2nd edition of the EukRef Workshop in Barcelona

2nd edition of the EukRef Workshop

28th November – 2nd December 2016, Barcelona

This second workshop that will take place at the Institute of Marine Sciences in Barcelona from November 28th to December 2nd, 2016. It will bring together taxonomists with expertise in individual lineages that span the eukaryotic tree of life to curate reference 18S rDNA sequences of these lineages by incorporating knowledge of phylogenetic, morphological, and/or environmental contextual data. This second edition will be particularly (but not exclusively) focused on Amoebozoa and Rhizaria. During the workshop, the working group will integrate the curation efforts on individual eukaryotic groups into a biological data warehouse consisting of curated sequences, flexible taxonomy, and phylogenetic trees and their underlying sequence alignments. We will further use this 18S rDNA reference database to investigate the environmental distribution of eukaryotic microbes from large-scale HTES datasets. Each curator is encouraged to use their curated data to address research questions of interest. It will be discussed how to tackle such projects and encourage participants to publish their results.

Thanks to the generous contribution of the Moore Foundation, the cost of housing, breakfast and lunch, and reimburse for the cost of flights up to $400 will be covered for participants within Europe and $1500 for those from the rest of the world.

Application deadline: September 16th 2016

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SINGEK: ESRs already appointed!

The SINGEK Coordination Team is happy to announce that the 15 Early Stage Research (ESR) positions have already been filled.

The following ESRs will start their work in October 2016:

ESR 1 – Aurélie Labarre, Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC), Barcelona, Spain

ESR 2 – Ina Deutschmann, Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC), Barcelona, Spain

ESR 3 – Konstantina Mitsi, Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF), Barcelona, Spain

ESR 4 – Javier Florenza, Uppsala University (UU), Uppsala, Sweden

ESR 5 – Max Emil Schön, Uppsala University (UU), Uppsala, Sweden

ESR 6 – Atefeh Lafzi, National Centre for Genomic Analysis (CNAG-CRG), Barcelona, Spain

ESR 7 – Luis Javier Galindo, Unité Ecologie Systematique Evolution (Univ. Paris-Sud-CNRS-AgroParisTech), Paris, France

ESR 8 – Laura Rubinat, Station Biologique de Roscoff (SBR-CNRS), Roscoff, France

ESR 9 – Luiz Felipe de Almeida, Observatoire Oceanologique de Banyuls sur mer (OBS Banyuls-CNRS), Banyuls, France

ESR 10 – François Bucchini, Ghent University (VIB), Ghent, Belgium

ESR 11– Vanessa Smilansky, University of Exeter (UNEXE), Exeter, UK

ESR 12– Jari Iannucci, University of Exeter (UNEXE), Exeter, UK

ESR 13– Raphael Gollnisch, Lund University (LU), Lund, Sweden

ESR 14– Alexandra Beliavskaia, University of Liverpool (UOL), Liverpool, UK

ESR 15– Imer Muhovic, aScidea, Barcelona, Spain


Details of each ESR will be available soon in our website.

SINGEK: Application period is closed

Thank you very much to all candidates who applied for our 15 ESR positions within the ITN SINGEK.

Candidates will be evaluated from the 3th May on, and pre-selected candidates will be invited to have a personal teleconference interview with the relevant project supervisor(s), in such case you will receive an email during May.

Good luck!

SINGEK: Extended application deadline

Extended application deadline: 17:00 GMT on the 29th April 2016

The deadline for applying to the PhD positions within the SINGEK Training Network has been extended until 29th April.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to be part of this top-level PhDs network!!

Please, read carefully all instructions provided at SINGEK website before applying. If you have any question regarding the application process or required documents, please do not hesitate to contact us (singek@singek.eu). For specific questions related with ESR projects, contact the supervisors to get more details.


ISME16: 16th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology

16th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology

21th-26th August 2016 – Montreal (Canada)

This biannual appointment for microbial lovers organized by the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME) & The ISME Journal will be in Montréal, Canada, from 21 to 26 August 2016. Luckily Registration and Submissions are now Open until 1st April!

MEEG Summer Course: Marine Ecological & Environmental Genomics

12th Summer Course on Marine Ecological & Evolutionary Genomics

June 13th – 24th 2016 – Roscoff (France)

Marine genomics knowledge is crucial for understanding the marine environment and for an efficient use of its resources. State of the art NGS methods have revolutionized the field, spawning applications in basic research and environmental management. The course will give insight into population, environmental, biodiversity, comparative, evolutionary and functional genomics through lectures, case studies and computer labs. (Summer Course Website).




IV Edition Ramon Margalef Summer Colloquia

4th Edition: “Microbes in a changing world: diversity and biogeochemistry

10th July to 15th July -2016 – Barcelona (Spain)



The Colloquium is inspired by the figure of Ramon Margalef (Barcelona, 1919-2004), who worked for many years in the Institut de Ciències del Mar and the University of Barcelona. He was one of the founders of modern ecology, broke old paradigms and contributed to science with innovative theories about the spatiotemporal structure of the ecosystems, the relations between diversity, biodiversity, stability and connectivity, the fundamental paper of energy in the biological productivity and the interrelations between ecological succession and evolution. He wrote ca. 400 papers and books including, “On certain unifying principles in ecology”, “Perspectives in Ecological Theory”, “Information Theory in Ecology”, and “Our Biosphere”. Margalef was also an encouraging teacher and mentor. He recognized the importance of the physical environment to understand the behaviour of species and ecosystems.

We believe this 4th Colloquium will be, again, an excellent opportunity to foster learning and discussions on the relevance of an interdisciplinary perspective in Ecology. We expect to attain this important aim through a very dynamic colloquium, with an important component of discussion, exchange of ideas and research.

Microbes in a changing world: diversity and biogeochemistry

Microbes dominate all types of ecosystems and are the main responsible for biogeochemical cycling. Recent methodological developments have put them at the forefront of research in soil, freshwater and marine research, and even in the human body considered as an ecosystem. To what extend ecological theories developed for macroorganisms apply to microbial ecology? What are the main drivers of microbial diversity? What is the true extend of microbial diversity? Are there typical properties of microbial succession? How microbe-microbe and microbe-macroorganism relationships affect biogeochemical cycling? To what extend the technological developments that generate lists of organisms and their genes are related to whole ecosystem biogeochemical cycling? How the physical dynamics of the environment affect microbial diversity and biogeochemical function? How will global change affect microbes and the functions that they perform? We will address all these issues with contributions of well-known microbial ecology, oceanography, biogeochemistry and ecology researchers; and discussions between the participants. Although all these questions will be examined in a cross-system scenario, our target ecosystems will be marine.

The aim of this Colloquium is to enhance the exchange of ideas and to promote imaginative thinking by bringing together ecological knowledge from experts on different scientific areas.

More information at the website of the Colloquia: www.acoio.org/margalef-summer-colloquia


We offer 15 PhD/Research Positions within SINGEK‬ ITN Network (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network) in 9 institutions from 5 different countries around Europe (Belgium, France, Spain, Sweeden and UK).
All positions are for 3-years contracts starting in October 1st, 2016, most of them leading to a PhD degree. Specific conditions may apply to individual positions depending on local regulations.
More information and applications here: http://www.singek.eu/call-for-positions/
Deadline: 15th April 2016 at 17:00 GMT.


EMBO | EMBL Symposium – A New Age of Discovery for Aquatic Microeukaryotes

26 – 29 Jan 2016, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany