Biogeochemistry and genomics of silicification and silicifiers

12-15 October 2021

Online conference

Second Institute of Oceanography, Hangzhou (China) & on line

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 take place in October 2021 in Hangzhou (capital city of Zhejiang Province, China) and on-line.


  • 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

Soumission des abstracts :

Le texte de votre résumé est limité à 350 mots et vous pouvez inclure des photos ou des diagrammes (au format JPG ou PNG), ainsi que des références.

Veuillez envoyer votre contribution par courriel à Lihan Ran et Paul Tréguer.

Dates limites :

  • 25 Juillet 2021 : limite pour la soumission des abstracts (communication orale ou poster )
  • 31 Juillet 2021 : décision prise pour les communications orales ou par poster


Registrations are open online from July 15 to september 15 2021

Frais d’inscription

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

Tous les frais sont indiqués en RMB et incluent les taxes.

Les frais d’inscription comprennent

  • La participation au programme
  • Documents de la conférence


Si les participants demandent une annulation et un remboursement pour des raisons personnelles, la politique de remboursement suivante s’applique.

* Avant le 15 septembre : remboursement de 50 % du paiement

* Du 15 septembre au 1er octobre : remboursement de 20 % du paiement.

* Après le 1 octobre : aucun remboursement

Toute demande d’annulation et de remboursement doit être formellement envoyée par écrit à l’adresse électronique de la conférence.