L’université d’été Mer & Éducation portée par ISblue, se construit en étroite collaboration avec l’UBO, l’Ifremer et Océanopolis. Les objectifs partagés sont de participer à la formation continue des enseignants du second degré, de contribuer au lien lycées-université et à la visibilité de l’excellence de la Bretagne en termes de recherche en sciences de la mer et du littoral, que ce soit en sciences de la nature ou en sciences humaines et sociales.
L’océan, comme source de protéines, de molécules, d’inspiration et de bien-être, est devenu un enjeu crucial pour la santé humaine. L’humanité occupe les bords de mer et puise ses ressources alimentaires et énergétiques dans l’océan depuis des millénaires. Depuis, plus d’un siècle elle a également découvert les bienfaits de l’océan, à travers l’émergence d’une société de loisir et de bien-être tournée vers l’océan et le littoral. Enfin, plus récemment les scientifiques cherchent et trouvent les molécules et les organismes vivants océaniques qui apporteront les nouvelles solutions cosmétiques et thérapeutiques de demain.
Cependant, si la compression et l’épuisement des écosystèmes terrestres poussent l’humanité à toujours plus explorer et exploiter les ressources océaniques, cela se traduit par une pression anthropique accrue sur les milieux océaniques et littoraux. Le réchauffement global et ses conséquences sur l’acidification et la désoxygénation océanique, l’effondrement des espèces marines et des stocks de pêche, la pollution des milieux hauturiers et côtiers, et la saturation des espaces littoraux détériorent considérablement les capacités de l’océan à fournir les services écosystémiques dont l’humanité a besoin pour demeurer en bonne santé. Il est donc urgent de considérer la santé des humains et des océans comme une santé commune, qu’il devient indispensable de préserver, au risque de réduire l’accès du plus grand nombre à des conditions de vie décentes et en bonne santé.
Enjeux scientifiques et défis technologiques seront au cœur de Mer & Éducation 2023. Deux parcours thématiques spécifiques permettront d’approfondir ces notions.
Un océan, des écosystèmes pour la santé
Grâce à la richesse de ses environnements, l’Océan fourni à l’humanité un certain nombre de services écosystémiques : stock de nourriture, source de molécules, … et dans le contexte du réchauffement global, l’océan absorbe du CO2 et de la chaleur excédentaire de l’atmosphère. Ils sont également source d’inspiration pour la recherche, que ce soit pour l’amélioration des prouesses techniques des navires ou la découverte de nouvelles solutions thérapeutiques. Cependant, les pressions anthropiques toujours plus fortes sur les écosystèmes marins et littoraux tendent à réduire ce potentiel de services écosystémiques. Dans ce parcours, nous étudierons les liens entre la santé de l’écosystème et la santé humaine.
Un océan, des usages pour la santé
Des activités comme la pêche et l’aquaculture sont des sources de revenus de nombreuses personnes à travers le monde et contribuent directement et indirectement à la sécurité alimentaire. Les activités de loisirs ou balnéaires sur le littoral dites de « pleine nature », ou simplement le tropisme littoral, se sont également développées et contribuent au bien-être humain. Ces phénomènes tout en devenant sociétalement structurantes, contribuent à accentuer la pression sur les espaces littoraux. Ce parcours permettra d’explorer les usages du littoral et leur lien avec la santé humaine.
À travers ces parcours thématiques, de nouvelles connaissances seront abordées en privilégiant l’approche interdisciplinaire.
Cette Université d’été 2023 apporte l’opportunité pour les participants de pouvoir rencontrer et échanger avec des équipes issues de différents instituts de recherche. Ces scientifiques sont spécialisés dans des disciplines variées comme les sciences médicales, la géographie, la biologie marine, les sciences humaines ou la psychologie, et même au-delà, à travers des projets associant Art et Science.
Pour compléter les connaissances, des visites de terrain seront organisées selon le parcours choisi afin d’illustrer certaines thématiques de travail et compléter des réflexions scientifiques de manière concrète.
Des ateliers pédagogiques et de médiation seront également organisés afin d’expérimenter des outils innovants, d’échanger sur les pratiques pour la transmission des connaissances voire aussi de générer et d’approfondir des idées. Les enseignants auront ainsi un temps pour co-construire leur projet pédagogique grâce aux connaissances acquises et aux expériences vécues lors de l’Université d’été Mer & Éducation 2023.
Venez participer à la deuxième édition des journées Drones & Capteurs embarqués.
Plusieurs objectifs sous-tendent ces journées scientifiques : elles doivent marquer la naissance d’un nouveau réseau d’échanges fédérant des communautés scientifiques issues de domaines variés (sciences de l’environnement, archéologie, biologie, sciences de la terre, exploration spatiale…), en partenariat avec les entreprises et les professionnels, spécialisés dans l’exploration maritime, fluviale, terrestre ou spatiale et/ou dans le développement d’instrumentation dédiée.
Ces journées seront surtout des opportunités de rencontres, de partage de bonnes pratiques, de retours d’expérience et d’actualisation des connaissances au travers de la présentation d’outils et de développements novateurs (retrouvez le programme ici). Cet évènement se veut pluridisciplinaire ; il rassemblera des scientifiques dont le point commun est le développement et/ou l’exploitation de vecteurs non humains (robotique ou animal) comme outil d’acquisition de données scientifiques.
A l’issue de ce temps fort, le Comité de Pilotage souhaiterait poursuivre ces échanges par la mise en place future d’une école thématique, annuelle ou biennale. Cette première édition se doit donc d’offrir un état de l’art des connaissances de la communauté, et ce qui reste l’objet de recherche ou qui nécessite davantage d’information, ceci pour aider à la construction de la prochaine école thématique.
Ces journées sont ouvertes à tous, (post-)doctorants, chercheurs, ingénieurs, techniciens, personnels intéressés par la thématique, mais également aux entreprises et aux professionnels œuvrant dans le domaine. Cette manifestation vise ainsi à réunir des professionnels de diverses disciplines : géosciences, environnement, robotique, exploration spatiale… Une telle diversité est nécessaire pour débattre des grands défis posés par ces nouveaux outils et valider l’intérêt de ce réseau émergent.
Des journées d’échanges
Ces premières journées ont été pensées pour favoriser l’échange entre les disciplines et les domaines d’études. Rassembler les acteurs du drone marin, terrestre, aérien, spatial, mais aussi les utilisateurs comme les développeurs de vecteurs, constitue le cœur de ces journées. De nombreux temps de discussions sont programmés, à la suite des conférences plénières, lors de sessions posters dédiées, mais aussi au cours d’ateliers thématiques en groupe et de démonstrations. Ces journées ne seront pas retransmises par visioconférence, ce format étant incompatible avec un évènement de type forum, pensé pour favoriser les échanges et la convivialité. De même, en cas d’impossibilité d’organiser les journées en novembre pour des raisons sanitaires, celles-ci seront reportées mais n’auront pas lieu par visioconférence.
