes2020 Virtual Event.

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Spanning over six days, the scientific discussion proceeded around within topics/themes, based on the contributions submitted for consideration.

Contributions included Oral and/or Dynamic-Poster presentations.

The scientific program included Focus-on Sessions including oral presentations and related poster presentations .

Submission of proposals for Focus-on Sessions ended on January 10, 2020. (Deadline Extended to  Saturday 18)

Abstract submission ended on January 31 2020. (Deadline Extended to  Friday 7 February).

Acceptance of the submitted proposals for Focus-on Sessions have been notified to the main proposer. 

Abstracts and notification of the type-of-presentation (Oral vs Poster) have been notified to presenting Authors.


CephRes2020 Virtual Event accounted for:

228 Authors
  75 Oral Presentations
  20 Poster Presentations
122 Registered Participants
  28 Countries (including 11 not-EU)

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CephRes2020 Virtual Event

 The Scientific Program is designed to facilitate live attendance for all registered participants, according to different time-zones

Poster Gallery available for a first glance

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  1. “Early-life stages of cephalopods” – 2days (now 3-4 d)
  2. CANCELLED “The Digestive Tract of Cephalopods”- 2days
  3. “Cephalopods in genomics era”- 1day (now 2 d)
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Early-life stages of cephalopods: A satellite event to create a revised identification key

Satellite Scientific Event #1

September 14-15, 2020

Coordinators: Drs. Erica A. G. Vidal (Brazil), Liz Shea (USA) and Heather Judkins (USA)

The Digestive Tract of Cephalopods

Satellite Scientific Event #2 –

Coordinators: Prof. Paul L.R. Andrews (UK), Dr. Catharina Olsson (Sweden), Prof. Maurice Elphick (UK), Prof. Carlos Rosas (Mexico)

Cephalopods in genomics era: current status and future directions in omics approaches

Satellite Scientific Event #3 

September 14-15, 2020

Organizers: Dr. Oleg Simakov (Austria), Dr. Pasquale De Luca (Italy), Dr. Laure Bonnaud-Ponticelli (France)

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Registration opened on December 10, 2019 – Registration is now closed!

Registration Fees (apply to payments received prior to the indicated deadlines).


Registration Category

Early Fee

(ends 10 January 2020)

Regular Fee

(ends 10 February 2020)

Late Fee

(ends 10 March 2020)

Student1 110€ 150€ 200€
Early Career2 135€ 180€ 250€
Regular 175€ 250€ 300€
Accompanying Person* 70€ 70€ 70€
Satellite Event (two days) 50€ 60€ 80€
Satellite Event (single day) 40€ 50€ 70€
Excursion 30€ 30€ 30€

1 BSc, Master students and PhD candidates (should provide a valid certificate demonstrating their status).

2 Early Career Investigator: an individual who is within a time span of up to eight (8) years from the date they obtained their PhD/doctorate (full-time equivalent) and has not yet a permanent position (should provide a valid certificate or certified cv demonstrating the status)

* Access to welcome ceremony and social dinner – can join excursion (additional 30 euro)

The Registration Fee includes:
  • Full access to the complete program (live)
  • Access to the all E-Poster sessions (live)
  • CephRes2020 Virtual Event digital abstract book
  • Extended on demand access for 4 months after the end of the Conference
  • CephRes2020 Virtual Event personal toolkit (Conference Box, mailed to all registered attendees)

For more info, please read the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the CephRes2020 Virtual Event

There are increasing numbers of fraudulent scammers and websites that impersonate registration and emails. We would like to alert all our delegates to be aware of possible scams. We strongly advise you to only use these online registration services for your bookings.

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Based on the selected payment method, you will get an email with payment information.

Payments methods:

Credit cards (Visa\MasterCard\American Express) will be processed via a dedicated PayPal secure system.

Bank transfer: Please send your payment, free of charge for the beneficiary, to the congress bank account as indicated in the confirmation email

Cheques are not accepted.

