World Congress of Malacology 2016 – The 19th International Congress of UNITAS MALACOLOGICA, 18-24 July 2016, Penang, Malaysia

The World Congress of Malacology (WCM) is a tri-annual congress, which brings together scientists from all over the world to discuss issues related to molluscan research. The theme for this year’s WCM 2016 is “Unity in Diversity”. In collaboration between Universiti Sains Malaysia Penang and UNITAS MALACOLOGICA (UM), WCM 2016 is hosted in Penang, Malaysia. This is the second time the UM and WCM meetings are held in Asia – what a significant milestone!



UNITAS MALACOLOGICA was born on 21 September, 1962 at the final plenary meeting of the first European Malacological Congress in London. Though the idea of an European Malacological organisation dates back to 1935, it was not until 1959, at the 25th Anniversary of the Macological Society in Amsterdam, that a group of distinguished malacologists from various European countries formulated the ideas that there should be a common European malacological meeting. The first European Malacological Congress, was held in London at the British Museum, in 1962 and the UNITAS MALACOLOGICA EUROPAEA had been born. In 1977 (Amsterdam) the Union was renamed UNITAS MALACOLOGICA (losing “Europaea”).

Following earlier discussions in 1993 (Siena), in 1995 (Vigo) it was decided to hold the subsequent congress (in 1998) outside Europe for the first time. Held in connection with the 64th annual meeting of the American Malacological Union (AMU) and the 31st annual meeting of the Western Society of Malacologists (USA), this 13th Congress of UM in Washington thus became the first “World” Congress of Malacology.

UM President, Professor Aileen Tan Shau-Hwai

WCM 2016 is our first conference for the Giant Clam Team, and we were excited to meet up with other giant clam scientists! Here’s an overview of our presentation titles:

NEO Mei Lin – The ecological importance of giant clams in coral reef ecosystems (Ecology of Marine Molluscs)
Ambert ANG – Giant clams (Bivalvia: Cardiidae) as potential contractors of algal blooms (Ecology of Marine Molluscs)
Lynette YING – Tenacious suckers: An investigation into the ecology of ectoparasitic snail (family Pyramidellidae) on giant clams and its control measures (Predators of Molluscs)

Other presenters from NUS include:

Rebecca LOH – Short DNA species barcodes: a valuable, low-cost tool for studying gastropod taxonomy and biology (Molluscan Biodiversity & Biogeography in Indo-West Pacific)
NG Ting Hui – Vanishing before our eyes – native freshwater apple snails Pila spp. (Ampullariidae) of Southeast Asia (Molluscan Biodiversity & Biogeography in Indo-West Pacific)
TAN Koh Siang – Marine molluscan diversity in Singapore: Then and now (Tropical Marine Molluscs Programme)
SAM Shu Qin – Early life development of the corallivorous gastropod Drupella rugosa (Planktic Gastropods)
Thanks Prof Aileen for the wonderful conference and goodies! 🙂

Next stop for WCM 2019 – San Francisco! 😀

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