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Early-life stages of cephalopods: A satellite event to create a revised identification key

Satellite Scientific Event #1 

New dates! September 13-15, 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 

New dates! September 14-15, 2020

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

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Early-life stages of cephalopods: A satellite event to create a revised identification key

Satellite Scientific Event #1 

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

Reasons for this Event: Participants at the pre-CIAC 2018 workshop on paralarvae and juveniles cephalopods expressed an interest to update the essential reference, “Larval” and juvenile cephalopods: A manual for their identification” by Sweeney et al. (1992).  In response, the organizers of this Satellite Event have committed to writing an open access book “Early-life stages of cephalopods: An identification handbook” to be published by Springer Nature in 2021.   The book will compile data from the last 25+ years, and provide extensive, illustrated species accounts as well as key to families.

In support of this effort, this Satellite Event – part of the CephRes2020 Virtual Events – will bring international researchers together to discuss essential characters for differentiating between the early-life history stages of cephalopods.

Participants will contribute through the most advanced collaborative IT-systems to facilitate discussion, debate and live interaction and collaboration around the main topic, thus to greatly facilitate the expected outcome.

By the end of the workshop, it is expected to have available a draft of a new Family-level identification key for paralarvae and juveniles.

The workshop is planned for two full consecutive days (14 and 15 September 2020). Fully supported by CephRes, round-table discussions and collaborative interaction – adopting ‘live-virtual Collaborate’ modality  – will be arranged to provide an intense agenda for each day.

Draft Program – a Collaborative Live-Virtual Initiative

Day 1

The timing of the day will be announced to registered participants and published here; it will be established based on the Attendees different time zones, to accommodate all. Recording of the activities will be available to registered participants only

  • Introduction and planning the activities
  • Getting started: Identification of the main existing ‘problems’ in the key for cephalopods early-life stages by Sweeney et al. (1992).
  • Discussion, workaround and possible solutions for the problems identified [The expertise of colleagues working with the different families are of fundamental importance]
  • Working Teams [addressing the main taxonomic groups, i.e cuttlefish, squid and octopus]: work together towards an improved identification key.
  • Working Teams: Identification of important morphological features of the different Families and Genera not originally included in the illustrated-based Glossary of Sweeney et al. (1992); needs for the inclusion in the Glossary of the new identification Handbook
  • Wrap-Up – Day 1

Day 2

The timing of the day will be announced to registered participants and published here; it will be established based on the Attendees different time zones, to accommodate all. Recording of the activities will be available to registered participants only

  • Summary of the activities the day before
  • Working Teams Reports: main achievements and difficulties emerged
  • Recommendations for testing the new identification key
  • Possible problems emerged and suggested work-around
  • Planning future work
  • Conclusions
  • Closing Remarks

In addition to developing a key, we anticipate time for discussion about species accounts and future collaboration opportunities.

Technical Arrangements and Virtual Logistics fully supported by CephRes

The Digestive Tract of Cephalopods

Satellite Scientific Event #2 

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

This Satellite Event was planned to cover different aspects of the study of the digestive system of cephalopods including: Feeding strategies; Novel insights into the morphology and physiological control; Omics: taking advantage of the availability of genomic resources; Aquaculture; Microbiome and immune response; Environmental impacts of digestive tract functionality, e.g., microplastics, pH, parasites and poisons; Novel techniques and lessons from other aquatic species; Digestive tract functionality as a welfare indicator.

The Special Satellite Scientific Event #2 “The Digestive Tract of Cephalopods” was expected to be the occasion for a discussion on research priorities, possibilities of coordinating a research agenda, and exploring the options to build a research consortium aimed at facilitating grant applications.

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

Satellite Scientific Event #3 

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

A two-days Satellite Event aimed to  facilitate exchange between colleagues working on different -omics aspects and applications in cephalopods covering: genomics, transcriptomics (including single cell), phylogenomics, regulatory genomics (HiC, ATAC-seq) and proteomics, to mention some.

Draft Program – a Collaborative Live-Virtual Initiative

Day 1

The timing of the day will be announced to registered participants and published here; it will be established based on the Attendees different time zones, to accommodate all. Recording of the activities will be available to registered participants only

  • Introduction & Aims
  • Short Introduction by each Participant/Team about their Projects
  • Discussion (Round): Available resources, issues, problems, goals (structured by topics)
  • Wrap-up – Day 1

Day 2

  • Open Round Discussion: Whitepaper (v2)
  • Open Round Discussion: Technical approaches
  • Wrap-Up & Conclusions
  • Assignment of writing tasks

Possible Target Journals may include Frontiers (e.g., recent Research Topic on Molecular Evolution and Genomics of Marine Megafauna), and possibly other Journals as suggested by the Organizers and CephRes SAB.

Technical Arrangements and Virtual Logistics fully supported by CephRes

Last updated, August 19 2020