ICIM-5: Morphologenkongress 2020

Aktuelles: 12.04.2019


5th International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology,
(ICIM-5), August 2-7, 2020 – Vienna, Austria



Dear colleagues,

Following its predecessors in Moscow (2017), Berlin (2014), Harvard (2011), and Copenhagen (2008), the 5th International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology (ICIM-5) is hosted by the University of Vienna during the first week of August, 2020. The congress is organized on behalf of the International Society for Invertebrate Morphology (ISIM) by the Department of Integrative Zoology (Faculty of Life Sciences), headed by Andreas Wanninger. The overarching theme of ICIM-5 is the evolution of the exceptional diversity of forms and structures found in extant and extinct invertebrate animals. Special topics of the congress include evolutionary and developmental zoology, phylogenetics, paleontology, neurobiology, genomics, functional morphology, as well as methodological innovations in microscopy and imaging. We are proud that we were able to recruit an exquisite selection of renowned experts on these topics as invited speakers.

For the first time in the history of ICIM, we dedicate a discussion forum to a current hot topic in biological research: the evolution of multicellularity. The goal of this session is to discuss our current understanding as to how metazoans evolved from a unicellular ancestor based on three invited talks that will tackle this issue using different approaches.

The Vienna meeting will continue the successful tradition of the past ICIM congresses and we invite everyone with an interest in invertebrate animals to come to Vienna and to present and discuss their work. After all, it is the diversity of participants practicing intellectual exchange that fosters scientific progress. We, the organizers, wholeheartedly welcome you to Vienna.



Confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order):

Plenary Speakers

Ehab Abouheif
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Gerhard Haszprunar
University of Munich, Munich, Germany
Kakani Katija
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing, USA
Shannon Olsson
NCBS, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore India

Session Keynote Speakers

Oliver Betz
University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany
Charles Derby
Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA
Néva Meyer
Clark University, Worcester, USA
Rich Mooi
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA
Julia Sigwart
Queen’s University, Portaferry, UK
Pavel Tomancak
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG), Dresden, Germany
Christina Zakas
New York University, New York City, USA

Forum Speakers

Pawel Burkhardt
University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
Jordi Paps
University of Essex, Exeter, UK
Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo
Institut de Biologia Evolutiva &  Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain


For questions concerning organization and content:



For questions concerning registration and hotel reservation:

University of Vienna
Universitaetsring 1
A – 1010 Vienna
T: +43-1-4277-17677


Congress Host and Head of Organizing Committee:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Wanninger
Email: andreas.wanninger@univie.ac.at
Homepage: http://zoology.univie.ac.at/people/staff/andreas-wanninger/