Aquatic Microbial Ecology

This meeting will be organized in the tradition of the very successful SAME symposia, coupling the outstanding scientific level of lectures and communications to the unique convivial atmosphere of SAME. We have not defined one conference theme, in order to enlarge as much as possible the coverage of the different advances in aquatic microbial ecology achieved in the last years, as well as the most exotic perspectives.

Attendees: Microbial ecologists, aquatic and environmental microbiologists, and scientists with an interest in aquatic microbial ecology.

Concept: A small-scale meeting without parallel sessions, ensuring the highest attendance to oral presentations, as well as to posters, with the participation by the world leaders in the field of aquatic microbial ecology. Outstanding keynote lectures, high consideration for PhD students and for young researchers, a number of social events in the relaxing environment ensured by warm and romantic Stresa. The conference will be organized with the highest attention to the environment, ensuring zero impact for SAME13.

Location: Congress Palace of Stresa, Lake Maggiore, Italy. Stresa, with its beautiful beachfront setting, is an ideal place not only for conferences but also for holidays. The islands, the lake, the mountains are all reachable in a few minutes from the small city centre. The Victorian hotels, the art nouveau noble houses, the wonderful botanical gardens are a perfect frame for the SAME13 group picture. Stresa is at 45 minutes drive from Milan Malpensa International Airport and is served by a train station on the Simplon line.
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Opening Lectures (Sunday 8th): Prof. Farooq Azam
Marine Biology Research Division, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California - San Diego (USA)
Farooq Azam studies marine microbial biogeochemistry. He and his students and postdocs have been contributing to the mechanistic understanding of microscale interactions of pelagic microbes with the ocean carbon cycle and their consequences for large scale ecosystem functioning and response to system stress.

Dr. Sinead Collins
School of Biological Sciences
University of Edinburgh (UK)
Her main area of research is how adaptive evolution occurs over hundreds or thousands of generations in large populations, where complex ecology or genetics have to be taken into account. She uses experimental evolution in microbes, and applies her work to understanding long-term responses of phytoplankton to (complex) global change.

Plenary Presentations:

Dr. Rachel Foster
Department of Biogeochemistry
Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology - Bremen (Germany)
My primary research focuses on the distribution, activity and diversity of marine microorganisms and their overall roles in ecosystem function. More specifically, I focus on open ocean phytoplankton populations important to Nitrogen and Carbon cycling, with a strong emphasis on planktonic symbioses.

Prof. Toshi Nagata
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute
University of Tokyo (Japan)
Toshi Nagata is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Oceanography at Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo. He has earned degrees at Tokyo Metropolitan University (B.S. 1980) and Kyoto University (M.S. 1982, D.S. 1987).

Dr. Josep M. Gasol
Aquatic Microbial Ecology Group
CSIC Instutite of Marine Sciences - Barcelona (Spain)
Microbes are microbes... whether they bath in freshwater or in the ocean. I did my PhD in the world's lake likely with more papers per unit surface (Lake Cisó, it's only 20 m diameter...) and then a postdoc at McGill University in Montréal (here they have so many lakes that you can’t write a paper about just one…).

Dr. Dagmar Woebken
NanoSIMS Group - Department of Microbial Ecology
University of Vienna (Austria)
Dagmar Woebken is the Head of the NanoSIMS Group in the Department of Microbial Ecology at the University of Vienna, Austria. During her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany, she focused on marine anaerobic ammonium oxidizing bacteria (anammox bacteria).

Prof. Jay Lennon
W. K. Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University (USA)
My laboratory focusses on the biotic and abiotic factors that generate and maintain microbial biodiversity. In turn, we seek to understand the implications of microbial diversity for ecosystem functioning. We tackle these problems using a variety of tools including molecular biology, simulation modeling, laboratory experiments, field surveys, and more.

Prof. Jakob Pernthaler
Limnological Station, University of Zurich (Switzerland)
I investigate the role and fate of different water column bacteria in freshwater and marine habitats in the context of food web structure and substrate availability. I study the effects of predator-induced mortality on the composition of microbial assemblages, and in the potential adaptations of microbial species to compensate or to avoid such losses.

Prof. Roberto Danovaro
Marine Sciences Department
Politechnical University of Marche (Italy)
Roberto Danovaro was born in Genoa (Italy in 1966) where he obtained the degrees in Marine Biology in 1988. RD discussed the PhD in Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Pisa in 1993.After specialization in the field of environmental microbiology and experiences (both during the PhD and the post-doc) in various EU countries

Dr. Mary Ann Moran
Department of Marine Sciences
University of Georgia (USA)
Mary Ann Moran is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Georgia. She has earned degrees at Colgate University (B.A. 1977), Cornell University (M.S. 1982), and the University of Georgia (Ph.D. 1987). Dr. Moran is a Moore Foundation Investigator in Marine Microbiology.

Closing Lecture (Friday 13th): Prof. Roman Stocker
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)
Leveraging his quantitative background in engineering and applied mathematics, Stocker has pioneered the use of microfluidics in microbial oceanography. By using microfluidics to generate carefully controlled nutrient landscapes and flow conditions, Stocker’s research has addressed a long-standing challenge in microbial oceanography: to study marine microbes in the context of their immediate microenvironment.

8 Sep - 13 Sep 2013
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