Bienvenue aux entreprises
Le monde de la recherche s’appuie régulièrement sur des innovations issues du monde des entreprises, dans le cadre d’appels d’offres ou par des collaborations suivies. En effet, forts de leurs compétences techniques et scientifiques, ainsi que des moyens dont ils disposent, ces entreprises constituent souvent des partenaires-clés pour soutenir les chercheurs dans leurs projets de développement autour des capteurs et/ou des vecteurs.
Dans le cadre de ces journées, nous avons donc souhaité donner une place aux professionnels du “drone”, qu’il soit marin, fluvial, terrestre, aérien ou spatial. Dans chaque session, qu’elle soit plénière ou thématique, 20% des interventions sont réservées aux entreprises et aux professionnels afin de leur permettre de présenter leur(s) innovation(s) en matière de drone, de mesure autonome et d’autonomie.
Présentation, poster ou stand
Ces journées n’ont pas vocation à offrir un espace publicitaire ; elles visent la mise en réseau, l’échange d’expériences, de connaissances et de compétences. Comme pour les inscriptions “participant”, les inscriptions “entreprises & professionnels” se verront attribuer une présentation orale, un espace poster ou encore un stand après l’évaluation du comité scientifique de l’organisation. Ils peuvent également se proposer pour organiser des démonstrations lors de l’après-midi thématique. A noter que les présentations orales sont en priorité réservées aux innovations et/ou développements de nouvelles méthodes.
Un réseau de concepteurs et d’utilisateurs
Le réseau Drones & Cap’ (pour Drones et Capteurs embarqués) s’intéresse à la mesure scientifique déportée à l’aide de capteurs embarqués sur des systèmes sans pilote de type drones (terrestres, fluviaux, aériens, marins, sous-marins), navires, astromobiles ou sur des animaux.
Le réseau regroupe à la fois les concepteurs de drones et d’instrumentation embarquée et les utilisateurs de ces nouveaux moyens d’investigation de la variabilité spatiale pour de nombreuses thématiques scientifiques (ex : mesure du couvert végétal, analyse du mouvement de mammifères, caractéristiques des masses d’eau, intelligence de navigation, robotique, développement instrumental…).
Du 6 novembre 2023 19h au 9 novembre 13h, les journées d’échanges Drones & Cap’ 2023 se tiendront à la Base Départementale de Plein Air de Guerlédan en Bretagne (Côtes d’Armor).
– Pour les personnels institutionnels (chercheurs, étudiants, (post-)doctorants,…) le prix de ces journées s’élèvent à 200€ TTC. Ce tarif inclut les repas et l’hébergement partagé en chambres doubles pour 3 nuits.
– Pour les entreprises et les professionnels, les frais d’inscription s’élèvent à 600€ TTC. Les participants entreprises ne pourront pas bénéficier de logement aucentre nautique du Lac de Guerlédan, ni des dîners.
L’inscription comprend la participation aux 3 journées de présentations et d’échanges.
Le lieu d’accueil rassemble tous les environnements à proximité des uns des autres pour réaliser les démonstrations de drones dans de bonnes conditions, quel que soit la météorologie de l’automne (Novembre 2023). Contrairement à la mer, le lac permettra la mise à l’eau dans de bonnes conditions et l’évolution simultanée de plusieurs drones marins et sous-marins en espace naturel et fermé. Il y a aussi un terrain en espace libre de 4 hectares pour l‘évolution des drones aériens, des espaces boisées et pentus pour les drones terrestres et enfin un gymnase pour les drones souterrains pouvant également servir de lieux de démonstration en cas de pluie. De plus, contrairement au littoral et à l’espace maritime, ce site n’est soumis à aucune interdiction militaire ou demande de dérogation particulière pour la mise en œuvre des drones aériens et marins.
Enfin, la base nautique et le centre de vacances du lac de Guerlédan ont la capacité d’accueillir, d’héberger et de restaurer confortablement sur place l’ensemble des 90 participants et nous permettront de prolonger en soirée les ateliers et discussions de la journée.
Base Départementale de Plein Air de Guerlédan
106, rue du lac, Mûr-de-Bretagne
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After Zagreb in 2019, we are pleased to invite you to Brest (Brittany, France) for the 8th European Phycological Congress “Scientific Opportunities for a Global Algal Revolution” on behalf of the Federation of European Phycological Societies council and the French Phycological Society. France has a long and proud tradition of phycological research and has a very diverse algal flora. Brittany is a world hotspot for seaweed diversity with about 700 species and has historically developed a flourishing macroalgal industry that still maintains its leadership in Europe. The region also hosts important research institutes dedicated to microalgae research and oceanography.
The European Phycological Congress series began in Cologne, Germany in 1996 and has since continued the tradition of bringing together phycologists from around the world every four years. Its main objective is to provide a forum for discussion of the latest scientific, technological and societal developments in phycological research. EPC8 includes plenary presentations, a series of symposia grouped into 6 themes, contributed papers and posters covering a wide range of topics such as algal diversity, ecology, genomics, cell biology, applied phycology and societal perception of algae. To encourage cross-community connections, each symposium will address micro- and macroalgae from marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems whenever possible. We look forward to welcoming you to Brest in August 2023 for EPC8!
On behalf of the organizing committees, Solène Connan and Philippe Potin
UWA Oceans Institute & School of Biological Sciences, Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre M470, The University of Western Australia
Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, His, Norway
ALGAL DIVERSITY AND EVOLUTION
Biodiversity studies comprise a range of approaches, including population genetics, biogeography, species detection and identification, and inference of evolutionary processes shaping this diversity. In recent years -omics technologies such as meta-barcoding and whole genome sequencing have revolutionised biodiversity- and ecological research, enabling the testing of hypotheses, unthinkable as little as a decade ago.
SYM01: Taxonomy and Systematics
Taxonomy and Systematics are as actual as ever. New technologies to study biodiversity have accelerated the pace at which algal species new to science are discovered and described. DNA metabarcoding has revealed how diverse various algal lineages really are. Novel imaging technologies reveal all these new species in exquisite detail, and DNA barcoding aids their identification as well as distinguishing them from one another. Not surprisingly, the various technologies are now incorporated in our modern taxonomic toolbox, and results obtained are integral components of modern species descriptions. Incorporation of novel approaches in taxonomy creates challenges as well. For instance, species descriptions based on DNA barcode sequences and ultrastructural details are at odds with early species descriptions based solely on features observable with the unaided eye and low magnification light microscopy, though sequencing tiny pieces of macroalgal type specimens is nowadays common practice to resolve taxonomic issues. In general, classical and modern technologies generate a wealth of information by means of which diversity can be captured into biologically meaningful species. Contributions are invited showing how studies combining various methods contribute to the exploration and description of diversity in algae, and to the identification, characterization and delineation of species and populations.
