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The 3rd International Electronic Conference on Diversity

Biodiversity of Animals, Plants and Microorganisms

Part of the International Electronic Conference on Diversity series
15–17 Oct 2024
Event's Timezone: Central European Summer Time
Abstract Submission Deadline
31st July 2024
Abstract Acceptance Notification
10th September 2024

Registration Deadline
10th October 2024

Animal Diversity, Biodiversity Conservation, Marine Diversity, Microbial Diversity, Culture Collections, Phylogeny, Evolution, Plant Diversity
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Great news!

Due to the high interest in our conference, we are pleased to announce that we have extended the Abstract Submission Deadline to 31 July 2024!

Don't miss this opportunity to showcase your research and expertise. Register now and submit your abstract to join us for insightful discussions and valuable networking opportunities.

IECD 2024 is free to participate, so take advantage of this extension and secure your spot today!

Stay tuned for more event updates and announcements.

Welcome from the Chair

Dear colleagues,

We are thrilled to extend a warm welcome to you for the upcoming third International Electronic Conference on Diversity (IECD 2024), proudly sponsored by the MDPI open access journal Diversity. In line with our commitment to fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange, this electronic conference provides a unique platform for researchers to showcase their work, discuss groundbreaking findings, and engage in meaningful conversations with fellow experts.

Conference Overview: This will be a virtual conference held at, a platform developed and sponsored by MDPI to organize and provide technical support for electronic conferences. The virtual format offers the distinct advantage of eliminating the need for travel and its associated expenses, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the conference without any logistical constraints.

Key Themes: The conference will span various key themes, including the following:

  • Animal diversity;
  • Biodiversity conservation;
  • Marine diversity;
  • Microbial diversity and culture collections;
  • Phylogeny and evolution;
  • Plant diversity.

Conference Format: After abstract acceptance, authors are invited to submit a pre-recorded video presentation or a series of narrated slides. These materials will be accessible online, and open for discussion, comments, and questions during the entire conference. Additionally, presentations will remain available after the e-conference concludes. Authors are encouraged to submit a full description of their work in a conference paper, which will undergo peer review. The accepted papers will likely be published in the MDPI Biology and Life Sciences Forum journal. However, paper submission is not a requirement for active conference participation.

Free of Charge Participation: We are pleased to inform you that participation in this conference is entirely free of charge for both authors and attendees. The accepted proceedings papers will likely be published in the MDPI Biology and Life Sciences Forum journal, available online on the MDPI website. Selected extended versions of the papers will be published in a Special Issue of the journal Diversity with a 20% discount on the article processing charge (ISSN 1424-2818; Diversity).

Awards and Opportunities: The best oral presentation awards and best poster awards will receive an award of CHF 200, along with an offer to publish an extended paper, free of charge, in the Special Issue of Diversity.

We encourage you to explore the conference platform and guidelines provided in advance for a seamless experience. Should you have any queries or require assistance, our dedicated support team is available to ensure your participation is smooth and rewarding.

We look forward to engaging in exciting discussions and hearing new ideas and perspectives from experts in the field. All participants are welcome to join the online conference and contribute to the vibrant intellectual exchange that makes events like IECD 2024 truly exceptional.

Kind regards,
Prof. Dr. Michael Wink
Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany

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Event Chair

Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany

Prof. Dr. Michael Wink completed his PhD in 1980 at Technische Universität Braunschweig. He is currently a senior professor at Heidelberg University, within the Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology, and is a visiting professor at CEPROBI, the Prince of Songkla University and Northeast Forestry University. He works in the areas of natural products, chemical ecology, medicinal and poisonous plants, molecular pharmacology, biotechnology, evolution (molecular systematics, phylogeny, phylogeography of plants and animals), and ornithology. To date, he has authored or coauthored more than 1200 papers published in international journals and conference proceedings. He is the Editor-in Chief of Diversity.

Session Chairs

Prof. Dr. Luc Legal

Laboratoire Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Environnement, UMR 5245 (CNRS-UPS-INPT) Batiment IVR1/Université Paul Sabatier, 118 Route de Narbonne, CEDEX 9, F-31062 Toulouse, France

Prof. Dr. Xiaoyulong Chen

College of Life Sciences, Guizhou University, Guiyang, China.

Prof. Dr. Mario A. Pagnotta

Department of Sciences and Technology for Agriculture, Forest, Environment and Energy - Tuscia University, Viterbo, Italy.

