History of the society

The International Diatom Symposium began as the “First Symposium on Recent and Fossil Marine Diatoms” in Bremerhaven, Germany in 1970 with 15 diatomists in attendance.  The informal group decided to meet on a biennial basis with meetings moving to different venues across Europe.  The group grew with each of the early meetings and came to recognize the need to include both marine and freshwater researchers at the symposium. At the fifth meeting of the group, the name was changed to reflect this; the “Fifth Symposium on Recent and Fossil Diatoms” was held in Antwerp, Belgium in 1978.  The meeting eventually adopted the name “International Diatom Symposium” at the 1982 seventh meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.  In 1986, at the Ninth International Diatom Symposium in Bristol, UK, the International Society for Diatom Research (ISDR) was formally established and has used the International Diatom Symposium to hold their biennial meetings of the Council and the Society.

The IDS continues as a biennial gathering of international diatomists with symposia venues proposed by members, subjected to member vote, and given final council approval. The Society has encouraged meetings beyond European and American venues; notable venues have included the first Asian meeting (Fourteenth International Diatom Symposium, in Tokyo, Japan), the first Australian meeting (Fifteenth International Diatom Symposium, in Perth, Australia), and a symposium held in Russia (Nineteenth International Diatom Symposium in Listvyanka, Russia).

A list of international diatom symposia names, dates, meeting venues, organizers, and where the principal proceedings of each symposium were published follows:

25th International Diatom Symposium. Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum (BGBM), Freie University, Berlin, Germany, June 23-30, 2018, (Organizers, Regine Jahn, Nélida Abarca, Wolf-Henning Kusber, Demetrio Mora, Lina Anh Van, Jonas Zimmermann) (210 delegates, 43 countries, 83 talks, 100 posters, 6 plenary talks, two parallel sessions, 10 workshops)(no proceedings)

24th International Diatom Symposium. Laval University, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, August 21-26, 2016, (Organizers, Reinhard Pienitz, Claudia Zimmerman, Dermot Antoniades, Isabelle Lavoie, Emilie Saulneir-Talbot, Paul Hamilton) (189 delegates, 84 talks, 101 posters, 8 plenary talks, two parallel sessions, five workshops) (no proceedings)

23rd International Diatom Symposium. Nanjing, China, September 7-13, 2014, (Organizers, Xiangdong Yang, Bopin Han, Guangjie Chen, John Anderson, Lingyang Kong, Min Xu, Patrick Rioual, Qian Wnag, Quanzi Wang, Rang Wang, Xuhui Dong, Yahui Gao, Lei Yang, Yanjie Zhao, Yanling Li) (150 delegates, 18 countries, 60 talks, 46 posters, 5 plenary talks, no parallel sessions, no workshops)
(no proceedings)

22nd International Diatom Symposium. Belgium from August 26-31, 2012, (Organizers: Koen Sabbe, Bart Van de Vijver, Wim Vyverman) (210 delegates, 97 talks, 130 posters, 9 plenary talks, two parallel sessions.) (no proceedings)

21st International Diatom Symposium. St. Paul, Minnesota, USA from August 29-September 3, 2010 (Organizers: Matthew Julius, Mark Edlund) Julius, M.L. & Edlund, M.B. (Eds) (2012) Proceedings of the 21st International Diatom Symposium.  Phytotaxa 127(1): 210 pp. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.127.1.1

20th International Diatom Symposium. Dubrovnik, Croatia from September 7-13, 2008 (Organizer: Nenad Jasprica) Jasprica, N. (Guest Ed.) (2009) Papers presented at the 20th International Diatom Symposium. Acta Botanica Croatica 68(2): 179-477.

19th International Diatom Symposium. Listvyanka, Russia from August 28-September 3, 2006. (Organizer: Yelena Likhoshway) Likhoshway, Ye. (Ed.) (2008) Proceedings of the Nineteenth International Diatom Symposium. Biopress Ltd., Bristol, 168 pp

18th International Diatom Symposium. Miedzyzdroje, Poland from September 2-7, 2004. (Organizer: A. Witkowski) Witkowski, A. (Ed.) (2006) Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Diatom Symposium. Biopress Ltd., Bristol, 508 pp.

17th International Diatom Symposium. Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada from August 25-31, 2002. (Organizer: M. Poulin, P. Hamilton) Poulin, M. (Ed.) (2004) Proceedings of the Seventeenth International Diatom Symposium. Biopress Ltd., Bristol. 481 pp.