Maxim Kulikovskiy : Institute of Plant Physiology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
Fabio Rindi : Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e dell’Ambiente Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy
Patrick Kociolek : Museum of Natural History and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
Frederik Leliaert : Herbarium and Library Department, Botanic Garden Meise, Meise, Belgium
SYM02: Biodiversity assessment and algal distribution in space and time
Novel methodologies, such as high-throughput sequencing metabarcoding, are revolutionising biodiversity studies. Metabarcode data can reveal the biodiversity and composition of algal communities at different spatio-temporal scales than was feasible before. Such data can reveal intraspecific population genetic differentiation and uncover hidden biodiversity. Reference datasets needed to identify metabarcode haplotypes are now rapidly being populated. Yet, algorithms to translate metabarcode reads into biologically meaningful species are still under development. Contributions are invited on developments in uncovering species diversity, population structure, and biogeographic and seasonal patterning, with both classical and high-throughput methods. Topics can also include inferring distribution patterns, and tracking and modelling those patterns in space and time.
Uwe John : Ecological chemistry department, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany
Sophie Steinhagen : University of Gothenburg, Department of Marine Sciences, Strömstad, Sweden
Klara Wolf : Institute of Marine Ecosystem and Fishery Science, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Petra Nowak : Aquatic Ecology, University of Rostock, Rostock, Germany
SYM03: Phylogenetics, Phylogenomics and Evolution
Models and theories of evolutionary processes are increasingly applied in phycology. Genomes of many species are becoming available, enabling inference of evolutionary histories based on entire genomes instead of a few markers. Such results shed light on major transitions, acquisitions of new traits, and other innovations in the evolutionary history of lineages. Well-resolved phylogenies in combination with morphological, physiological or ecological data help to answer evolutionary questions related to diversification and the evolution of phenotypes. Evolution is also working in the here and now. Comparison of genomes among individuals from the same or different population may uncover adaptation in progress. Contributions are invited that combine genomics- and other resources with advances in technologies to explore evolutionary histories, as well as experimental designs to test hypotheses on evolution in action. We also welcome contributions about the deep evolutionary history of the major algal phyla and on how and when they came into being.
Yvonne Němcová : Department of Botany, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Bojian Zhong : College of Life Sciences, Nanjing Normal University, China
Elias Marek : Department of Biology and Ecology, University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic
(C) Erwan AMICE | CNRS
CELL AND SYSTEM BIOLOGY OF ALGAE
Next to the abiotic environment, the intimate biota of algae affect algal growth, development, and sexual reproduction, and these do so in often surprising ways. Such interactions can now be studied in all their intricate detail through incorporation of metabolome, transcriptome and genome analyses and epigenetics assessments, even of single cells. Ultrastructure and composition of algal cells feature prominently in these studies as well.
SYM04: Algae and their intimate partners
Many micro- and macroalgae engage in tightly knit relationships with other species, including other eukaryotes, bacteria and viruses. Relationships can be symbiotic, mutualistic or plain parasitic. In many symbiotic relationships the partners affect each other’s shape and physiology/metabolism to such an extent that they seem to have developed into lifeforms of their own. Some algae even cannot grow and develop without their microbiome. Parasites and viruses are able to control phytoplankton blooms. Many red algae show intricate relationships with aldepho-parasites. Contributions can include -but are not restricted to- diversity assessments of such relationships, functional studies on interactions, and conceptual advances into, for instance, how such interactions are established, maintained and disrupted, how they evolve together, and how their genomes, transcriptomes and metabolomes adapt to enduring relationships. This symposium also invites contributions to the evolving field of algal holobiome research and its impact on the functioning of species.
Johan Decelle : CNRS Laboratoire Physiologie Cellulaire & Végétale , CEA-Grenoble, France
Suhelen Egan : School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UNSW Sydney, Australia
Shady A. Amin : Department of Biology, New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE
SYM05: New insights into the mechanisms and regulation of life cycles in algae
Algae show a fascinating diversity of life cycles, often associated with morphologically and functionally distinct haploid and diploid stages. Transitions between these stages can be triggered by environmental factors, including the microbiome, as well as by endogenous and external drivers. For many algal lineages, the genes governing these processes and the ways they operate are still largely unknown. At present, analytical approaches combining genome data, data from transcriptomics, single cell-omics, epigenetics and proteomics, provide new perspectives of studying the regulation of sexual reproduction and transition between life cycle stages in algae. In addition, epigenetics is an emerging topic that may help towards a better understanding of rapid adaptation of the phenology within and across life cycle stages in a changing environment. Contributions to this symposium are invited about -but not restricted to- the various types of life cycles, their morphological and/or physiological differentiation between life cycle stages, conditions that trigger or thwart reproduction, the genomic machinery behind reproduction and the evolutionary history of the complexity of life cycles in algae. In addition, we invite contributions from studies highlighting how alternate generations may transfer information from one stage to the next, e.g. via epigenetics or via general cross-generational effects.
Algae are a diverse assemblage of organisms that belong to several phylogenetically independent lineages. Algae are adapted to many different habitats, have different trophic levels, and exhibit variation in Bauplan ranging from tiny unicells to unicellular syncytia and complex multicellular organisms composed of different cell types. Unsurprisingly, internal cell structure is similarly diverse and various unique traits of taxonomic significance have been described. Contributions are invited that focus on describing the structures of algal cells and their subcellular compartments, their biochemical composition and function, and the way these features are inherited or re-assembled in the next generation of cells. Contributions on the reconstruction of the evolutionary history of cell structures are also welcome, as are contributions of advanced microscopy techniques unveiling ultrastructural details.
Zoë A. Popper : Botany and The Ryan Institute, School of Natural Sciences, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Nils Kröger : B CUBE, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Klaus Herburger : Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Rostock, Germany
Assaf Gal : Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
SYM07: Genomics technologies in algae
Algal model species are often the first on which novel technologies developed outside the phycological community are applied before they find their way into the mainstream of phycology. Novel genomics applications now enable the study of their complexity and functioning in exquisite detail, including their internal circadian clocks, their responses to external signals, or their interactions with other microorganisms. Sophisticated DNA-editing tools are now available to assess, for instance, gene functioning. In addition, genomics has miniaturised, as it is now possible to obtain transcriptome snapshots of single cells in action, which enables the study of processes in exquisite detail and in rapid succession. Contributions are invited on the various approaches used to elucidate the genomic complexity of model algae, to tackle fundamental questions about how cells and algal thalli function, how they regulate their metabolic activities and how they respond to environmental and endogenous triggers. Contributions on new algal models are welcome as well, especially if these models allow testing hypotheses that cannot be tackled with existing models.
