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.

 

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

 

 

 

 

6th Australian and New Zealand Cyanobacteria Workshop – Sydney, September 2018

The 6th Australian and New Zealand Cyanobacteria Workshop will be held at the UNSW Kensington Campus, Sydney, on 25-26 September 2018.

The workshop will explore the latest findings in cyanobacterial research and their potential applications to ensure the ongoing health of ecosystems and communities.

Topics include:

● Application of the regulatory environment to water management
● Application of science to the regulatory environment
● Cyanobacterial detection and quantification
● Environmental controls of cyanobacterial growth and toxin production
● National / regional priorities for cyanobacteria research
● Molecular biology of cyanobacteria and molecular control of toxin production
● Ecophysiology of cyanobacteria
● Toxicology
● Taxonomy
● Other

Abstract submission is currently open – please submit your abstracts by 30 June for a chance to present at the workshop.

ICHA2018 – Abstract submission is open !

The 18th International Conference on Harmful Algae – ICHA2018 will be held on 21-26 October in Nantes, France. The Chair (Philipp Hess – Ifremer) and Scientific Committee of the conference have issued call for abstract submission that is now open.

A Preliminary Agenda of the Conference is also available in ICHA2018 website. The agenda includes keynote, plenary and parallel presentations, poster exhibitions and related activities, and it is complemented by a social program and cultural tours in and around the beautiful city of Nantes.

ICHA2018 is an excellent opportunity for interactions between freshwater and marine-HAB experts from all over the world. We expect that many CYANOCOST members will participate, so we are looking forward to meet again in Nantes!

The deadline for abstract submission is 15 April 2018.

 

1st Announcement ! 11th International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria (ICTC11)- Krakow, Poland, 5-10 May 2019

Invitation from the Local Organizing Committee of ICTC11 (from ICTC11 website):

The International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria (ICTC) is a periodic summit of an international community focusing on the study of cyanotoxins and toxic cyanobacteria. Poland was chosen as the venue of the next ICTC11 by the participants of the conference in Wuhan in 2016. The five-day event includes interactive sessions and lively discussion panels which promote active scientific exchange and communication between scientists and students. This event will feature recent findings from leading academic experts in the field in the form of lectures and posters. Participants will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience from the experts on the subject and to network with other enthusiasts.

The theme of this year’s ICTC 11 is: “Learning from the past to predict the future”

The event also includes excursions and off-site visits with the aim of giving the participants a wider insight about the heritage of Kraków and Małopolska region. The royal capital city of Kraków is the spiritual centre of Poland with rich heritage. Krakow’s Old Town, along with Wawel Castle and the city’s Kazimierz district found their place on the First World Heritage List, created by UNESCO in 1978. The city is home to Polish intellectual and artistic elites and is a magnet for the young. Students and young Polish professionals as well as a growing international community are drawn to the city.

On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee, we cordially invite you to attend the 11th International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria to be held in Kraków, Poland from 5 to 10 May, 2019.

Chairman,
Dr. Dariusz Dziga
On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee

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.

Convenors:

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.

CYANOCOST presentations (video) at the 5th Joint Symposium and AOAC Task Force Meeting Marine & Freshwater Toxins Analysis

The Fifth Joint Symposium and AOAC Task Force Meeting, was held in Baiona, Spain, on June 14-17 2015. The symposium was jointly organized by the Univesity of Vigo, AOAC and CYANOCOST. The Symposium Chair was Dr Ana Gago-Martinez of the Department of Analytical and Food Chemistry, University of Vigo and head of the European Reference Laboratory for Marine Biotoxins which is located in the campus of the University.

The Symposium addressed the state-of-the-art and advances on the field of the analysis of Marine and Freshwater toxins, with regards to new method development, validation and implementation. While previous editions of the Symposium concerned only marine toxins (e.g. saxitoxins, domoic acids, okadaic acids, azaspiracids etc), the 2015 Symposium focused also on freshwater cyanotoxins (e.g. microcystins, cylindrospermopsin, anatoxin, emerging toxins). This was achieve through co-organization with CYANOCOST, plenary presentations by CYANOCOST speakers, participation of CYANOCOST experts in AOAC task-force meeting and discussions between “marine” and “freshwater” experts.

The presentations are available online:

Vitor Vasconcelos (keynote): “Current and emerging methods for the analysis of cyanobacteria toxins: challenges and needs”

Shmuel Carmeli: “Non -Toxic Mediators of Cyanobacteria Toxic Metabolites – Do We Overlook Their Importance?”

Hanna Mazur-Marzec: “Toxins and other bioactive metabolites produced by the Baltic cyanobacteria”

Emanuela Testai: “Cyanotoxins as emerging contaminants in matrixes other than water and health implications”

Leonardo Cerasino: “Shift from microcystins dominance to anatoxin-a dominance in the cyanotoxin population of lake garda”

Triantafyllos Kaloudis: “Laboratory accreditation of freshwater cyanotoxin analysis. Current status, gaps and future prospects”

All the Symposium presentations can be found here.

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CYANOCOST at ICTC10

Massive participation of CYANOCOST members in the 10th International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria, ICTC10, which was held on 23-28 October 2016 in Wuhan, China.
59 CYANOCOST members were listed as authors in one or more papers/posters presented in the conference. 17 oral presentations were made by CYANOCOST members. 13 posters were also presented by CYANOCOSTers.
Thank to all for acknowledging CYANOCOST !
Many thanks to the organizers for an excellent and successful conference !
Next stop for ICTC is Krakow, Poland, in 2019 !