Oct 28

10th International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria

  • East Lake International Conference Center

Dear Scientific Colleagues,   

 On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee, I cordially invite you to attend the 10th International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria to be held in Wuhan, China from 23 to 28 October, 2016.

 International Conferences on Toxic Cyanobacteria have promoted active scientific exchange and communication between scientists and students focusing on the study of cyanotoxins and toxic cyanobacteria. Since the first conference in 1980, there have been nine ICTC’s, attracting participants from all around the world to discuss progress of their state of the art research. With an ever increasing awareness of the need for safe drinking and recreational water quality, and healthier freshwater ecosystems, the scope of ICTC is becoming wider. The Scientific Organizing Committee has therefore decided that the theme for the upcoming ICTC10 will be “Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins: from research to risk management”.                              

Wuhan, the venue for the conference, is also called the “city on rivers”. It has an old history and rich cultural traditions, and is famous for manhistoric spots including the Yellow Crane Tower and the Ancient Lute Platform. Today, Wuhan has developed into a modern metropolis recognized as the political, economic, cultural, educational and transportation center of central China.  It also features an abundance of beautiful tourism resources and special local snacks, so a visit to Wuhan is definitely worthwhile experience.                          

On behalf of my fellow Local Organizing Committee members, I look forward to welcoming you to Wuhan to join with us by participating in, and contribution to ICTC-10.

Chairman, Jindong Zhao, Prof, Academician  

On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee  


Nov 5

38th Annual Southeastern Phycological Colloquy

  • Valdosta State University

For thirty-eight years, professionals and students who study algae (freshwater or marine), seagrasses, or other marine plants have gathered together from all over the southeastern United States (and beyond), to share their research activities and ideas. This meeting is open to anyone interested; student contributions are especially encouraged. Contributed paper and poster sessions are planned for the full day of Saturday, November 5, 2016.

A registration fee of $40 for students and $70 for other participants will cover the cost of the meeting. Payment includes a Friday night social and lunch, dinner, and coffee breaks on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday's dinner can be purchased separately for accompanying (unregistered) spouses or guests.

Valdosta State is conveniently located in southern Georgia along the I-75 corridor (for directions, see https://www.valdosta.edu/about/documents/directions-to-vsu.pdf). Valdosta is serviced by Valdosta Regional Airport with regularly scheduled flights to and from Atlanta; Jacksonville International Airport is an easy two-hour drive away. Valdosta has over 30 hotels in all price ranges within 3 miles of the campus. Feel free to select the one that best fits your needs. For more information and registration materials please contact Jim Nienow at jnienow@valdosta.edu.

Nov 18

The 9th Asia Pacific Conference on Algal Biotechnology

  • Century Park Hotel

The Asia-Pacific Conference on Algal Biotechnology (APCAB) is organized once every three years in a different country in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of Asia-Pacific Society for Applied Phycology (APSAP). On the occasion of the 9th APCAB, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) in Thailand has been tasked with organizing the conference under the theme of “Algae for Food, Feed, Fuel and Beyond” on 15-18 November, 2016 at the Century Park Hotel, Bangkok Thailand.

This conference will provide a platform for students, scientists, technologists and people who are working with both macro- and microalgae in the government organizations and the industry in the Asia-Pacific region to share their experience. The majority of algal research in the Asia-Pacific region is in the field of taxonomy, biology, physiology, ecology, cultivation, bioprocesses, biotechnology, bioinformatics and systems biology of macro- and microalgae, including value-added products and their applications. Therefore, the conference will gather experts of all fields to exchange ideas and experience. The participants can update their research work status, knowledge, technology and policy. Moreover, the aim of this conference is to expand the networks, partnerships and collaborations between different universities and/or entrepreneurs in the field.

Dec 9

TDWG 2016 Annual Conference

  • CTEC

Conference Theme: Standards Supporting Innovation in Biodiversity Research and Conservation

Standards for the description and exchange of biodiversity information help promote research, support decision-making for conservation and planning, and provide a means of communicating observations by both professional and citizen scientists across taxa and political boundaries. TDWG standards are an integral foundation of the largest biodiversity information sources, but given the wealth and diversity of information collected for plants, animals, and fossils, the need remains to extend and refine the concepts required to achieve greater integration for the discovery of knowledge and its use in biodiversity conservation.