Maria Mittag : Matthias Schleiden Institute of Genetics, Bioinformatics and Molecular Botany, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany
Claire Gachon : UMR 7245 – Molécules de Communication et Adaptation des Micro-organismes – Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France
Sigrid Neuhauser : Institute of Microbiology, Innsbruck, Austria
Thomas Mock : School of Environmental Sciences, Uni. East Anglia, Norwich, UK
(C) Cécile KLEIN | UBO
ALGAE AND PRIMARY PRODUCTION
Algal photosynthesis and respiration, together with exudation, uptake and sequestration of organic matter, represent key-physiological and ecological processes in the global carbon cycle, both in freshwater and marine systems. These processes are species-specific and influenced by complex interactions with environmental factors. Advances in our knowledge in micro- and macroalgae alike, will foster our understanding of the key-roles these organisms play in countering global change.
SYM08: Algal photosynthesis, carbon fixation and respiration
This symposium addresses the mechanisms of photosynthesis, including photo-biology and carbon fixation as well as carbon-storage and respiration. Novel technologies, in situ and ex situ methodologies and modelling approaches open up new ways of investigating and quantifying how algae fix, store and respire carbon. Advances in our understanding of these fundamental processes can be expected not only to improve our understanding of algal ecology and net ecosystem productivity, but also lead to practical improvements in the mass cultivation of algae for commercial purposes. Contributions are invited on all aspects of photosynthesis, improved in situ and ex situ measuring techniques, the physiological and molecular mechanisms of photosynthesis, its environmental controls, the relationship between photosynthetic oxygen production and carbon fixation and how this may relate to the carbon cycle (see below) or biotechnological advances. Since ocean acidification affects these processes, contributions in this topic are welcome as well.
Giovanni Finazzi : Interdisciplinary Research Institute of Grenoble (IRIG), CEA Grenoble, France
Benjamin Bailleul : Laboratory of Chloroplast Biology and Light Sensing in Microalgae, Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique, France
Yusuke Mastuda : Department of Bioscience, School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Kwansei Gakuin University, Hyogo, Japan
SYM09: The global carbon-cycle
Primary production fuels the biosphere and drives the global carbon cycle. There is increasing evidence that not only phytoplankton but also vegetated ecosystems contribute considerably to fixation and long-term sequestration of carbon. Yet, there are still massive knowledge gaps, in particular for macroalgal forest. It is also unclear how global change will alter the functioning of these ecosystems, including their ability to sequester carbon. Contributions are invited to all aspects of the marine carbon cycle, addressing the fate of algal primary production and its contribution to the carbon cycle. This includes production and fate of detritus and dissolved organic carbon from macroalgae. Contributions on changes in the capacity of various algal communities to fix and sequester carbon under various climate change scenarios are also welcome.
Karen Filbee-Dexter : Department of Biological Sciences, University of Western Australia|Institute for Marine Research, Norway
Sebastian D. Rokitta : Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany
Mar Fernandez-Mendez : Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany
Albert Pessarrodona : Oceans Institute and Department of Biological Sciences, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia
(C) NASA GSFC
ALGAE AND ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONING
Considerable research focuses on the resilience of algae-dominated ecosystems to global change and on tipping points beyond which sudden, radical changes in species composition occur. Ecosystems in polar regions are particularly affected as global change is most pronounced there, and retreat to higher latitudes is not an option. Omics technologies enable unprecedented insights into the functioning of entire communities and into their resilience limits.
SYM10: Ecology of algal systems
The functioning of algae in their ecosystems depends amongst others on their autecology, their biochemical bouquet such as their toxins or deterring substances and their interactions with other organisms living with them or grazing on them. And all of this is affected by external primary and secondary abiotic drivers. Insights in the complexity of interactions and functionalities in algal communities and their resilience to environmental change are key to our ability to predict how ecosystems will fare in the face of global change and help towards designing best ecosystem management practices towards mitigation of its effects. The increasing ability to refer functional differences to genotypes and metabolic functionalities also enhances our understanding of ecotypic and phenotypic diversity. Contributions of all aspects of algal ecology are invited to better reveal the ability of algal ecosystems to cope with their biotic and abiotic environment, including studies exploring the interactions among species, for instance, by means of uni- and multifactorial experimental designs. Results of studies elucidating the relations between functional, metabolic and genetic diversity and population resilience to environmental change are also particularly welcome.
Petra Visser : Dept. Freshwater and Marine Ecology, IBED, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Marine Vallet : Group Phytoplankton Community Interactions, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany
Dedmer Van de Waal : Department of Aquatic Ecology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), Wageningen, The Netherlands
SYM11: Changing distribution patterns and new ecosystems
Climate change affects the distribution ranges and abundances of algae in both pelagic and benthic systems. This may cause intense micro- and macroalgal blooms or invasion of alien or migratory species, both of which will shape ecosystems. Locally and also over wide geographic ranges the abundances, phenology, and zonation patterns of algae are changing. Changes not only affect the local algal diversity but also alter the functioning of the ecosystems of which they are an integral part. Contributions to this symposium can include studies on biodiversity, life cycles and phenology, bloom forming and invasive species, their ecology, ecophysiology, and omics whose results help assess how environmental changes affect distribution patterns of species and entire communities and how species or communities cope with the changes. Studies on changes in the distribution ranges of canopy formers and other keystone species including bloom-forming species are especially welcome and so are contributions on conservation and restoration of local populations as well as the improvement of their resilience to change.
Gareth A. Pearson : Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), Universidade do Algarve, Faro, Portugal
Anke Kremp : Biological Oceanography, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemuende, Rostock, Germany
Anita Narwani : Department of Aquatic Ecology, Eawag, Duebendorf, Switzerland
Ester A. Serrão : Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), Universidade do Algarve, Faro, Portugal
SYM12: Polar algae in a changing environment
The Arctic and Antarctic regions are challenging environments for algae, given low to no light during winter and almost continuous light in high summer under low temperatures. Nowadays however, the polar regions are the ones warming up the fastest. As a result, algal diversity, primary productivity and distribution patterns experience unprecedented changes. Especially coastal and fjord systems are affected by increasing melt-water discharge, resulting in increased salinity drops and sedimentation rates. In addition, they face an extension of the open-water period and a release from light limitation. Many algae in polar habitats are adapted to low temperatures and polar conditions in general, but these adaptations are now potentially becoming a liability in the face of unprecedented environmental change and immigrating temperate species. Contributions are invited on all aspects highlighting the changing conditions in which polar algae find themselves and their ability to cope with these changes on land, in the sea-ice, along the coasts and in the open water, their resilience and/or adaptability to change, and their competitive abilities against temperate immigrants.
