17 - 20 JUNE 2024

Vienna BioCenter, Austria

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The 10th edition of the “Evolutionary Biology of Caenorhabditis and other Nematodes” meeting  will take place at the Vienna BioCenter, one of the top biology research centers in Europe, from June 17-20, 2024.  

Details on the location (airport, hotels) you find here.

This conference brings together a diverse and global community of researchers dedicated to studying the evolution and natural diversity of nematodes, ranging from molecular mechanisms to the complex dynamics within ecosystems. By uniting experts from different disciplines, including genomics, quantitative and population genetics, parasitology, microbiology, neuroscience, and ecology, we aim to foster an environment that encourages the exchange of ideas and the exploration of cutting-edge research.

This meeting offers fantastic opportunities to discuss nematode evolution. Talks are open to researchers of all stages and will be selected from submitted abstracts to capture the diversity of topics and approaches in our community. Several poster sessions will also be offered. For researchers who are interested in starting nematode evolution experiments, this meeting is a great venue to learn more about the topic and immerse yourself in a highly supportive and collaborative community.


  • Genomics 
  • Quantitative genetics and GWAS
  • Microbiology and Virology
  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Complex traits
  • Predator-prey interactions
  • Interspecies communication
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Evo-Devo




275,- EUR     -     Academy 1 (Undergraduate students, Graduate students, Post-docs)
375,- EUR     -     Academy 2 (Faculty / PI)

The registration cost covers lunch, coffee breaks, and two dinners. Housing is not included.
Read here for information on TRAVEL and CHILDCARE grants.

Abstract deadline to apply for a talk: April 22
Abstract deadline for poster presenters and final registration: May 17

Talks will be eight minutes with two minutes for questions. We will try to accommodate as many speakers as we can.

Poster information: dimensions for our magnetic poster boards: 70 x 100 cm. The poster must be in portrait format / orientation.

Abstracts (max. 300 words) must be submitted during registration. To withdraw or revise your abstract, please send an email to: lea.klement(at)imba.oeaw.ac.at  


This year, we will emphasize training and mentoring. We will have icebreaker activities and three workshops to benefit the community:

1. Mastering the Art of Scientific Presentations: A Workshop for Effective Communication [Alejandro Burga]
2. From zero to hero: Getting to 959 nematode genomes [Blaxter lab]
3. Unlocking the Potential of CaeNDR: Exploring Genomic Variation and Analysis Workflows [Andersen lab]


Erik Andersen, Johns Hopkins University

Alejandro Burga, IMBA

Amanda Gibson, University of Virginia

Yen-Ping Hsueh, Institute of Molecular Biology, Academia Sinica

Gavin Woodruff, University of Oklahoma


If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this event have a look at our brochure and contact: lea.klement(at)imba.oeaw.ac.at


Monday, June 17

15:00   Registration open                  

16:15   Opening remarks                  


16:30   Pavak Shah (UCLA)    

Quantitative Embryology in C. elegans and Beyond

16:45   Katja Kasimatis (University of Virginia)        

Post-insemination sexual selection in males indirectly masculinizes the female transcriptome

17:00   Justin Van Goor (University of Missouri Columbia) 

The worm turns: Parasitodiplogaster nematodes as a model to study phenotypic plasticity in an eco-evo framework

17:15   YiChien Lee (Academia Sinica)       

Single-worm long-read sequencing reveals genome diversity in free-living nematodes

17:30   break              


18:00   Audrey Brown (University of Utah)

Characterization of the Pristionchus pacificus “epigenetic toolkit” reveals the evolutionary loss of the histone methyltransferase complex PRC2

18:15   Oliver Hobert (Columbia University)

Comparative connectomics of two distantly related nematode species reveals patterns of nervous system evolution

18:30  Tuc Nguyen (New York University)  

Systematic discovery of mitonuclear interactions in Caenorhabditis elegans

18:45   Eleni Katsougia (Indiana University) 

The evolution and developmental role of nuclear receptors regulated by a plasticity switch in nematodes

19:00   break              


19:20   Workshop 1: Mastering the Art of Scientific Presentations: A Workshop for Effective Communication

20:00   Networking with drinks & snacks                  



Tuesday, June 18          

9:00     Han-Wen Chang (Academia Sinica)  

Nematode-trapping fungus trap nematodes by targeting cuticular collagens

9:15     Gaotian Zhang (Institut de Biologie de l'Ecole Normale Superieure IBENS)

Transposon-mediated genic rearrangements underlie variation in small RNA pathways

9:30     Marie Delattre (ENS Lyon)

Does programmed DNA elimination in Mesorhabditis benefits the host or is it a selfish process?

9:45     Andrea Millán-Trejo (IBV-CSIC)        

Gene regulatory mechanisms underlying emergence of novel neuronal functions.

