Image of many bivavles on a black background. With date and location of conference.

Update 10/07/2023: We have reached capacity, please get in touch with the organisers if you wish to be contacted in the event of places becoming available.

This conference will be focused solely on bivalved molluscs, to be held 5th – 8th September, 2023, at the University of Cambridge (UK). This is intended as a successor to the previous bivalve meetings that took place in London (1977), Drumheller (1995), Cambridge (1999) and Barcelona (2006). Our aim is to host a relaxed, open in-person meeting to carry on this tradition of convivial review of all aspects of current bivalve research (living and fossil).

We now welcome registration and submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations. We also provide details about the venues, event and make suggestions regarding accommodation etc.

Organizers: Liz Harper, John Taylor, Emily Glover & Katie Collins

Conference schedule

 Tuesday 5thWednesday 6thThursday 7thFriday 8th
Morning TalksTalksTalks
Lunch Break Lunch in CollegeOwn responsibilityOwn responsibility
AfternoonRegistration from c.15.30TalksTalksTalks
EveningOpening reception starts c.17.30Poster SessionPoster SessionFinal Banquet


A registration desk will be open from 15.30 on Tuesday 5th September in the coffee room of the Department of Earth sciences (just below the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences in Downing Street, post code CB2 3EQ), see map.  It is a 10 minute walk from the College accommodation that many participants are using. We will put signs out on the day and also provide more detailed walking instructions in the final circular. Registering guests will receive their name badge, be able to check timetables and banquet bookings and to hand over their talk slides (see below). The desk will close at around 17.30 when we will move on to the Opening Reception. Registration will also be possible at the Auditorium Venue from 8.15am on the morning of Wednesday 6th September.

We recommend that delegates find their accommodation to drop their bags before the Opening Reception as there will not be space to store luggage safely at the venue.

Publication of Proceedings


Access to Sedgwick Museum collections

Anybody wishing to inspect fossils in the collections of the Sedgwick Museum is kindly asked to contact Liz Harper ( to discuss access and availability of specimens prior to the meeting so that arrangements can be made.

Pandemics and insurance

Although we very much hope that COVID-19 has ceased to be a major issue, the meeting will operate to obey any UK government or University of Cambridge or College regulations regarding health and hygiene that are valid during the conference dates.

Should cancellation prove necessary, an online conference would be organised and reimbursement made for the social functions.

The organizers cannot accept liability for personal accident, loss, or damage to private property, which may be incurred as a result of the participation in the meeting.

Sponsorship and thanks

We are grateful to the following sponsors:

Gonville & Caius College Cambridge, the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences (University of Cambridge) and the Malacological Society of London.

We are grateful to Gonzalo Giribet for permission to use some of the images in the banner for this meeting and to Sarah Humbert for her help with website.