5th International Crustacean Congress


Location: VICTORIA, MELBOURNE, Australia

Event Date/Time: Jul 09, 2001 End Date/Time: Jul 13, 2001
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Fifth International Crustacean Congress and
'Summer' 2001 meeting of The Crustacean Society
9-13 July 2001, The University of Melbourne

Melbourne Victoria Australia


Dear Colleagues
It will be our pleasure to welcome you to Melbourne, Australia, for The Fifth International Crustacean Congress. I know that already crustacean biologists from at least 52 countries have expressed an interest in attending. It promises to be a truly international meeting.

The theme of The Fourth International Crustacean Congress was "Crustacea and the Biodiversity Crisis." Perhaps there is still a crisis but no theme is being specified this time. We invite contributions in all areas of crustacean evolution, biology, fisheries and culture. Already several individuals have contributed ideas for symposia and offered to coordinate speakers. Get in touch with the convenors to offer you paper. It is never too late to organise a mini-symposium yourself.

This congress follows four others, the first in Ernakulum, India in 1965, second in Sydney, Australia in 1980, third in Brisbane, Australia in 1990, and the last in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1998. The congresses are becoming more frequent but this is matched by the increasing interest in crustacean biology.

A week has been scheduled for the meeting, enough time to share ideas, meet colleagues and explore parts of Melbourne. The marine and terrestrial environments of southern Australia are home to an endemic and exceptionally diverse crustacean fauna. In the weeks before or after I invite you to visit the rest of Victoria or Australia. Visit the websites linked to this one to discover more about Melbourne, the state of Victoria, and Australia.

The Congress will incorporate the annual 'Summer' meeting of The Crustacean Society.

Gary Poore

Gary Poore, Museum Victoria, Melbourne (Chairman)
Chris Austin, School of Aquatic Sciences and Natural Resources, Deakin University, Warrnambool
Fiona Bird, Department of Zoology, La Trobe University, Bundoora
David Hobday, Marine and Freshwater Resources Laboratory, Queenscliff
David Macmillan, Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne, Parkville
Richard Marchant, Museum Victoria, Melbourne


The Congress has the support of:
The Crustacean Society
The Brazilian Crustacean Society
The Carcinological Society of Japan
The Chinese Crustacean Society


The Congress is sponsored by KE software.

KE Software is the world's leading provider of information retrieval software for collections management and has been serving the museum industry for over fifteen years. Its flagship product, KE EMu, is the world's leading museum management system, servicing the world's premier museum collections.


Melbourne is a large cosmopolitan city easily reached by air from other continents.
Melbourne in southern Australia, in the state of Victoria, is said to be one of the most livable cities in the world. The whole metropolis of about 3.5 million people spreads out around Port Phillip Bay, which offers an excellent harbour for commercial shipping, and good conditions for small boat sailing. The city itself, laid out on a grid pattern, combines architecture from the late nineteenth century with the modern period and skyscrapers of the 1990s.

The city winds along the Yarra River whose banks has become a popular venue for entertainment and recreation. Parks surround the central area, and a series of linked parks, served by bicycle paths, has been preserved along the Yarra extending from the rural landscapes and vineyards of the east right into the inner city. Bicycles can be hired from several locations. There is a range of attractions in the city and inner suburbs including the Royal Botanic Gardens, an excellent art gallery, new museums and concert hall, the best and most culturally diverse restaurants in Australia, cafes, pubs and shopping streets, fringe art groups, and a major zoo.

The metropolis is served by an efficient and extensive public transport system comprising trains, trams and buses. Surrounding the city are the old gold-mining towns and wine-growing districts, the rugged and beautiful Grampian mountains in the West rising straight out of the mallee plain, the alpine peaks of the Great Dividing Range in the east and the subalpine peaks of the Dandenong Ranges with forests and fern-tree gullies. The Winter weather in Melbourne in July can be alternately cool and sunny with an average maximum of 15 degrees Celsius and overnight minimum of 5 degrees Celsius.
The Melbourne city website and its links contain all you need to know to plan getting here and what else can be done in the region.

Australia http://www.australia.com
Melbourne, Australia http://www.melbourne.org



Melbourne International Airport (Tullamarine), located about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the centre of Melbourne, has direct scheduled connections to may cities in the world and regular flights from Europe, Asia and the USA.