Linda Nedbalová : Department of Ecology, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Johann Lavaud : LEMAR, Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Plouzané, France
SYM13: Algae and ecosystem functioning: the genomics perspective
Metagenomics, meta-transcriptomics and metabarcoding provide exquisitely detailed insights in the composition of entire communities and in the communal activities and interactions of its members. Reference genomes and transcriptomes are now produced at an ever-increasing pace, which help translating the masses of reads produced by High Throughput Sequencing techniques of environmental DNA or mRNA into biocomplexity and bioactivity of entire communities. In order to make that translation meaningful many challenges have to be overcome. Contributions are invited on meta-omics studies to assess the composition and complexity of whole communities in which algae are key players and their interaction with the environment. Particularly welcome are contributions on innovative ways to study these types of data in order to advance knowledge of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.
Flora J. Vincent : Developmental Biology Unit, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany
Bente Edvardsen : Section for Aquatic Biology and Toxicology, University of Oslo, Norway
Simon Dittami : CNRS/Sorbonne Université, Station Biologique de Roscoff, France
Chana Kranzler : The Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel
(C) Erwan AMICE | CNRS
ALGAE AND THEIR BLUE-BIOTECH APPLICATIONS
Algae are a treasure trove of bioactive molecules for BlueTech applications. The first step in these applications is the choice of organisms or even consortia of organisms, either from natural populations or provided by algal culture collections. A rapidly increasing number of companies use algae or algal compounds in various sectors, but scaling up of algal cultures towards cost-effective production are often challenging.
SYM14: Algal culture collections: their increasing societal relevance and role as gene repositories
Algal culture collections play a fundamental role in research, technological development and industrial innovation. They are repositories of myriads of research strains, they refine protocols for the maintenance of an ever-wider range of species, even the most recalcitrant ones, they develop cryo-preservation methodologies to ensure long-term genetic identity of strains, and in public-private partnerships work on the scaling up of algal cultures. Culture collections even can develop a role as pan-European or pan-WORLD repositories for gene pools of species on the brink of extinction or of aquaculture species. Contributions are welcome on the maintenance of recalcitrant species, on new lineages on symbionts, on whole microbiomes, as well as on the generation and maintenance of axenic strains important for genomics applications. In addition, contributions are solicited on the cryopreservation or alternatives for the long-term preservation of strains.
Filip Pniewski : Gdańsk University, Faculty of Oceanography and Geography, Culture Collection of Baltic Algae, Gdynia, Poland
Peter Chaerle : Ghent University, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Biology, Protistology and Aquatic Ecology, BCCM/Diatoms Collection Gent, Belgium
Annick Wilmotte : BCCM/ULC Cyanobacteria Collection, InBios, Department of Life Sciences, University of Liège, Belgium
Ian Probert : Station Biologique de Roscoff, Centre de recherche et d’enseignement en biologie et écologie marines FR2424, Roscoff, France
SYM15: Algae as producers of valuable compounds
Algae are a rich source of bioactive substances and other valuable compounds and materials. These compounds have a variety of functions ranging from stress protection, signalling, defence against antagonists, and nutrient capture, amongst others. At the same time, the functions of many algal compounds remain unelucidated. Many of these compounds are complex molecules, difficult to produce in any other way than by the algae. Many algal products nowadays find their way into pharmaceutical or cosmeceutical industries. However, the road from the discovery of valuable algal substances to their commercial applications is long, and only a very few make it all the way into commercial products. Contributions are invited on the finding of novel bioactive compounds and substances, especially in underexplored algal lineages, compounds extraction, identification and characterization regarding their bioactivity, with a focus on approaches to their production using algal biotechnology.
Abdelfatah Abomohra : Aquatic Ecophysiology and Phycology, Institute of Plant Science and Microbiology, University of Hamburg, Germany
Alexei Solovchenko : Bioengineering Department, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
Dieter Hanelt : Department of Biology, Institute of Plant Science and Microbiology, Hamburg University, Germany
Inna Khozin-Goldberg : Microalgal Biotechnology Laboratory, French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology, J. Blaunstein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
SYM16: Advances in algal production processes
This symposium focuses on novel directions of Blue Biotech applications in algae. Industrial-scale production processes often rely on wild type strains producing substances of interest in amounts required in their environmental context. Yet, advances in genomics methodologies and selective breeding applied to improve production can greatly increase the cost-effectiveness of production processes. Contributions may include systems and methodologies to optimise and scale up production of compounds of interest, or make the production processes more efficient. Contributions are invited on the exploration of production pathways as well as the optimisation of those pathways and the scaling up of production. Also invited are contributions from synthetic biology: redesigning organisms by engineering them to have new abilities or make new products for medicine, manufacturing, and agriculture.
Maria do Rosario Domingues : Lipidomics Laboratory, Mass Spectrometry Center, Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Joanna Kargul : Solar Fuels Laboratory, Centre For New Technologies, University of Warsaw, Poland
Hugo Pereira : GreenCoLab – Associação Oceano Verde, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal
SYM17: Public-Private partnerships in algal research
Early-career scientists and students in phycology often perceive career possibilities in phycological research as limited, seeing their scientific supervisors as role models of careers in academia. However, there are many opportunities for rewarding careers in (collaboration with) the private sector. Algae have found their way in many industrial production processes, and in large-scale aquaculture. And where algae are used, researchers are in demand to trouble-shoot, optimise and innovate. Yet, despite the many opportunities there are issues that sit in the way of such partnerships. Contributions are welcome from public-private partnership research projects and their aims, from researchers working in partnership with companies, or working in companies. The emphasis is not on scientific methodologies or results, but on experiences with working in the private sector. What are companies’ expectations from scientists working with them or for them? What about setting up your own start-up or spin-out company? What is needed to translate smart ideas into marketable products.
Annette Bruhn : Department of Ecoscience, Centre for Circular Bioeconomy, Aarhus University, Denmark
Interest in algae is growing among many stakeholders including the general public. Algae are increasingly perceived as healthy and pretty, but blooms of potentially harmful species affect ecological health and human wellbeing. Monitoring the diversity and changes in the composition of algal systems provides indispensable data for local governance to make informed policy choices. Scientists and teachers need to play their part in increasing public awareness about how algae help to address burning societal needs.
