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Astyanax International Meeting for Cavefish

Organized by Erik Duboue, Ph.D., Nicolas Rohner, Ph.D., Johanna Kowalko, Ph.D., and Alex Keene, Ph.D.

Feb 28- Mar 022024

Fort Lauderdale, FL

The Astyanax International Meeting for Cavefish is a biennial gathering that brings together researchers, enthusiasts, and professionals from around the world who share a passion for cavefish studies and other adaptations to extreme environments. 2024 will mark the 8th year for the event.

It aims to highlight the latest research findings, foster collaborations, and facilitate knowledge exchange in this fascinating field of study. With a mix of keynote addresses, panel discussions, and interactive sessions, the event offers an enriching platform for participants to delve deep into the mysteries of cave-adapted fishes and beyond.

Why attend the meeting?

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to learn about the latest advancements and discoveries in cavefish research. They will also be able to network with leading experts in the field, fostering collaborations and potentially opening doors to new research opportunities.

Who can attend?

This meeting is designed for researchers, academicians, students, and enthusiasts in the broader field of adaptation to new environments, especially those with a keen interest in cave-adapted animals. Registration is open to anyone interested in expanding their knowledge and networking within this specialized community. A poster session will be held for young researchers to showcase their findings. There will be workshops catering to both beginners and advanced participants.

For more information head to the cavefin website. 

Meeting venue

This biennial meeting will be in person in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the B Ocean Resort.

50 rooms have been reserved at the hotel on a first come first serve basis. You can reserve one here. It is in your best interest to book your stay as soon as possible. After the room blocks have sold, you will have to book directly with the hotel.

Registration investment

Graduate Students: $450 (no fees)
Postdoctoral Researchers/Technicians: $600 (no fees)
Principal Investigators/Professionals: $800 (no fees)
Vendor/Supporter: $950 (plus fees)

Conference Schedule

A preliminary look at the schedule for the 8th Astyanax International Meeting for Cavefish

See the schedule here

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