Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy | 9-14 Sept, 2024

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26th International Conference on Subterranean Biology

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6th International Symposium on Anchialine Ecosystems


Registrations for the ICSB and ISAC joint conference are now CLOSED as we already reached the maximum capacity of the room!

We thank all the people that registered and submitted their abstracts: we have received more than 130 abstracts!


We are pleased to announce the FIVE participants that won the travel grant:

  • Ester Premate from Slovenia (SubBioLab, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana)
  • Dora Kermek from Croatia (University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, Zagreb, Croatia; University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Biology, SubBioLab, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Croatian Biospeleological Society, Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Lucija Kauf from Croatia (Ruđer Bošković Institute)
  • Fabricia Paz from Brazil (Marcia Cristina Xavier de Souza)
  • Efrain Chavez Solis from Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico)


Should be no more than 500 words. Please indicate all authors and the relative affiliations, and if you prefer to present it as poster or as oral presentation. Please send your abstract along with the registration form. Every attendees is allowed to submit max 2 contributions. Deadline for abstract submission is 31/5/2024.

We are pleased to announce that we will provide three awards to the best students’ contributions (either spoken presentation or poster). A selected committee (composed of at least 30% of students, TBA) will evaluate students’ contributions and the winners will be announced during the last day of the conference. The awards consist of three full APC vouchers to publish a full article in the society journal Subterranean Biology, within the Special Topic Issue dedicated to conference.

To encourage the participation of researchers from low-income countries in the conference, we offer four full fee waives. To be eligible, please add a motivation letter to your registration, indicating your status (e.g., student, postdoc) and from where you are travelling. Please indicates also your type of contribution (mandatory) and why it is important to be presented in the conference. The announcement of winners will be public in May 2024. Preference will be given to students. Winners will receive the full conference fee reimbursement during the last day of the conference.

Confirmed Speakers

Anne Robertson

Professor of Ecology

 University of Roehampton, London United Kingdom

Tillmann Lueders

Chair of Ecological Microbiology

Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research (BayCEER), University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany


Hans Recknagel

Postdoctoral Researcher

Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Susana Pallarés

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Ecology and Hydrology, University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain

Mattia Saccò


Subterranean Research and Groundwater Ecology (SuRGE) Group, Trace and Environmental DNA (TrEnD) Lab, School of Molecular and Life Sciences, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

John W Pohlman


US Geological Survey Coastal & Marine Science Center,
Woods Hole USA
Sara Johansson

Senior Policy Officer: Water Pollution Prevention

European Environmental Bureau


Tim Johns


Environment Agency Red Kite House, Howbery Park, Wallingford. Oxfordshire, UK


Conference Pass


(up to 31/5/24)

375 EUR for members (225 EUR if student)

450 EUR for non members (300 EUR if student)

Conference Pass


(from 1/6/24)

475 EUR for members (300 EUR if student)

550 EUR for non members (400 EUR if student)

VENUE: Section of “Animal Biology and Ecology” – Department of Life and Environmental Science, University of Cagliari

How to get there:

  • By car: Via Ing. Tommaso Fiorelli, 09126 Cagliari CA, Italy
  • By bus: bus stop n° 3

Organising Committee

Enrico Lunghi (president), David Brankovits, Roberto Cogoni, Danila Cuccu, Tiziana Di Lorenzo, Brett Gonzalez, Stefano Mammola, Alejandro Martínez García, Manuela Mulargia, ONG Natural Oasis

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