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European Diatom Meeting

The European Diatom Meeting will take place online for the first time. The attendance is free, although a donation is encouraged. The proceedings are already full, but it is a great opportunity to get up to date.
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13th European Diatom Meeting

The 13th European Diatom Meeting which was planned for March 2020 but had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic will take place online at the beginning of March 2021. The website and registration are now online: https://naturalhistory.museumwales.ac.uk/conference/edm/

The registration for the presentations on day 1 and 2 of the conference is free. There is a fee of £50 for the workshop on the Fragilaria capucina group on day 3. Participants will be sent the Zoom link for the meeting on Friday 26th February.

The 13th European Diatom Meeting is being held online by Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. It brings together scientists from Europe and further afield to discuss a broad range of topics in diatom research.

 2 + 3 March 2021:

The major theme of the meeting is ‘Progress in Diatom Biogeography: Explanations for Microbial Endemism’ and we have four keynote lectures addressing this topic together with other contributions in diatom systematics, taxonomy, biodiversity, ecology, paleoecology and environmental monitoring.

We have rescheduled the programme from the meeting planned in March 2020 which had to be postponed due to Covid-19. The two-day meeting is followed by a one-day taxonomic workshop on the complex of species in the Fragilaria capucina group.

The programme has been finalized and we are not inviting other contributions. We invite our colleagues to join us for the meeting, participate in discussions and the workshop, and to meet as a community of diatom researchers and practitioners in these challenging times.

 4 March 2021:

The workshop on the complex of species in the Fragilaria capucina group will consist of two parts. During the morning sessions, lectures will document and discuss all species in this group. In the afternoon, an online microscopy session will show examples of species from type slides and other populations from Europe. Participants are welcome to send images of problematic species to the meeting organizer. A pdf booklet with the notes of the workshop will be provided.


7th Conference of ISAP

Previous ISAP Congresses had achieved the role of gathering the people with knowledge & skills in the field of applied algal biotechnology and their potential in a commercial, remedial or regulatory context for a further development. The last 2017 Congress was to appreciate the huge phycological biodiversity and the diversity of its biotechnological applications through the prism of a new and promising industrial sector in full development.
Tribute to the past ISAP Congresses, the ISAP 2021 succeed to taking a role in bringing back a place where people who is working on applied algal biotechnology can gather. The 6 days Congress will include oral and poster presentations, exhibitions, post Congress tours, and B to B networking sessions, as well as young algae scientist /entrepreneur sessions .


26th International Diatom Symposium

Due to the current worldwide coronavirus crisis and the likely long-term effect on global travel in its aftermath, the local organisers of IDS 2020, in consultation with the ISDR Council, have decided to postpone the symposium, at least until 2021.

We apologise to those people who have already made travel arrangements or have successfully obtained travel funding, but hope you understand our decision.

The IDS 2020 website will remain accessible throughout this period and updates will be released from time to time. The ISDR Council will also release a statement on their new website in due course.

We sincerely hope that this crisis will end soon and everyone will remain healthy, and that we can meet each other in Yamagata in 2021.

Yours sincerely
Richard Jordan
Host of IDS 2020 & President of ISDR


Joint IPA-IAL meeting 2021 postponed to 20-24 March 2022!!

The next Joint International Paleolimnological Association (IPA)-IAL meeting will take place in Bariloche, Argentina from 22nd to 25th March 2021 with registration open from the afternoon of Sunday 21st March. The conference venue will be the BEC (Bariloche Events and Conferences). The venue is in a fantastic location on the shores of Nahuel Huapi, a large glacial lake surrounded by the Andes Mountains.