Project Description



Conference concept

A small-scale meeting without parallel sessions, ensuring the highest attendance to oral presentations, as well as to posters, with the participation by the world leaders in the field of aquatic microbial ecology. Outstanding keynote lectures, high consideration for PhD students and for young researchers.


Invited Speakers

Federico Baltar

Federico Baltar is a lecturer at the Department of Marine Science at University of Otago (NZ). His research in biological oceanography integrates marine microbial ecology and biogeochemistry. His postgraduate studies were at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) and the Royal Netherlands Insti- tute for Sea Research, NIOZ (The Netherlands), followed by a post- doctoral phase at the Linnaeus University (Sweden). His research group mainly focuses on the role of microbes on the marine biogeochemical cycles by looking at the factors that control their diversity and function, trying to follow a multidisciplinary approach, always with the aim to draw connections between different scientific disciplines.

Antonio Fernandez-Guerra

Antonio Fernandez Guerra obtained his PhD at the Universi- ty of Barcelona studying the ecology and evolution of ammo- nia oxidizers. He is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Oxford e-Research Centre and at the Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen. His research activities are in the area of metagenomics, developing new graph-based approaches to generate hypothe- sis on the hypothetical proteins (genomic unknowns) and for the potential open reading frames lacking similarity to any of the actual biological databases (en- vironmental unknowns). He is a coordinator in the Ocean Sam- pling Day (OSD), with focus on OSD data analysis.

Andreas Nocker

Andreas’ research mainly focuses on monitoring the efficiency of chemical (chlorine), photochemi- cal (UV) and biological (phage-mediated) disinfection of water and other matrices, but also on ecological questions. For this purpose, traditional microbi- ological detection methods are supported by the application of cultivation-independent diagnos- tic methods to quantify microor- ganisms of interest. A special emphasis in recent years has been the development of propidi- um monoazide-based viability PCR (PMA-PCR), which allows for preferential detection of mem- brane-intact cells and the appli- cation of flow cytometry for quan- tification of total and intact bac- teria and the distinction of bacte- rial clusters. He has recently started a position in Applied Microbiology at IWW in Germany.

Topics ans sessions

Theoretical sessions 30%

5 plenary lectures

The “publish-or-perish” vogue in microbial ecology
| Lecture by Microb&co
“How to make your editor happy”
| Luigi Naselli Flores
On giants’ shoulders
| Manuela Coci
Research misconduct: science’s self-administered poison Focus on research integrity
| Leonid Schneider
If you can’t be found you do not exist
| Stefano Amalfitano
Dos and don’ts when publishing: roundtable

Practical session 70%

Wednesday, October 26th


Opening and presentation of daily programme


Research misconduct: science’s self-administered poison Focus on research integrity | Leonid Schneider


Coffee break


Practical sessions: Staying honest, despite being in academia How to fake data without getting caught




Practical tools | Leonid Schneider


Practical session: EDITING On-line tools and tips


Coffee break


Practical session: WRITING – IMRAD –


Announcement and closing


Social Dinner

Thursday, October 27th


Opening and welcome


If you can’t be found you do not exist | | Stefano Amalfitano Focus on network and connection


Coffee break


Dos and don’ts when publishing: roundtable


Conclusion and award

The Skills Needed To Produce Brand Excellence

Lecture by Microb&co

The “publish-or-perish” vogue in microbial ecology

Luigi Naselli Flores

“How to make your editor happy”

Manuela Coci

On giants’ shoulders

Leonid Schneider

Research misconduct: science’s self-administered poison