In all money transfers, please indicate the complete first name and last name of the registered participant(s), matching with the name(s) on the registration form, and be sure to allow “free of charge for the receiver account”.

Please note that your registration will be valid only on receipt of your payment and that any unpaid bank charges will be collected on site.

Payments should be executed within 7 working days from the registration date.

Institutional orders (from universities, institutes, etc.) are not generally accepted.

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Cancellations are accepted by e-mail only to the registration secretariat rd_innovation@cephalopodresearch.org .

Due to COVID-19 pandemic and decision to go virtual, we will refund the registration fee minus 40% for cancellations received no later than 27 June 2020. Thereafter no refunds will be made.
All refunds will be processed within 21 working days of written request, if applicable.
Please note that if you are the 1st Author/presenter of an abstract and cancel your registration, your abstract will not be included in the scientific program.

Abstract withdrawal can be requested by e-mail (rd_innovation@cephalopodresearch.org; subject: 2020Event abstract withdrawal).

Only first authors are allowed to withdraw an abstract. State your name, registration number and abstract number in the e-mail message. Withdrawal of an abstract without cancelling registration does not entail refund of the registration fee.

Submitted abstracts are not included in the scientific program if the first author cancelled his/her registration, or if the payment of the registration fee is not received at appropriate time.

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Due to COVID-19 pandemic the original meeting dates (April 2020) have been postponed to September 2020. We firmly believe in the added value of bringing our community together to exchange scientific ideas and perspectives, which is why we decided to keep the dates as announced. Because of this,…

Yes, the ‘Biology and Life History of Cephalopods’ Conference and the Satellite Events – CephRes2020 Virtual Event will be taking place from 16-21 September 2020 with live-streamed and recorded sessions according to the program schedule [see Program]. Satellites will span on 14 and 15 September 2020.

To accommodate different time zones, the program will be spanned in multiple days but keeping the total length to about 4 (four) and allowing that attendees from both West Americas and East Asia hours will be able to participate in the live sessions.

All of the meeting content will be available to registrants after the live sessions, on demand for a period of four months after the Virtual Event. So you can go back, view and enjoy all the sessions, Career development opportunities, as well as other events as many times as you want, when you want.

The Scientific Organizing Committee of this Scientific Event and the Board of Directors of CephRes decided to take the ‘Biology and Life History of Cephalopods’ Conference and the Satellite Events virtual.

The CephRes2020 Virtual Event and its 100+ speakers and presentations, live discussions and Q&A, including interactive dynamic-poster displays and exhibitors will be held entirely online.

The CephRes2020 Virtual Event will be available to all registrants on demand, for a period of four months after the official dates: you can go back, view and enjoy all the sessions, career development opportunities, some contents of the exhibitors, as many times as you want, when you want.

Facilitating scientific interaction and exchange within scientific community and stakeholders, as far as education & training and continuous professional development, are at the heart of CephRes.

An interim series of scientific events – to CIAC triennial conference – is one out of several initiatives that CephRes promotes with the aim to encourage interaction, networking and discussion around scientific findings related to cephalopods biology, life history, physiology, genomics, neuroscience and cognition.

The Cephs’ Interim meeting series has the main aim to bring together researchers – at any level of experience and from diverse fields – to promote dialogue and facilitate future networking and collaborations.

CephRes wants to continue to facilitate this endeavor.

Together with the Scientific Organizing Committee we were firm in the idea to do not move the event to the 2021, and we do not want to cancel it! We want to promote the scientific expected outcome, and we do not want that the conference will overlap with other analogous events programmed for the 2021.

Due to force majeure (COVID-19 pandemic) the dates have been moved to September 2020, but this will leave the plan for the interim series intact.

We firmly believe in the added value of bringing our community together to exchange scientific ideas and perspectives, which is why your participation at the CephRes2020 Virtual Event is of the utmost importance – for the continued progress of cephalopod science and community.

Faced with the uncertainty of the current situation and after investigating various options and much contingency planning, we opted for the virtual format as it allows us to bring our community together to share research, network and discuss the latest findings on various aspects of cephalopod biology.

