Exploration, biodiversity and systematics of molluscs
A symposium in honor of Philippe Bouchet
Organizers: Nicolas Puillandre, Ellen Strong, Yuri Kantor
Confirmed keynote speaker: Nicolas Puillandre
Travelling and research Awards
deadline for the travel grants: March 15th, 2022
deadline for the research grants: May 31th, 2022
Abstract: Philippe Bouchet, Senior Professor at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris, will retire in August 2022 after a career spanning almost five decades. Since joining the museum in 1973 as an assistant, he has authored more than 210 original refereed research papers and ca. 160 other publications, and has described over 600 new species of molluscs. Through his leadership, the malacological collection of the MNHN has become the most active in the world, with a remarkable annual growth, especially of type specimens.
Philippe's primary interests are in the exploration and description of invertebrate diversity, particularly molluscs. His passion for exploring unknown faunas was the impetus for launching "Our Planet Reviewed", an initiative that has become the gold standard for biodiversity surveys. He is a recognized leader in this field and has cultivated an international network of collaborators, both academics and citizen scientists, to valorize these collections. This symposium organized in his honor will bring together scientists not only to celebrate Philippe's career and accomplishments, but also to present new discoveries made possible by MNHN expeditions.