NaToxAq Conference call for abstracts (Brno, 10-12 June 2020)

Natural toxins can pose varying degrees of risk towards ecosystems and even human health. Natural Toxins: Environmental Fate and Safe Water Supply is the first international conference focusing solely on the topic of natural compounds affecting the quality of our water resources and drinking water. The conference provides a unique platform to present latest findings in plenum and develop new ideas among experts and young researchers, setting the direction for future research in this rapidly evolving field and help guide water legislation.

A call for abstracts in now open, with deadline on January 30, 2020.

Visit the NaToxAq Conference webpage.

Download the conference flyer.

 

Special Issue “Selected Papers from the 11th International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria” – Toxins

Dear Colleagues,

The International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria is a periodic summit of an international community focusing on the study of cyanotoxins and toxic cyanobacteria. The next ICTC 11 will be held in Kraków, Poland, 5–10 May, 2019.

The Local Organizing Committee agreed with Toxins to call for a Special Issue related to the research presented during ICTC 11. The submitted articles should contain recent and most important findings discussed during the conference including: the occurrence of toxic/invasive cyanobacteria in the context of climate changes; ecology of cyanobacteria with special emphasis on abiotic and biotic factors which regulate their growth and/or toxin production; physiological function, environmental significance and biotechnological application of secondary cyanometabolites; physiology and molecular biology of cyanobacteria; toxicity and harmful effects; risk identification and water management.

Link to the special issue: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/toxins/special_issues/Conference_Toxic_Cyanobacteria

Additional links to the conference which you may find useful: http://ictc11.org/special-issues/

On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee

Dr. Dariusz Dziga
Guest Editor

SETAC Europe 2020 Session: Marine and Freshwater Pelagic and Benthic Harmful Algal Blooms

SETAC Europe 30th Annual meeting will take place on 3-7 May 2020 in Dublin, Ireland.

A Session on “Marine and Freshwater Pelagic and Benthic Harmful Algal Blooms: Toxins Production, Detection, Fate, Effects, Monitoring and Management” (Co-chairs Triantafyllos Kaloudis, James Lazorchack) is scheduled under “Track 6”. 

You can submit your abstracts by 27 November 2019.

Link to the session (Track 6).

Description:

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) in freshwater and marine systems are defined as an assemblage of eukaryotic or prokaryotic plankton which have the potential to cause negative health, ecological or economic impacts. These negative impacts are caused by mechanisms that include, but are not limited to, public health and environmental risks from toxin(s) production, light attenuation, diurnal swings in pH and dissolved oxygen, offensive tastes and odors, and impaired visual aesthetics. Examples of some of the major toxins found in various combinations are: (a) prokaryotes (cyanobacteria) – microcystins, cylindrospermopsins, anatoxins, nodularin and saxitoxins; and (b) eukaryotes (dinoflagellates, diatoms, chrysophytes and raphidophytes) euglenophysins, prymensins, brevetoxins, ciguatoxins, saxitoxins and domoic acid. In recent years, there has been new information about the potential threat of benthic (attached and/or buried) toxin-producing cyanobacteria and algae. However, there are still many uncertainties about planktonic and benthic cyanobacteria/algae and the nature of their benthic/pelagic life stages. There is also some uncertainty concerning whether there is a greater risk to aquatic life due to the effects of filamentous and matt forming toxin and non-toxin producing algae on feeding inhibition and smothering. What are the current knowledge gaps related to blooms of benthic cyanobacteria/algae on substrates (attached) and/or in sediment (buried)? What research is required to address these gaps? Do we have enough knowledge to develop mitigation plans and predictive models? What tools are available to track and monitor benthic cyanobacteria/algae and their associated toxins in freshwater and marine environments, and are these fit for purpose? What information do we need to make informed risk assessments and are our current tools/techniques sufficient? How should we best incorporate ‘omics techniques into benthic cyanobacterial/algal research? What are the risks of filamentous of matt forming cyanobacteria and algae? What are the current regulations available to address both benthic and pelagic HABS and what are the current difficulties in managing the conditions that contribute to toxin production? To help address these questions, the objective of this session is to exchange information on the distribution, detection, identification, , occurrence and interaction of both benthic and planktonic cyanobacteria and algae and their associated toxins and finally management tools or approaches to reduce occurrence of blooms.

https://dublin.setac.org/programme/scientific-programme/scope-tracks/

ProSynFest 2020 – A conference devoted to marine cyanobacteria – Cordoba, March 2020.

