Keynote speakers announced: Michael Quilliam and Olivier Ploux – 6th International Symposium “Marine and Freshwater Toxins Analysis”

Keynote speakers of the 6th International Symposium “Marine and Freshwater Toxins Analysis” were announced:

Michael Quilliam
  • Michael A. Quilliam (NRC Canada) will talk on “Recent Developments in Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry of Algal Toxins” on 23 October 2017.
Olivier Ploux
  • Olivier Ploux (Chimie ParisTech) will talk on “Anatoxin-a and analogs: occurrence, biosynthesis and detection” on 24 October 2017.

The Symposium will take place in Baiona, Spain, on 22-25 October 2017. See more details in the Symposium Website and details of the keynote speakers here.


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.


  • 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


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:

Ken Gibbons, Great Lakes Commission

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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.


Join us in the “Algae Toxins” Satellite Event in ICCE2017, Oslo.

The American Chemical Society – Division of Environmental Chemistry (ACSenvr) and CYANOCOST are organizing a

Satellite Event : “Algae Toxins-Methods and Challenges”

within the International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment (ICCE2017).

Date: 18 June 2017, Location: University of Oslo, Campus Blidern, Oslo, Norway.


Bryan Brooks (Baylor Univ., USA), Dionysios (Dion) Dionysiou (Univ. of Cincinnati, USA), George P. Cobb (Baylor Univ., USA), Triantafyllos Kaloudis (EYDAP SA, Greece).

The flyer of the event can be downloaded here.

The program can be downloaded here.

NOMORFILM E-learning course 2017: Microalgal-based solutions to combat microbial biofilms

Announcement taken from the NOMORFILM website:

Microalgal-based solutions to combat microbial films is an e-learning course composed of 15 lessons that will comprehend multiple aspects of the research and technical processes to develop new antimicrobial compounds from microalgae.

Those that will take this course will learn about the formation of biofilms and their impact in relation to human health in special in hospital environment and the use of pigs as models of human infectious diseases. This will contextualize the need for new strategies for antibiotics discovery and the methods to determine antibiotics activities will be presented.
Microalgae (including cyanobacteria) are a promising source on novel bioactives with antimicrobial activity, so this course will present several lessons on microalgae diversity and conservation, methods to isolate, identify and culture microalgae and cyanobacteria and regulations related to access benefit sharing for the exploitation of these biological resources.
Microalgae biomass will be the basis for the discovery of new bioactives, so the course will teach how to elucidate the structure of new compounds by NMR and then how to use nanoparticles to produce materials that can prevent biofilm formation.
This course is suitable for trainees with different backgrounds that want to know more or start to understand the different aspects of microalgae-based solutions to prevent biofilms.

See more details in the NOMORFILM E-learning course page.

EPA’s Tools for Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins in Freshwater Systems – Webinar

Join an USEPA Office of Science and Technology Webinar on:

EPA’s Tools for Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins in Freshwater Systems

Pre-registration is not required. Please sign in as guest with your name and organization.

Agenda, presenters bios, and presentations will be posted before the webinar here:

DATE:  Tuesday, June 6th, 2017  TIME: 11:00 – 1:30pm EST


Adobe Log-in:

Audio: Computer audio (VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol), or by phone 866-299-3188; 2025661125#


EPA CyanoHABs Website:


This webinar will focus on various EPA tools and resources that can be used by public water systems, state environment and health agencies, tribes, and local governments who may benefit from the use of these tools to manage cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in drinking and recreational water.

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Webinar on Success Stories of HABs Prevention, Control and Management Techniques – 23 May 2017

Join the Inland HABs Discussion Group Webinar on Success Stories of HABs Prevention, Control and Management Techniques.

Pre-registration is not required. Please sign in as guest with your name and organization. Agenda, presenters bios, and presentations are posted here.

