XXIX International hamster workgroup meeting

XXIX International hamster workgroup meetingWe are proud to invite experts working in all fields of biology, ecology and conservation of the European hamster (Cricetus cricetus) and/or other species of hamsters to present results of their work at the 29th Hamster Meeting in Brussels, Belgium on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 October 2022 (hybrid).

Initially this meeting was to be held in Kyiv Zoo, Ukraine in September 2022. The Russian War in Ukraine, and the human tragedy to which it led, rendered the organization of the meeting impossible. Against this tragic backdrop, we still hope to guarantee the continuity of the yearly Hamster workgroup meeting. We will host the meeting in support of our Ukrainian colleagues, who – we hope – will make it through this war unscathed. We express our deepest sympathy to all the innocent victims that fell in Ukraine as a result of pointless violence and atrocities.

The address of the meeting venue on 12 October 2022 is Havenlaan 88, 1000 Brussels (Herman Teirlinck building of the Flemish Government). The login details for online participation will be communicated in due course. The meeting will start at 9.30AM with a key note speech, followed by  presentations grouped per topic and will end around 5.30PM. Lunch and coffee breaks will be provided. In the evening of the 12th, we will try to organize a social event, for those who are interested (details will follow).

On the second day, 13 October 2022 we organize a field trip, lunch and closing debate in the land of Haspengouw (by bus from Brussels, Havenlaan 88 at 9AM and back to Brussels, Havenlaan 88 by 4PM). This day no online participation will be possible.

Main topics of the meeting will be:

  • Monitoring of wild populations
  • Captive breeding
  • Reintroduction
  • Genetics
  • Conservation
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Habitat management
  • Threats
  • Diseases of hamsters in the wild and in captivity
  • Hamsters and the soil biodiversity
  • Policy and law

The final program will be sent in August-September 2022.

Participation fees are as follows:

Early: 15 June - 1 August 2022 - 150 euro (full) or 75 euro (discount)

Late: hamster: after 1 August - 200 euro (full) or 100 euro (discount)


Discount is applied for students from all countries and for all participants from countries listed as Middle and Low Income by WorldBank (see details)
The registration fee will not cover travel and accommodation expenses. For accommodation please use www.booking.com or other websites at your choice. If you would need help with booking please contact us.

To register please use online registration form

After accepting your registration you will receive invoice with the applicable fee.

In case you are interested in presenting at this meeting, please send your papers to farah.bouquelle@ugent.be by 31 August 2022.

Both oral talks and poster sessions are scheduled for the Meeting. When preparing your oral talk please plan it for 15 minutes and 5 minutes for Q&A. If you wish to present a longer (plenary) talk, please contact the organizer.

COVID limitations

The 29 International Hamster Workgroup Meeting will be held in hybrid format.

COVID limitations applicable in October 2022 in Belgium will be applied and must be respected by all participants.

Travel scholarship

A limited number of travel scholarships are available for potential participants. If you wish to apply for a Scholarship, please answer “Yes” in the last question of the Registration Form and send your brief CV, motivation letter and thesis of your presentation as soon as possible to farah.bouquelle@ugent.be.

The travel scholarship will cover participation fee and include reimbursement of travel expenses and accommodation in Brussels during the Meeting.

more info in newspaper the Standaard

more info VRT news