We are pleased to announce ProSynFest2o20 (March 18-21, 2020 in Cordoba, Spain), a conference almost entirely devoted to the marine picocyanobacteria Prochlorococcus and Synechococcus. It starts with an (optional) one-day technical workshop on March 18th. The conference itself lasts 3 days and will gather most world specialists of marine picocyanobacteria.
The conference program is available here: www.prosynfest2020.com/

Yours sincerely,
Dr. F. Partensky, member of the organizing committee

Save the date: 19th ICHA October 11-16, 2020. La Paz, B.C.S. Mexico

The 19th International Conference on Harmful Algae will take place from the 11th to the 16th of October 2020 in La Paz, BCS, Mexico, being the 2nd ICHA conference held in Latin America. As the last conferences, the 2020 conference will include topics related with the understanding of the causes, evolution and impacts of harmful microalgae and cyanobacteria. We are planning an enjoyable meeting where scientists can present their research, share their ideas, establish new collaborations, and connect the science on harmful algae with the beneficiaries of this research.

La Paz is an ideal city for the meeting where many academic institutes are found. It is a small, secure and quiet city, with beautiful surroundings, which is visited by many international tourists and academics year round. The average temperature in October is between 21 and 34 °C.

For some countries a visa may be required. Please check visa regulations well in advance with your local Mexican Consulate for official instructions on the specific visa regulations and application procedures.

As the major host of the conference, ISSHA will support the event with various activities: Travel awards to students and post-docs, several achievement awards, and ISSHA auction.

Looking forward to seeing you in La Paz, Mexico!

The Organizing Committee,

www.icha2020.com

“Mitigation of cyanobacteria in lakes by dilute hydrogen peroxide”- Dr Petra Visser at NCSR Demokritos

Dr Petra Visser is giving a lecture on “Mitigation of cyanobacteria in lakes by dilute hydrogen peroxide” in the Library Hall of NCSR Demokritos, on 21st March 2019 at 13:00.

Dr Petra Visser is Associate Professor in the Department of Freshwater and Marine Ecology, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam. Her research interests include physiology and ecology of cyanobacteria and algae, toxic cyanobacteria, eutrophication, water management, macroalgae, benthic cyanobacterial mats, coral reefs. She has carried out pioneering work on the use of hydrogen peroxide for selective suppression of harmful cyanobacteria in entire lakes. Among others, she has been Leader of the Working Group “Prevention and Control of Toxic Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins” of the CYANOCOST network and Editor of a recent Special Issue on “Cyanobacterial blooms – Ecology, prevention, mitigation and control” in Aquatic Ecology.

Description of the event

 

WRF Webcast: Managing Intracellular Cyanotoxin Release During Oxidation Processes in Drinking Water Treatment Plants

Thu, Mar 21, 2019 3:00 PM EDT (9:00 PM EET), 1 hour 30 min

Utilities have been seeking guidance to effectively control cyanobacteria cells and eliminate cyanotoxins using holistic management and treatment strategies. Current guidance suggests that switching water sources or removing intact cells can minimize the risk of releasing intracellular (or cell-bound) cyanotoxins. Our presenters will discuss options to use when this operational flexibility is unavailable, including the deliberate release and treatment of intracellular cyanotoxins using oxidation processes. In addition, the incorporation of intracellular cyanotoxin release into the upcoming CyanoTOX Tool (Version 3) will be presented. The webcast will include information from the WRF Tailored Collaboration project, Release of Intracellular Cyanotoxins During Oxidation of Naturally Occurring and Lab Cultured Cyanobacteria (#4692), which highlights ways to improve available guidance to utilities regarding the release of intracellular cyanotoxins during oxidation of naturally occurring and lab-cultured cyanobacteria.

Presenters:
Eric Wert, PhD, PE, Project Manager, Water Quality Research and Development, Southern Nevada Water Authority
Craig Adams, PhD, PE, Oliver Parks Professor of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Saint Louis University
Katie Greenstein, PhD, PE, Chemist, Des Moines Water Works
Eric Rosenfeldt, PhD, PE, Senior Principal Engineer, Hazen and Sawyer
Arash Zamyadi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Polytechnique Montreal, University of Montreal, Canada

Moderator:
Djanette Khiari, PhD, Research Manager, The Water Research Foundation

Register here.

