Biogeochemical Interfaces in Soil – Towards a Comprehensive and Mechanistic Understanding of Soil Functions

International Symposium of the German Priority Programme Biogeochemical Interfaces in Soil on"Biogeochemical Interfaces in Soil - Towards a Comprehensive and Mechanistic Understanding of Soil Functions"

October 6 to October 8, 2014 in Leipzig, Germany.

The symposium aims at annealing different approaches and concepts developed in soil physicochemistry, soil hydrology, and soil ecology to identify factors controlling the architecture of biogeochemical interfaces in soil, to link processes operative at the molecular- and the organism-scale to the phenomena active at the aggregate-scale in a mechanistic way, and to explain the medium- to long-term behaviour of solutes and colloids in soil within a general mechanistic framework.

The meeting will be enlighten by 12 excellent Keynote Speakers:
- Thilo Eickhorst (University of Bremen/Germany)
- Martin H. Gerzabek (BOKU Vienna/Austria)
- George A. Kowalchuk (Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Wageningen/The Netherlands)
- Ingrid Kögel-Knabner (Technische Universität München/Germany)
- Henry Lin (Pennsylvania State University/USA)
- Dani Or (ETH Zürich/Switzerland)
- James Prosser (University of Aberdeen/UK)
- Kornelia Smalla (Julius Kühn-Institute, Braunschweig/Germany)
- Barth F. Smets (Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen/Denmark)
- Kai U. Totsche (Friedrich Schiller University of Jena/Germany)
- Hans-Jörg Vogel (UFZ Halle/Germany)
- Iain Young (University of New England/Australia)

Some detailed information regarding the meeting:
Online & early registration start: April 7
- Abstract submission ends: July 7
- Early registration ends: July 28
- Regular registration ends: September 26

Early registration: Regular fee: 200 euro, Student fee: 110 euro
- Late registration: Regular fee: 230 euto, Student fee: 140 euro.

If you are interested in participating in the meeting, please send me an E-Mail with the E-Mail topic: "SPP 1315 conference 2014" at

Postdoctoral Position at the University of São Paulo (USP)

A 3-year post-doctoral fellowship is available as part of a FAPESP ( project entitled “Dimensions US-BIOTA-São Paulo: A multidisciplinary framework for biodiversity prediction in the Brazilian Atlantic forest hotspot” (FAPESP number process - 2013/50297-0; project website

The specific post-doctoral project of this announcement refers to the subprojec “Alpha, beta, phylogenetic and functional diversity of harvestmen (Arachnida-Opiliones) of the Atlantic Forest”. The goal of this subproject is to inventory several aspects of the diversity of harvestmen communities of the Atlantic Forest, and to relate those patterns with environmental and historical factors.

The candidate is expected to organize and perform field expeditions to collect arachnids, to manage and analyze large datasets, and to work in group and supervise graduate and undergraduate students. Familiarity with the taxonomy of Atlantic Forest Opiliones is also encouraged. Fluency in Portuguese is required to elaborate permit requests to national (ICMBIO) and regional environmental institutions, and applicants must have a driver’s license valid in Brazil.

In addition to the tasks inherent to this subproject, applicants will also have to develop activities related to the Dimensions US-BIOTA project, as preparing field expeditions and organizes and store biological material for DNA extraction.

Applicants must possess the following qualifications

-          A Ph.D. (concluded in the previous three years) in Zoology or Ecology;

-          Published works in the fields of community ecology and/or arachnid communities;

-          Applicants should not have other employment or income source.

To apply, candidates must provide: 1 – their curriculum vitae; 2 – two recommendations letters; 3 – a short statement (up to three pages) about their previous experience and works on the field, research interest and motivation for working in the present project.

Fellowship: R$ 70,905.60 per year (aprox. US$ 31,950.00); FAPESP fellowships are tax free (see details at