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the sudden death of our colleague Erwan Ar Gall, the convenor of mini-symposium 20. To pursue his enthusiastic investment in the preparation of a successful EPC8, Elvira Ramos Manzanos has kindly accepted to work with Sotiris Orfanidis to serve as a co-convenor.
SYM18: Algae and the general public
The public at large shows an increasing interest in algae. Algae are nowadays seen as something positive, healthy, valuable, useful and at times, beautiful, rather than yuck to be scrubbed away with a wholesome dose of household bleach. The reasons for this change of minds are manifold. Algae or their derivatives are found in an ever-expanding range of products, from cosmeceuticals and medicines to food and feed. Because of that, algae contribute to employment, economic development and human prosperity, especially in developing societies or regions. Algae are often stunningly beautiful, providing inspiration for artists. Many citizen scientists are experts in algal taxonomy, contributing to the advancement of knowledge on algal biodiversity and distribution. However, this positive image is easily destroyed by algae featuring negatively in the news, for instance ‘killer algae,’ and ‘harmful algal blooms;’ never mind that such blooms usually result from human-induced ecosystemic imbalances. Phycologists need to translate scientific knowledge about algae effectively to the general public and transfer that knowledge into practical applications. They need to engage with local communities to foster the usage of algae, thereby generating employment and increasing wellbeing and prosperity. Transfer of this knowledge of algae, requires having a combination of various disciplines developing an inter- and transdisciplinary research environment with strategies for societal practices. They need to inform policy makers about the crucial ecosystem services algae provide, to enable them to address environmental challenges associated with algae and their ecosystems. Literacy needs to be disseminated using the rapidly developing e-means available but avoiding the pitfalls of such communication. Contributions are invited on dissemination and outreach projects to the general public, on ecosystem service of algae, adaptive co-management and research on how algae can buffer the impact of climate change on local livelihoods; exercises engaging citizens with the spreading of knowledge and/or participating in topical research are welcome.
Nils Ekelund : Dept. Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Society, Faculty of Education and Society, Malmö University, Sweden
Fredrik Gröndahl : Dept. Sustainable development environmental science and engineering (SEED), School of Architecture and the built environment (ABE), Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden
Many of us have teaching commitments and are involved in teaching students, training PhD students, and coaching early career postdocs. Teaching is also an essential part of our professional career because it guarantees that future colleagues take over the baton. Students should learn about career pathways, both in academia and in industry and business (biotechnology, farming, new products, etc.). New technologies and the COVID-19 pandemic have shaken up models and modes of teaching. Contributions are invited on sharing experiences and innovative ways of teaching and training all aspects of algae to a range of target groups, including their practical applications. Furthermore, we invite contributions that exemplify pathways from academia to business and the challenges involved between idea and their realisation.
Cecilia Maria Totti : Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy
Conxi Rodríguez-Prieto : Faculty of Science, University of Girona, Spain
Morgan Vis : Department of Environmental and Plant Biology, Ohio University, Athens, USA
SYM20: Coastal and freshwater systems under human pressure: status assessment, management and conservation
Eutrophication, pollution, coastal obstructions, river regulation, global warming, and other human-induced pressures on our fresh, transitional, and coastal waters, alone or in combination, have caused tremendous impact on water resources and the associated algal ecosystems. These systems are, in addition, threatened by unsustainable harvest or aquaculture. In many European Directives, such as the WFD or MSFD, algae are used as quality elements or indicators for water quality and ecological status; many management strategies are based on algal biodiversity and their abundances. In addition, in recent years, new conservation strategies have been developed to counteract, e.g., the decline of seaweed forests or the freshwater riverine systems degradation. Contributions are invited on any aspect of water management and conservation which are centred around algae and especially new conservation strategies to mitigate the loss of biodiversity, keystone species or habitats are of interest. Information on practical applicability and up-scaling strategies are needed and concepts for sustainable aquaculture enabling to keep good water quality and preserve biodiversity are welcome.
Elvira Ramos Manzanos : IHCantabria – Instituto de Hidráulica Ambiental de la Universidad de Cantabria, Santander, Spain
Elvira Ramos Manzanos : IHCantabria – Instituto de Hidráulica Ambiental de la Universidad de Cantabria, Santander, Spain
Matina Katsiapi : EYATH SA, Water Supply Division-Drinking Water Treatment Facility, Thessaloniki, Grèce | School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Some workshops all running on half day (up to 4h) will be proposed on the Wednesday 23rd August 2023. Information on these workshops are presented below with contact details of the workshop organisers. Feel free to contact directly the workshops organisers if you need more information.
Addressing fundamental gaps in seaweed taxonomic knowledge - Global Seaweed Biodiversity Group
It is estimated that only 50% of the world’s seaweed biodiversity has been discovered or described, yet being able to identify species, place them taxonomically and understand their phylogeny is fundamental to many other branches of science. Having something seemingly simple as a check-list for a region or country is the foundation for determining distributions, environmental monitoring, marine management and conservation, connectivity, searching for new cultivars for aquaculture, understanding chemistry and ecology, defining seaweed communities and habitats, cultural and societal aspects, citizen science and much more.
This workshop will focus on addressing fundamental gaps in seaweed biodiversity knowledge. It will bring together members of the global taxonomic and related community to build on ‘Towards a global strategy to address fundamental gaps in seaweed taxonomic knowledge’ which was held at the 24th International Seaweed Symposium (Tasmania, Feb 2023). This first workshop involved identifying seaweed groups that were in particular need of a global effort to develop robust phylogenies. Topics included resolving names, sequencing types, molecular approaches, commercial names, long term legacy and related aspects. The aim of this second workshop is to work on the logistics of this project.
There will be at least one presentation on the project and a second covering types etc. Preparation will take place before the project to organise work package topics and other activities.
Research on microphytobenthos: present advances and future challenges
Microphytobenthos is an essential component of the coastal and estuarine ecosystems functioning, especially under temperate latitudes. It is a major component of the primary production and as such supports local and regional economics (such as oyster culturing and fisheries) and many ecosystem services (see this Frontiers Research topic). The workshop will be dedicated to the biology, physiology and ecology of microphytobenthos, a community of several microalgal groups inhabiting coastal and estuarine intertidal and shallow subtidal sediments. The goal of the workshop is to gather scientists working on microphytobenthos for drawing a current picture of the research in Europe and beyond, through short talks presenting new data and projects. The aim is also to discuss future tracks of research and to gather potential partners for future projects, especially at the European level.
