EMBO | EMBL Symposium on A New Age of Discovery for Aquatic Microeukaryotes 2016 Heidelberg

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  • The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is happy to announce a “Symposium on a New Age of Discovery for Aquatic Microeukaryotes” which will commence on January 26 – 29, 2016 in Heidelberg, Germany.

    Why attend?

    New discoveries about the unexpected lifestyles of aquatic microbial eukaryotes (protists) are advancing rapidly through the targeted exploration of cultured isolates and whole communities using molecular sequencing and imaging techniques in concert with evolutionary theory and geochemical analysis. Three major contributions to microeukaryote biology, ecology, and evolution that are catapulting the field forward are the Marine Microbial Eukaryote Transcriptome Sequencing Project (MMETSP), the Tara Oceans Expeditions, and the Malaspina Expedition.

    Although these three efforts focused on marine organisms, they have provided an unprecedented wealth of new data to the broader protist ecology, evolution, biogeochemistry, and model system research communities. Moreover, these efforts are enabling development of new concepts about the interactions of protists with viruses, bacteria, and archaea.

    The goal of the symposium is to increase the impact of the new knowledge generated from these unique datasets and to foster new collaborations among aquatic microbial ecologists, evolutionary biologists, oceanographers, limnologists, cell and molecular biologists, geneticists, and more.

    The objective is also to address “What questions can we now ask because of the completion of the marine field campaigns and with the arrival of new technologies, methods, and concepts from all corners of the biological sciences?”

    Researchers from across multiple areas of microbial eukaryotic study will discuss and debate understudied areas in aquatic protistology, increase permeability across traditional disciplinary boundaries in the biological sciences, and open doors to new collaborations. By the end of the symposium, participants will walk away with broadened horizons about ecology, evolution and cell biology, creative new ideas, and an appreciation of how the latest technologies can be used in their own research and applied to the Tara Oceans, MMETSP, and Malaspina datasets. In addition, those who study long-​standing microbial eukaryote model systems will have new visions for how their model organisms are part of whole ecosystems and the consequences thereof for ecosystem function and biogeochemistry.


    • Evolutionary ecology
    • Molecular evolution, systematics
    • Ecophysiology and the environment
    • Organism – organism interactions
    • Biogeochemical cycles
    • Molecular and cell biology
    • Bioinformatics, databases and data exploration
    • Experimental model systems in environmental protistology
    • Signalling and communication /​Adaptation

    Who should attend?

    Participants will include protistologists that focus on aquatic, soil, and plant-​, animal– and human-​associated microbial communities; bacterial, archaeal, and virus ecologists; evolutionary biologists; cell biologists; geneticists; bioinformaticians; cyberinfrastructure developers; taxonomists; physiologists; oceanographers; limnologists; geochemists; and more. Students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career scientists are particularly welcome, including those who participated in MMETSP, the Tara Oceans Expeditions, and/​or the Malaspina Expedition.



    EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme Registration Fee Waivers and EMBO Travel Grants are available for young researchers for the EMBO|EMBL Symposia Series. Please indicate your interest for a CPP Registration Fee Waiver or an EMBO Travel Grant or both when submitting your abstract. Whilst submitting your abstract (Step 2 after you have registered your personal details) you will also be asked to complete a field with the name of your lab and the country in which it is based, and to answer some questions to detail your reasons for requesting this fellowship. A statement of support from your budget holding supervisor explaining a) their support for your attendance and b) support provided by the laboratory budget is required to complete the application.

    Registration Fee Waiver: The sum that you have paid to attend the meeting will be reimbursed

    Travel Grant: Up to €500 for participants arriving from the eligible countries listed below

    Priority is be given to participants working in labs in: Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan and Turkey.

    Travel grants may also be provided to participants working in labs in: Africa, Asia (excluding Japan, Singapore, and Korea), South and Central America, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia and Ukraine.

    For scientists based in Singapore additional travel grants are available. Please visit the website for more information.

    Travel grants are also available as part of the cooperation agreement with the National Science Council of Taiwan, in addition to travel grants for participants from Italy in cooperation with the SIBBM.


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