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Research positions in Italy: “CYAnobacteria platform Optimised for bioproduction – CYAO”

The CNR-Istituto Biofisica and the CNR Istituto per lo Studio degli Ecosistemi in Italy, are seeking for 3 researchers to work on:

  1. Characterisation of the photosynthetic performance of metabolically engineered cyanobacterial strains. Euraxess Link
  2. Limnological analysis and characterization of algal photosynthetic pigment with special reference to their carotenoids composition based on HPLC analysis. Euraxess Link
  3. Characterisation of the photosynthetic performance and biochemical composition of metabolically engineered cyanobacterial strain. Euraxess link

6th International Symposium “Marine and Freshwater Toxins Analysis” 22-25 October, Baiona- Extended Deadlines

Dear colleagues,

We would like to inform you that we have posted information on the Symposium Website regarding extended the deadlines for (Early) Registration and Abstract Submission until September 15th. Please mark these new dates in your calendars !!!!

For updated information please visit our website : http://www.biotoxinsmeeting.org/

You can download the flyer of the Symposium here.

We would like also to inform that those who are not able to make the payment  through paypal, they can do it by Bank Transfer. For information about the Bank Account details, please contact:
biotoxins.meeting@uvigo.es

Also please make sure you make your reservations for accommodation in the Talaso Atlantico as soon as possible to make sure they will have availability.
For information related with the Symposium, please contact us through the above email address.

Looking forward to seeing you in Baiona in October

Organizing Committee

PostDoc position : Microalgae cultivation and processing (Zurich, Switzerland)

The ETH Sustainable Food Processing group uses a combination of emerging food safety approaches, microalgae processing and life cycle sustainability assessment to target fundamental challenges in food science and society such as food security.
They are recruiting by mutual agreement a PostDoc – Microalgae cultivation and processing.
They are looking for a candidate who is highly motivated to work in a collaborative project with an international food company that aims at developing targeted algae cultivation and processing of certain green algae species. Of particular interest are innovative process applications based on advanced cell stress induction, disintegration, separation, conversion and stabilisation techniques. The aligned analysis of the structural changes during up- and downstream is key for an optimised food concept development.
See more details details in the Euraxess page for this position.

HABs Collaboratory – 2017 Field Season Webinar

An Invitation by Ken Gibbons, Great Lakes Commission :

On July 24th at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time, the HABs Collaboratory will be hosting the 2017 Field Season Webinar. During this webinar, presenters from across the Great Lakes will discuss HABs field work they are conducting this summer. This webinar seeks to inform attendees about work being conducted across the Great Lakes this summer. After the webinar, a recording will be posted on the HABs Collaboratory website.

Speakers:

  • Tim Davis, NOAA-GLERL
  • Mike McKay, Bowling Green State University
  • Todd Miller, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Brenda Moraska Lafrancois, National Park Service
  • Ngan Diep, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
  • Claire Holeton, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
  • Justin Chaffin, The Ohio State University

Registration

To join the webinar, please click the registration link above. After registering you will receive two emails from Eventbrite. The first email will contain information on how to create an Evenbrite account and the second email will contain the link to join the webinar. On the day of the webinar, it is recommended that you log in 10 minutes before the webinar to ensure all the proper Skype for Business drivers are downloaded.

Registration url: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/habs-collaboratory-2017-field-season-webinar-tickets-36197319156

Ken Gibbons, Great Lakes Commission

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Special Issue “Marine Bacterial Toxins”, in Marine Drugs

“The Special Issue, “Marine Bacterial Toxins”, in Marine Drugs will collate high quality papers focused on (1) known and new marine bacterial producers of toxins, their diversity, phylogeny and geography; (2) structure, biosynthesis, biological activity and mode of action of the compounds; (3) environmental relevance, impact on human health and biotechnological and pharmaceutical application; and (4) new tools and innovative methods used in the analysis of toxic marine bacteria and their metabolites.

We cordially invite you to submit your research to this Special Issue of Marine Drugs, and hope that, with your input, the present state of knowledge regarding different aspects of marine bacterial toxins will be updated and/or reviewed.

Prof. Hanna Mazur-Marzec
Dr. Anna Toruńska-Sitarz
Guest Editors

Details of the Special Issue and Manuscript Submission Information can be found here.

6th International Symposium “Marine and Freshwater Toxins Analysis” , Baiona, Spain, 22-25 October 2017

The 6th International Symposium “Marine and Freshwater Toxins Analysis” will be held on 22-25 October 2017 in Baiona, Spain.

