OCT 01 - 07 , 2018 in Lanzarote Canarias

4th International Symposium
for Anchialine Ecosystems


Welcome to the Anchialine UNESCO Geopark of Lanzarote and Chinijos Islands

The 4th International Symposium on Anchialine Ecosystems aims at gathering scientists and students from throughout the world who dedicate their studies to any aspect concerning anchialine environments. Our multidisciplinary gathering will integrate fields of Biology, Systematics and Evolution, Biogeography, Geomicrobiology, Ecology, Geology, Hydrology, Paleontology, and Archeology.


The conference provides for an informal atmosphere including oral and poster presentations, roundtable discussions, and multiple social events showcasing local food and wine. Mid-conference excursions will showcase the beauty of the Chinijo Archipelago and Túnel de la Atlántida, one of the world's longest and most diverse known anchialine lava tubes.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to enjoy Lanzarote. We are looking forward to meeting!



Deadline | 1-09



Deadline | 1-09



Deadline | 1-09

Practical |information

Lanzarote is located at Canary Islands, the most important Atlantic archipelago of Spain. Best way to arrive to the island is by commercial airline. The easiest airport for the conference venue is Lanzarote Airport (ACE), in which more than 40 airlines companies operate with direct flights from more than 90 European destinations.
We strongly recommend that you book your plane ticket two to three months before the conference, as the island attracts national and international tourists throughout the year. Lanzarote Airport is situated 6 km of Arrecife and the location of the conference. The best options to transfer from the airport to Arrecife are:

Taxi | Prize € 15/$ 18.
Guagua (bus): IntercityBus Lanzarote lines 22 (Monday-Friday) and
23 (Saturday, Sunday and holidays), departure each 15-25 minutes. Price: € 1,4/$ 1,7.

We recommend that you arrive at least a day or two before the start of the conference (29-30 September 2018) if possible so that you have time explore the island and prepare for the start of the conference. During the weekend and under specific circumstances, the organizational committee may be able to pick up some participants if necessary. Please inquire by email if this is the only option for you.

Important websites:
Lanzarote Airport
Buses Webpage

mapa de los hoteles
The conference will be held at the building of the Cabildo Insular de Lanzarote, in the city of Arrecife.

We recommend you to stay in the city of Arrecife, as there is a wide range of from hostels to luxurious hotels. Hotel Diamar (1) and Hotel Lancelot (2) are near the city and offer standard prices and comfortable facilities (55€ and 65€ per night, respectively). A little less expensive yet still comfortable is Hostel Pensión Cardona (3) (30€ per night). For a more luxurious accommodation, we recommend Hotel Gran Hotel (4) (85€ per night).
You can find them all on the map below. Otherwise, webpages as and Airbnb are useful to seeking for another accommodation.

If you prefer to stay in Costa Teguise or Puerto del Carmen, there are several intercity bus lines connecting both cities with Arrecife. From Costa Teguise, you can take lines 01, 03, 25, and the ticket cost 1.40€. From Puerto del Carmen, you can take lines 02, 03, 06,24, 25, and each ticket costs cost 1.70€. You can also buy weekly passes. The frequency of buses is about 20 minutes from 0600 to 0100, afterwards each hour. Below are the websites where you can find the schedule of each of the busses:

Costa Teguise
Puerto del Carmen

If you prefer to stay in Puerto del Carmen, Tías, Costa Teguise, among others, there are also daily buses to Arrecife (see webpages for bus schedules) in order to attend the conference; as well as airport connections to Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca (lines 161 and i). We do not recommend staying at the north of the island (e.g. La Santa, Haría, Punta Mujeres, Órzola). Despite of the beauty of that area, communications with the Conference Venue can be complicated.

Oral presentations
* Keynote lecture – up to 40 min *
Invited lecture – 25 min + 5 min questions
Oral presentation – 15 min + 5 min questions *
In addition to the regular presentations, we are intended to organize five mini-symposia gathering those presentations addressing the following topics:

- Microbiology (organized by Ester Eckert and Tanja Shabarova)

- Evolutionary Biology (organized by Brett C. Gonzalez)

- Using large databases to shed light on cave secrets (organized by Vasilis Gerovasileiou)

-Biogeochemistry and hydrogeology (organized by David Brankovits)

- Geology, Paleoecology, Paleontology, Archaeology (organized by Pete van Hengstrum)

- Cave exploration (organized by Thomas M. Iliffe)

Poster presentations
The maximal size of each poster is 84 × 110 cm; vertical orientation (portrait). Participants should print poster presentations in advance to arriving at the conference. Printing in the island is also possible. We will upload information regarding local poster printing options shortly.

Abstract Submission Guidelines
Participants are invited to submit electronic abstracts on their scientific research or methodological problems. The deadline for submission is 9 MAY 2018. Abstracts will be reviewed by the advisory board and will notify authors on their acceptance. If it is necessary, the advisory board may suggest changing the proposed symposium or selected delivery method (oral/poster). All of this will first be consulted with the presenting author prior to finalizing any session schedule. It is required that you are a registered participant in order to submit an abstract. These registrations may be done simultaneously.

