The Digestive System in Cephalopods, a CephsInAction Workshop


First Announcement & Call for Expression of Interest in Attending

Digestive system in cephalopods

a workshop under the aegis of FA1301 COST Action WorkShop Gut

COST Action FA1301 “CephsInAction” will convene for its annual meeting this year in Lisbon (Portugal; November 25 – 27, 2015).    A “special scientific event” dedicated to the digestive system in cephalopods, with a focus on physiology, nutrition and metabolism will take place on Tuesday 24th November.



In contrast to many areas of cephalopod biology the digestive tract has not been the subject of such extensive study. However, understanding its normal functioning has wide ranging implications for aquaculture, fisheries and for the care and welfare of cephalopods in laboratories where research is now subject to regulation under Directive 2010/63/EU.

Focusing on such a specific topic, with presentations of recent data and advances, will represent a useful opportunity to get to know what is going on in this relatively neglected but important area.

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Key Topics

A one-day workshop including sessions covering the following topics:

  • Physiology and pharmacology of the digestive tract
  • Capture, ingestion and diet of cephalopods in the wild
  • Development and nutritional requirements of the first stages of life
  • Digestion and metabolism
  • The digestive system and cephalopod welfare

A publication based on the outcome of the workshop is planned!

Lisbon, Portugal

Tuesday 24th November, 2015; 09.00 -18.30


Eduardo Almansa (SP), Pedro Domingues (SP), João Pereira (PT), Paul Andrews (UK), Giovanna Ponte (IT)

We look forward to see you in Lisbon!!!

Digestive system in cephalopods Organizing Committee

Eduardo Almansa – ES, Coordinator

Pedro Domingues – ES

Joao Pereira – PT, Local Organiser

Paul Andrews – UK

Giovanna Ponte – Chair of FA1301 COST Action