11th International Symposium on Enchytraeidae

Haus Ohrbeck, 49124 Georgsmarienhütte, Germany
Near Osnabrück

July 25-27, 2014

“Dear colleagues, dear all,

All the best for 2014! It’s time to start preparing for the 11th International Symposium on Enchytraeidae (ISE XI), to be held this year at “Haus Ohrbeck” in Georgsmarienhütte near Osnabrück, Germany, July 25-27, 2014. With this circular we provide information and deadlines.


Enchytraeids  or  ‘potworms’ are small  relatives  of  earthworms distributed  worldwide. Most of the species are soil-dwelling but some live in aquatic sediments. The symposium has a traditional focus on taxonomy and applied soil ecology, but actually it covers all aspects  of  the  biology  of  enchytraeids,  including  developmental  biology,  physiology, phylogeny, and ecotoxicology. The symposium intends to be an occasion to share and to discuss  new  findings  and  views  about  these  interesting  worms  while  promoting  a friendly interaction among experts, newcomers, or any other kind of participant. There is no better way to familiarize with this animal group!

Schedule and contents

The symposium starts with supper on Thursday July 24th at 18:15 and ends with lunch on  Sunday  July  27th.  Sessions  begin  on  Friday  morning  after  registration  and  they include oral and poster presentations. However, other forms of sharing knowledge and ideas are welcome, for example roundtable discussions. If you have a suggestion, please let us know! A precise schedule will be fixed later. There will be lots of time to study the worms  under  the  microscope,  dead  or  alive,  weird  or  unknown  forms,  or  just  the ordinary species, and to discuss taxonomic peculiarities. We are grateful to the Zoology Department of the University Osnabrück for providing stereolupes and microscopes. On Saturday  afternoon  we  may  have  a  guided  tour  downtown  Osnabrück  or  some sightseeing in the country.


Haus  Ohrbeck  is  an  acknowledged  residential  adult  education  center  of  the  Land Niedersachsen  (Lower  Saxony),  run  by  the  Catholic  Diocese  of  Osnabrück  and  the Franciscan  Order.  Here  symposium  sessions,  room  and  board  will  comfortably  be  all under the same roof, and at a very reasonable price. Besides, Haus Ohrbeck is situated in a beautiful and relaxing rural landscape but also close to the city of Osnabrück with its famous historical center and good shopping opportunities.


For  a  full  stay  Haus  Ohrbeck  charges  altogether  (i.e.  meals  included)  between €  194,-  and  €  230,-  depending  on  the  room  (single/double,  with/without  shower). Participants that do not stay overnight pay € 139,- for the meals. We will have four daily meals,  breakfast,  lunch,  coffee+cakes  (“Kaffee  und  Kuchen”),  and  supper.  Vegetarian meals  at  request.  An  additional  €  20,-  will  cover  expenses  of  the  symposium organization. Payment on arrival.

How to travel

The Airport Münster-Osnabrück is nearby and has a shuttle service to Osnabrück city. From there a regular bus service connects with Haus Ohrbeck. Coming by car you leave highway A30 at junction 17 in direction Sutthausen / Holzhausen / Hagen following the traffic signs to “Haus Ohrbeck”. Postal address of Haus Ohrbeck: Am Boberg 10, 49124 Georgsmarienhütte.


If  you  intend  to  participate,  please  send  us  an  informal  Email  with  the  following information:

1) Name

2) Affiliation

3) Oral/poster presentation(s) Yes or No

4) Provisional title(s) of presentation(s)

5)  Specifications  (e.g.  if  you  don’t  wish  to  stay  full  time,  if  you  want  to  participate without having a room, if you prefer vegetarian meals).

Please register as soon as possible, but no later than March 1st. We would like to have the abstracts with the definite title by May 15th.”

If you wish to receive further information on the ISE symposium, please let us know and write to one of the Email addresses listed below.
We would also appreciate if you could forward this announcement to other interested people.

By the way, the three most recent volumes of the Newsletter on Enchytraeidae are accessible here:




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Rüdiger M. Schmelz: r.schmelz@ect.de

Cornelia Bandow: c.bandow@ect.de