1st Cyanobacteria Twitter Conference, 24 October 2018

On 24 October 2018, the International Day of Climate Action, the Australian Rivers Institute (ARI), Griffith University, Australia, is excited to host the 1st online Cyanobacteria Twitter Conference with a focus on climate change effects on cyanobacterial blooms and its management.

The primary objectives are to:

– keep abreast of research developments and impact;

– strengthen our network using online platforms;

– identify new opportunities for collaboration; and

– provide outreach and engagement to a broad audience

Details on how to participate can be found here.

The deadline to submit  abstract-tweets is 30 September 2018.


Webinar: Understanding, Tracking, and Predicting Harmful Algal Blooms – August 8, 2018

The North Central Region Water Network organizes a webinar titled “Understanding, Tracking, and Predicting Harmful Algal Blooms”.

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) can have serious repercussions for animal and human health. Their increasing presence has been linked to multiple events such as nutrient runoff, climate change, invasive species, and disturbed ecosystems. This webinar will look at what researchers are currently doing to predict when these blooms might occur; how these blooms are affecting inland waters and the Great Lakes; and how stakeholders and citizens are helping scientists track these harmful algal blooms.

Register today!

Many thanks to Dr. Lesley D’Anglada for sharing this information through the US EPA Freshwater HABs Newsletter.

Health and Climate Change: 1st Scientific Symposium, Rome, 3-5 December 2018

The First Scientific Symposium on “Health and Climate Change is organized by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità in Rome, on 3-5 December 2018.

The aim of the Symposium is to promote an intersectoral and multidisciplinary approach to estimate, and to prevent, climate change-related events as well as to prepare the authorities to put in place measures to reduce adverse health effects.

Registration to the Conference is Free.

The deadline for abstract submission is extended to 16 August 2018.

For more details, visit the Symposium’s website.

CyanoVir2018 Workshop, held on 3-6 July in Krakow, Poland

A Workshop titled “CyanoVir2018” was held in the Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland on 3-6 July 2018. The Chairman of Scientific Committee was Dariusz Dziga andal Organizing Committee members were Anna Maksylewicz, Aleksandra Tlałka, Adam Antosiak.

The main topics of CyanoVir2018 were:

– The interaction between marine toxic cyanobacteria and cyanophages
– Adaptation of toxic cyanobacteria to the chill/light stress
– Extraction, isolation and characterization of bioactive metabolites from cyanobacteria
– The analysis and interpretation of MS spectra of cyanobacterial peptides
– The integration of best practices to block cyanobacterial overgrowth
– Terrestrial cyanobacteria and cyanobacterial secondary metabolites as biomarkers for paleoclimatic reconstruction
– Analysis of RNA-seq data and bacteriophage genome annotations

Invited speakers included J. Meriluoto, Z. Svircev, H. Mazur-Marzec, M. Antoniou, A. Toruńska, K. Kvederavičiūtė, E. Šimoliūnas, N. Tokodi, D. Drobac and Krzysztof Pyrć.

You can download the flyer of Cyanovir 2018 here.



CyanoSED: A Workshop on Benthic Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins, August 6 & 7, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

On August 6 and 7, 2018, CyanoSED: A Workshop on Benthic Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins will take place at EPA-Cincinnati.

The workshop is organized by Dr. Kaytee Pokrzywinski (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), Dr. Timothy Davis (Bowling Green State University), Dr. Susie Wood (The Cawthron Institute) and Dr. Jim Lazorchak (EPA, ORD, NERL).

The goals of the workshop are to identify knowledge gaps and prioritize research needs on issues surrounding benthic cyanobacteria and it will feature presentations from experts in the field and discussions on those presented topics.

