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In May the last ALFF course and conference was delivered at the Scottish Association for Marine Science on the subject of Biomonitoring and Science Communications. This event, run in conjunction with the Young Algaeneers Symposium YAS 2018), the new RCUK Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) project GlobalSeaweedSTAR and the Horizon 2020 Blue growth project GENetic diversity exploitation for Innovative macro-ALGal biorefinery (GENIALG), was an international symposium aimed at communicating recent advances in algal research and promoting the links between science, policy and biotechnology. The conference brought together leading academics and industry specialists who are pioneering work in the field of algae-microbes interactions and algal biotechnology.
The symposium also hosted oral and poster sessions on the broad topic of seaweed production in Europe and in tropical countries organised by key academics and industry partners involved in the new GlobalSeaweedSTAR and GENIALG projects.
More information on YAS 2018 can be found here
In September 2017, the University of Ostrava (Faculty of Science) hosted the 58th meeting of the Czech Phycological Society. This event involved a range of talks and poster sessions on subjects covering biodiversity, taxonomy, ecology, phylogeny, and also experimental biology of algae and cyanobacteria. The end of the conference was marked by an excursion to a museum of mining, signifiying Ostrava’s past character as a city of coal moning. For more information on the conference, please click here
After the conference, the University of Ostrava also hosted a course for our ALFF researchers on the diversity, phylogeny and evolution of eukaryotes and eukatyotic cell. This course covered theoretical lectures and practical demonstrations of the resources and methods of phylogenomics.
In August 2017 our ALFF researchers attended the 11th International Phycological Congress as hosted by the University of Szczecin in Poland. Based on the theme ‘Challenges of the Molecular era for Algal Research and the promise of Bioprospecting’, the Congress comprised a mixture of plenary talks, symposia and contributed sessions (oral and poster presentationa) over a four day period, as well as social events and excursions. Open to every delegate, the Congress also included a dedicated ALFF workshop where our researchers gave ‘flash talks’ and presentations of their work, covering a broad range of omic-empowered fundamental and applied projects on micro- and macroalgal microbiomes (including eukaryotic microbes).
Guest speakers included:
Prof. Alison Smith: Vitamins as drivers of algal-bacterial mutualisms
Dr. David Green: Dinoflagellates’ (microbial) friends and their functions
Dr Marie-Mathilde Perrineau: Interactions between engineered microbiomes and natural bacterial communities