Third International Conference 'the Molecular life of diatoms:Convergent approaches between biogeochemistry and genomics to better understand and model biogeochemical cycles'Internal


Activity Overview

Type: Conference session
Start Date: July 7, 2015
End Date: July 10, 2015
Venue: Seattle (USA)
Contact: Angela Falciatore
E-mail: angela.falciatore [at]
Funding Call: EuroMarine 2014 Call for Proposals
Total Budget: €70,000
Funds Granted: €8,400

Manager(s): Angela Falciatore, Mariella Ferrante
Co-organiser(s): Wim Vyverman

A one day session, as part of the 3rd international conference 'The Molecular Life of Diatoms' in July 2015, will focus on convergent approaches between biogeochemistry and genomics to better understand and model biogeochemical cycles. The conference will see junior and senior scientists of interdisciplinary science fields come together to discuss these topics. New molecular and bioinformatics tools to disseminate the potential of the dynamic and rapidly evolving field of marine molecular/genomic research will be discussed.

The aim of this conference is to explore the potential and feasibility of using diatoms as model systems in cell biology, evolution, ecology and biotechnology; building on the understanding and taking advantage of sophisticated novel tools. A special issue with topics from the meeting will potentially be published in the Marine Genomics Journal. This event will help in the identification of research challenges for the field and lead to the development of new research activities between laboratories and research institutes worldwide. 

Conference participants at the poster session

More than 180 scientists and students from an array of countries were hosted at the Molecular Life of Diatoms conference in Seattle, USA, including 57 participants from European institutions. International researchers discussed their findings and how to advance knowledge in the diatom biology field. The conference contributed to the establishment of new interdisciplinary links between ecology and genomics/metagenomics, and evolutionary and life history factors. Dynamic presentations, poster sessions and discussions took place to further the science and facilitate future collaborations in the diatom research community.

This provided a platform for molecular biologists to put their questions in an ecological context and for environmental scientists to become familiar with the flexible and highly diverse biological responses of diatoms and their underlying mechanisms and constraints. The format of the conference was designed to foster interactions and enhance collaborations between scientists and across national boundaries. The diatom molecular community is rapidly expanding.