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

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

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

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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.