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Published: 2012-12-12

Echinoderm conferences and symposia: a concise history and bibliography

Museum of Comparative Zoology, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Geologisch-Paläontologische Abteilung, Vienna, Austria
Echinodermata IEC ECE bibliography history of science


For fifty years, the community of echinoderm researchers has held meetings, symposia, conferences, and workshops deal­ing with their primary objects of research, that is sea stars, sea urchins, and allies. Over the years, a bewildering amount of literature has been published in the course of these gatherings, making it sometimes difficult for the echinoderm novice to see the woods for the trees. In order to facilitate future historic and bibliographic research, we provide a concise summary of echinoderm meetings from 1963 to 2012, together with a detailed list of publications related to these events. This list includes conference proceedings and abstracts compilations complete with ISBN or ISSN numbers. The historical back­ground of several echinoderm conferences is described, and we present information about lesser-known meetings, held for example in the Soviet Union, France, or Japan. In addition, an overview of the evolution of echinoderm conference logos is provided. Finally, we briefly discuss the future of echinoderm conferences and their proceedings.