10th Aniversary

The Cone Collector

4th International Cone Meeting: 30th September to 2nd October, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium

Where: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Vautierstreet, 29 - 1000 Brussels (BELGIUM)

When: 30th September 2016 to 2nd October, 2016

The project “The Cone Collector” started in October 2006, when a pilot issue of our bulletin – adequately numbered “zero” – was sent to a number of cone shell collectors throughout the world. It quickly developed into a more ambitious venture, which includes:

a) the bulletin;

b) a website with a vast wealth of information for Cone lovers and researchers, including the well known works of Paul Kersten, Mike Filmer and the important Manual of the Living Conidae, by Dieter Röckel, Werner Korn and Alan Kohn;

c) international meetings.

The International Cone Meetings began in 2010, when we got together in Stuttgart, at the Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde. The whole event met with a great success, which encouraged us to organize the second meeting in 2012, at the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle de La Rochelle. The third meeting took place in Madrid, at the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, in 2014.

The current year is particularly significant for TCC, since we are celebrating our 10th anniversary! And we will hold the 4th International Cone Meeting at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, in Brussels, from the 30th September to the 2nd October.

The Museum houses many important shell collections, including the famous Philippe Dautzenberg collection, which runs into several million specimens and is in fact one of the largest in the world; the museum is also famous for the Bernissart Iguanodons fossils found in the late 19th century and on display there. We sincerely express our thanks to Prof. Thierry Backeljau, of the museum’s directorate Taxonomy and Phylogeny, as well as other museum staff, for welcoming our meeting.

We are also happy to have the collaboration of the Société Belge de Malacologie ASBL and of the Koninklijke Belgische Vereniging voor Conchyliologie V.Z.W.After the great success of the first three International Cone Meetings (Stuttgart, 2010; La Rochelle, 2012; Madrid, 2014), we bring you the 4th edition of the same event, this time scheduled for early October 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.

Our logotype – once again created by Luís Ambar – celebrates the beautiful city of Brussels through one of its most outstanding icons, the Atomium, originally built for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair and designed by André Waterkeyn, André Polak and Jean Polak. The building currently contains exhibition spaces and a panoramic restaurant.

The Organizing Committee of the 4th International Cone Meeting includes António Monteiro, Manuel Jiménez Tenorio, Yves Terryn, Lucy Muehleisen and Marc Keppens, plus Thierry Backeljau as member of the hosting institution.

To all those involved in the organization, we extend our sincere thanks.

As usual, we have prepared what we believe to be a very attractive program, readily available in this site, which we are sure will enable for a very pleasant, amusing and above all instructive weekend dedicated to the study and collecting of Cones. As usual, we will have talks, workshops and other activities, plus a great opportunity to get together and discuss our favourite subject.

We hope to see as many of you as possible in Brussels next October and we can promise all a good time, as besides our meeting the city itself is certainly well worth a visit.


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You will find the information for your online reservation link above. If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate your business and look forward to a successful event. The group rate for the Renaissance Brussels Hotel is 100 EUR per night.

Internat Cone Meeting Naturalart CI

Start date: 9/30/16
End date: 10/2/16
Last day to book: 6/30/16

Previous Meetings

Madrid 2014 meeting

La Rochelle 2012

Stuttgart 2010