Application starts October, 1st, 2013 and ends November, 1st,, 2013. Documents must be sent by email to the coordinator of the project - Dr. Cristina Yumi Miyaki, Dep. of Biology – Institute of Bioscience - University of São Paulo.  For further information please contact Dr. Miyaki at


microCo-sponsored by NSF and modeled after the Woods Hole MBL, MicroTrop is an intensive, one month advanced course for PhD students and post docs. About 12 leading soil and microbiology scientists (e.g. Dan Buckley, Cornell Univ., stable isotope probing; John Reeve, Ohio State Univ., extremophiles/Archaea; Jean-Luc Chotte, French Institute of Res. and Devel., microbial ecology in African ag. soils) will lecture on the role and manipulation of soil organisms to deliver services for tropical ecosystems and present current methods for soil ecology research. Lectures reinforce hands-on training in classic microbiology, bioinformatics, and state-of-the-art “ -omics’ ” methods. Experimental design and methods that are cost-effective and appropriate for scientists working in developing countries and tropical soils are presented. The capstone is a tropical soil, mini-research project designed by each participant that includes field sampling, lab work, data analysis, and write up. The living arrangement and social events of MicroTrop provide a unique opportunity for participants to personally interact with lecturers.  Field trips inform participants of environmental and agricultural challenges, culture, and village life in Senegal. A 2012 MicroTrop participant stated “MicroTrop was an amazing experience to meet scientists from diverse cultures, develop a network for future international collaborations, learn about research in the tropics, and to be immersed in the culture and environment of Senegal.” Ten competitively selected US participants will join 10 Africans and receive airfare, accommodations, participation fee, and living expenses. Applications submitted by email are due by November 1, 2013. For program information contact Richard Dick, Ohio State Univ. ( and applications, Amanda Davey at 614-292-3963 (

Modern Statistical Methods for Ecology

The Colorado State University Statistics Department and the ASA Section on Statistics and the Environment (ENVR) are pleased to announce the joint Graybill/ENVR conference “Modern Statistical Methods for Ecology”, to be held on September 7-10, 2014, in Fort Collins, Colorado. This also serves as the 2014 biennial ENVR Workshop.

Full information is available on the website

Five prominent keynote speakers will be joined by a larger group of invited speakers to bring together some of the top researchers in this area while promoting interactions among all participants including junior researchers and graduate students. The conference also includes a short course on hierarchical random effects models using MCMC, and acontributed poster session. Students participating in the poster session are eligible for funded awards, and all students–regardless of the contest–should inquire in advance with conference organizers to obtain partial travel funding supported by the NSF.

There will also be opportunities for various activities in the region, including the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

Questions can be directed to CSU and ENVR look forward to seeing you there.

International Conference On Green Walls ‘Meeting The Challenge Of A Sustainable Urban Future’

Date of Meeting: September 4-5, 2014.
Name of Organization Hosting the Meeting: Green Wall Centre
Contact: Caroline Chiquet, Research Officer, +44 1782 29 41 05,
Meeting Website:

September 4-5, 2014, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK.

Green walls are an important component of Green Infrastructure – possibly the only cost effective approach to coping with some of the immense challenges currently facing urban areas: climate change (coping with extreme events e.g. heat-waves, flooding), pollution (including health impacts), lack of wildlife habitat, social problems (including mental health) resulting from high-density urban living. The green wall sector is exceptionally dynamic with new product developments and insights constantly emerging. For this reason we have convened this meeting to bring together researchers, manufacturers, installers, planners, architects, consultants, and developers to exchange information and learn of new developments in this exciting technology.

We have keynote addresses by Patrick Blanc who kicked-off the development of Living Wall technologies and published ‘The Vertical Garden: from Nature to the City (published by Norton Books)and Gary Grant a well-known consultant on green walls and living roofs who authored ‘Green Roofs and Façades’ (published by the Building Research Establishment).

Other talks confirmed so far include:

-          Ross WF Cameron, Jane E Taylor, Martin R Emmett (Sheffield University, UK): Green Facades - How does plant choice affect wall cooling?
-          Julià Coma, Gabriel Pérez, Cristian Solé, Albert Castell, Luisa F. Cabeza (Universitat de Lleida, Spain) Vertical Greenery Systems for energy conservation in buildings
-          Caroline Chiquet, John W. Dover, Paul Mitchell (Staffordshire University, UK) How the characteristics of living walls and green façades influence their animal biodiversity.
-          Sophie Cohen (Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Brunoy, France) For a real integration of Biodiversity in Green Wall conception and maintenance.
-          Sean Farrell (Mobilane, UK). Title to follow.
-          Frédéric Madre & Philippe Clergeau (Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris, France) Arthropods on the walls: a comparison of 3 types of vegetated façades as habitats for spider and beetle communities
-          Luis Pérez-Urrestarazu, Gregorio Egea, and Rafael Fernández-Cañero (Universidad de Sevilla, Spain) Influence of different variables on living wall irrigation
-          Katia Perini and Paolo Rosasco (Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy) Vertical greening systems: social and private benefits and costs
-          Mary J. Thornbush (University of Birmingham, UK) The historic appearance of climbing plants (creeper or ivy) on walls and their impact in central Oxford, UK
-          Peter Vujakovic (Canterbury Christ Church University, UK) Gothic Horror: attitudes to Ivy (Hedera helix) and other wall plants and their implications for built heritage conservation and biodiversity management.