Principle organizer is the University of Vigo, Spain (Prof. Ana Gago-Martinez), home to the Department of Analytical and Food Chemistry with the close collaboration of the European Reference Laboratory for Marine Biotoxins located in the Campus of the University of Vigo.

The Symposium will address updated issues on the field of the analysis of marine and freshwater toxins, with special focus on new method developments and implementations. A variety of methods needs, for detecting marine and freshwater existing and emerging toxins will be addressed in presentations and focused discussions.

You are invited to submit abstracts till 15th September (updated) in the following topics:

– Advances in the analysis of existing and emerging marine and freshwater toxins.

– Mass spectrometry, molecular methods, toxicity assays, bioassays and screening tests.

– Structural characterization of new potential toxins.

– Towards standardization and accreditation of analytical methods for marine and freshwater toxins.

You can download the Symposium’s Flyer and distribute it to anyone who is interested in the topics of the Symposium.

Visit the Symposium’s website for more details.

The Symposium is supported by CYANOCOST.

 

WRF webcast: Development of a Risk Communication Tool Kit for Cyanotoxins (June 27, 2017)

Water Research Foundation (WRF) webcast:

Development of a Risk Communication Tool Kit for Cyanotoxins

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
3pm-4pm ET
(2pm-3pm CT, 1pm-2pm MT, 12pm-1pm PT)

Do you need to communicate the potential risk of cyanotoxins in drinking water? While some communication tools and resources for utilities have been developed, utilities and the customers that they serve need additional targeted messages and materials. This webcast will discuss the findings of WRF project #4697, Development of a Risk Communication Toolkit for Cyanotoxins. Listeners will learn about specific attributes of the cyanotoxin risk management framework that can create potential communication barriers, for example the complexity of the EPA health guidance and the uncertainty inherent in monitoring and testing timing and protocol. Listeners will also be introduced to the linguistic research carried out during the project, which was used to develop recommended health advisory/alert language. This Webcast is designed to provide listeners with the necessary knowledge to develop and deliver effective cyanotoxin risk communications.

Presenters:

Tarrah Henrie, Corona Environmental Consulting, LLC
Karen Raucher, Corona Environmental Consulting, LLC

Moderator:
Alice Fulmer, Senior Research Manager, Water Research Foundation

Register here.

 

Decision Support Tool for the development of a setting-specific strategy from catchment to consumer against the occurrence of cyanotoxins in drinking-water

A decision support tool (DST) for the development of a system-specific strategy to avoid the occurrence of cyanotoxins in drinking water has been developed by the German Environment Agency (UBA). The DST is available on-line at the CYANOCENTER-UBA website.

This DST has been developed for:

  1. Water suppliers interested in assessing the cyanotoxin risk in their supply system.
  2. Public health authorities responsible for surveillance who suspect a cyanotoxin risk in water supply system(s) and/or via exposure activities, such as recreation.
  3. Environmental authorities planning a risk assessment or measures for water-body management and who are interested in a prognosis of the water-body’s reaction in relation to cyanobacterial proliferation.

“This DST is based on results from several projects on toxic cyanobacteria funded by the Ministry for Education and Science (Germany) and the European Union (e.g. PEPCY, NOSTOTOX, CYANOCOST) and has been developed during these projects by Verena Niesel, Jutta Fastner, Wolfgang Wenzel and Ingrid Chorus from the Federal Environmental Agency, Berlin. The support of Geoffrey Codd especially with the English version is gratefully acknowledged.” (From the CYANOCENTER-UBA website).

You can access the DST here.

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Toxins Special Issue “Causes, Consequences and Control of Cyanobacterial Blooms in a Changing World”

Toxins, an Open Access Toxinology Journal is preparing a special issue titled “Causes, Consequences and Control of Cyanobacterial Blooms in a Changing World”.

Guest Editor : Prof. Dr. Miquel Lürling (Aquatic Ecology & Water Quality Management Group, Department of Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2017

“This Special Issue invites manuscripts on all aspects dealing with cyanobacterial blooms in a changing world: from warming, eutrophication, carbon dioxide, salinity, brownification effects on cyanobacteria and/or their toxins via biotic interactions such as competition, predation, parasitism, and so on, to techniques mitigating cyanobacterial biomass and controlling toxins. Contributions from areas of the planet underrepresented in the scientific literature are particularly welcome.” Prof. Dr. Miquel Lürling, Guest Editor.

See more details in the Special Issue page.

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