Dr. Kevin Cianfaglione

ICL, Junia, Université Catholique de Lille, LITL, F-59000 Lille, France

Prof. Dr. Łukasz Kaczmarek

Department of Animal Taxonomy and Ecology, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland

Prof. Dr. Samantha C. Karunarathna

Center for Yunnan Plateau Biological Resources Protection and Utilization, College of Biological Resource and Food Engineering, Qujing Normal University, Qujing, China

Dr. Paulo Vale

Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), Sea and Marine Resources Department (DMRM), Lisbon, Portugal

Dr. Gioele Capillo

Department of Chemical, Biological, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Sciences, University of Messina, Messina, Italy

Event Committee Members

Département de Biologie, Laboratoire Ecodiv - Université de Rouen Normandie, F-76821, Mont Saint Aignan cedex, France.

Department of Applied and Environmental Biology, Rivers, State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

School of Biology and Environmental Sciences and UCD Earth Institute, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.

Laboratory of Mammalian ecology, Nature Research Centre, Akademijos 2, Vilnius, Lithuania

Department of Biology, Science and Art Faculty, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, Burdur, Turkey.

Institute of Research for Agriculture Economy and Rural Development, Bucharest, Romania. National Institute of Research and Development for Biological Sciences, Bucharest, Romania

Department of Biology of Organisms and Systems – Area of Zoology, University of Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain.

Department of Biology, Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Calabria, Arcavacata CS, Italia.

A. O. Kovalevsky Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas, Sevastopol, Russia.

National Institute for Fisheries Research and Development (INIDEP), CONICET, IIMyC Benthos, Mar del Plata, Argentina

Russian State Agrarian University - Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy, Moscow, Russia.

CREA-Research Centre for Food and Nutrition, Rome, Italy

Botany Department, Faculty of Science, Tanta University, Tanta, Egypt

CREA-Research Centre for Food and Nutrition, Rome, Italy

Departamento de Ecologia Evolutiva, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Museo National de Ciencias Naturales (CSIC) , Madrid, Spain.

University of Białystok, Białystok, Poland

Center for Biological Data Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, United States of America.

Botanical Garden of Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania

University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia.

Department of Animal Biology, Parasitology, Ecology, Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain.

Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, USDA-ARS, Griffin, USA.

Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy.

Center for Climate Change Research, University of Toronto (ONRamp at UTE), Toronto, Canada

Department of Biology & CESAM, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal

Department of Vegetable Science, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, India

Laboratory of Molecular Ecology, Nature Research Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

Department of Soil, Plant and Food Sciences, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, Bari, Italy

Laboratory of Algology, Department of Plant Biology, Faculty of Biology, Espinardo Campus, University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain

Department of Mycology and Genetics, University of Wrocław, Wrocław, Poland

Ecology and Environment Research Centre and Department of Natural Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK

Department of Immunobiology, Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology, Institute of Biological Sciences, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland

Department of Clothing Technology and Garment Engineering, Berlin University of Applied Sciences-HTW Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Department of Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology, Institute of Microbiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), Morocco

Department of Chemistry, Werner Siemens Chair of Synthetic Biotechnology, Technical University of Munich (TUM), München, Germany

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia

Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas/Institute of Geoenergy (FORTH/IG), Greece

MSCA Fellow, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London, London, UK

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania

Laboratory of Human Microbiota–Xenobiotics Interactions, Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Oeiras, Portugal

Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

Sanda University, Shanghai, China

Department of Ecology and Geology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Malaga, Málaga, Spain

Department of Marine Biology, Institute of Biology, Fluminense Federal University, Brazil

Keynote Speakers

Faculty of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Sciences, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy,
Competence Center for Economic, Ecological and Social Sustainability, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy

Camilla Wellstein holds a PhD in natural sciences and is head of the research area Analysis and Management of Mountain Ecosystems and member of the governing body of the Competence Center for Economic, Environmental and Social Sustainability, Free University of Bozen/Bolzano. Her research results are published in over 100 academic publications. Currently she is studying biodiversity and vegetation dynamics in the Italian Alps under the impact of climate and land-use change with a focus on endemic species, forests, high mountain ecosystems and biodiversity conservation.


The registration for IECD 2024 will be free of charge! The registration includes attendance to all conference sessions.

If you are registering several people under the same registration, please do not use the same email address for each person, but their individual university email addresses. Thank you for your understanding.

Please note that the submission and registration are two separate parts. Only scholars who registered can receive a link to access the conference live streaming. The deadline for registration is 10 October 2024.

Instructions for Authors

Procedure for Submission
IECD 2024 will accept abstracts only. The accepted abstracts will be available online on during and after the conference.

Important Deadline
1. Deadline for abstract submission: 1̶5̶ ̶J̶u̶n̶e̶ ̶2̶0̶2̶4̶ 31 July 2024.
2. Announcement of oral and poster abstract results: 1̶5̶ ̶J̶u̶l̶y̶ ̶2̶0̶2̶4̶ 10 September 2024. You will be notified of the acceptance of an oral/poster presentation in a separate email.
Abstract Submission

Abstract submissions should be completed online by registering with and using the "Submit Abstract" function once logged into the system. No physical template is necessary.