This year, TDWG is focusing its annual meeting not only on supporting research, decision making, and communication of biodiversity information, but also on how standards can support innovative research. Scientific innovations often "stand on the shoulders of giants," but they can also be disruptive -- causing major changes in the way that science works.  To what extent do our standards promote innovation, and does the most innovative research show us where our  standards need to be refined and extended? Current research both in Computer Science (e.g., deep learning, computer vision, ambient computing) and Biodiversity Sciences offers excellent opportunities for multidisciplinary innovative synergies among researchers, decision makers, students, and citizen scientists. 

Dec 15


  • Eurostars Madrid Tower Hotel

ALGAE EUROPE offers a unique opportunity for the exchange between academia and industry will be established in a networking based environment that will allow to discuss the evolution of the Algae Biomass sector worldwide and understand the role of the main European Players.

Algae are the new crop for the future. Algae contain proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins and other elements that can be used as ingredients for a large range of sectors from food & feed to nutraceutical & cosmeceuticals to biofuels. Algo-biorefineries can maximize the potential of algae applications and open new opportunities. The valorization of added-value products from algae is setting the conditions for the development of small or niche markets, which eventually can grow to larger scale.

Currently, there are in Europe several projects, from lab scale to demonstration plants and commercial facilities, aiming to accelerate the commercialization of algal products. The long path from research to pilot plants and production facilities will be shown in several presentations including some of the most relevant projects financed by the EC.

ALGAE EUROPE 2016 is a unique opportunity to learn and understand the bottlenecks of algae production and commercialization and interact with the key players.

ALGAE EUROPE 2016 will be a unique opportunity for all stakeholders to be up-dated on the recent industrial developments in the field with an overview of European initiatives. Keynote presentations and panel discussion will provide a high quality forum for discussion and information exchange.

Key drivers: Production to Products & Consumer trends to Product development and Business opportunities.

ALGAE EUROPE entails the third EABA and EC Algae Contractors’ Conference, and the tenth International Algae Congress. The conference is organised by EABA, the European Commission and DLG BENELUX.

Jan 17

30th Congress of the Phycological Society of Southern Africa (PSSA2017)

  • De Hoop Nature Reserve

You are cordially invited to the 30th Congress of the Phycological Society of Southern Africa. The Congress is held every 1-2 years and is attended by industry, researchers and students involved in the study and use of algae. The programme usually includes a wide range of phycological topics such as applied research, taxonomy, freshwater algae, biofuels, climate change, harmful algal blooms, estuaries, sandy beaches, etc.

Estimated Costs
Complete conference package (non-student i.e. each with own room): R 6000
Complete conference package (students i.e. sharing rooms): R 5000
Conference packages include registration fee, accommodation and all meals (excluding
Accompanying persons: R 4000
Daily registration fee: R 750 per person (including lunch and teas).

Delegates will be housed in the “De Hoop Village”” or the “Equipped Cottages”. These all comprise self-contained cottages, each with one bathroom and kitchen, but the “Village”” cottages have three bedrooms and the “Equipped” have two. Both are a short walk to the conference venue.  Please note that registrants paying the “Student” fee will be required to share bedrooms.

We regret that no transport will be provided.
Expression of Interest deadline: 30 August 2016 Registration: 1 September – 31 October 2016

For information click here

Organising committee chair:

Mark Rothman
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
P. Bag X2
Rogge Bay
South Africa
Tel: +27 21 650 1518
Email: mark.rothman@uct.ac.za


Mar 3

ASLO 2017 Aquatic Sciences Meeting

  • Hawaii Convention Center

The meeting will feature an impressive list of keynote and plenary speakers. Sunday opening speakers include Dave Karl, Director of the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE), University of Hawaii and Aulani Wilhelm, Senior Vice President, Center for Oceans, Conservation International. Monday’s keynote will be Marcia McNutt, President, National Academy of Sciences. 

