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41st Annual Southeastern Phycological Colloquy

The 41st Annual Southeastern Phycological Colloquy (SEPC) will be held on 26 October 2019 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. An informal gathering will be held at a local establishment the evening before for participants who are able arrive then. Information on registration etc. can be found at https://www.quooddy.com/sepc-2019.html. The SEPC is a small, informal meeting in which students have priority for oral presentations and are encouraged to present on projects that are underway or which are nearing or at completion.

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to Jun 17

Marine Botany: Diversity and Ecology (Field Course)

Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington Dates: 14 June to 17 July 2020

Instructors: Dr. Thomas Mumford (tmumford@u.washington.edu) and Dr. D. Wilson Freshwater (freshwaterw@uncw.edu)

Review of applications begins: 1 February 2020

The theme of the course is principles, methods, and applications of marine algal biodiversity studies with a focus on the macroalgae of marine benthic environments. Students will learn classical and contemporary methods for the identification, classification, and phylogenetic analysis of marine benthic algae (seaweeds); the theories underlying the methods, and the application of biodiversity information in (for example) benthic ecology. They will gain practical experience in such tools as: specimen collection, preservation, microscopy, DNA isolation and sequencing, computational approaches to phylogeny reconstruction, DNA barcoding, and databasing. Fieldwork will be extensive, as the diverse and species-rich habitats around San Juan Island provide ideal sites for the examination of macroalgal diversity.

Students will participate in research projects using morphological, ecological and molecular data to assess the diversity of algal populations and to interpret that diversity in its ecological and biogeographic context. The class will also continue to populate the “Marine Algae of the San Juan Islands” BOLD system database project and publish a new public dataset for the project.

This is a course appropriate for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, as well as, professional marine biologists, botanists, geneticists, and oceanographers with interests in marine biodiversity, conservation biology, and coastal ecology. Course participants will leave with a toolbox of methods to assess these topics in any nearshore ecosystem in the world.

Students receive 9 (quarter system) or 6 (semester system) transfer credits for the course. For information on the Friday Harbor Labs, including how to apply, housing, and financial aid packages, visit: https://fhl.uw.edu/. Specific information on the 2020 classes will be available on the FHL webpage in October 2019 and applications may be submitted as soon as this information is posted.

There are many Friday Harbor Labs financial aid opportunities for those students who can demonstrate financial need or academic merit, visit: https://fhl.uw.edu/courses/fellowships-scholarships/

For requirements and how to apply for a PSA Croasdale Fellowship that helps defray costs to attend a phycology course at a biological field station, visit: http://www.psaalgae.org/hannah-t-croasdale-fellowship

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to Aug 30

7th European Phycological Congress

With great pleasure we invite you to the EPC7 in Zagreb, one of the youngest European capitals.

The Congress includes plenary presentations, a series of symposia and workshops, contributed papers and posters that will cover a broad range of topics spanning from algal diversity, ecology, genomics, cell biology, applied phycology and many more.

The Local Organising Committee and the International Scientific Committee, with the full support of the Federation of European Phycological Societies and the Phycology section of Croatian Botanical Society, have worked in close cooperation to organise a successful and enjoyable Congress.



Visit the conference website for regular updates 


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to Aug 4

2019 North American Diatom Society Symposium

The 25th NADS will be held on July 31 - August 4, 2019 at University of Georgia's 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia. The Rock Eagle 4-H Center, the largest of the five centers operated by the University of Georgia, is located in Eatonton, Georgia, adjacent to the Oconee National Forest. With nearly 1,500 acres of forested land, a 110-acre lake, and state-of-the art cabins and conference facilities, Rock Eagle provides a unique and natural setting. International symposium participants will present their work in diatom research including biodiversity, evolution, ecology, systematics, biological assessment, paleolimnology, and nanotechnology. In addition to the scientific program, the meeting will include traditional NADS activities (the Scum Run and auction). We hope you will join us in Eatonton in late July for an exciting meeting!

For more information visit: http://www.northamericandiatomsymposium.org/

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to Jun 27

PSA 2019 Annual Meeting

  • Hollywood Beach Marriott (map)
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Hello Phycophiles!

On behalf of the local organizing committee, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Ft. Lauderdale, FL for the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Phycological Society of America from June 23 to June 27 in Hollywood Beach. The meeting will be held at the magnificent beachside Hollywood Beach Marriott.

Registration: https://www.sgmeet.com/psa/psa2019

For Final Program, click here


We have a special group rate ($149.00 per night + taxes) at the Hollywood Beach Marriott. Online reservation can be done through this link or you can call the reservations team at +1 855-314-1984 and mention that you are with the Phycological Society of America Annual Meeting. When reserving online, an amenity fee will be added, but that will be removed at the property when you pay. The reservation cut-off date with this price is June 3rd, 2019. There are some rooms available for up to 3 days prior and after the conference for those that want to enjoy more days in the sun. For those of you searching for roommates, we have created a form here to help.