The workshop will be held over half a day (morning of Wednesday 2023/08/23) at the Brest Arena (site of the EPC8). The first part will be dedicated to talks from two experts in the field, followed by about 8 talks by young scientists (Ph.D. students and post-docs) illustrating the diversity of current research on microphytobenthos. The second part will be dedicated to a general discussion, especially focused on current and future challenges in microphytobenthos research.
Graham Underwood, University of Essex (UK) ‘Biofilms from the bottom up, how species attributes influence microphytobenthic ecosystem functioning’.
David Paterson, Scottish Ocean Institute-St Andrews (UK) ‘Microphytobenthos response to multiple stressors’.
Johann Lavaud, LEMAR Lab, UBO-University of Western Brittany-France
Vona Méléder, ISOMER Lab, Nantes University-France
Joao Serodio, CESAM Institute, Univesity of Aveiro-Portugal
Koen Sabbe, PEA Lab, University of Ghent-Belgium
Graham Underwood, School of Life Science, University of Essex-UK
Getting together to fight the new invasive alien seaweed: Rugulopteryx okamurae (Dictyotales, Ochrophyta)
Since its first record on European coasts of Strait of Gibraltar in 2015, the brown Pacific seaweed Rugulopteryx okamurae has rapidly widespread along southern coasts of Spain, exhibiting an aggressive invasive behavior on native communities. This new invader homogenizes seabottoms, drastically reducing biodiversity, and producing important economic impacts on fisheries and for local governments, derived from the huge amounts of biomass drifting in the sea and on the beaches. Geographical distribution models predicted other European coasts to be highly favorable for the settlement of the species, which has already been confirmed, with the recent invasion of R. okamurae on Mediterranean coasts of France (Marseille), Portugal (Azores and Madeira) and Canary Islands (Spain). The presence of the species in several European countries together with Northern Africa, becomes R. okamurae in a common threat to Mediterranean and Atlantic native biodiversity, which demands joint efforts for an efficient management to minimize its ecological and economic impacts and expansion.
This workshop aims to be the first call for cooperation and information exchange of researchers, managers, and stakeholders for a better management of this new invader at European level. The global situation of the species in the different invaded areas will be presented, including information on geographical distribution, evaluation of ecological and economic impacts on the affected countries, identification and management of introduction and dispersal vectors, invasibity of R. okamurae and invasibility of native communities, as well as potential management strategies at European level.
The structure of the workshop will consist in a first part including communications of researchers from the different invaded areas (Spain, Morocco, France and Portugal) and a round table to discuss common problems and explore research and management potential synergies among participants.
Diatoms are the most species-rich algal class with estimated ≥ 100,000 species. They contribute to 20% of global carbon fixation and oxygen production. However, with genomic information from only about 10 diatoms, our ability to harness their unique biology is very limited. Consequently, this project will sequence 100 diatom species for providing unique insights into their roles as key players for capturing carbon dioxide and as the foundation of diverse aquatic food webs. These insights will also be critical for advancing diatom-based biotechnology and synthetic biology platforms.
This workshop will give an overview about this project and discuss preliminary results. It will also address issues from diatom cultivation to sequence analysis. Informal setting with at least 2 talks and open discussion. Everyone is welcome to join and also to present. Length: up to 3 hours with a break.
Thomas Mock, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, NR4 7TJ, UK, email@example.com
Exchange around drifting Sargassum species: fundamental and applied researches
The issue of drifting Sargassum is of current interest. The organization of a workshop would allow the community working on these organisms to meet and exchange ideas. Fundamental research on the genus Sargassum which presents drifted species: biology, ecology, physiology,… Applied research on the genus Sargassum which presents drifted species: valorization of huge biomasses (in several sectors), predictions of beachings,…
The idea is an exchange of experiences (from anywhere on the planet) about the study of drifting Sargassum. Actually, the Caribbean area presents huge quantity of holopelagic Sargassum that float throughout their life cycle at the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. Nevertheless, many regions of the world have to deal with Sargassum drift (part of their life cycle). It would be interesting if a sharing of knowledge, skills and know-how could take place during these round tables. It remains to be seen whether, at the end of these two round tables, we could come to the conclusion that certain actors could respond to joint calls for projects?
The workshop will take place in the form of two round tables (duration: 1h30 each):
(1) one on the knowledge/results of fundamental research on the biology of drifting Sargassum
(2) a second on the knowledge/results on the valorisation of drifting Sargassum
A short presentation will be given at the beginning of each round table and then each round table will be moderated by a facilitator and each participant will be able to present their knowledge/results during each round table. Everyone is welcome to join!
The 8th European Phycological Congress will be held in Brittany (France) in Brest from August 20th to 26th 2023 at Brest-Arena, a sports and cultural center. This structure located at 10 min from the city center of Brest by tramway offers a plenary room allowing to welcome 700 persons as well as 3 other rooms of 200 places and the spaces of restoration and exhibition. Brest is a metropolis of 400,000 inhabitants, a tourist area as well as a living area. Many hotels ranging from 1 to 4 stars are located in Brest with prices ranging from 50 € to 150 € per night. Rooms for students are also available in the center of Brest, 10 minutes by tramway from Brest Arena. The city and its surroundings have many attractive facilities and points of interest, such as Océanopolis, the Ateliers des Capucins linked to the city center by the first urban cable car in France, and National Botanical Conservatory of Brest. The city was recently classified as a “City of Art and History”. Innovative and open to the world, Brest is distinguished from other French cities by its links with the marine environment, as well as its cutting-edge marine science and technology sector. In fact, it was from the port of Brest that great explorers set out to discover new worlds: La Pérouse, Kerguelen, Bougainville… Brest has a TGV train station in the city center and an international airport close to the city center, with a shuttle and tramway service. Brest Bretagne international airport offers some international flights and a large choice of flights via Paris (Orly or Charles de Gaulle).
To participate, you will find here the procedure to submit your abstract (Deadline for submission: March 31, 2023) and to register to EPC8 as well as practical information.
Abstracts will be selected by the international scientific committee. Your registration will be official upon receipt of the registration fees.
The conference fees cover the conference registration, food, coffee breaks and transport from the airport or train station as well as daily transport to the conference venue.
Early bird registration (November 2022 – March 2023) :
 FEPS Member = 400 €
 Non-FEPS Member = 480 €
 MSc & PhD Student or unemployed = 250 €
 Accompanying person = 150 €
 Mid-Congress Excursion = 50/80 €
Late registration (April 2023 – July 2023) :
 FEPS Member = 530 €
 Non-FEPS Member = 600 €
 MSc & PhD Student or unemployed =380 €
 Accompanying person = 200 €
 Mid-congress Excursion = 60/100 €
Registration end : 1st August 2023
Considering the evolution of the health situation, we maintain our will to hold this conference face-to-face in order to encourage exchanges between everyone: leading researchers, young researchers and future researchers such as students.