Participants may choose the type of participation (oral or poster presentation). The oral presentation includes 15 min report + 5 min answering questions. Time slots for poster sessions will be included in the program (45–60 min).

Contributed abstracts may be submitted as a poster, oral, or as individual poster & oral presentations.

Any participant may contribute up to 3 abstracts (only two of them can be suggested for oral presentation).

Payment of the registration fee by a presenting author is mandatory.

Abstracts must be submitted in English. Authors are responsible to submit a correct abstract; upon acceptance any errors in spelling, grammar, or scientific fact will be published as submitted by the author. Please carefully proofread your abstract, as the conference committee will not correct them.

You may choose whether to submit abstract in doc or in docx format.

Download a template here

Please, do not use any illustrations, tables, notes, references, subtitles, or manual hyphenation in the abstract. Put financial support in the last paragraph or sentence of your abstract body if needed. Use upper and lower indexes if necessary. Latin names must be italicized. Author and year of the taxon name must be mentioned only once and must not be italicized.

Submit your abstracts to Anchialine | Mail

The 4 th International Symposium of Anchialine Ecosystems will give six awards to encourage and support young scientists that present the results of their research with either an oral or a poster communication at the 4ISAE in Lanzarote.
We will awards four distinctions for oral communications as well as two for those students presenting a poster communication. The Award will consist of a partial reimburse of the travelling and accommodation expenses as well as a diploma and a special mention in the conference dinner. The quantity of each award will be decided upon the overall budget at the beginning of the 4ISAE.

1 | Eligibility
- Undergraduate students
- Graduate students
- Master students
- Early Ph.D. students – (earned in 2016 forth)

2 | Two-steps application
1. Register on the 4ISAE webpage (www.4isae.es) and mark the option “interested in student fellowship”. Otherwise, contact directly with the 4ISAE organising committee via email to anchialine.geoparque@gmail.com

2. Submit the following material with the subject “4ISAE Young Researchers Awards” to the email address anchialine.geoparque@gmail.com:
A. CV updated of the applicant
B. Title and abstract of the oral or poster communication
C. A brief letter explaining the contribution of the applicant, as well as future research plans to the field of anchialine ecosystems

3 | Selection criteria
- Originality and scientific quality of the research
- Funding situation of the applicant at home institution

4 | Review and Resolution
All applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee of the 4ISAE. Awards resolution will be known at the dinner of the Symposium the 5th of October. Award payments will be given via bank transfer then to the personal bank account of the young researchers awarded.

5 | Deadline
Application deadline is the 1 st of September 2018.

We have booked some space at the Nautical Club of Arrecife on Sunday, September 30th where we will be offering an ice-breaking drink from 19 to 21. Afterwards, there is a chance to go for dinner in some of the local restaurants. During the event, prerregistration will be possible. We encourage all the people to take a drink and share good time with new and old anchialine friends.

Direction: Calle Dr. Ruperto González Negrín, 1, 35500 Arrecife, Las Palmas

The conference will take place in Spanish National University of Distance Education in Arrecife (UNED Lanzarote), in Arrecife. The building was built in 1940 by Canarian architect Marrero Regalado in a neocanary architectonic style. All the sessions are scheduled in the Aula Magna of the University, excepting the poster session for which some more information will be announced during the conference. On Monday, October 1st, Organising Committee will be waiting for all of you at the main entrance of the build from 8:30 (Please, check the time in the 4ISAE Official Program).

Drection: Calle Blas Cabrera Felipe, 6, 35500 Arrecife, Las Palmas

4ISAE Gala Dinner is scheduled on Friday, October 5th in the evening at Castillo de San José. The beautiful fortress was built durin 1776 and 1779 during the reign of Carlos III, to defend Arrecife against the British and Northern African pirates. Nowadays, the fortress host the Interational Museum contenporary art. We have booked space in the restaurant for all the 4ISAE attendants. If for some reason you cannot attend, please let us know.

Direction: Castillo de San José, Ctra. los Castillos, 35500 Arrecife, Las Palmas

Prices |registration

  • Full conference attendance
  • Mid conference excursion
  • Lunch from Monday to Friday
  • Coffee breaks during the conference
  • Abstract Book
  • Full conference attendance
  • Mid conference excursion
  • Lunch from Monday to Friday
  • Coffee breaks during the conference
  • Abstract Book

IMPORTANT NOTE: Until your payment is received, your registration will not be considered complete.
You will be notified by a confirmation email upon receipt of your payment and when your registration is considered complete.

Scientific Committee


This page will be regularly updated as abstracts are submitted and event planning progresses.
We will be place a link to PDF downloads when they become available

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Registration | FORM

In order to register for the IV International Symposium for Anchialine Ecosystems, please fill out all of the information on the form below. At anytime before or during the conference, please feel free to ask us about any other details by email or on the chat we provide, including tourism, general information, dive centers, etc.

If you do not get a confirmation email withon 48 hrs, please send a message to: anchialine.geoparque@gmail.com

Download abstract template here | You can submit your abstract here

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