||This second mollusc physiology meeting has being organized jointly by LEMAR (IUEM: European Institute for Marine Studies) and LPI (Ifremer: French Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea), as both laboratories conduct research in this field. Physiomar 08 followed the very successful workshop 'Physiological aspects of reproduction and nutrition in marine mollusks' held in La Paz (Mexico) in November 2006 under the guidance of Maria Concepcion Lora Vilchis and Elena Palacios Metchenov from CIBNOR. This year's meeting has focus on Reproduction, Growth, Nutrition and Genetics and genomics of marine molluscs, and included a specific session on the effects of climate change on mollusc physiology: Global change. This conference has served as a forum for the communication of recent advances in all aspects of the physiology in molluscs. Researchers, students, stakeholders and mollusc farmers have had the opportunity to communicate personally in a friendly environment with leaders in the field. This meeting aimed to provide a vehicle for continuing exchanges, cooperation, and collaboration in the field of the physiology of marine molluscs to better understand their adaptation ability in a changing environment, their ecological significance, and to promote their sustainable culture.