Contributions to African Malacology – symposium in honour of Dr. A.C. van Bruggen

Nederlandse Malacologische Vereniging

Contributions to African Malacology – symposium in honour of Dr. A.C. van Bruggen

Date: Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

Location: Muzee, Neptunusstraat 90-92, 2586 GT The Hague, The Netherlands


Dr. A.C. van Bruggen

Dr. A.C. van Bruggen (July 9th 1929- June 3rd 2016), honorary member of the NMV

Mr. Van Bruggen joined the NMV sinds 1948. As a member of the board he held several functions: 2nd secretary, secretary, president, treasurer and vice-president. In 1970 he was a member of the board that helped the NMV through a financial crisis. For decades he was editor of the NMV journals Correspondentieblad (now Spirula) and Basteria. Behind the scenes he supported the NMV in many ways.

At the 60th anniversary in 1994 he earned a medal of honour for his work as editor and board member. In 1999 he was appointed honorary member of the association. In 2009, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, a Festschrift for Van Bruggen was published.

 As a professional malacologist, Van Bruggen made a significant contribution to the knowledge of molluscs, especially African land snails

A comprehensive In Memoriam was published in Basteria.



09:30-10:00 Welcome, coffee, tea and cake
10:00-10:15 Opening remarks by the chair of the day Prof. Dr. Edi Gittenberger
10:15-10:50 Land Snails of the Indigenous Forests of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: from Beach to Berg Dr. Peter Tattersfield
10:50-11:05 Break, with coffee and tea
11:05-11:40 Arthur Morelet (1809-1892) and his Contribution to African Malacology Mr. Jonathan Ablett
11:40-12:15 Snails of “Sky Islands” above an Equatorial Desert: Terrestrial Molluscs on Four Isolated Mountain Ranges in Northern Kenya Dr. Ben Rowson
12:15-13:15 Lunch, provided by the NMV
13:15-13:50 African Malacology: 1960 – present Dr. David G. Herbert
13:50-14:25 Punctum and Punctum-like minute land snails in and out of Africa Dr. Ir. Ton de Winter
14:25-14:40 Break, with coffee and tea
14:40-15:15 Assessing the Conservation Status of Non Marine Molluscs in Africa: Current Progress and Future Challenges Dr. Mary Seddon
15:15-15:50 Molluscs and Evolutionary Biology Prof. Dr. Edi Gittenberger
15:50-16:05 Closing remarks Mrs. W. van Bruggen
16:15-17:30 Reception, provided by the NMV
18:00 Malacological dinner (location and price not known yet)

Abstracts of the symposium (PDF).

Plekocheilus (Eurytus) bruggeni Breure, 1978


The symposium will be in English.


If you have anyquestions about the symposium, ask Sylvia van Leeuwen.