How to get here?

Ft. Lauderdale is located in the greater Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan area with a population of over 6 million. The conference will be held in Hollywood Beach, which is 6 miles (10 km) from the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and 27 miles (44 km) from Miami International Airport (MIA).


We have an exciting program with excellent keynote and plenary lectures in development centered around Algae and Climate Change.

Presidential Symposium: Climate change and our fragile polar ecosystems

The plenary lecture will be given by Susan R. Eaton @SusanREaton_Geo, Geoscientist, journalist and polar explorer who founded @SednaEpic. This symposium includes seminars by Dr. Warwick Vincent (Université Laval) on cyanobacteria and the Pole to Pole Paradox; Dr. Hilary McManus (Le Moyne College) on women in STEM, Antarctica and how diversity in leadership can inform climate change policy; and our very own Maggie Amsler (PSA Membership Director, University of Alabama) on her experiences in 27 trips to the Antarctic.

Student-Organized Symposium: What goes on, on the inside? Connecting algal physiology, their distribution and climate change

This symposium will include presentations on algal physiology and their response to increased temperatures and ocean acidification in temperate and tropical systems, as well as using freshwater diatoms to assess long term changes to aquatic communities.

Speakers: Dr. Catriona Hurd (University of Tasmania), Dr. Maggie Johnson (Smithsonian Institution), Dr. Evelyn Gaiser (Florida International University)

Applied Symposium: From micro to macro: nuisance algae and their management.

This symposium will include presentations on micro- and macro- harmful and nuisance algae from freshwater to marine environments. The lectures will cover algal biology and ecology, bloom dynamics, toxin production and fate, and algal management.

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Clarissa Anderson (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego)

Speakers: Dr. Ligia Collado-Vides (Florida International University), Dr. West Bishop (SePRO Corporation), Dr. Barry Rosen (US Geological Survey), Dr. Patrick Kangas (University of Maryland)


Abstract submission

Deadline is midnight (23:59 Pacific Standard Time) on 8 May 2019. Please follow the abstract preparation guidelines here. These guidelines and procedures must be followed exactly. If not, your paper will not be accepted. Please submit your abstract through the PSA 2019 registration website: https://www.sgmeet.com/psa/psa2019. Please contact us if you need a letter of acceptance or invitation to the Conference.

Selection of session topic is designed to facilitate assignment of your abstract to members of the Scientific Program Committee for review. Meeting sessions may not match exactly this list of topics. The Scientific Program Committee will make every attempt to group your presentation with those of similar topic. Priority is given to the overall scientific program and, therefore, final placement is solely at the discretion of the organizing committee. Please select your session topic code from the list of contributed session below.

Poster dimensions are a maximum of 3ft wide x 4ft long.

Contributed Sessions

C01: Phylogeny and Systematics
C02: Cell Biology
C03: Ecology
C04: Population Biology
C05: Biodiversity
C06: Harmful Algal Blooms
C07: Genomics
C08: Evolution
C09: Molecular Biology
C10: Applied Phycology
C11: Terrestrial/Aerophytic algae
C12: Ocean Acidification/Global Change
C13: Biogeography
C14: Phycological Education and Outreach
C15: Bold Award Participant (Students who want to be eligible for the Bold Award for the best oral presentation.)
C16: Lewin Award Participant (Students who want to be eligible for the Lewin Award for the best poster presentation.)
S01: Invited speakers

Pre-meeting excursions (Saturday, June 22nd)

South Florida is home to a host of ecosystems begging rediscovery. Please join us on either of our two excursions to get a handle of the beauty and majestic creatures that inhabit our land and sea, and areas in between. However, if you are not able to attend one of the excursions, here is a list of some other local activities.

Key Largo - Snorkeling the Reefs ($90)

This excursion includes a four-hour trip through the beautiful South-Florida marine waterways including several reefs located in the Keys with knowledgeable tour guides. You will be visiting reef structures including ledges, spurs and grooves. You will have the opportunity to observe a variety of warm-water algal taxa including Dictyota, Caulerpa, Sargassum, Champia, Halimeda, Penicillus, Acanthophora, and Dasya, just to name a few! You also might see reef sharks, stingrays (Yellow and Southern), minnows, sea turtles (green, loggerhead, and hawksbill), groupers, parrotfish, brain corals, sea sponges, spiny lobsters, and many more!

