The registration deadline is Friday, June 2.

We have extended the Abstract deadline to Friday, April 28th. Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract by our initial deadline of April 7th!

Click on the link below for secure, online registration.


Registration fee includes Sunday evening opening reception, all coffee breaks, Wednesday evening casual banquet (New England clambake), conference T-shirt and program.

Conference activities will take place in the Hogan Campus Center of the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Professionals: $340Students: $180

Meal Plan: $101.50 (see Lodging and Dining tab for more information)

Lodging: Prices vary by accommodation. (See Lodging and Dining tab for more information)

Optional visit to Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology and Museum of Natural History, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Cost for Museum trip: $30 (covers transportation to Cambridge and admission to the public Museum of Natural History)

Following a plenary talk by Dave and Doris Pawson on the morning of Tuesday, July 11, 2017, join your fellow conference attendees on a visit to Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology to view their echinoderm collection and to the accompanying Museum of Natural History.

Chartered buses will transport participants from Worcester to Cambridge and back. However, you will have the option of remaining in Cambridge (and neighboring Boston) to explore, returning to Worcester on MBTA commuter rail at your leisure. See the Travel tab for more information on train schedules.

Brown bag lunches will be provided for the bus ride to the museum.

Adam Baldinger, Curatorial Associate and Collection Manager for Invertebrates at the Museum, and his associates will be hosting us at Harvard. They are very much looking forward to our visit! In addition to a behind the scenes tour, stations will be set up with selected specimens from their liquid and dry collections, and we will have the opportunity to see the Blaschka Glass Invertebrates collection. If there are specific specimens you would like to see on the day of our visit, please contact Adam by e-mail ( or phone (+1 617-495-2472) in advance. Note that the Museum's echinoderm collection database can be explored online here.While we encourage full participation in the entire conference, single day registration will be available on a limited basis. Please contact Justin McAlister ( to discuss your situation.