Other talks will be added to the programme, and we will also have a poster session.

Further information is available at or from the organisers: Caroline and Prof. John Dover

If you are interested in participating in the meeting, please contact me at with the email subject: "Green Wall conference 2014”.

Invasion Genetics: The Baker and Stebbins Legacy Symposium


Invasion Genetics: The Baker and Stebbins Legacy Symposium|
13-15 August 2014
A symposium at Asilomar, CA (USA)


Mark the 50th anniversary of one of the most important books in evolutionary biology: The Genetics of Colonizing Species (1965).

This classic volume was based on a symposium at Asilomar, California in 1964 and initiated the study of the genetics and evolution of invasive species.

To revisit the historical legacy of the meeting and book, we are pleased to announce a symposium at Asilomar from August 13-15, 2014.

Registration Fees are as follows:
On-Site Faculty & Student/Post Doc $400
Early Bird On-Site Student/Post Doc $250

(We have a very limited number of these early bird student/post doc rate registrations available, so please register early to avoid disappointment)

Registration Deadline 14 July 2014

Register your attendance and reserve your accommodation at


We have confirmed a broad range of contributors to reflect both the legacy of work on the genetics of colonizing species, and new contributions and perspectives:

Spencer Brrett
Tim Blackburn
Mark Blows
Oliver Bossdorf
Rob Colautti
Melania Cristescu
Troy Day
Katrina Dlugosch
Kay Hodgins
Pierre Gladieux
&Tatiana Giraud
Mark Kirkpatrick
Russ Lande
Jennifer Lau
Jonathan Losos
John Pannell
Stephan Peischl
& Laurent Excoffier
Loren Rieseberg
Johanna Schmitt
Rick Shine
Mark van Kleunen

SpencerBarrett      RobColautti      KatrinaDlugosch      LorenRieseberg

May 2013

Minutes of the ESA Governing Board,
May 20-21, 2013
Washington, DC

Members Present:
Scott Collins               President
Steward Pickett          Past-President
Jill Baron                     President-Elect
Sharon Collinge          VP for Public Affairs
Deborah Goldberg      VP for Science
Julie Reynolds             VP for Education and Human Resources
Charles Canham          Secretary
Michelle Mack            Member at Large
Mimi Lam                   Member-at-Large
Stephen Jackson          Member-at-Large

Staff Present:
Katherine McCarter    Executive Director
Elizabeth Biggs           Chief Financial Officer
Nadine Lymn              Director, Public Affairs
Cliff Duke                   Director, Science
Michelle Horton          Director, Administration and Meetings
Teresa Mourad            Director, Education and Diversity
David Baldwin           Managing Editor
Sue Silver                    Editor-in-Chief, Frontiers

Members Absent:  
Leslie Real                  VP for Finance

Josh Scholl                  Representative, Student Section                    


9:00 am, meeting called to order by President Scott Collins

I. Roll Call and Agenda

A. Adopt Agenda

Jill Baron moved and Deborah Goldberg seconded a motion to approve the agenda.  All aye.

B. Ratification of Votes

Stephen Jackson moved and Steward Pickett seconded a motion to approve the minutes of the December 2012 Governing Board meeting and the e-mail vote to approve Ellen Anderson for the Regional Policy Award.  All aye.

II.  Reports

A.  Report of the President

Scott Collins reported on his activities since the December board meeting, including efforts to increase coordination among the REU programs at LTER sites to improve minority recruiting to the field.