Other outstanding presentations throughout the week will be given by Ruth Gates, Director and Researcher, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Lionel Guidi, Affiliated Researcher, Laboratoire d’océanographie de Villefranche sur Mer, France; Fred Mackenzie, Professor Emeritus, Sedimentary and Global Geochemistry, Department of Oceanography, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii at Manoa; and Margaret Palmer, Professor of Entomology, University of Maryland, Professor, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and Director, National Socio-environmental Synthesis Center.

In order to have an abstract considered for acceptance, participants must submit and register before the abstract deadline of Midnight, Central Daylight Time, USA / 05:00 Greenwich Mean Time, on 14 October 2016. The abstract submission deadline will not be extended.

Registration is required at the time of abstract submission and is available via https://www.sgmeet.com/aslo/honolulu2017/reginfo.asp. Everyone who submits an abstract will be required first to register for the meeting and pay the appropriate registration and abstract submission fees. 14 October also is the deadline for ASLO student and early career travel grant applications.

Several great field trips have been organized in conjunction with this meeting. All have limited participation numbers so we encourage those who are registering to sign up soon.

Applications for town halls, workshops, or auxiliary events, can be submitted via the online application form at https://www.sgmeet.com/aslo/honolulu2017/meetingapplication.asp.

For more information, visit the meeting web site at: http://sgmeet.com/aslo/honolulu2017/ or contact Lynda West (lyndaw@sgmeet.com), ASLO Meeting Project Manager.

Aug 19

11th International Phycological Congress (IPC)

  • University of Szczecin

The theme of IPC 11 will be “Challenges of the molecular era for algal research and the promise of bioprospecting”, but as usual, contributions on all aspects of phycology will be welcome. The Congress will have the usual format, with a mixture of plenary talks, symposia and contributed sessions (of talks and posters) on four days, and a midweek break and excursions. Pre and post-congress excursions will be available. There will also be opportunities to run Workshops in association with the Congress: anyone interested in doing so should contact the convener as soon as possible. For further information, please visit the IPC 11 WEBSITE http://ipc11.intphycsoc.org, where the first circular and other information will be accessible by October 1st 2016. 

8:30 am08:30

5th Annual Lacawac Ecology Conference

  • Lacawac Sanctuary & Field Station

The Lacawac Sanctuary and Biological Field Station, located in Northeastern Pennsylvania, will be holding their 5th annual ecology conference on September 24, 2016. The Lacawac Ecology Conference (LEC) is a great venue for connecting with regional researchers, discussing ideas in an informal setting, and building new collaborations. LEC is attended by faculty and students from more than 15 institutions of higher education each year. For more information contact the Director of Research and Education, Sarah Princiotta (sarah.princiotta@lacawac.org) or visit http://www.lacawacoutreach.org/lacawac-ecology-conference.html.

Sep 2

20th IAC Cyanophyte/ Cyanobacteria Research Symposium

  • Institute of Botany University of Innsbruck

Cyanobacteria (CB), also called Cyanophyta (or Blue-green algae) are ancient (3.5 billion years old) procaryotic microorganisms known to be related to the chloroplasts of all green plants, with CB evolving oxygenic photosynthesis over two billion years ago. CB are thought to have made a major contribution to the formation of the earth's atmosphere and are still forming almost half present-day oxygen. CB also contribute to the formation of sedimentary rock (carbonates in the marine littorals and freshwater springs). Among other important processes in the lithosphere, CB can colonize bare rock and be essential for rock weathering.

CB are found worldwide, although some taxa (genera, species, ecomorphs) are characteristic of particular environments from polar to tropical and cold to hot. In freshwaters their niches range from those forming nuisance blooms to those in the cleanest springs and mountain streams, where they often reach their highest diversity. No doubt many taxa still remain to be described.

Nowadays molecular methods are helping to make clear the natural (phylogenetic) relationships of their taxa and also habitat preferences related to differing gene expression based on both single molecular markers and whole genome analyses.