10:00   short break    


10:10  Workshop 2: From zero to hero: Getting to 959 nematode genomes       

10:50   short break    


11:00   Kohta Yoshida (Brain Research Institute, Niigata University)

Evolution of androdioecy was involved in acquisition of thermosensitive stochastic sex determination in Pristionchus nematodes

11:15   Tzu-Hsiang Lin (Academia Sinica)

Predator induced behavioral adaptation via a conserved GPCR in C. elegans

11:30   Vladislav Ilík (Institute of Vertebrate Biology, Czech Academy of Sciences)

Genomics of Necator sp. hookworms

11:45   break              


12:15   Jeffrey, Dongying Xie (Hong Kong Baptist University)

A toxin-antidote gene pair mediates crossing direction-dependent lethality in the hybrids between C. briggsae and C. nigoni

12:30   Kieran Reynolds (University of Bath)

Characterisation of clusters of parasitism-associated genes in diverse parasitic nematodes

12:45   Laure Mignerot (Intitut de Biologie Valrose, Université Côte d’Azur)

Evolution of Caenorhabditis egg-laying behaviour

13:00   Rebecca Tay (Academia Sinica)        

Identification of C. elegans factors that promote trap formation in the carnivorous fungus A. oligospora


13:15   Group picture

13:30   Lunch and breakout session              

14:45   Poster Session 1       


16:15   Dalaena Rivera (San Diego State University)

Discovery of conjugative plasmids in commensal bacteria that adhere to the C. elegans intestinal epithelium

16:30   James Lightfoot (Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology of Behavior)      

Predation evolved through modifications to canonical aggression circuits

16:45   Dennie te Molder (Wageningen University & Research)   

The bottleneck of introduction into Europe impacts the population structure & adaptive potential of Globodera pallida

17:00   Isaac Martínez-Ugalde (The University of Edinburgh)         

Evolution of transposable elements as the source of extracellular RNA


17:15   Departure to OeAW              

18:00   Networking event at the OeAW

20:00   end of meetings



Wednesday, June 19     

9:00     Thi Anh Duong Nguyen (Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources)    

The research of free-living terrestrial nematodes (Order Dorylaimida) from tropical rain forest in Vietnam

9:15     Miguel Vasconcelos Almeida (University of Cambridge)

Protein domains from multigene families recurrently associate with domains derived from transposable elements and viruses

9:30     Ryoji Shinya (Meiji University)       

From lakebed to lab: Tokorhabditis nematodes as a model for viviparous evolution

9:45     Candyd Lace Velasquez (San Diego State University)        

Natural variation in resistance to intracellular bacterial infection in the nematode Oschieus tipulae

10:00   short break    


10:10   Workshop 3: Unlocking the Potential of CaeNDR: Exploring Genomic Variation and Analysis Workflows                

10:50   short break    


11:00   Serena Ding (Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior)      

Using Caenorhabditis elegans to study the mechanisms of towering behavior

11:15   Rocel Amor Indong (Yonsei University Mirae Campus)       

Microbial profile of C. elegans soil-fruit natural habitat and its effect on nematode population growth and migration behavior

11:30   Francois Mallard (Ecole Normale Superieure)         

Selection and the direction of phenotypic evolution

11:45   break              


12:15   Teije Middelkoop (Institute of Molecular Genetics)

Evolutionary diversification of actomyosin-driven early embryo morphogenesis

12:30   Lewis Stevens (Wellcome Sanger Institute)

The evolution of programmed DNA elimination in Rhabditina

12:45   Mara Carey-Wood (University of Bath)        

Exploring the relationship between trap-formation of a nematode trapping fungus and the movement dynamics of nematodes species

13:00   Reem Al-Jawabreh (University of Bath)       

Unravelling the Dynamics of Argonaute Proteins in the parasitic nematode Strongyloides ratti


13:15   Lunch and breakout session              

14:45   Poster Session 2                   


16:15   Shamitha Govind (Institute of Molecular Biology)  

Comparative characterization of GTSF-1 across clade V nematodes reveal conserved function in RNA-Dependent RNA polymerase activity

16:30   Lisa van Sluijs (Wageningen University and Research)

Nematodes Vector Bacteriophages in Spatially Structured Habitats

16:45   Manuela Rebecka Kieninger (Wellcome Sanger Institute)

The 959 Nematode Genomes project: Our progress towards chromosome-level reference genomes across the phylum nematoda

17:00   George Chung (New York University)

Nematode genomes shaped by a history of parthenogenesis, telomere dysfunction and chromosome fusions

17:15   break  


17:45   Laura Isabel Villegas Ruiz (University of Cologne)   

Nematodes at the dry limit: water availability as a constraint for biodiversity

18:00   Jacqueline Jackson (New York University)  

Uncovering the effects of resource availability on Caenorhabditis species coexistence

18:15   Asan Turdiev (University of Maryland, College Park)

On the mechanism of FOG-2 function in C. elegans germline sex determination

18:30   Dan Kim (University of California, Berkeley)

Microbiome remodeling through bacterial competition and host behavior enables host adaptation to environmental toxins


18:45   Conference dinner at venue          



Thursday, June 20

9:00     Eva Nosková (Masaryk University)   

Strongyloides metagenomics in humans, non-human primates, and dogs in the Central African Republic

9:15     Thomas Blankers (University of Amsterdam)        

Eco-evolutionary dynamics in C. elegans-microbe associations

9:30     Laetitia Chauve (Trinity College Dublin)     

Is there an advantage to polyploidy in animals? C. elegans neotetraploids resist severe cold by escaping cold induced death as gravid adults.

9:45     Nadège Guiglielmoni (Universität zu Köln)  

Dynamic chromosomal rearrangements through the evolution of Panagrolaimidae

10:00   break              


10:30   Christopher Large (University of Pennsylvania)       

Lineage-resolved analysis of embryonic gene expression evolution in the Caenorhabditis nematodes

10:45   Erna King (Wellcome Sanger Institute)      

Wild caught nematode genomes: from single specimens to chromosomes

11:00   Stefan Zdraljevic (UCLA)       

A maternal-effect toxin-antidote element causes larval arrest in C. elegans

11:15   Wouter van den Berg (McMaster University)

Post-reproductive changes in gene expression in the nematode C. briggsae


11:30   Closing remarks, election of new organizers & other business                    

12:30   Lunch & farewell