16th International Diatom Symposium. Athens, Greece and aboard the cruise liner “Olympus Countess” as it toured the Aegean Sea, August 28-September 1, 2000. (Organizer: A. Economou-Amilli) Economou-Amilli, A. (Ed.) (2001) Sixteenth International Diatom Symposium, Proceedings 2001. Amvrosiou Press, Athens. 601 pp.

15th International Diatom Symposium. Curtin University, Perth, Australia from September 28 – October 2, 1998. (Organizer: Jacob John) John, J. (Ed.) (2002) Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Diatom Symposium. A. R. G.Gantner Verlag K. G., Ruggell / Liechtenstein, 520 pp.

14th International Diatom Symposium. 1964 Olympic Village, Tokyo, Japan from September 2-8, 1996. Mayama, S., Idei, M. & Koizumi, I. (Eds) (1999) Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Diatom Symposium. Koeltz Scientific Books, Koenigstein, 638 pp.

13th International Diatom Symposium. Maratea, Italy from September 1-7, 1994. Marino, D. & Montresor, M. (Eds) (1995) Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Diatom Symposium. Biopress Limited, Bristol, 576 pp.

12th International Diatom Symposium. Renesee, The Netherlands from August 30-September 3, 1992. Van Dam, H. (Ed.) (1993) Proceedings of the Twelfth International Diatom Symposium. Hydrobiologia 269/270: 1-540 .

11th International Diatom Symposium. San Francisco, California, USA from August 12-17, 1990. Kociolek, J. P. (Ed.) (1994) Proceedings of the 11th International Diatom Symposium, Memoirs of the California Academy of Sciences, Number 17, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, 670 pp.

10th International Diatom Symposium. Joensuu, Finland from August 28-September 2, 1988. Simola, H. (Ed.) (1990) Proceedings of the Tenth International Diatom Symposium, Koeltz, Koenigstein, 592 pp.

9th International Diatom Symposium. Bristol, United Kingdom from August 24-30, 1986. Round, F. E. (Ed.) (1988) Proceedings of the Ninth International Diatom Symposium, Biopress, Ltd., Bristol, and Koeltz, Koenigstein, 480 pp.

8th International Diatom Symposium. Paris, France from August 27-September 1, 1984. Ricard, M. (Ed.) (1986) Proceedings of the Eighth International Diatom Symposium, Koeltz, Koenigstein, 781 pp.

7th International Diatom Symposium. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA from August 22-27, 1982. Mann, D. G. (Ed.) (1984) Proceedings of the Seventh International Diatom Symposium, Koeltz, Koenigstein, 541 pp.

6th Symposium on Recent and Fossil Diatoms. Budapest, Hungary from September 1-5, 1980. Ross, R. (ed.) (1981) Proceedings of the Sixth Symposium on Recent and Fossil Diatoms. Taxonomy, Morphology, Ecology, Biology. Koeltz, Koenigstein, 487 pp.

5th Symposium on Recent and Fossil Diatoms. Antwerp, Belgium from September 3-8, 1978. Simonsen, R. (ed.) (1979). Proceedings of the Fifth Symposium on Recent and Fossil Diatoms. Nova Hedwigia, Biehefte 64: 533 pp.

4th Symposium on Recent and Fossil Marine Diatoms. Oslo, Norway from August 30-September 3, 1976. Simonsen, R. (ed.) (1977) Proceedings of the Fourth Symposium on Recent and Fossil Marine Diatoms. Nova Hedwigia, Biehefte 54: 414 pp.

3rd Symposium on Recent and Fossil Marine Diatoms. Kiel, Germany from September 9-13, 1974. Simonsen, R. (ed.) (1975) Proceedings of the Third Symposium on Recent and Fossil Marine Diatoms. Nova Hedwigia, Biehefte 53: 365 pp.

2nd Symposium on Recent and Fossil Marine Diatoms. London, United Kingdom from September 4-9, 1972. Simonsen, R. (ed.). (1974) Second Symposium on Recent and Fossil Marine Diatoms, Proceedings. Nova Hedwigia, Biehefte 45: 1-409

1st Symposium on Recent and Fossil Marine Diatoms. Bremerhaven, Germany from September 21-26, 1970. Simonsen, R. (ed.). 1972. First Symposium on Recent and Fossil Marine Diatoms, Proceedings. Nova Hedwigia, Biehefte 39: 1-295.