1. The abstract structure should include the introduction, methods, results, and conclusions sections of about 200–300 words in length.
2. All abstracts should be submitted and presented in clear, publication-ready English with accurate grammar and spelling.
3. You may submit multiple abstracts. However, only one abstract will be selected for oral presentation.
4. The abstracts submitted to this conference must be original and novel, without prior publication in any journals or it will not be accepted to this conference.

Detailed Requirements:
1. The submitting author must ensure that all co-authors are aware of the contents of the abstract.
2. Please select only one presenter for each submission. If you would like to change the presenter after submission, please email us accordingly.

Note: We only accept live presentations.

Oral Presentation and Slides Submission
The slot for the oral presentation is 15 mins. We advise that your presentation lasts for a maximum of 12 mins, leaving at least 3 mins for the Q&A session.
Authors are encouraged to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint or similar software, to be displayed online along with the abstract. Slides, if available, will be displayed directly on the website using the proprietary slide viewer at Slides can be prepared in exactly the same way as for any traditional conference where research results are presented. Slides should be converted to PDF format prior to submission so that they can be converted for online display.
Poster Presentation
- Should include the title, authors, contact details and main research findings, as well as tables, figures and graphs where necessary.
- Size in pixel: 1080 width x 1536 height–portrait orientation.
- Size in cm: 38,1 width x 54,2 height–portrait orientation.
- Font size: ≥16.
- Examples of successful submissions can be viewed here at the following links: (1), (2), (3)
- You can use our free template to create your poster. The poster template can be downloaded HERE.
The Poster Sessions will take place in Zoom break-out rooms. The rooms will be called after your surname. You will automatically be assigned to your break-out room, however, you will be responsible for your own room, i.e. sharing your screen by yourself, handling the comments in the chat if there are any, etc. People will then be able to visit your room and discuss your poster with you. Please make sure you have the Zoom Desktop client or mobile app, version 5.3.0 or higher.
We will reach out to you closer to the dates of the conference with more information.
Potential Conflicts of Interest

It is the author's responsibility to identify and declare any personal circumstances or interests that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of clinical research. If there is no conflict, please state "The authors declare no conflicts of interest." This should be conveyed in a separate "Conflict of Interest" statement preceding the "Acknowledgments" and "References" sections at the end of the manuscript. Any financial support for the study must be fully disclosed in the "Acknowledgments" section.


MDPI, the publisher of the platform, is an open access publisher. We believe authors should retain the copyright to their scholarly works. Hence, by submitting an abstract to this conference, you retain the copyright to the work, but you grant MDPI the non-exclusive right to publish this abstract online on the platform. This means you can easily submit your full paper (with the abstract) to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher if required.

Publication Opportunities

1. Diversity Journal Publication
Participants in this conference are cordially invited to contribute a full manuscript to the conference's Special Issue, published in Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818, Impact Factor 2.1), with a 20% discount on the publication fee. Please note that no other discounts are applicable. All submitted papers will undergo MDPI’s standard peer-review procedure. The abstracts should be cited and noted on the first page of the paper.

2. Proceeding Paper Publication
All accepted abstracts will be published in the conference report of The 3rd International Electronic Conference on Diversity in Biology and Life Sciences Forum (ISSN: 2673-9976); if you wish to publish an extended proceeding paper (4-8 pages), please submit it to the same journal after the conference.
Authors are asked to disclose that it is a proceeding paper of the IECD 2024 conference paper in their cover letter. Carefully read the rules outlined in the 'Instructions for Authors' on the journal’s website and ensure that your submission adheres to these guidelines.

Proceedings submission deadline: 1 December 2024

Manuscripts for the proceedings issue must be formatted as follows:
Full author names.
Affiliations (including full postal address) and authors' e-mail addresses.
Results and Discussion.

IECD 2024-proceeding template

Event Awards

To acknowledge the support of the conference's esteemed authors and recognize their outstanding scientific accomplishments, we are pleased to announce that the conference will provide 4 awards including Best Oral Presentation Awards and Best Poster Awards.

The Awards
Best Oral Presentation Awards and Best Poster Awards

Number of Awards Available: 4

The Best Oral Presentation Awards are given to the paper judged to make the most significant oral contribution to the conference.
The Best Poster Awards are given to the submission judged to make the most significant and interesting poster for the conference.

There will be four winners selected for these awards. The winner will receive an award of CHF 200, along with an offer to publish an extended paper, free of charge, in the Special Issue of Diversity.

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Conference Secretariat

Ms. Mejoe Wang
Ms. Adelina Platon

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