 Symposium Objectives:

  1. Understand current research in benthic/sediment-associated HABs related to benthic mat-forming (including attached, periphytic and filamentous) cyanobacteria and benthic-pelagic (planktonic) coupling of bloom events.
  2. Identify knowledge gaps and topic areas worth pursing in more detail.
  3. Facilitate engagement among federal, local and state government agencies; academic institutions; and industry partners to continue coordination and collaboration on sediment/benthic-associated HABs issues.
  4. Effectively disseminate workshop results by facilitating publication of research priorities and detailed key discussions developed through this workshop.

This information was shared by Dr. Jim Lazorchak (EPA, ORD, NERL).


1st Meeting on “Natural Toxins” in honor of Cesare Montecucco, Padova, Italy

The Italian Society of Toxicology (SITOX), together with the Universities of Padova, Trieste and Napoli  are organizing the 1st Meeting on “Natural Toxins” in honor of Cesare Montecucco, in Padova, on 6-7 September 2018.

Scientific Committee: Chiara Dall’Asta, Carmela Dell’Aversano, Corrado L. Galli, Carlo A. Locatelli, Antonella Penna, Ornella Rossetto, Silvio Sosa, Emanuela Testai, Aurelia Tubaro.

Organizing Committee: Ornella Rossetto, Marco Pirazzini, Michela Rigoni (Università di Padova), Silvio Sosa, Marco Pelin, Laura Fusco (Università di Trieste).

For updated information about this event, visit the SITOX page of the Meeting.

19th Congress of the European Section of the International Society of Toxinology, 22-26 Sept. 2018, Yerevan Armenia

The 19th Congress of the European Section of the International Society of Toxinology (IST) will be held on 22-26 Sept. 2018 in Yerevan, Armenia. The congress will include updates on all aspects of toxinology – from evolution and molecular biology, through chemistry and pharmacology, to clinical effects and advances in treatments of envenomed patients.

The closing date for the early-bird registration rate is 30 June, and the closing dates for submission of abstracts are 1 July for oral presentations and 15 August for posters.

Further details of the congress can be found at www.ist2018.sci.am





3rd Early Career Researcher Symposium on Cyanobacteria, Freiburg, 12 – 14 Sept. 2018

After two excellent meetings in Rostock (2016) and Düsseldorf (2017) the 3rd Early Career Researcher Symposium on Cyanobacteria – short Cyano2018 – is going to take place in Freiburg from 12th – 14th of September 2018. You can find detailed information about the venue here.

This symposium was initiated by the “Vereinigung für Allgemeine und Angewandte Mikrobiologie” (VAAM) to offer a platform for scientific exchange and discussion to young researchers (master’s students, PhD students, young PostDocs) in the field of cyanobacteria.

Cyano2018 will included talks and poster presentations from early career researchers, as well as, keynote lectures by invited speakers.

Registration will be open between April and 15th June 2018. You are welcome to register with an abstract for a talk or a poster presentation. There is no registration fee, but we would appreciate a small contribution of 10 – 15 € for the expenses of the barbecue. Furthermore, we are happy to announce that a travel grant is available to all VAAM members.

Notice: The above text is reproduced from the website of the event.

Training on preservation of microorganisms (incl.cyanobacteria) – Belgium, Sep. 2018

The Belgian consortium of culture collections of microorganisms is organizing a training on the preservation of bacteria, fungi, cyanobacteria or diatoms from the 18th to 21st of September 2018 as explained by the PDF in attachment.

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

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

Annick Wilmotte,
Promotor-Curator, BCCM-ULC Cyanobacteria Collection

Summer course “Integrating ‘Omics’ Technologies into Aquatic Ecology- San Michele all’Adige, Italy, June 2018

The second edition of the summer course “Integrating ‘Omics’ Technologies into Aquatic Ecology: New perspectives in Metagenomic, Metabolomic and Bioinformatic applications in the study of aquatic ecosystems” will be held between the 25th and 29th of June 2018 at S. Michele all’Adige (Italy). All information and detailed program can be found in:


The summer course flyer van be downloaded here.


Nico Salmaso (nico.salmaso@fmach.it), Claudio Donati (claudio.donati@fmach.it)