B. Report of the Executive Director and Staff

Katherine McCarter summarized her report, and noted that publication issues have been a priority.   Michelle Horton gave an update on planning for the 2013 meeting.  Membership numbers and institutional subscribers are both down this year.   Elizabeth Biggs summarized work of the Finance office.  The budget will be discussed in detail later in the meeting.  Teresa Mourad reported that her program received a 1-year NSF grant to support the SEEDS program, and to survey SEEDS alumni.  The EcoEd Digital Library will merge with other programs to form a new resource called LifeEd Digital Library.  She is looking for new funding for this effort.  Cliff Duke summarized work in the Science Office.  The Vegetation Classification Panel met recently in Chapel Hill, NC.  He reported on progress on a number of new volumes in the Issues in Ecology series.  Nadine Lymn distributed copies of the ESA 2012 Annual Report, and then summarized events related to federal science funding, budgets, and proposed legislation.  Sue Silver reported on the status of Frontiers, with 4 special issues currently in the pipeline.  David Baldwin reported on two new hires in the Publications Office.  The May issue of Monographs will be posted shortly.  The requirement that Monographs authors upload their data has required effort by staff to enforce.  Advertising has been instituted on the issue alerts.  There remain problems with generating issue alerts and RSS feeds for Ecosphere.

C. Financial Update

Third quarter financial reports were distributed and summarized by Katherine McCarter and Elizabeth Biggs. Revenues are running ahead of YTD budget, and expenses below YTD budget, with a strong positive balance of revenue over expenses that is expected to carry over but at a lower level to the end of the budget year.  Much of this can be traced to the success of the 2012 meeting in Portland.  There has been a significant drop in membership year to date, but staff are working hard to raise membership by year’s end.  Liz Biggs gave an update on our investment accounts.  Thanks to a strong market, the investment accounts are up 5-12% since the beginning of the year. 

III. Discussion/Action Items

A. Report of the Audit Committee

Sharon Collinge moved that the Audit Committee report be approved.  Steve Jackson seconded.  All aye.

B. Proposed FY 2013-2014 ESA Budget

1. Budget and Assumptions

Katherine McCarter began the discussion of the FY 2013-2014 budget with a summary of the assumptions behind the budget.  Elizabeth Biggs stressed the continuing problem of declining subscription revenue and rising expenses.  These are long-term trends, but have been masked in recent years by better than expected revenue from meetings.  Pressure from open access puts additional uncertainty on budget projections. There was discussion of strategies to recruit and retain new members.  Teresa Mourad raised the issue of the desired scope of Society membership, and the continuing challenge of recruiting members outside of traditional academic careers.  Nadine Lymn mentioned the challenges of meeting needs of members in policy and NGO positions.

Deborah Goldberg suggested a new membership category above Level 3 at a higher income level.  She moved and Steve Jackson seconded creating a Level 4 at $100,000 annual income and a Level 5 at $150,000 annual income.  All aye.  New membership rates associated with these levels will be proposed by staff.

Deborah Goldberg, Josh Scholl, Jill Baron, Michelle Mack, and Mimi Lam volunteered to serve on an ad hoc committee to explore recruitment and retention of new members.

Steward Pickett encouraged the board to establish a strategic process for planning the Society’s response to long-term budget challenges.

Jill Baron moved and Steward Pickett seconded a motion to approve the draft budget.  All aye.

2. Board Strategic Initiative

Ideas for use of Board strategic initiative funds included (1) board fund-raising efforts, (2) increase the number of Graduate Student Policy Awards, (3) funds to support further work on contingent faculty initiatives, and (4) SEEDS program funding. 

C. Report of the Ad hoc Publications Visioning Committee

Scott Collins opened up a discussion of the report from the ad hoc Publications Visioning Committee.  The Committee consisted of Ted C. Bergstrom (University of California, Santa Barbara), Aimee T. Classen (University of Tennessee), Scott L. Collins, Chair (University of New Mexico), Mark Schildhauer (National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis), Diane C. Schmidt (University of Illinois), Don R. Strong (University of California, Davis), and Crispin Taylor (American Society of Plant Biologists), and 4 members of the ESA staff: Katherine S. McCarter, Executive Director, J. David Baldwin, Managing Editor, ESA Journals, Sue Silver, Editor-in-Chief, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, and Liz Biggs, Chief Financial Officer, ESA.

The report contained recommendations in the areas of (1) data accessibility, (2) development of Frontiers, (3) youthful exuberance, (4) pricing (5) Ecosphere, and (6) open access.

Manuscripts published by Monographs are currently required to post data.  The Board recommended changes to the process of ensuring that authors adhere to this requirement, to reduce the work-load on ESA staff.  Phasing the requirement in on other ESA journals will wait until further data have been collected on costs.

Efforts to create an App for Frontiers have been challenging, and experience suggests that it is very expensive to do well.  A digital version of the journal is currently being tested and evaluated.