You are automatically registered for the CephRes2020 Virtual Event, including Satellite Events. Further details and guidance on how to navigate the live virtual e-platform will be announced in due course (expected preliminary contacts to everyone in early August 2020).

Registration are still open . Abstract submission for dynamic-poster presentations and dedicated sessions will be still possible. Exceptional abstract submission is now open (closes on August 5th 2020 for abstract submission; registration to the Event closes on August 18th, 2020).

The CephRes2020 Virtual Event will offer you a full Conference experience and the opportunity to take part in every aspect of the program including:

  • Free access to all live presentations and sessions.
  • Access to all e-dynamic poster sessions.
  • Attend programme events, and participate in conversations during live Q&A sessions.
  • Asking questions, giving feedback.
  • Career Development Chat.
  • Use the short session surveys to rate sessions and help improve the overall quality of the program.
  • Interactively and dynamically attend the scientific and social sessions, live.
  • Create your own schedule, attend any and all of the sessions whenever and wherever for a period of four months.
  • Networking with your colleagues. Use the world map to browse the list of participants and use the conference system to contact other delegates and network.
  • Browse research on the hottest topics published in the CephRes2020 Virtual Event digital abstract book and connect with abstract authors and other colleagues from around the world through virtual e-poster consultations.
  • The chance to join the “debate”.
  • Visiting the virtual exhibition hall and related webinars. Journey through the exhibition booths, explore the materials on display, contact exhibitors directly and chat with other visitors.
  • All Attendees will be available, pending their real time participation.
  • Interaction and scientific discussion will be promoted and facilitated through a very sophisticated e-platform.
  • Social Virtual Events and other scheduled entertainment social events.

Your registration allows you to access all days of intense science during the live CephRes2020 Virtual Event.

The extended access will allow you to go back, view and enjoy all the sessions and career development opportunities, on-demand, for an extra period of four months. Therefore, you will be able to attend more lectures and more events and keep the discussion going with your fellow delegates, at no extra cost.

The costs of organizing and managing a reliable, stable and secure virtual platform with more than hundred of contacts kept stable over time and accessible for four months after the Conference are high. In addition, a ‘survival kit’ will be posted to all registered participants.

We are doing our best to let your experience unique and valuable.

CephRes Board of Directors is committed to facilitate cephalopod science, thus we decided to return some money!

We are refunding all excursion fees and all satellite event fees.

In addition, CephRes reinstalled ‘early registration rates’ and is offering an extended 4-month on-demand access.

The difference between what paid and what due in the new scheme will be automatically refund to registered attendees, within the beginning of August 2020.

Each one of you will receive a personal email within the end of July 2020.

In terms of budget of the Conference, your fees will only cover less than 50% of the overall costs of managing and providing the adequate virtual platform in place.

We are not using ZOOM or GoToMeeting or similar platforms, that due the COVID also expanded their offering, but we adopt front-end, advanced e-platforms designed to accommodate large, interactive live events.

A Conference Box will also be mailed to all registered participants.

CephRes2020 Virtual Event is part of the Interim Series program and involves years of preparation – all steps that represent investment of both time and resources that are only to a limited extent supported by the registration fees.

Faced with the unprecedented pandemic very shortly before the scheduled 2020 Event, plans and efforts that had already been put in place for the onsite meeting in Napoli had to be cancelled. Additionally, the installation of the CephRes2020 Virtual Event as a virtual Conference and Interactive Event requires further dedication of resources in the platform itself as does the planning and implementation of the virtual programme and events.

CephRes is a non-profit organisation with the mission to facilitate scientific interaction and exchange within our community. Incomes from the Conference are only a little quota of the total allocated funds that CephRes put in place to organise a high-level international interim series. Attending at the virtual event will provide benefits that each participant will experience at the time of the conference.

