Registration open until 14 June

Registration for the PRIDE-RCMNS conference is open until 14 June 2018, and thus closes in a few days. If you want to join, make sure you register before the 14th of June!

Only a few places left

There are only a few places left at the PRIDE-RCMNS conference. If you want to join us in Tbilisi, Georgia, in August, don't wait and register now!

We have a limited number of spaces available, due to the capacity of the plenary room. The maximum number of people for the conference is 120. We will use the first come, first serve principle.


Keynote speakers PRIDE-RCMNS conference

We are very excited that Orsolya SztanóOriol Oms, Henri J. Dumont, M.G. Karpinsky, David Lordkipanidze, and David Tarkhnishvili  will be keynote speakers at the PRIDE-RCMNS conference, 27-29 August 2018 in Tbilisi. 

  • Dr. Orsolya Sztanó is associate professor at the Department of Physical and Applied Geology, of the Eotvos Lorand University of Budapest. 
  • Prof. Henri J. Dumont is professor of Ecology at the Universities of Guagzhou, China and Ghent, Belgium.
  • Prof. M.G. Karpinsky is working for the Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography in Moscow
  • Prof. Oriol Oms  is professor of Geology at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.
  • Prof. David Lordkipanidze is professor and director of the Georgian National Musuem in Tbilisi.
  • Prof. David Tarkhnishvili is professor of Ecology at the Ilia State University of Tbilisi.

PRIDE final conference

From 27-29 August 2018, PRIDE will organize its final conference together with the RCMNS (Regional Committee on Mediterranean Neogene Stratigraphy) in Tbilisi, Georgia. We are happy to welcome you in Tbilisi. Abstract submission and registration will be open in February 2018. See for more information this page on the website. Stay tuned for updates. More information regarding location, invited speakers, program and everything else will be released as it comes. 

We have identified four session topics and a panel session (there might be changes):

  • Geological and climatic drivers of biodiversity in the Pontocaspian in the Neogene and Quaternary
  • Rise and fall of Pontocaspian biodiversity – origins and controls
  • Neogene and Quaternary Terrestrial Ecosystems in the Southern Caucasus
  • The role of invasive species in the current Pontocaspian biodiversity crisis
  • Panel discussion 

Network Training in Russia

From 22 August to 1 September 2017 the PRIDE group had a Network Training in Russia.  The meeting was organized by the Southern Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Lomonosov Moscow State University and PRIDE. The meetings were in Kagal'nik, along the Don River and near the Sea of Azov, that is connected to the Black Sea, in Astrakhan and the Volga Delta that draines into the Caspian Sea. The conference with the titel "Where East Meets West: Pontocaspia, the historical dimension of the evolution of a unique biodversity" with students and partners from Western Europe and Eastern Europe, including Russia, Azerbijan and Romania. This is link to the conference excursions book. Many thanks to Vadim Titov and the SSC-RAS team!

The program included:

  • two day conference "Where East Meets West" in Kagal'nik with partners from all over Russia, Azerbaijan and Romania,
  • field excursions along the shore of the Taganrog Gulf of the Sea of Azov,
  • field excursions along the Don river,
  • an expedition to Manych, the scientific-expedition base of the Southern Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and excursion to the salt lake of Gruszkoe,
  • field excursion to the Volga and Astrakhan biosphere reserve in Damchik
  • field excursion to the outcrops of the village Selitrennoe
  • field excursion to the outcrops of the village Seroglazovka

Frank Wesselingh, Sri Nandini, Sifan Koriche, Vadim Titov, Alexey Tesakov and Redzhep Kurbanov were interviewed by local television stations:

local Russian television Our Time (Nashe vremiya)

local Russian television Don Guide (Don Vesti)

Rostov regional newspapers

Nashe vremiya (Our Time) - 1 September 2017, №275

Evening Rostov newspaper - 25 August 2017  


Two day conference in Kagal'nik with (poster) presentations by the PRIDE researchers, and with partners from all over Russia, Azerbaijan and Romania. 

Outcrop along the sea of Azov

At a branch of the Wolga in the Astrakhan Biosphere reserve

Excursion in the Astrakhan biosphere reserve of Damchik


At Manych Natural Reserve


Sampling expedition on the Black Sea

Diksha an Anouk were recently on board of the Mare Nigrum on a sampling expedition on the Black Sea, together with Bianca Pavel from GeoEcoMar.


Very positive review for PRIDE

On 16 February we had the mid-term review meeting in Leiden. The conclusions of the EU project officer and the expert reviewer were very positive:

“PRIDE provides an excellent training, scientific and career development platform for young scientists. [..] 

The presented results during the reporting period are in very good scientific quality. [..]

The work contributes to European policy objectives and strategies in particular in relation to biodiversity. The work will provide a deeper understanding of the causes of the Pontocaspian biodiversity crisis and thereby enable more effective management of this crisis [..]

Outreach planning has been excellent and communication actions to date (e.g. the website) are good. [..]

The project management is running very well and is highly professional. [..] ”

We are very happy and will keep up the good spirit. 


Part of the PRIDE group plus partners after the mid-term review at the presentation of the new book of Salomon Kroonenberg called Spiegelzee.


Discover the unique mollusk fauna of the Black Sea - Identification sheet

pdf - English
pdf - Ukrainian
pdf - Romanian
pdf - Russian

PRIDE proudly presents the identfication sheet to the most characteristic mollusk species of the Black Sea. We invite everybody to participate in the PRIDE project by uploading observations to the iNaturalist portal. Find pdfs of the identification sheets in four different languages on this page.

To engage with citizen scientists the PRIDE project has developed an identification sheet to the most chararcteristic mollusks of the Black Sea. The identification sheet covers species that occur in the Black Sea, Estuarine-coastal lake areas - the typical Pontocaspian habitat, and in fresh water habitats. The identification sheet also has a short manual on how to upload your observations to the iNaturalist portal and allows everybody to particpate in PRIDE and to enrich the dataset available to biodiversity science in the Black Sea.

The purpose of the leaflet is: (1) Raise awareness of the uniqueness of Pontocaspian biodiversity and the current biodiversity crisis in different target groups. (2) Collect data on recent distribution of the Pontocaspian, Marine, Freshwater and invasive mollusk species in Northern Black Sea through the joint efforts of citizen scientists. This will help us update our distribution maps on our taxonomic platform: PC-Tax ( whereupon we will be able to identify the areas of follow up action.