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!


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MARCH 1, 2018

Practical |information

Lanzarote Island is located at Canary Islands, the most important Atlantic archipelago of Spain.
Most suitable to arrive is by plane, specifically to the local Lanzarote Airport (ACE, Terminal 1), in which more than 40 airlines companies operate with direct flights from more than 90 European destinations.
We strongly recommend you to book your plane ticket two or three months before the conference, as the island attracts national and international tourists during all the year. Airport is situated at 6 km of Arrecife, city where the conference will be hold. The best options to move from the airport to Arrecife are:

Taxi, around € 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.

It is recommended to arrived in September 29-30, 2018 (Saturday-Sunday). During the weekend and under specific circumstances, organisation committee could pick up some participants at the airport.

Lanzarote Airport
Buses Webpage

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We recommend you to stay in Arrecife, where there is a wide range of options to stay in Lanzarote, from hostels to luxurious hotels.
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 places with Arrecife. From Costa Teguise, you could take lines 01, 03, 25, and the ticket cost 1.40€. From Puerto del Carmen, there are 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 6am to 1am, afterwards each hour. You can find the schedule of each bus stop here:

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 buses webpage) to attend the conference; as well as airport connections to Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca (lines 161 and 261). 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.

Abstract Guideline & Submission

Oral presentations
Keynote lecture – up to 40 min
Invited lecture – 25 min + 5 min questions
Oral presentation – 15 min + 5 min questions
We encourage you to use power point or pdf. Please, be ready to upload your presentation 1 or 2 days before your talk.

Participation in the mini-symposia
We are intended to organize five mini-symposia on the following topics:

- Microbiology (organized by Ester Eckert and Tanja Shabarova)

- Evolutionary Biology (organized by Brett C. Gonzalez)

- Macroecology and large databases (organized by Vasilis Gerovasileieou)

-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) Poster presentations should be printed by participants in advance. Printing in the island is also possible. We will upload information on that regard soon.

Abstract Submission Guidelines
Participants are invited to submit electronic abstracts on their scientific research or methodological problems. The deadline for submission is May 9, 2017. Abstracts will be reviewed by the advisory board which will notify authors on their acceptance/ rejection. If it is necessary, the advisory board can change the symposium/ topic block of submitted abstracts what will be agreed upon with presenting authors. It is required to be a registered participant to submit an abstract.

Congress participants may choose the type of participation (oral or poster presentation).
The oral presentation includes 15 min report + 5 min answering questions. Poster sessions are included in the Congress program (45–60 min) Contributed abstracts may be submitted as a poster, oral, or poster & oral presentations; One first author may contribute with 3 abstracts at the most (only two of them can be oral presentation).

Payment of the registration fee by a presenting author is mandatory; Abstracts are submitted in English, carefully proofread to minimize typographical and grammatical errors, using the online abstract submission system. Authors are responsible to submit a correct abstract; upon acceptance any errors in spelling, grammar, or scientific fact will be published as submitted by an author.
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 and manual hyphenation in the abstract. Put financial support as last paragraph of an 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

Prices |registration

(until 1 June 2018) | 350€ Full price afterward
  • Full conference attendance
  • Mid conference excursion
  • Lunch from Monday to Friday
  • Coffee breaks during the conference
  • Book of abstracts
(until 1 June 2018) | 250€ Full price afterward
  • Full conference attendance
  • Mid conference excursion
  • Lunch from Monday to Friday
  • Coffee breaks during the conference
  • Book of abstracts
(until 1 June 2018) | 40€ Full price afterward
  • Cave exploration session attendance
  • Coffee break
  • Certificate of attendance

Please, if you have any special alimentary requirements or need assistance during the excursion, tell us when you fill in the application.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Until your payment is accepted, full registration is not completed. Your will receive a confirmation mail.

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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

This is the form that you have to fill out if you want to be part of the event.
If you have any questions, comment on the chat that we provide

Download abstract template here | You can submit your abstract here

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