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logo of the 15th International Symposium on Tardigrada in Kraków, Poland, 22nd-26th of August 2022, showing an individual of Doryphoribius dawkinsi, a yellow parachelan eutardigrade with dorsal gibbosities, breathing fire, stylised as the statue of the Wawel Dragon at the foot of the Wawel Hill in Kraków. Font and flame colours represent the colours of the Jagiellonian University logo. Concept and design: Łukasz Michalczyk, artwork: Kamil Janelt (Silesia University) & Łukasz Michalczyk (Jagiellonian University). CLICK TO ENLARGE THE IMAGE

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Announcements

12.06.2022 | Announcement #9


Dear Symposium Participants,

Now that the Cancellation Deadline has passed and all abstracts have been submitted, we have prepared a new section of the website comprising Presentation Guidelines. Please get familiar with the guidelines and prepare your presentations accordingly.

The good news is that COVID-19 cases in Poland are already hitting summer lows, i.e. ca. 250 cases and 3 death per day across the entire country.

On a different note, we happy to announce that the Rector of the Jagiellonian University has taken the Symposium under his patronage.

Łukasz Michalczyk
Chair of Tardigrada 2022

 

 

 

19.05.2022 | Announcement #8


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

A quick reminder that the extended Late Registration deadline is only three days away, i.e. this Sunday, May 22nd at midnight (CEST). Thus, if you haven’t completed your registration via our Registration Platform, please do it as soon as possible.

In case of any problems with registration or payment, please contact Michał or Kinga at konferencje@uj.edu.pl (please don’t forget to place “Tardigrada 2022: ” followed by the topic of your query in the email subject line).

This is the last Symposium Announcement circulated via the Tardigrada Newsletter Mailing List. All future Announcements will be sent from krakow@tardigrada.net only to the registered Symposium participants. Nevertheless, all Announcements will continue to be published here.

Łukasz Michalczyk
Chair of Tardigrada 2022

 

 

 

24.04.2022 | Announcement #7


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

This is just a quick reminder that the extended Early Registration deadline is next Friday, i.e. there’s only one week left to register with the Early Registration fees. Thus, if you haven’t completed your registration via our Registration Platform, please do it as soon as possible to avoid paying the Late Registration fees, which all are 25% higher than the Early Registration fees.

Please note that registering under the Early Registration fees requires: (1) filling the registration form, (2) paying the registration fee, and (3) submitting your abstract(s) if you want to give a talk or/and present your poster(s). Submitting your abstract(s) after 22.04.2022 will mean that you will have to pay the Late Registration fee in order to present at the Symposium.

If for any reason you cannot come to the Symposium but you’d still like to present your poster in absentia, you can register, send us your poster in PDF, and we will print and display it for you.

In case of any problems with registration or payment, please contact Michał or Kinga at konferencje@uj.edu.pl (please don’t forget to place “Tardigrada 2022: ” followed by the topic of your query in the email subject line).

COVID-19 infection and death rates in Poland are now low and constantly decreasing:

COVID-19 in PL [2022.04.15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Data source: Polish Ministry of Health; graph: Flourish Studio (modified).

Thus, it seems that the rates are very likely to diminish to nearly zero in the summer, as predicted based on the last two summers.

As always, we kindly ask you to spread the news about the Symposium wherever you can!

Cannot wait to see you all this summer in Kraków!  😊

Łukasz Michalczyk
Chair of Tardigrada 2022

 

 

 

29.03.2022 | Announcement #6

 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I hope this message finds you well and healthy.

I have received numerous requests to extend the deadline, as some of you need more time to finalise abstracts and secure funds to pay the registration fees (please remember that abstract submission deadlines are the same as registration deadlines). Therefore, to accommodate your appeals, the Early Registration deadline is now extended to 22.04.2022, whereas the new Late Registration is 22.05.2022, and the new Cancellation deadline is 06.06.2022. The Early Registration countdown has now been reset to the extended date.

Some of you are also concerned about whether the Russian aggression against Ukraine may affect the Symposium. I would like to emphasise that Poland is a member of NATO and as such, the risk of military actions on the territory of Poland is negligible. Moreover, despite welcoming a large number of Ukrainian refugees (or guests, as we refer to them), life in Kraków is business as usual (see photos below). Most importantly, however, in the unlikely case that the Symposium cannot be held in Kraków in August 2022, everyone who registered will be able to vote on whether they want to postpone the Symposium and come to Kraków in 2023 or whether they would like the Symposium to be held online. In other words, registration entails no risk of losing your funds.