A subcommittee developed recommendations for a variety of future directions for ESA publications in an evolving technology landscape.  One recommendation focused on methods for preprint distribution.

The section of the report on journal pricing recommended establishment of a pricing structure that accommodated smaller libraries and institutions.  Staff seconded this idea and are pursuing it.

There was extensive discussion of a proposal to facilitate transfer of papers rejected by other ESA journals for consideration by Ecosphere with quality control to be provided by the other journal’s EiCs.  No concrete recommendation was adopted, but it was suggested that once Ecosphere has an impact factor, to move towards a PlosOne model and to accept papers reviewed and rejected by the other journals and sent to Ecosphere by the EiCs.

Analysis of access to online versions of ESA journals suggests that the vast majority of full-text views happen within the first 12 months of publication, however the number of views remains high over the long term.  This suggests that open access to the journals after 12-18 months might not result in significant loss of subscription revenue.  Increases in page charges could replace some of revenue lost from subscriptions, but it would be difficult to have page charges cover any substantial portion of the full cost of publication in the current print journals.

We tabled the recommendation to make all ESA journals open-access until further data on the potential impact of lost subscription revenue is developed and presented to the Board.

D. Contingent Faculty Results/Recommendations

Mimi Lam summarized the results of a survey of the needs of “contingent faculty” members of ESA.   The survey received 536 responses.  The respondents appear to represent a broad range of stages and types of employment.  Based on the survey results the subcommittee recommended a number of actions the Society could take to support contingent faculty, including various forms of reduced fees, recruitment services, and professional development workshops.  Governing board members suggested a number of other possible efforts, including mentoring and networking opportunities.  The Committee on Diversity and Educatin will continue the discussion of Contingent Faculty and will report back by the Fall meeting of the Governing Board.

E. ESA Award Recommendations 

The Awards Committee, chaired by Alan Hastings, has provided its recommendations for the ESA-wide awards to be presented during the Scientific Plenary during the 2013 Minneapolis Annual Meeting.  Alan is setting up a subcommittee of the Awards Committee to work on increasing the diversity of nominees for Society awards.   The chair of the subcommittee for the new Fellows program noted that the overall number and quality of nominees was not quite as high as expected or hoped for (additional nominees were generated partly by the subcommittee itself).   The committee recommends that we explore ways to publicize this program more, especially since it is a way to increase diversity of awardees.

Steve Jackson moved and Charlie Canham seconded that the Governing Board approve the recommendations of the Awards Committee with the exception of the Senior Fellows who were on the board at the time of the approval of the policy.  All aye.

F. Update on New Generation Committee Implementation  

Teresa Mourad provided an update of activities and pointed out four areas of recommendations that staff are currently working on, based on the report of the New Generation Committee.  There will be a full report on activities during the August meeting.

Adjourned, 5:00 pm, May 21, 2013

May 22, 2013

Governing Board Executive Session, 8:00 – 9:00 am

Meeting called to order at 9:00 am, May 22, 2013

G. Public Affairs Midterm Review 

Sharon Collinge and Nadine Lymn presented the midterm review of the Public Affairs program.

H. Emerging Issues Conference

Cliff Duke summarized planning for ESA‘s third Emerging Issues Conference, Integrated Landscape Science for Agriculture, Biodiversity Conservation, and Poverty Alleviation.  Funding for the conference has been challenging, and conference organizers are exploring options for modifying the goals and products of the effort.

I. Centennial Implementation Update

Scott Collins led a discussion of the implementation of the recommendations of the Centennial Committee.

J. Earth Stewardship Application Ecological Action Plan: Designed Ecological Transect

Jill Baron reported on a proposed collaboration between ecologists, landscape architects, and urban planners focused on the themes of earth stewardship and sustainability.   The initiative, coordinated by Alex Felson and Jill Baron, would focus on efforts centered on the annual ESA meetings in 2014 and2015.  Jill also described efforts to train ecologists in communicating with the business community on issues of sustainability.   Activities planned for the annual meetings will require coordination with staff over issues of allocating space, etc.  Sharon Collinge volunteered to assist Jill Baron in providing feedback on the project.

K. Nominations

The Nominations Committee is chaired by Past President Steward Pickett. Members of the Nominations Committee include Members At Large Mimi Lam, Michelle Mack, and Stephen Jackson. Additional members appointed by Past President Pickett are Jessica Hellmann, University of Notre Dame, Bob R. Pohlad, Ferrum College, and Silvia Alvarez-Clare, University of Montana.  A slate of candidates was presented for approval by the Governing Board.   Charles Canham moved and Jill Baron seconded a motion to approve the slate of candidates proposed by the Nominations Committee.  All aye.