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 23th, 2017  at 11:30am – 1:30 pm (Eastern Time)

Webinar Access:


11:30-11:40pm: Updates from CDC, USGS, and USEPA Lorrie Backer, CDC, Keith Loftin, USGS, Lesley D’Anglada, USEPA

11:40-12:00 : Floating Wetlands for Treatment of Urban and Agricultural Runoff in Virginia David J. Sample, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, VA

12:00-12:20 Mitigation of Maryland Cyanobacteria Blooms:  Barely Straw, Clay Flocculation, Peroxide, and Permanganate Kevin Sellner, Senior Scholar, Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies Hood College, MD

12:20-12:40 Pinto Lake: Progress Towards a Healthier Community Lake Jackie McCloud, Sr. Utilities Engineer, City of Watsonville, CA

12:40-1:00 Leaky Cyanobacterial Cells and Algaecide Treatments: A Look at the Data and Implications for Decision Making John Rodgers, Jr., Professor, Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department, Clemson University, SC

1:00-1:20 Choosing a Remediation Approach: A Case Study Based in First Principles and Mass Balance David A. Caron, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California

1:20-1:30 – Q&A and Discussion

1:30pm – Adjourn

For more information please visit the Inland HABs Discussion group webpage here:

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IRSAE Summer School: Integrating ‘Omics’ Technologies into Aquatic Ecology, Trento, 26-30 June 2017

An invitation by Nico Salmaso, (Fondazione Edmund Mach, Trento, Italy):

IRSAE Summer School :

Integrating ‘Omics’ Technologies into Aquatic Ecology. New perspectives in Metagenomic, Metabolomic and Bioinformatic applications in the study of aquatic ecosystems.

The course is aimed to provide both the theoretical foundations and examples of applications of the “Omics” in aquatic ecology, with a focus on the genetic analysis of genomes (metagenomics), proteins and metabolites (proteomics, metabolomics) in biological and environmental aquatic samples. These topics are relevant not only for the advancement of freshwater ecology, but also for the monitoring and management of water resources and the associated biological communities.

Where: S. Michele all’Adige, Fondazione Edmund Mach, Istituto Agrario di S. Michele all’Adige (FEM), Trento, Italy.

Local responsibles for the course: Nico Salmaso (FEM, Hydrobiology) , Claudio Donati (Computational Biology)

Deadline for registrations is 4th June, 2017.

You can download the Flyer and see more details in the Website of the Summer School.

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Workshop “Cyanotoxins -toxicity, health and environmental impact”, Novi Sad, Serbia,13 -14 July, 2017.

Invitation from Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee, Dr. Jelica Simeunovic:

“On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I cordially invite you to attend the Workshop entitled “Cyanotoxins -toxicity, health and environmental impact”, to be held in Novi Sad, Serbia from 13 to 14 July, 2017.

The meeting will be organized in the framework of the SCOPES project as a contribution to further investigation of toxic cyanobacteria, cyanotoxins and their impacts on human, animal and environmental health.

The workshop promises to be an excellent opportunity to discuss the current progress in cyanotoxins research and to present results that can change our approach to resolving the problems of cyanotoxin occurrence in the environment, especially in freshwaters.

Hopefully, the workshop will promote active scientific exchange and communication between researchers and practitioners from Serbia and worldwide who will share with us the recent achievements  in cyanobacteria and cyanotoxin research.

In the attachment you will find the Announcement  with the necessary information and instructions for abstract submission, as well as the Registration form . If you plan to participate at the Workshop, please fill-in the registration form that will help us in organizing the meeting. Deadline for sending the registration form for participation is May 20th, 2017.”

With kind regards and looking forward to seeing you at the Workshop,
Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee
dr. Jelica Simeunović

Workshop Novi Sad 2017

Algae Toxins: Methods and Challenges (ACSenvr) – Satellite Event in ICCE17, Oslo

The American Chemical Society – Division of Environmental Chemistry (ACSenvr) is organizing a “Satellite Event” (1-day workshop) within the ICCE17 conference in Oslo, on 18 June 2017. The workshop is titled “Algae toxins: Methods and challenges”. Please see the Event’s Flyer for more details (it contains links to the website of ICCE17).

We warmly invite you to participate in this workshop and present your work  in one of the four topics/sessions.

If you are willing to participate could you please send a provisional title and indication of the topic that fits to your presentation by e-mail to Tri Kaloudis. This will help us prepare the program.

Please notice that formal submission of abstracts will be done according to submission procedure of ICCE17 (by e-mail), where the Satellite Event “Algae Toxins: Methods and Challenges” must be indicated.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 17 April 2017.

For this event, 1-day fees will apply. Some support to cover fees may be provided to presenters from ACSenvr, depending on the number of participants in the final program.

Could you also please distribute this information to your networks and anyone who may be interested.

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