While we are on the subject of Ukraine, I am happy to announce that all Ukrainian citizens and residents affiliated with Ukrainian institutions, who left the country on or after 24.02.2022 or are currently in Ukraine and wish to apply for a Travel Grant, are exempt from age limits and from paying the registration fee in advance.

I also have some good news regarding the COVID-19 situation in Poland. The omicron wave has plummeted much faster than predicted and the current infection and death rates are similar to those at the end of April 2021, so we are one month ahead in the desired direction compared to the last year. This significantly strengthens the predictions based on the two last years that the rates are expected to diminish to nearly zero in the summer (see the subsection devoted to COVID-19 for more details).

Here are a couple of photos I took yesterday afternoon in the Old Town and at the river to show you that although the overall mood is not cheerful, life goes on as usual:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Main Square with locals and some foreign tourists.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grodzka Street with locals and tourists.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A group of tourists from North America in the Maria Magdalena Square.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

People catching spring sunrays at the Vistula River close to the Royal Castle.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wawel Dragon breathing fire as usual and kids teasing the Dragon, also as usual.

 

I hope that this reassures those who might be worried. Kraków is safe and we will do everything to make your stay as pleasurable, inspiring, and healthy as possible.

Best Wishes,

Łukasz Michalczyk
Chair of Tardigrada 2022

 



 

28.02.2022 | Announcement #5

 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Just to let you know that our Registration Platform is fully operational and you can start registering for the Symposium (big thanks Kinga Rozwadowska from the JU Conference Organisation Section for her valuable help in setting up the Platform).

In case of any problems with registration or payment, please contact Kinga or Michał at konferencje@uj.edu.pl (please don’t forget to type “Tardigrada 2022: ” followed by the topic of your query in the email subject line).

Take care,

Łukasz Michalczyk
Chair of Tardigrada 2022

 

 

 

14.02.2022 | Announcement #4

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am very pleased to present you with the official website of the 15th International Symposium on Tardigrada: tardigrada.uj.edu.pl

Although a few sections are yet to be published at later times (e.g. the Symposium Programme), the great majority of subsites are fully operational and you are kindly invited to explore them all. The most important sections at this moment are: information on all Deadlines related to the Symposium, Fees & Payments, detailed Abstract Guidelines (with a template to help you prepare your abstracts), and the description of our Registration Platform (which is aimed to be launched by the end of the month). Those among us who are still lucky to be enjoying their youth may be interested in information about Travel Grants and Young Scientist Awards too. There are two countdown clocks on the website: one showing how much time is left until the Symposium (currently 188 days), and the other – displayed only in the REGISTRATION section – counting down to the Early Registration deadline (45 days left).

You may also find useful the sections devoted to information and tips on what are the best ways of Getting to Kraków and how to find great Accommodation in the Royal City (primary suggestion: book as soon as possible, especially that nowadays many booking services offer reservations without prepayments or with fully refunded cancellations up to a week prior to arrival). Some of you may be hesitant to travel in the COVID-19 era, thus there is a separate section devoted only to COVID-19 and how to make your trip to Kraków as safe and as hassle-free as possible. Please check out also the Contact section and our kind request on how to use the offered channels of communication to help us help you efficiently.

Furthermore, I am very happy to introduce the amazing Invited Speakers who will deliver interesting and inspiring keynote talks. I am also glad to confirm that the prestigious Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society will kindly host the Symposium Proceedings (big thanks to Maarten Christenhusz, Editor-in-Chief of the ZJLS, and the Oxford University Press for making this possible).

I am also extremely grateful to our Sponsors (mainly the Polish Ministry of Education and Science, but the Faculty of Biology of the Jagiellonian University also chipped in), whose generous support made it possible to organise an attractive Symposium programme while keeping the registration fees at affordable levels despite the raging inflation and the global COVID-19 crisis (I owe thanks to Patrycja Dąbrowska-Wierzbowska from the JU Research Support Centre for helping me with the Ministry application).

I hope you will enjoy the Symposium website (huge cheers to Michał Rdzanek from the JU Conference Organisation Section for his invaluable help in setting up the website; and to Vladimir Gross for proof-reading the contents). I also hope that you will register as soon as the Registration Platform comes to life (it is currently being thoroughly tested to ensure smooth registration, abstract submission and payment processing).

