TS CBC2015

The COST Action FA1301 CephsInAction announces the second Training School on Biology and Care of Cephalopods for fall 2015 (from October 26th to October 30th, 2015) in Naples, Italy

CBC2015 Training School is open to people who perform the four functions, as stated in article 23 of the Directive 2010/63/EU: carrying out procedures on animals; designing procedures and projects; taking care of animals; killing animals.

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The Guidelines for the care and welfare of Cephalopods in research have been published!

The “Guidelines for care and welfare of cephalopods in research” have been published as a Special Issue (supplement) of Laboratory Animals. These Guidelines are supported by the Association for Cephalopod Research – CephRes, the Federation for Laboratory Animal Science Associations – FELASA, and the COST Action FA1301 aimed to facilitate and support the cephalopod community in meeting the challenges resulting from the inclusion of cephalopod molluscs, the sole among invertebrates, in Directive 2010/63/EU.


The Guidelines can be downloaded here

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2015 STSMs Approved

Evaluation of the second FA1301 STSMs call for the 2015, completed!

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FA1301-WG4 call for a STSM 2015

imrThe FA1301 COST Action is advertising a call for a STSM 2015 aimed to contribute to the development of the Cephalopod Welfare Index (FA1301-WG4).

The call is intended for young students and/or ESRs that are interested to study the interaction between basic, behavioral and physiological needs of species considered in this COST Action in assessing animal welfare.

The suggested workplan would be based on deducing data from literature. Highly motivated young early career are encouraged to apply!

The Host Institution for this STSM will be the Institute of Marine Research (Norway) aimed to research and advice on  aquaculture and the ecosystems and providing high standard research facing with new scientific challenges. Among its scientific activities IMR is also focused on the concept of animal welfare. The Institute of Marine Research is the authorities’ centre of expertise for animal welfare in the fisheries and aquaculture industry. The Animal welfare research group plays a central role in building up our knowledge and developing methods in this area.

If you are interested send an email directly to Dr Giovanna Ponte within Thursday 30 July, 2015.


CephsInAction Meets AE2015



As activity of Working Group 1 for the 2015, the WG1 will join the Aquaculture Europe 2015 (Rotterdam, Netherlands – 20 to 23 October 2015).

Our contribution will include a dedicated session within the main Conference and a satellite event (WG1 Meeting) tentatively scheduled on 23 October.

Please, if you are interested in attending ‘CephsInAction meets AE2015′ answer to our questionnaire


Call is open for the 2015 European Young Researchers’ Award

ESOF2014, Euroscience Open forum, Copenhagen, Denmark

ESOF2014, Euroscience Open forum, Copenhagen, Denmark

The European Young Researchers Award (EYRA) is granted since 2010 to researchers demonstrating outstanding research performance and leadership. It aims to inspire early stage researchers to incorporate a European dimension and perspective into their research.

The Award is granted each year; in odd years, the prize is dedicated to PhD candidates, and in even years to post-doctoral fellows. The prize-giving-ceremony is held every two years at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) where the two recipients will present their work. The Award consists of a Certificate, waiving the participation fee to ESOF, a grant to cover travel and accommodation for the stay in the ESOF city and a two years’ free EuroScience membership.

The deadline for the 2015 call, dedicated to PhD candidates, is June 1st, 2015!

Download the full version of the 2015 EYRA Awards call for applications

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


2015 STSMs Approved

Evaluation of the first FA1301 STSMs call for the 2015, completed! Approved STSMs

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FA1301 STSMs 2015 – 2nd Call



CephsInAction opens the 2nd call for 2015 FA1301 Short Term Scientific Missions

These serve to support the exchange of researchers to establish new areas of scientific collaboration within the areas of activities of FA1301 COST Action.

Priority is given to Early Stage Researchers (pre- or post-doctoral researchers) that would like to visit Institutions of the participating FA1301 Countries.


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