The IAC Symposium 2016 intends to offer a suitable platform to bridge classical and recent understanding of their morphology, ultrastructure and ecology with functional molecular biology.

Jun 9

Into the genome: advances in the world of algal genomics

8-9 June 2016 in Kavali Centre, Buckinghamshire

PhD students and early postdoctoral fellows

there is the opportunity to present your work at the meeting.  We are looking for three speakers, one for each of the main topics of the meeting: Evolutionary genomics, Cell biology and environmental interactions, and Algal systems biology.

Call for posters

Participants are invited to submit a poster for this meeting. The deadline for abstracts for poster submission is Monday 4 April 2016.

For further details go to: https://royalsociety.org/events/2016/06/into-the-genome/.  

May 20

Spring 2016 ATP3 workshop

  • New Mexico Consortium Biological Laboratory

Information on the next ATP3 workshop at Los Alamos National Lab's New Mexico Consortium and Santa Fe Community College this May 16-20, 2016.

This workshop will provide visibility to one of our nation's national labs and their cutting edge algae research, as well as SFCC, one of our DOE-ATEC partners!



May 8

28th Northwest Algal and Seagrass Symposium

The 28th Northwest Algal Symposium (NWAS) will meet on the weekend of May 6-8, 2016 at Seattle Pacific University’s Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island in Coupeville, Washington. The symposium will include a range of oral and poster presentations pertaining to the many aspects of research on marine primary producers being conducted in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere. The NWAS will provide the usual relaxed and informal environment for students and professionals alike to meet old colleagues, exchange ideas and make new contacts and friends. Awards will be presented for the best student poster and best oral presentation.

Housing for participants and meals will be available at Camp Casey. The historic buildings at Camp Casey help maintain the unique ambiance of Whidbey Island we’ve all come to appreciate over the years! Additional housing will be available by individual arrangement at a variety of hotels and campsites in the Coupeville area located about10 minutes away from Camp Casey. The Saturday evening banquet, auction and distinguished lecture will be held at the Officer’s Club at the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station located 15 minutes from Camp Casey.

Please mark your calendars and inform your colleagues now! Future announcements will be circulated by email and announced on ALGAE-LIST.  The 2nd Announcement will be available in February, including instructions for accommodations & meals as well as directions and a call for abstracts. The registration & abstract deadlines will be April 1, 2016

For further information about the 28th NWAS, please contact Rob Fitch (rfitch@wvc.edu, (509) 682-6755) or Tim Nelson (tnelson@spu.edu, (206) 281-3640).

Jan 29

A New Age of Discovery for Aquatic Microeukaryotes

The goal of the symposium is to increase the impact of the new knowledge generated from these unique datasets and to foster new collaborations among aquatic microbial ecologists, evolutionary biologists, oceanographers, limnologists, cell and molecular biologists, geneticists, and more. The objective is also to address “What questions can we now ask because of the completion of the marine field campaigns and with the arrival of new technologies, methods, and concepts from all corners of the biological sciences?”


Oct 25

37th Annual Southeastern Phycological Colloquy

For 37 years, professionals and students who study algae (freshwater or marine), seagrasses, or other marine plants have gathered together, from all over southeastern USA (and abroad), to share their research activities and ideas.  The meeting is open to all interested; student contributions are especially encouraged.

Sep 13

23rd North American Diatom Symposium (NADS)

NADS will be held at Central Michigan University Biological Station (CMUBS) on Beaver Island from 9-13 September, 2015.  We are looking forward to hosting you and anticipate a great meeting.  Beaver Island will provide an excellent venue to meet, discuss our research, and catch up with one another.  Enclosed is a link to the NAD's website with information on housing, on-line registration, and abstract submission.  Please feel free to begin registering for the meeting and selecting your housing from the several options available.  http://www.northamericandiatomsymposium.org/ 

Apr 19

Northeast Algal Symposium

The 54th Annual Northeast Algal Society Symposium will convene April 17th-19th, 2015 at the Genesee Grande Hotel in Syracuse, NY.