There was discussion of the nominating process, including the issues of pairing of candidates for individual slots, and ensuring diversity within the Board.  Steward Pickett addressed the role of the Nominations Committee in leadership development within the Society, and was encouraged to summarize ideas from the committee in an informal document that can be distributed to future Nominations Committees.

L. ESA Code of Ethics

Patricia Flebbe, chair of the Professional Ethics and Appeals Committee (PEAC), presented a proposed addition to the ESA Code of Ethics.  The addition would insert after Item 6 in The “General” Section (and renumber successive items):

“7. Ecologists will, to the extent practicable, engage meaningfully with the communities in which they practice to promote teaching, learning and an understanding of their study; broaden the participation of underrepresented groups; enhance local infrastructure for research and education; and disseminate results broadly to benefit the local community.”

Deborah Goldberg moved and Sharon Collinge seconded a motion to approve the proposed addition to the ESA Code of Ethics.  All aye.

M. Annual Meeting Issues

1. Environmental Offsets

Sharon Collinge moved and Julie Reynolds seconded approving Great River Greening for use of Environmental Offset funds from the Annual Meeting.  All aye.

2. 2014 Annual Meeting theme

Program Chair Hal Balbach has submitted a recommendation for the theme of the 2014 Annual Meeting in Sacramento, CA. He is recommending “From Microbes to Mountains: It‘s All Ecology”.  There was discussion of the need for a scope that ranged from local to global, using opportunities provided by the specific meeting location to illustrate meeting themes.  Scott Collins will discuss ideas for revising the theme with the Program Chair.

3. Local Host 2015

Steve Jackson moved and Jill Baron seconded a motion to approve Chris Swan as 2015 Local Host.  All aye.

4. Local Host 2016

Deborah Goldberg moved and Steve Jackson seconded a motion to approve Frank Mazzotti as the 2016 Local Host.  All aye.

5. 2017-2018 Annual Meeting Sites

The Program Committee, through its chair Kiyoko Miyanishi, is recommending Portland OR for the 2017 meeting and Louisville KY for the 2018 meeting.  Charles Canham moved and Julie Reynolds seconded a motion to approve the recommendations.  All aye. 

N. ESA/ESC Joint Journal Update

Katherine McCarter reported on the status of the development of a joint ESA/ESC journal.  An agreement has been signed covering the functioning of the new journal.  Applications are being received for the position of Editor-in-Chief.   Candidates are being screened by a search committee with members from both Societies.

Meeting adjourned at 12:00 pm, May 22, 2013


European Biomass Conference and Exhibition News No. 22

22nd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition

European Biomass Conference and Exhibition News No. 22

Call for abstracts! Submit your work by 28 October 2013






David Baxter 
European Commission, JRC
Technical Programme Chairman

"On behalf of the scientific committee and the new industry committee, it is great pleasure to invite you to be part of the 22nd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EU BC&E). As you will probably know, the conference series started more than 30 years ago. You will also probably know that the conference has a great scientific tradition which now extends from biomass itself, to conversion processes for biofuels, bioenergy and biorefineries and to industrial applications and impacts on the environment." Read more...


Kyriakos Maniatis 
European Commission, DG ENER
Industry Committee Coordinator

"Only the biomass & bioenergy industry can bridge the gap by undertaking reliable and well reasoned investments with social responsibility and political accountability[....]. It's perhaps the first time that the biomass and bioenergy industry has wrought such a pivotal role in such a complex debate but also the only stakeholder that can steer the way out of the muddle. With this, I invite the biomass and bioenergy industry to participate in the debate during the 2014 EU BC&E by showing how the above issues can be dealt with, dependably and consistently."

