Dear colleagues and guests,
On behalf of the local organizing committee and Ifremer, the hosting institution, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to Nantes, France, for the 18th International Conference on Harmful Algae. The idea to host the ICHA in Nantes again was born from within the French research network on toxic and harmful micro-algae GdR PHYCOTOX, created in 2013 as an initiative of Ifremer and CNRS. The GdR PHYCOTOX team was rapidly joined by the scientific interest group on cyanobacteria, GIS Cyano, to form a strong national scientific committee assisting the local organising committee in more scientific matters. Together, these scientific communities represent around 40 research and official laboratories working on HAB themes in France. Early on, commitment was obtained in principle from Ifremer, La Cité Nantes Events Center, the City of Nantes and the Regional Council of the Pays de la Loire Region. Twenty-five years after the last edition of this conference in Nantes both the city and our scientific community have changed much. After a long-standing history on the theme of journeys and imagination (Jules Verne’s’ novels were inspired by his early life in Nantes), the city has re-affirmed its reputation in this area with the creation of the “Machines de l’île” in 2007. Nantes was elected “European Green Capital” in 2013 and is referred to as the City of a hundred parks.
The ICHA 2018 scientific program will foster discussions and hopes to inspire participants from a wide array of themes to initiate collaborations within and across disciplines for the advancement of our field. While major culprits of public safety problems (the genera Alexandrium, Dinophysis, Pseudo-nitzschia for marine systems or Anabaena, Aphanizomenon and Microcystis for freshwater systems) still continue to thrive in our waters, many advances have been made in monitoring for these species and their toxins. Still, as the environment and anthropogenic stressors continue to change, our coastal and freshwater systems also undergo heavy changes. Therefore, our ability to detect novel or emerging organisms and their toxins become of growing importance. It also becomes clearer that the societal impacts of Harmful Algae are multiple and do not simply concern fisheries and aquaculture but increasingly so other sectors, including tourism, shipping, desalination and renewable energy supply. Therefore, we felt it important to reiterate the need to translate fundamental science into knowledge to help overcome societal challenges. We have thus placed the conference under the theme “From Ecosystems to Socio-ecosystems”.
The various thematic sessions will showcase important scientific advances and highlight impacts of harmful algae in a world of fast changes and complex interactions. We welcome all of you to attend the plenaries and oral presentations and invite you to interact with the conference participants during the early evening poster sessions, conveniently followed by our social activities. As for previous editions, the posters will be displayed throughout the whole week, allowing you multiple opportunities to have in-depth discussions on topics of your interest.
We thank the local staff, participants, session chairs, keynote and plenary speakers for helping us to build this very exciting conference program. The Local Organizing and Scientific Committees will make any possible effort to make sure that your participation will be scientifically rewarding and a pleasurable experience of our region rich in riverine and coastal activities, winemaking and history.
It is our pleasure to extend to you an invitation to attend the “11th International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria” (ICTC 11), which will be held in Kraków, Poland, from 5 to 10 May, 2019.
ICTCs conferences have been organized since 1995 and attracted participants from all around the world to discuss progress of their state of the art research. The theme of ICTC 11 is “Learning from the past to predict the future” and its 9 sessions will include the recent and most important findings from the hottest topics in the various thematic sessions, including: the occurrence of toxic/invasive cyanobacteria which will be discussed in the context of climate changes; ecology of cyanobacteria with special emphasis on abiotic and biotic factors which regulate their growth and/or toxin production; physiological function, environmental significance and biotechnological application of secondary cyanometabolites, physiology and molecular biology of cyanobacteria; toxicity and harmful effects; risk identification and water management. ICTC 11 will promote new tools, methods, most original findings and hypotheses as well as original ideas presented by new generation of scientists.
All scientists interested in ICTC 11 will find detailed information about the conference at http://www.ictc11.org; registration and payment can be made one year before the event. Abstracts for consideration as Oral Presentations and Poster Presentations will be evaluated by the members of the scientific committee on the basis of scientific merit and novelty as well as practical application.
We look forward to welcoming you at ICTC 11, Kraków, Poland!