The Congress will be held in the Public Lecture Theatre (PLT) in the Old Arts Building, The University of Melbourne, the oldest university in Victoria, about 1.5 km north of the centre of the city of Melbourne. The University of Melbourne is close to Carlton, the Italian quarter of Melbourne. The university presents a medley of architectural styles, its original conception embodied the Gothic Revival style in buildings forming the northeast and west wings of the the Law School quadrangle and echoed in most of the buildings of the nineteenth century. A large public lecture theatre and five smaller theatres in the same building have been reserved for our meeting. Another large space is reserved for poster sessions. The organising committee will maintain an information desk for the duration of the Congress.



The University of Melbourne is approximately 17 kilometres from Melbourne International Airport (Tullamarine). A taxi fare from the airport to the University is $30 (approx.). An airport bus (Skybus) to the City of Melbourne can be taken from the airport at a cost of $11 but a taxi ride from the bus terminal to the University costs another $10. You may wish to take a tram from the bus terminal to The University of Melbourne.

The University of Melbourne is 3 km from the city of Melbourne and can easily be reached by trams bearing the names 'University', 'East Coburg' or 'Moreland' along Swanston Street. Alight at stop number 10. The University is also accessible by tram from Elizabeth Street. Trams bearing the names 'Brunswick', 'Coburg' and 'North Coburg' take you to the University (stop number 11). Tram tickets can be purchased from a machine on board.

Major car rental companies operate from Melbourne International Airport and depots throughout the city. Parking is available for residents of Ormond College (free of charge) during the period of the Congress. Parking is not available on the main campus but all day meter parking is available surrounding the University. There are also parking buildings near the University. Please contact the Congress Manager for more information.



The Congress language will be English.

Papers will be accepted for the Congress on any subject dealing with Crustacea but several special symposia have been proposed as part of the meeting. Contact the conveners if you wish to be part of a symposium. The complete up-to-date program will be available at the time of registration.

The Third Crustacean Larval Conference The scientific committee for the Third Crustacean Larval Conference comprises Klaus Anger (Germany), Danilo Calazans (Brazil), Peter Ng (Singapore), José Paula (Portugal) Henrique Queiroga (Portugal) and Paul Clark (UK). Five subthemes are proposed for the oral presentations, behaviour, ecology, physiology, taxonomy and evolution and systematics. A poster session is also planned and will incorporate all descriptive larval morphology studies. All oral and poster contributions will be eligible for publication in the larval proceedings. (convener Paul Clark, The Natural History Museum, London, pfc@nhm.ac.uk)

Symposium on the systematics and biology of the Anomura The symposium aims to: 1) gather researchers to present contributed papers on any aspect of the Anomura; and 2) publish a volume covering key topics summarising knowledge of the Anomura. The volume would include contributed papers presented in Melbourne, as well as review articles and papers from those who will not be unable to attend ICC5. (conveners Rafael Lemaitre, lemaitre.rafael@nmnh.si.edu, and Christopher C. Tudge, tudge.christopher@nmnh.si.edu, Department of Invertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560-0163, fax: 1-202-3573043)

Copepods as colonizers and invaders The invasion of inland waters of Gondwana, the conquest of the open pelagic biome, colonization and coevolution in parasitic copepods, patterns of invasion and colonization of anchialine caves, colonization of the interstitial and its impact on morphology. (convener Geoff Boxshall, The Natural History Museum, London, g.boxshall@nhm.ac.uk)

Ecotoxicology of crustaceans An opportunity to assess critically what we have learned from over 30 years of study of the responses of crustaceans to chemical pollutants and ask some important questions. Can we gain any understanding of the ecological relevance of pollutant effects in the environment by measuring responses in individuals in the laboratory? Have we the information to synthesise results to obtain an integrated view of the holistic response of individuals? What general principles are emerging across different environments? Are we measuring the appropriate responses to link individuals with populations and the community? (convener Malcolm Jones, University of Plymouth, M.Jones@plymouth.ac.uk)

Burrowing crustaceans All aspects of the burrowing habit of crustaceans: functional burrow morphology; feeding and burrowing behaviour; subsurface mating; and the impact of burrowing and feeding on the sedimentary environment (convener Fiona Bird, Zoology, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia, f.bird@zoo.latrobe.edu.au)

Biology of crustacean symbioses Ecological, behavioral, physiological and morphological adaptations among crustaceans living in close associations with other organisms. These heterospecific associations are being grouped as examples of symbiosis, a broad category that includes, among others, commensalism, mutualism and parasitism. (convener Peter Castro, Biological Sciences Department, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA 91768, USA, pcastro@csupomona.edu)

The unity of the Peracarida Although many crustaceologists believe that the Peracarida is a monophyletic taxon, its composition and internal phylogenetic structure is still undecided. Although strictly phylogenetic approaches might answer these questions, our knowledge of the Peracarida comes from the underlying comparative research. Therefore, attendees are invited to submit presentation titles on cross-peracarid comparative studies (including all aspects of biology) as well as phylogenetic research (convener Buz Wilson, Australian Museum, College Street, Sydney, NSW 2001, Australia, buzw@amsg.austmus.gov.au)