In recognition that a virtual conference does not in all ways correspond to a regular meeting, CephRes has reinstalled Early Rates and is offering an extended 4-month on-demand access. We would like to assure everyone that all our efforts are now dedicated to ensuring that the quality of the CephRes2020 Virtual Event represents an exciting opportunity for everyone to meet, network and expand their knowledge.

The virtual platform is quite spectacular and we are excited to offer this to our participants at such a difficult time.

Press will be invited to the CephRes2020 Virtual Event. More information about Press contact person and services during the meeting days will be communicated well in time before the starting of the events.

You can contact cephres@cephalopodresearch.org or use CONTACT FORM select Registration as the Subject

The CephRes2020 Virtual Event platform is designed to allow presenters and delegates to easily navigate hundreds of sessions and e-posters AND find your research amongst them. Further information on the poster sessions can be found HERE.

CephRes is doing its best to ensure that the CephRes2020 Virtual Event will incorporate as much of the well-known experience and atmosphere we are used to deliver in meetings we organize.

All registered participants will be contacted with timely updates on program scheduling in due course. Special ‘social’ events will be also created, delivering an unique, unprecedented experience.

To facilitate contributions from people living in countries that are not based to the Central European Time Zone, and allow all Attendees to have equal chances to participate to the live sessions, the program will be spanned in multiple days, keeping the total length to about 4 (four), thus facilitating attendees from more than 20 countries, distributed from West Americas to East Asia and beyond to be able to attend and contribute to live sessions.

Presenters’ Room will be also arranged to assure that the presentation of everyone will proceed smoothly and in a pleasant way. Presenters will be tutored for preparing their communications.

No, the slides and posters from sessions cannot be downloaded and are considered protected property of the presenters. You may contact these through the conference system to request copies and details of their slides and posters.

The greatest majority of CephRes2020 Virtual Event sessions will be live, only in very few cases will be pre-recorded. We are doing everything to ensure the highest possible quality of the CephRes2020 Virtual Event while maintaining the energy of live sessions and live interactions.

Of course! Q&A will be available in live sessions.

All presentations and posters will be available for online viewing and provide interactive options for participants to engage in. Speakers are encouraged to add email/social media information to their slides in order to enable participants to reach out with questions and comments.

Presenters’ Room will be arranged to assure that the presentation of everyone will proceed smooth and in a pleasant way. Presenters will be tutored for preparing their communications.

For urgent matters, please contact rd_innovation@cephalopodresearch.org

Please check the cancellation policy of your booking.

If you have any questions, please contact cephres@cephalopodresearch.org

To attend the CephRes2020 Virtual Event, you need a stable internet connection, your device (most of commercially available ones) or computer and a valid registration. You will receive login details a few days prior to the meeting.

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The interim meeting of the international cephalopod community and related events will take place in Napoli, Italy.

The venue of the meeting as well as the Satellite Scientific Event #3 will be the “Centro Congressi Federico II” in Via Partenope, 36, Napoli.

Satellite Events #1 and #2 are scheduled to occur at the “Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn” in Napoli, Italy.

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Participants that will require a letter of invitation, to enable them to make their arrangements for attending to April2020 events, should complete and finalize their registration. This invitation is prepared solely for the purpose of visa applications or home-institution requirements and is not a commitment on the part of the Organizers to provide any financial support or confirmation of inclusion in the scientific program.

Issue of the visa invitation letter is available in the end of the registration process.

Some participants may eventually require VISA in order to enter Italy.

Under the aegis of the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Napoli (Italy) and the participation of the NBG

The Scientific Organizing Committee

Giovanna Ponte – Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (Italy) & Association for Cephalopod Research
Graziano Fiorito – Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (Italy) & Association for Cephalopod Research
Louise Allcock – Ryan Institute, National University of Ireland Galway (Ireland)
Rossella Di Giaimo – Dipartimento di Biologia, Università degli Studi Federico II (Italy) & NBG
Erica Vidal – Centro de Estudos do Mar, Universidade Federal do Paraná (Brazil)

CephRes2020 Virtual Event, a CephRes initiative

Last updated, November 20 2020