Everglades - Airboat ride through the Everglades wetland ($55)

This excursion includes a cool, air-blasting, three-hour private airboat ride through the Everglades led by one of our own Everglades expert. The tour begins in the Everglades Water Conservation Area 3a (Miccosukee reservation), with detailed descriptions of the environment and identification of its wonderful species including, but not limited to periphyton mats, the American alligator, sawgrass, pond apple trees, cypress trees, snapping turtles, anhinga, wood storks, ospreys, great blue herons, and many more! You will have the opportunity to visit Hardwood Hammock areas, where you can handle baby alligators and turtles and learn about the wildlife, the history of the area, and the people who inhabit it.

Workshops (Sunday, June 23rd and Wednesday, June 26th)

Remote Sensing of Algal Communities

Date: Sunday, June 23, 2019. Time: 1-4pm Cost: $35

Description: This workshop will provide attendees a background in remote sensing of algal communities including applications like monitoring harmful algal blooms, assessing spread of invasive species, resource mapping, and more. It will cover:

  • An overview of available processing and analysis software (free and pay for)

  • Information on the benefits of using certain platforms (such as drones, planes and satellites) and sensors (RGB, multispectral and hyperspectral), which would be best applied to certain research questions

  • Overview of technical skills and licensing needed for using survey tools (drones) and image processing.

This workshop is open to all students, early career, and Professors. Tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring a laptop for using software (freeware). There will be AV equipment and power sockets (US plug size only) available in the room.

Facilitators: Dr. Clarissa Anderson (Scripps Institution of Oceanography), Dr. Kaytee Pokrzywinski (US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center)

An Introduction to the International Code of Nomenclature (ICN) for Phycologists (**New time)

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Time: 2-4pm Cost: $25

Description: This workshop will discuss the requirements of the ICN for the effective, valid and legitimate publication of names of algae. The structure will include a presentation and plenty of time for questions and discussions. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Facilitators: Dr. Mike Guiry (AlgaeBase and Notulae Algarum, National University of Ireland, Galway), Dr. Craig Schneider (Trinity College), Dr. Mike Wynne (University of Michigan)

Registration fees

Please visit https://www.sgmeet.com/psa/psa2019 to register for PSA 2019. Included in the full fees are the opening mixer, morning and afternoon coffee breaks, lunch, banquet, drink tickets, and receptions during the poster session and auction.

Early Registration Fees (prior to May 8, 2019):
Regular (member) = $395
Retired (member) = $350
Student/Postdoc (member) = $195
Regular (non-member) = $495
Guest/Spouse (attendance at banquet and all receptions) = $110
Extra banquet ticket = $70
One day (no drink tickets, no banquet ticket) = $95

After May 8, 2019 Registration Fees:
Regular (member) = $445
Retired (member) = $400
Student/Postdoc (member) = $245
Regular (non-member) = $545
Guest/Spouse (attendance at banquet and all receptions) = $160

We look forward to seeing you in sunny South Florida!

Best regards,

Dail Laughinghouse and Amy Carlile

Local Organizing Committee

Dail Laughinghouse, University of Florida/IFAS
David Berthold, University of Florida/IFAS
Evelyn Gaiser, Florida International University
Ligia Collado-Vides, Florida International University

PSA Program Manager

Amy Carlile, University of New Haven

PSA President

Kirsten Müller, University of Waterloo

PSA Code of Conduct


Phycological Society of America

University of Florida / IFAS

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to Jun 21

Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins: Risk and Regulation in a Multi-Toxin Exposure World

The 2019 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins will provide a lively forum for academic, government and private sector scientists to exchange ideas on harnessing advances in biology, chemistry, ecology, plant pathology, epidemiology, toxicology and risk assessment to address the problems associated with the increasing occurrence of these natural toxins. This conference will bring together a wide range of outstanding senior scientists, early career scientists, and students to address the very practical task of ensuring the safety of food and water supplies. Podium presentations will include a mixture of established and junior scientists, with a view to establishing networks and ideas to understand and mitigate these complex threats. A critical component will be dedicated and guided discussions after each presentation, with discussion leaders recognized for their expertise in each particular area. Poster sessions will be organized every day for 2 hours; they will provide an opportunity for fertile cross-disciplinary interactions. The Gordon Research Seminar (GRS), immediately preceding the GRC, will be organized and conducted by graduate students and postdoctoral scientists from the many disciplines involved in advancing mycotoxin and phycotoxin research. Junior scientists will present their work in a formal, oral format and engage in discussion with their peers. The environment will be welcoming and collegial and will provide an unmatched opportunity for future researchers to interact with established scientists. Two leading students from this seminar will additionally present within the GRS.

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to May 10

11th International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria

Dear colleagues.

