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ROTIFERA is an international and interdisciplinary symposium, held every 3 years since the inaugural event in 1978 in Lunz (Austria). Recent symposia have been held in Mexico, Austria, and Thailand. ROTIFERA is a network of scientists rather than a professional society, and, in an attempt to counteract the specialization of most society proceedings, aims to provide a broad overview of rotifer research regardless of discipline or methodology. While the specialized terminology and rapid changes in technology within research fields can make a broad overview challenging, the result is often a fruitful synthesis of advances from a range of disciplines.
ROTIFERA XII was organized by the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Berlin and the Natural History Museum (Museum für Naturkunde), Berlin. It took place at the Humboldt University Berlin on 16–21 August 2009, and 136 participants from 30 countries, including 45 graduate and PhD students, attended the...