If necessary, a complete vaccination scheme will be required to participate in the conference. The conference organizers will propose antigenic self-tests during the conference. The conferences, poster exhibition, workshops, catering and coffee breaks will take place under conditions that comply with health regulations.
However, if the situation deteriorates, a bi-modal format will not be considered and you will be informed. The event will then be cancelled.
Registration fees will be refundable based on the Covid environment at the time of the conference in August 2023.
For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The aim of this event is to bring together the international scientific community of researchers working on the mechanisms of bioturbation in marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments, at all latitudes (polar, tropical, temperate), and taking different time scales into account (from Precambrian to present). This event is in the framework of the international Nereis Park association gathering all scientists working on Bioturbation.
This 6th edition proposes an international thematic school on Bioturbation with conferences and high-level training. It will allow promoting exchanges and giving scientists and students the latest conceptual and technological advances around the bioturbation processes through conferences and posters sessions, small workshops, debates, practical studies. The contributions for this event could be submitted for publications in a special issue on bioturbation.
Early bird registration and payments: April 11- May 7, 2022
Late registration and payments: May 8 – May 27, 2022
In this session, the role of bioturbation for ecosystem evolution will be discussed with particular focus on the various ecosystem services provided by bioturbation in terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems in the context of global change. The various effects of bioturbation will be addressed including: sediment erosion, stabilization and drainage, biogeomorphology, contaminants and cysts releasing, oxygenation, bioremediation of polluted sediments and soils, organic matter recycling. Functioning of past and extreme environments (Precambrian, Quaternary caves, mangroves, polar and deep environments, hyper-saline lakes…) could be considered.
Session 2: Integration of bioturbation processes into biodiversity patterns and functions
The influence of the bioturbation activities on the ecosystems depends on the benthic structural and functional diversity strongly linked to the environmental variables. This session will address the different approaches (i.e., species, functional diversity, biological traits…) used for evaluating the effects of biodiversity on the ecosystems functioning through experimental and field studies. This will be the initial statement for an open forum session based on two questions: How do we integrate the role of individual species characteristics on benthic processes at the community scale? How do we upscale the effects of benthic communities at the ecosystem level?
Session 3: Micro / macro-organisms interactions for the biogeochemical cycles
Bioturbation activities modify microbial diversity and processes involved in the sediment organic matter degradation and recycling. The latter have an influence, at larger scales, on biogeochemical fluxes and budgets (carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, phosphore, silica, iron). Organic matter quality (refractory versus labile) and environmental variables drives the benthic microbial processes. This session will focus and on the interactions between the micro-organisms (e.g. procaryotes, cable bacteria, archae, eucaryotes, and co-occurrence networks) and macro-organisms involved in sediment biogeochemistry.
Session 4: New approaches of observation, analysis and modeling for bioturbation studies
Integrating the outcomes of the conferences and the workshops of the thematic school, this session will focus on downscaling and upscaling (scale transfer) referring to:
the importance of a specific bioturbation process within diagenetic models,
the representation of the species or functional traits in the community ;
the transfer from controlled experiments to in situ studies integrating the ecosystem as a whole;
extrapolation of results obtained from a local study at ecosystem level taking into account its spatial and temporal variability.
Thematic school objective
This event will offer different and complementary tools in each session (courses and case studies as form as keynote lecture and short talks, respectively, practical works, open forum session, round tables..) to understand the role of bioturbation in the current and past functioning of ecosystems, and to know how to integrate it into ecosystem models, in ecological engineering and ecosystem restoration / management projects. These scientific and educational meetings, by mixing the disciplines, will thus help to build up a network of expertises. This will bring out innovative approaches to answer fundamental and methodological questions. This event is addressed to any scientist (researcher, student, engineers) as well as manager in environmental science.
Site of the conference and thematic school site – Accommodation
This event will be held in Brittany (France) at Logonna-Daoulas from the 22rd to the 26th of August 2022 at “Moulin Mer”. This facility provides space for sessions and workshops, meals and accommodations, all at one location, including access to educational rooms and to sampling sites in marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments. For your spouse, it also provides access to nice walks along the beaches, forest, and places for activities such as volley ball, badminton, sailing, kayac, paddle and fishing. The site is located between Brest and Quimper (at 8min from the expressway). Brest is the closest city with a train station (TGV) and an airport offering a handful of international flights and many direct flights from Paris (Orly or CDG). Shuttle services will be proposed to reach the conference site.
The registration is for assisting to the whole sessions successively over the week. The event is limited to 70 participants. To participate, fill directly the pre-registration form which includes an abstract submission form (with details on the lay-out of the abstract). Motivations and expectations for the thematic to be discussed, debated or deepened should be added to the pre-registration form (Deadline of submission: March 23, 2022).
The abstracts will be selected by the international scientific committee. Once your abstract selected, you can fill the final registration form which include the payment details. Your registration will be official when payment of the registration fee is received.
The conference fee covers the full price of accommodation, food, coffee breaks, and shuttle services from airport or train station until the conference location. Choose one option from following arrangements (price per person):
Particular case for CNRS staff: Since this event belongs to the thematic schools plan of CNRS during the year 2022, registration is free for the CNRS staff (researchers, engineers, post doctorate). Registration fees and travelling fees could be taken into account by each regional delegation of CNRS. Pre-registration through the abstract submission is however necessary.
For the other participants:
Reduced early registration (April 11- May 7, 2022):
 Academic – Single room = 500 € per person
 Academic – Shared double room (two beds) = 420 € per person
 Student (shared double or triple room, two or three beds) = 370 € per person
Late registration (May 8-May 27, 2022):
 Academic – Single room = 650 € per person
 Academic – Shared double room (two beds) = 550 € per person
 Student (shared double or triple room, two or three beds) = 450 € per person
Closed registration: May 28, 2022
Single rooms are very limited in “Moulin Mer” residence, and in order to accommodate as many participants as possible, most participants will need to share a room. When selecting the “shared room” option, please indicate the name of the participant with whom you’d like as a roommate.
Given the evolution of the health situation, we maintain our desire to hold this colloquium face-to-face in order to promote exchanges between all: our reference researchers, our young researchers and our future researchers who are our students.
Complete vaccination scheme will be requested to attend the conference. The conference organizers will provide antigenic auto-tests during the conference. Conferences, the exhibition of posters, workshops, catering, and coffee breaks will be made under conditions according to health rules.
However, if the situation will deteriorate, a bi-modal format will not be considered and you will be notified. The event will be cancelled.
Registration fees will be refundable in light of the Covid context at the time of the conference in August 2022.
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