ICME 6 – Trieste, 2015

Exploring microbial community functioning in the aquatic ecosystems

The 6th International Course in Microbial Ecology (ICME6),  entitled “Exploring microbial community functioning in the aquatic ecosystem” was hosted at the OGS -National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics from 9 to 13 November 2015. The OGS is a public research institution which operates internationally in the field of physical, chemical, biological and geological oceanography, experimental and exploration geophysics, seismology and seismology applied to engineering.


The course focused on the functioning of microbial communities, with theoretical and practical activities on: 1) prokaryotic abundance estimation ; 2) quantification of exoenzimatic activities; 3) functional metagenomic data analysis. During the courses, the techniques used and explained were: epifluorescence microscopy, flow citometry and spectrophotometry. The course  taught microbial ecologists to measure and analyze the activity and the functioning of microbial communities with a highly practical approach. There were 25 participants from 16 different countries all over the world.

Organizers and Instructors

  • Mauro Celussi – OGS, Trieste, Italy
  • Francesca Malfatti – OGS, Trieste, Italy
  • Federico Baltar – University of Otago (New Zeland) 
  • Antonio Fernandez-Guerra – University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Andrea Nocker –  Cranfield University, UK
  • Stefano Amalfitano CNR-IRSA, Rome, Italy 
  • Manuela Coci – MICROB&CO, Catania, Italy
  • Gianluca Corno – CNR-ISE, Verbania, Italy
  • Gian Marco Luna CNR-ISMAR, Venice, Italy
  • Grazia Quero – CNR-ISMAR, Venice, Italy
  • Ester Eckert – CNR-ISE, Verbania, Italy
  • Serena Fonda Umani Università di Trieste, Italy
ICME 6 group