Please forward this Announcement to anyone who could be interested in attending the Symposium, and please publicise also the address of the Symposium website, tardigrada.uj.edu.pl, by all possible means (social media, newsletters, websites, blogs, etc.).

All the best in the recently started New Year 😊 and lots of love on the occasion of St. Valentine’s Day!

Łukasz Michalczyk
Chair of Tardigrada 2022

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12.12.2021 | Announcement #3

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I hope this message finds you well and healthy.

A quick announcement with some vital updates concerning the 15th International Symposium on Tardigrada, which is planned to be held in Kraków, from the 22nd to the 26th of August 2022:

Early Registration and Abstract submission deadline is the 31st of March 2022, whereas Late Registration will be open until the 15th of May 2022.

The official Symposium website will be released in the beginning of 2022 and the link to the website with further information will be sent in the Fourth Announcement. For the time being, all information on the Kraków Symposium can be found in the dedicated section of the Tardigrada Newsletter.

We will be grateful for forwarding this announcement to your friends and colleagues who might be interested in attending the Symposium.

Please stay tuned for future announcements, which will be published on the Tardigrada Newsletter and will be also circulated via the Tardigrada Newsletter Mailing List.

We look forward to seeing you all in Kraków next Summer!

Best Wishes & Take care,

Łukasz Michalczyk
Chair of Tardigrada 2022

 



01.03.2021 | Announcement #2

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We have been carefully observing the dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions and vaccinations in Poland and throughout the World. It seems that holding the Symposium this year is too risky, thus we have come to the conclusion that the best solution is to postpone the event to 2022.

Therefore, the new date of the 15th International Symposium on Tardigrada is the 22nd – 26th of August 2022, and we have updated the official logo of the Symposium accordingly:

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official logo of the 15th International Symposium on Tardigrada

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We will be very much grateful for forwarding this announcement to your friends and colleagues who might be interested in attending the Symposium.

Please stay tuned for future announcements, which will be published on the Tardigrada Newsletter and will be also circulated by the Tardigrada Newsletter Mailing List.

We look forward to seeing you all in Kraków next year!

On behalf of the Organising Committee,
Chair of XV International Symposium on Tardigrada,
Łukasz Michalczyk

 



01.10.2020 | Announcement #1

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As announced three years ago in Copenhagen, the 15th International Symposium on Tardigrada is planned to be held in Kraków, Poland, from the 23rd to the 27th of August 2021, and as of today (October 2020), this date remains valid.

However, since the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered the lives of people in 2020 throughout the world, we must take into consideration that travel and gathering restrictions may extend into 2021 and it may not be possible to hold the Symposium as originally planned. If this is indeed the case, we could postpone the Symposium to 2022, move the meeting to an online platform in 2021 or organise a hybrid meeting in 2021 (a small gathering in Kraków transmitted online).

The Organising Committee has agreed that if the pandemic is still untamed in early Spring 2021, it would be better to postpone the Symposium to 2022 than to move it to the virtual dimension partially or in full. We decided that this will be the best solution since with the current technology virtual meetings are far from what real gatherings can provide. This is especially important in terms of social interactions, including informal conversations that often take place in parallel to the conference programme and which are an indispensable arena for exchanging thoughts and ideas.

Thus, depending on the dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spring 2021, we will either confirm that the Symposium will take place in 2021 as originally planned or we will inform that the conference will be postponed to 2022. This will be communicated in the second announcement which is planned to be published in early Spring 2021.

A dedicated website with detailed information on the Symposium is planned to be launched in the Spring 2021 and in the meantime all Symposium announcements will be communicated via the Tardigrada Newsletter Mailing List and they will also be published in the 'News' section of the Tardigrada Newsletter.

The Symposium Proceedings are planned to be published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.
We are also happy to present the official logo of the 15th International Symposium on Tardigrada:

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ogo of the 15th International Symposium on Tardigrada in Kraków, Poland, 22nd-26th of August 2022, showing an individual of Doryphoribius dawkinsi, a yellow parachelan eutardigrade with dorsal gibbosities, breathing fire, stylised as the statue of the Wawel Dragon at the foot of the Wawel Hill in Kraków. Font and flame colours represent the colours of the Jagiellonian University logo. Concept and design: Łukasz Michalczyk, artwork: Kamil Janelt (Silesia University) & Łukasz Michalczyk (Jagiellonian University). CLICK TO ENLARGE THE IMAGE.

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