What you could expect from participating:

  • Opportunity to have your paper Peer Reviewed and eventually published in the Biomass and Bioenergy journal by Elsevier
  • Have your work evaluated by ascientific committee composed of renowned members of the science and research fields of biomass
  • Exchange and learn about developments, share results and get inspired by new ideas
  • Find future business partners tovalorize your research


What you could expect from participating:

  • Newly appointed industry committee to review industry abstracts and organize industry-specific events
  • Attain increased visibility in the industry
  • Contribute to the development of the biomass industry
  • Perform networking on a global scale
  • Reinforce your organization with scientific findings

Take a look at:

Conference Subjects

Citability of Papers



Peer Review Process

Prizes and Awards

14th International Symposium on Aquatic Plants

We wish to invite you to the 14th International Symposium on Aquatic Plants. The meeting will be held in the beautiful  Playfair Library,Edinburgh, the historic capital of Scotland, between the  14-18th September 2015. The aim of the conference is to promote  debate on all issues relating to the science and management of aquatic vegetation. Interest in aquatic plants has been growing and diversifying and to reflect this there will be a wide Scientific Programme which will appeal to scientists and managers.

Given the rising interest in aquatic vegetation globally it was decided that this would be the last time the meeting would be restricted to a European venue, the next meeting will be held in New Zealand in 2018. It therefore gives us great pleasure to be able to provide you with an excellent venue for the European send off.Edinburgh  and  Scotland  are fantastic scientific and cultural centres with attractions to appeal to a wide range of tastes;  Edinburgh’s gothic architecture and literature, the wild highlands, a game of golf or a nip of whiskey. There is something for everyone and on our mid-week excursion we will touch on many of these delights.

Previous Aquatic Plant meetings have had an intimate and collegiate atmosphere which has facilitated discussion, formal networking and the enjoyment of delegates. To retain this atmosphere the total number of delegates for the conference is strictly limited and in addition accommodation in Edinburgh can become heavily booked during the September period. For both these reasons we strongly encourage early registration by delegates.

The meeting has been arranged under the auspices of SIL and the EWRS. An International Scientific Committee oversees the conference and its outputs while a local organising Committee looks after the conference management.

Meeting Website: 

6th International Conference on Biomarkers & Clinical Research


Theme: Lab to Industry as Biosignatures to Therapeutic Discovery
Dates: August 31-September 02, 2015
Email id:
Venue: Toronto, Canada
Conference URL:

Treatment efficacy for diseases and disorders prioritize the diagnosis and prognosis accuracy; molecular marking being the next step. Team Biomarkers opens up the 6th chapter and call upon the medical, clinical and life science researchers towards taking the biomolecular signature set to a probable therapeutic discovery. The thematic blend of past scientific conferences has uplayered the importance of taking the Laboratory research to the industry. Biomarkers-2015 will have the theme “Lab to Industry as Biosignatures to Therapeutic Discovery”. Biomarkers-2015 is aiming to ground healthcare industry developers, academic researchers and organizational scientists from the expertise of Biomarkers Development to help pave the needed scientific avenue for the productive information exchange towards technological advancements.

Biomarkers-2015 International conference intends to ground the disciplines likes chemical & biological sciences, applied life sciences into computational & statistical analysis, genomics & proteomics, analytical & biophysical and microarray technologies to put forth the holistic scientific approach to validate the existing and development of novel biomarkers as to better understanding of diseases and diagnosis.

Primary research areas of focus at the conference are types & approaches for biomarker discovery, proteomic biomarkers, cytogenetic biomarkers, SNP biomarkers, molecular imaging biomarkers, microarray data analysis, clinical & non-clinical biomarkers, diagnostic biomarkers, biomarkers for disorder, clinical research & development, biomarkers of exposure, response, and susceptibility and microbial infections. The importance of each of the research area is appended to the theme at the scientific meeting. Histological studies of the pathogenic or diseased tissue are carried out for protein biomarkers and cytogenetic biomarkers. Genome mapping of the diseased DNA is studied in reference to the standard sequence in the databae, the study comprised the principles of comparative genomics. The unique genetic variants can be utilized as SNP biomarkers which are identified as genetic signatures. The polymorphisms like that of Single Nucleotides also add into it. Fluorescent Staining of paraffin waxed solid tumour is quite a popular method for detection and the development of imaging biomarkers with quantitative specificity majorly used at stage determination of the disease condition. Histochemical studies comprising the disease immunology has an added advantage of diagnostic specificity. DNA microarray studies resulted from combinatorial statistical approaches towards discovering the significant genes has generated the biomarkers of data analysis; this has helped to converge the sample space to be tested. Testifying the molecular signature towards clinical outcomes justifies the clinical biomarkers and those not justified are non clinical biomarkers. Confirming a disease and its condition is the diagnosis and molecular set utilized towards confirmation is diagnostic biomarker; the concept when applies to the treatment methodology is the prognostic biomarker.