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Training on the preservation of cyanobacteria – September 2019, Belgium

Dear CYANOCOST members,

The Belgian Consortium of Culture Collections of Microorganisms is organizing a training on the preservation of bacteria, cyanobacteria or microalgae from the 17th to 20th of September 2019 as explained by the PDF in attachment.

More details on the programme are given on the website  : http://bccm.belspo.be/content/bccm-training-venue-and-accommodation
Note that this training is modular, with a main ‘hands on’ training of 3 days on one type of biological material and one optional day dedicated either to another type of biological material (demos) or to a seminar on the practical management of culture collections (including Quality Management System and the legal requirements) or a seminar on gene technology tools.

If you know scientists who could be interested, please forward them the information!

Download: BCCM_training_annoncement

Many thanks and best regards,

Annick Wilmotte
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Erasmus International CYano-week (EIC), Cyprus, 19-22 March 2019

Dear All,

The Water Treatment Laboratory-AQUA of the Cyprus University of Technology cordially invites academic staff and researchers to its Erasmus International CYano-week (EIC) which is the 1st Symposium on Harmful Cyanobacteria in Cyprus. EIC-week will take place in Limassol, Cyprus, between 19-22 March 2019 under the Erasmus+ Exchange programme for both Teaching Staff (STA) and Staff Training (STT) mobilities. During this event, innovations in the field of toxic cyanobacteria will be presented by leading scientists whereas all participants are invited to present their studies and experience with cyanobacteria and their toxins in a short lecture.

The purpose of EIC-week is to gather scientists from Erasmus partner universities to share their knowledge on Cyanobacteria and their Toxic Metabolites while providing an excellent international learning environment and promoting networking among participants and students. During this week, host organization and participants are invited to give a scientific presentation on their research activities related on cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins. Event participants will be asked to deliver a 20-minute presentation and a short presentation (approx. 10 min) about the Erasmus Opportunities that their home institution offers to the students and academic personnel of CUT. To be compatible with the requirements of the Erasmus+ Week program, both presentations are important if the participant is coming from an Erasmus partner university.

TOPICS

  • Detection and identification of cyanobacterial species
  • Detection and identification of cyanobacterial metabolites
  • Ιn-Situ Treatment for cyano-HABs control
  • Utilization of cyanobacterial biomass for useful products
  • Cyanotoxins and Food Safety
  • Monitoring and restoration of cyanobacterial contaminated sites
  • Ecology of cyanobacteria
  • Toxicity of cyanobacteria and their metabolites
  • Removal of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins from water treatment plants
  • Health effects and exposure to cyanotoxins

Abstract Deadline is 10th March 2019 (Click here for abstract template)

Besides the “1st Symposium on Harmful Cyanobacteria in Cyprus”, attendees will have the opportunity to participate to field sampling events in cyanobacterial contaminated sites in Cyprus, a workshop on in-situ treatments for cyano-HABs mitigation and meetings with companies (Cyprus Research and Innovation Center -CYRIC) that engage in research activities related to cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins. (Click here for preliminary program)

It is important to note, that there is no participation fee to this event. The CYano-Week is eligible for funding under the Erasmus mobility KA1 programme. Participants should contact the Erasmus Office and request to cover their mobility expenses either through training (no need to have a signed Erasmus agreement between the universities) or through teaching (need for a signed agreement and presentation is mandatory) . Anyone that wants to join CYanoWeek on its own expenses is more than welcome!

Looking forward to seeing you in Cyprus,

Maria G. Antoniou (Ph.D.)

Assistant Professor, Cyprus University of Technology, Department of Environmental Science and Technology, Water Treatment Laboratory-Aqua

http://wtl-aqua.weebly.com/

https://cyanoscyfr.weebly.com/

Corner of Athinon and Anexartisias 57, PO Box: 50329, 3036 Lemesos, Cyprus, Tel: +357 25002277, Fax: +357 25002842, Email: maria.antoniou@cut.ac.cy , www.cut.ac.cy

2nd Announcement : ICTC11, Krakow, 5-10 May 2019

We would like to inform you of the second announcement and invite all of you to attend the “11th International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria” (ICTC 11), which will be held in Kraków, Poland, from 5 to 10 May 2019. All those interested in ICTC 11 will find detailed information about the conference at http://www.ictc11.org.

The deadline for abstract submission is 15 January 2019.

Dariusz Dziga
Iwona Jasser
Mikołaj Kokociński
Joanna Mankiewicz-Boczek
Hanna Mazur-Marzec
Barbara Pawlik-Skowrońska

Local Organizing Committee