Molecular systematics and evolution The idea of this symposium is to bring together practitioners of the oldest biological discipline - taxonomy and those of one of the newest - molecular genetics, united by a common interest in crustacean systematics. While presentations are invited on any aspect of crustaceans systematics, those that address broader or more fundamental questions relating to the strengths and weakness of molecular and morphological approaches to crustacean taxonomy and evolutionary history or the use of molecular data for species delineation and construction of stable classification schemes will be especially welcome. (convener Chris Austin, School of Ecology and Environment, Deakin University, cherax@deakin.edu.au)

The biology and management of exploited crustaceans Australia has a number of industries exploiting a range of crustaceans species including rock lobsters, crabs, prawns and freshwater crayfish using a variety of approaches. These industry are at various developmental stages ranging from the long established and carefully managed western rock lobster fishery to an incipient freshwater crayfish aquaculture. This symposium provides an opportunity to bring international and Australian experts together to present and discuss common interests and problems concerning the biology and management of exploited crustaceans. (conveners Brad Mitchell and Andrew Levings, School of Ecology and Environment, Deakin University, bradm@deakin.edu.au & ahl@deakin.edu.au).

Estimation of age and growth in crustaceans, with particular reference to Brachyura Knowledge of the growth rate of an exploited species is an important ingredient to its effective management. However unlike most fish, crustaceans lack the hard structures that can contain a record of their growth history. This symposium aims to provide a forum for discussing and exchanging ideas about techniques for measuring age and growth in crustaceans, particularly crabs. Topics are likely to include tag-recapture, lipofuscin determination, and length-frequency methods, with scope to include techniques for the study of moulting and the statistical representation of growth processes. Contributors will be encouraged to talk about methods and applications that have failed, in addition to those that have worked. (Convenor: Ian Brown, Qld Dept Primary Industries, Southern Fisheries Centre, Deception Bay, Queensland, browniw@dpi.qld.gov.au).

Disease Defenses in Crustacea Diseases in crayfish, shrimp, crabs, and lobsters have gained notoriety for their resulting damage to fisheries and aquaculture industries. With recurring epizootics and the potential for spread of disease, there has been an increased effort to understand the host defense systems, especially in crayfish, shrimp, and lobsters. This symposium will examine key components of the host's defenses ranging from cellular and non-cellular mechanisms, to cuticular barriers and host specificity, and patterns in defensive responses with challenged hosts. Different approaches and techniques indicate significant variation in the defensive responses of many decapods. Thus, the symposium will attempt to bring together the disparate components of the crustacean defenses into a generalized synthesis. (Convener: Jeffrey Shields, Associate Research Professor, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA 23062, USA, jeff@vims.edu).

The impact of fishing on crustacean communities (convener Les Watling, Darling Marine Center, University of Maine, watling@maine.maine.edu)

A book of abstracts of all presented papers and posters plus a list of participants will be available on arrival. The program will be posted on the web as soon as practicable, but not less than three weeks prior to the meeting.

It is planned that selected refereed papers will be published in special issues of international Australian journals and grouped according to congress themes. Titles of the journals and the topics of special issues will become available once the program is settled. Only papers which are part of the Congress symposia will be published as part of proceedings.

The issues will be distributed to regular subscribers of the journals and will be available for separate purchase at cost not more than 12 months after the congress.

The deadline for submission of manuscripts for publication in Congress proceedings in special issues is 15 September 2001. No page charges will apply to papers up to 6 pages and for extra pages at A$85 per page. Colour plates can also be done, but in those cases full costs of the plate will need to be paid.

The Crustacean Society will bestow a series of awards for the best student oral and poster presentations. The exact number is yet to be decided. This is open to all student participants in the congress, that is, all who are currently students or those within one year of graduating and are presenting a paper based on work done as part of a post-graduate program. Students do not have to be members of The Crustacean Society. If you wish to compete for this award, and you are the first author of the paper, tick the appropriate box on the Call for Papers page, have your major professor or supervisor endorse your abstract, and post a paper copy to ICC5. The awards will consist of one year free membership to The Crustacean Society, a cash award of US$50, a certificate of commendation from the Society, and notice of the award in the Journal of Crustacean Biology.

Attendance at some sessions, social events and tours will be restricted in numbers. It is strongly recommended that you book for these functions with your registration to avoid disappointment. Preference will be given in sequence as registrations are received.