Limpets 2020: Biology of Limpets: evolution, adaptation, ecology and environmental impacts

(Meeting held in association with the Malacological Society of London and the Marine Biological Association UK)

First Announcement - 17th to 19th March 2020

Venue: Plymouth MBA

Meeting Organisers: Professor Steve Hawkins (Plymouth MBA, UK), Professor Alan Hodgson (Rhodes University, South Africa), Dr Louise Firth (University of Plymouth, UK), Dr Phillip Fenberg (University of Southampton, UK)

In 1920 JH Orton published two important papers, one examining the importance of sea temperature on the breeding and distribution of marine animals, and the second on sex change in limpets. To mark the centenary of this work, Orton's contribution to marine biology in general and limpets in particular, as well as the work of the biologists who followed on from Orton including those in his student lineage, we are pleased to announce Limpets 2020. The aim of this meeting is to provide a forum for the discussion of recent findings on all aspects of the biology of limpets. Previous meetings, held in London (1993), Millport (2003) and Phuket (2010), were highly successful. It is hoped that the 2020 meeting will build on this success and stimulate more research on these ecologically important molluscs. A number of key-note speakers are being approached (names to be announced in 2019) and sessions will be available for contributed papers and posters. Presentations of research in which limpets have been used as model animals in evolutionary, adaptational (morphology, physiology, reproductive biology, behaviour), ecological and environmental impacts studies are especially encouraged. There will also be a general session in celebrating Orton, in which papers on any aspect of molluscan or marine biology are welcome.

Meeting duration - 2.5 days with no parallel sessions

Day 1 - Arrival:12h30-13h30 tea/ coffee; 13h30-16h00 General Session ("Orton and his legacy - molluscan and marine biological talks on any aspect that would have interested Orton"); 16h00 tea followed by AGM of Malacological Society of London; Evening free to explore Barbican pubs and restaurants

Day 2 - Biology of Limpets - Evening Dinner at MBA

Day 3 - Biology of Limpets - Meeting ends at 16h00

To help plan the meeting, e-mail your expression of interest to Alan Hodgson ( indicating type of presentation (platform paper or poster) and possible topic

Details about registration, accommodation and transport will be announced in 2019 as plans for the meeting take shape.

Nov 19, 2018 By nicric