Local Organizing Committee
We are pleased to announced our meeting, AQUAFLUO II: "Chlorophyll Fluorescence in the Aquatic Sciences": www.uts.edu.au/aquafluo. This unique meeting was last held 10 years ago in the Czech Republic to bring together users and developers of instrumentation that exploits (chlorophyll) fluorescence properties of aquatic organisms, through a blend of presentations, discussion forums and practical workshops. AQUAFLUO II is a timely revisit to key topics but also consider new questions from the rapidly growing user community, that is tracking accelerated expansion of chlorophyll fluorescence sensor technology and its application to ecosystem and food security. We already have an impressive lineup of Key Note Speakers (Prof Paul Falkowski, Rutgers University; Prof Antonietta Quigg, Texas A&M University; Prof Michael Behrenfeld, Oregon State University; Prof David Kramer, Michigan State University), Contributing Speakers and Industry Exhibitors.
Registration is now open: http://www.uts.edu.au/research-and-teaching/our-research/climate-change-cluster/climate-change-cluster-2017-colloquium-2; however, spaces are deliberately limited to 150 attendees to ensure the focused and productive nature of our meeting. Please see the website for further information and contact details.
The theme of this year's 9th US Symposium on Harmful Algae will reflect the shift in the current climate in the field. Harmful algae and its environmental effects are becoming better understood by scientists, and this meeting will hopefully serve as a means to usher in new ideas and ways of researching and treating harmful algae that will be embraced by the next generation of researchers in the field.
We encourage everyone who works on harmful algae issues to attend the only national conference focused exclusively on HABs. Whether your focus is freshwater or marine systems, microalgae or macroalgae, basic research and monitoring, or policy and management there will be opportunities for you to learn and discuss all facets of HAB studies. Students, established HAB folks, managers and scientists from NGOs, academic institutions, and local, state and federal agencies are invited to join us in Baltimore. Sign up for workshops preceding the meeting that will provide hands-on training opportunities in the identification of HAB species using microscopy, toxin detection techniques, molecular algal species and toxin identification, and the latest analytical tools used in HAB science.
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.
We would like to invite you to take part in the 15th International Congress of Protistology. This congress is organized every four years and always attracted the protistologists from various field of our discipline creating friendly and creative protistological atmosphere. Research on protists has long tradition in the Czech Republic and the first congress of the ICOP series took place in Prague in 1957. We are happy that after 60 years the congress will come back to the place where it started.
The congress is also the 2017 Annual Meeting of the International Society of Protistologists (ISOP) and will include the ISOP sponsored Hutner Lectures, Past President's Address, Members Meeting, and ISOP Special Symposia.
We have an excellent selection of keynote speakers to address the past, present, and future of algal endeavors, including Mike Guiry and Laura Rogers-Bennett. We also have a bevy of fantastic symposia, including Picophytoplankton in a Changing World (J. Jeffrey Morris), The Ecology of Macroalgal Blooms (the PSA Presidential Symposium, Tim Nelson), and Non-Aquatic (terrestrial, subaerial, etc.) Algae (Nicole Pietrasiak).
Our excellent education committee is planning several workshops, including, but not necessarily limited to, An Introduction to Metabarcoding Data Analysis (Emily Johnson) and Balancing Science Communication and Science: Achieving Effective Outreach Using Social Media (Susan von Thun). We will also have opportunities to explore the local region, with copious details to follow in the near future.
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For registration, use the following link: https://www.sgmeet.com/psa/psa2017/.
Alas, we have updated our preliminary schedule, which can be accessed with the link below. You can also find the wonderful abstracts that will be presented at PSA2017!
We have also obtained a block of rooms at a great rate (well, for California) that can be found here:
If we may be of any assistance or answer any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!
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.
We are happy to announce the next national meeting for ecologists in Sweden! The Swedish Oikos Congress 2017 will take place 7th-9th February 2017 in Lund. Venue for the meeting will be Paleastra, in the heart of the city. A conference dinner will be held on the evening of February 8th , and there will be pre-congress workshops on Monday February 6th. The meeting is open to all ecologists and evolutionary biologists regardless of subdiscipline, and we hope to have a wide breadth of talks and plenaries!
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.
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:
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
P. Bag X2
Tel: +27 21 650 1518
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit http://www.lacawacoutreach.org/lacawac-ecology-conference.html.
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.
Join us in Cleveland Ohio for the 2016 annual PSA meeting!
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/.
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!
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
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?”
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.
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/