Biogeochemistry and genomics of silicification and silicifiers

12-15 October 2021

Online conference

Second Institute of Oceanography, Hangzhou (China)

To further develop an integrative approach that includes chemistry, biogeochemistry, biochemistry, physiology and genomics to better understand biosilicification and silicifiers in past, contemporary and future oceans, the SILICAMICS 3 conference will facilitate once more the exchange of information between scientists from different ‘silicon’ disciplines and expertise, with the aim of moving forward in our understanding of the impact of silicifiers on Earth.
The third SILICAMICS conference is organized by the Second Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Natural Resources (P.R. China). It will be held online in October 2021 from Hangzhou (capital of Zhejiang Province, China).


  • to enhance interactions among researchers from different disciplines, such as chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, biogeochemistry and genomics, for a better understanding of silicification processes and the role of silicifiers in marine ecosystems
  • to facilitate a constructive dialogue between top-level senior scientists and early-career researchers through a Gordon-like conference format that will provide valuable and challenging opportunities for mutual learning
  • to build a niche for preparing future research proposals to obtain national and international research funding.


After an introduction on the potential role of silicon for building block for life, this conference comprises invited conferences, oral and poster communications, about 7 themes, which include:

  • Past variations in the global silica cycle
  • Updating the Si cycle in the modern ocean
  • Genomic and proteomic tools for silicifiers
  • Pelagic and benthic silicifiers
  • Silica cycle in coastal ecosystems
  • Isotope chemistry providing tools for processes and fluxes
  • Modelling the Si cycle and silicifiers in the modern and future ocean.

Scientific Committee

  • Kate Hendry (University of Bristol),
  • Su Mei Liu (Ocean University of China),
  • Manuel Maldonado (CSCIC, Blanes),
  • Aude Leynaert (CNRS, IUEM-UBO, Brest),
  • Brivaela Moriceau (CNRS, IUEM-UBO, Brest),
  • Jill Sutton (IUEM, Brest),
  • Paul Tréguer (IUEM-UBO, Brest),
  • Jianfang Chen (SIO, Hangzhou),
  • Fei Chai (SIO, Hangzhou),
  • Fabrice Not (CNRS, Sorbonne University).

Organising committee

  • Jianfang Chen (SIO, Hangzhou)
  • Fei Chai (SIO, Hangzhou)
  • Lihua Ran (SIO, Hangzhou)

Submission of abstracts

Submission of abstracts :

The text of your abstract is limited to 350 words and you may include photos or diagrams (in JPG or PNG format), as well as references.

Please send your contribution by email to Lihan Ran and Paul Tréguer.

Deadlines :

  • 25th July 2021 : deadline for submission of abstracts (oral or poster communication)
  • 31st July 2021 : decision made for oral or poster communication


Online registration open from july 15 to september 15 2021

Registration fee

CategoryOnline Meeting Fee
Professionals400 RMB (~ 52 Euros)
Students or Retired Professionals150 RMB (~ 20 Euros)

All fees are quoted in RMB and tax-included

Registration Fee includes

  • Participation in the program
  • Conference documents


If the participants request cancellation and refund due to personal reasons, the following refund policy applies.

  • Before September 15: 50% of payment refund
  • September 15 to October 1: 20% of payment refund
  • After October 1: no refund

Cancellation and refund request must be made formally sent in writing to the conference email.