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!

Best regards,

Dariusz Dziga
Iwona Jasser
Mikołaj Kokociński
Joanna Mankiewicz-Boczek
Hanna Mazur-Marzec
Barbara Pawlik-Skowrońska

Local Organizing Committee

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to May 3

23rd International Seaweed Symposium

23rd International Seaweed Symposium

April 28 (Sun) - May 3 (Fri), 2019

International Convention Center Jeju (ICC Jeju), Jeju, Korea


“Seaweeds: from Tradition to Innovation”

The 23rd International Seaweed Symposium will convene April 28 - May 3, 2019 in Jeju Island, South Korea. The Symposium will follow the traditional program, with a mix of plenary talks, symposia devoted to particular topics, sessions of contributed papers, and poster sessions. Diverse topics of symposia and sessions will include, but not limited to taxonomy, biodiversity, ecology, climate change, genomics, seaweed aquaculture, industrialization, and cutting-edge technologies for medicine, cosmetics, and biofuel developments. The chairperson of the National Organizing Committee, Prof. Jeong Ha Kim (Sungkyunkwan University) and the committee members are more than happy to help you with any questions about the symposium. Please visit the conference website, www.iss2019.org, for detailed information about the symposium

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to Apr 28

Northeast Algal Society Annual Meeting

Northeast Algal Symposium 2019 will be held at Salem State University and the Hawthorne Hotel in historic Salem Massachusetts from April 26-28th, 2019. The co-conveners are Thea Popolizio (tpopolizio@salemstate.edu) and Greg Boyer (glboyer@esf.edu).

The theme for this year’s symposium is “Translating Science into Action”. We have invited two speakers to facilitate that effort. Kelly Kryc, the Director of Conservation Policy and Leadership at the New England Aquarium, is an energy and environment policy professional who formerly held positions with the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the U.S. State Department, The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Jarrett Byrnes, a seaweed biologist at UMass Boston, works on the causes and consequences of complexity in nature including how humans alter the diversity and interconnectedness of life on earth. Both speakers will focus on how you can involve citizens in your work and translate your studies into action.

Registration materials are available online at http://northeastalgae.org/future.html. The registration and abstract deadline is March 29th, 2019.

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to Apr 26

​3rd Interdisciplinary Freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms Workshop

The occurrence of harmful algal blooms (HABs) in freshwater environments has steadily increased for decades due to shifting climate and eutrophication caused by anthropogenic activity. The reoccurrence of these blooms has inspired teams of scientists and regulators across multiple disciplines to systematically work together to achieve a broader understanding of the occurrence, fate, and ultimately, impacts of HABs on ecosystems used for drinking water, irrigation, fishing, and recreational purposes.

The 3rd Interdisciplinary Freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms Workshop (IFHAB), hosted in Toronto, Ontario from April 24 - 26, 2019, will draw in leading experts from across North America into a synergistic forum to share their research findings and discuss innovative solutions.

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to Oct 26

18th International Conference on Harmful Algae

  • La Cité, Nantes Events Center (map)
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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 AlexandriumDinophysisPseudo-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.

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to Dec 8

AQUAFLUO II: "Chlorophyll Fluorescence in the Aquatic Sciences" Meeting

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.

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to Nov 17

9th US Symposium on Harmful Algae

  • Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel (map)
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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.


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to Aug 19

11th International Phycological Congress (IPC)

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. 

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to Aug 4

15th International Congress of Protistology

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.

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to Jun 8

Update: PSA 2017 Annual Meeting

  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Monterey Bay Seaside (map)
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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.

POSTER SIZE: 36 inches high x 48 inches across

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!

NEW: PSA 2017 Program Guide  

Abstract Booklet

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!

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to Mar 3

ASLO 2017 Aquatic Sciences Meeting

  • Hawaii Convention Center (map)
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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.

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Swedish Oikos Meeting 2017

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! 

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to Jan 17

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

  • De Hoop Nature Reserve (map)
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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


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to Dec 15


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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.

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to Dec 9

TDWG 2016 Annual Conference

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. 

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to Nov 18

The 9th Asia Pacific Conference on Algal Biotechnology

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.

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to Nov 5

38th Annual Southeastern Phycological Colloquy

  • Valdosta State University (map)
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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.

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to Oct 28

10th International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria

  • East Lake International Conference Center (map)
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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  


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5th Annual Lacawac Ecology Conference

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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.

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to Sep 2

20th IAC Cyanophyte/ Cyanobacteria Research Symposium

  • Institute of Botany University of Innsbruck (map)
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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.

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to 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/.  

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to May 20

Spring 2016 ATP3 workshop

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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!



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