EcotoxicoMicYR_2021

EcotoxicoMicYR_2021

First international webinar of young microbial ecotoxicology researchers

Organized by and for young microbial ecotoxicologists, this series of three half-day webinars will take place each Monday afternoon (Paris time zone) from November 22, 2021 to December 6, 2021.

International keynote speakers, Ph.D. students, Post-Docs and MS. c. students will present their research in Microbial Ecotoxicology to the international community as flash or classic presentations.

Abstract submission deadline is June 30th.

It will be free and open to everyone!

More information about the scientific and organizing committeekeynote speakerssessionsabstract submission or presentation awards is available on the dedicated pages.

What is EcotoxicoMicYR ?

EcotoxicoMic YR is the First international webinar of young microbial ecotoxicology researchers.

Organized by and for young microbial ecotoxicologists, this series of three half-day webinars will take place each Monday afternoon (Paris time zone) from November 22, 2021 to December 6, 2021.

International keynote speakers, Post-Docs, Ph.D. students and M.Sc. will present their research in Microbial Ecotoxicology to the international community as flash or classic presentations.

Scientific and Organizing Committee

The Scientific and Organizing Committee is composed of francophone Ph.D. Students and Post-Docs, accompanied by three senior scientists members of the board of the EcotoxicoMic Network.

Keynote Speaker​

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We are happy to announce the confirmed participation of our three internationally renowned keynote speakers (one for each half-day webinar)

Dr Belinda FERRARI

(School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, UNSW, AUSTRALIA) ARC Future Fellow, Deputy Head of School and Director of Research in the University of New South Wales.
She specialises in the development and application of microbial communities as indicators of soil health during the bioremediation of Antarctic soils.

Pr Fabio ROLDAN

Dr Fabio Roldan is a Professor at the Javeriana University (Colombia).
He is interested in the use of biotechnological the remediation of environments contaminated with organic and inorganic compounds.

Dr Ahmed TLILI

Dr Ahmed Tlili is an aquatic microbial ecotoxicologist in the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology where he is head of the Aquatic Biofilms group
He is interested in using freshwater biofilms as a biological interface to monitor effects of environmental pollutants.

Sessions

Inorganic and organic contaminants released in natural environments may undergo multiple processes of abiotic and biotic transformations, which determine their environmental fate and persistence in the ecosystems. Microorganisms have evolved multiple strategies to respond to contaminant toxicity and to detoxify their intracellular and extracellular environment. The metabolic capacities of the microorganisms to transform complex and hazardous compounds in less toxic, less persistent and less bioavailable structures play a determinant role in contaminant fate and have great potential to treat and restore polluted ecosystems.

 

This session welcomes studies at laboratory-scale or in-situ field-scale trials focusing on the role of microbial species and communities on contaminants dynamics and bioremediation in natural environments. Specifically, we invite contributions of doctoral and postdoctoral students developing innovative projects that focus on: i) studies of microbial processes that determine contaminant speciation, sequestration and biotransformation; ii) bioremediation of contaminated soil, sludge or aquatic environments, iii) molecular biology applications to bioremediation. Works that explore the current challenges in the field by integrating innovative chemistry, microbiology, ecological approaches and modelling are particularly welcomed.

 

Keywords: chemical speciation, environmental fate, bioavailability, detoxification, ecosystems restoration

 

 

Microbial communities play a crucial role supporting key ecosystem functions in any biotope. Facing environmental stress, microorganisms have developed a wide range of evolutionary and physiological adaptation mechanisms that allow them to remain active and survive. Physiological responses to stress can be explored at different levels (from cell to ecosystem through the population). The stress induces physiological cost that can result in visible alterations on the ecosystem. The other way around is also noticeable with large-scale impacts resulting on modification of active microbe’s physiology. This session welcomes studies aiming to understand the consequences of chemical, environmental or biological stressors on microbial community structure and diversity and on physiological responses, with emphasis on determination of consequences on the ecosystem functioning.

 

Keywords: physiological response, diversity changes, adaptation, functional impairment, resistance and resilience

This session is dedicated to the cutting-edge approaches recently developed and applied to microbial ecotoxicology. The originality of these techniques provides unprecedented insights. The field of microbial ecotoxicology is evolving exceptionally quickly, partly because it can benefit from the new developments in, among others, molecular biology, microscopy and high-throughput omics. In addition to allowing for better understanding of microbes and their interactions with contaminants, the new developments in these fields pave the way for new discoveries. This session is specifically aimed at the newest and innovative approaches.

 

Keywords: emerging approaches, innovating methods

Microbial communities are placed at the basis of many ecosystems and environmental compartments, from soil to surface waters and can be hosted in a wide spectrum: from organisms to organs. Interaction networks taking place in animals’ organs (e.g. gut, skin, etc.), plants and within aquatic ecosystems or soils result from the production of metabolites by one compartment benefiting the other for its metabolism or biomass production. Together, these beneficial interactions contribute to the harmonious balance of these particular ecosystems. The roles and relationships microbial communities undertake may be modified or even jeopardized by the exposure of different types of pollutants, leading to broader consequences on hosts’ health and finally ecosystems. This session aims to bring together works in terrestrial and aquatic environments on both host-associated and free-living microbial communities.

 

Keywords: altered biotic interactions, co-occurrence networks, trophic chain, microbiota

Microbial communities are placed at the basis of many ecosystems and environmental compartments, from soil to surface waters and can be hosted in a wide spectrum: from organisms to organs. Interaction networks taking place in animals’ organs (e.g. gut, skin, etc.), plants and within aquatic ecosystems or soils result from the production of metabolites by one compartment benefiting the other for its metabolism or biomass production. Together, these beneficial interactions contribute to the harmonious balance of these particular ecosystems. The roles and relationships microbial communities undertake may be modified or even jeopardized by the exposure of different types of pollutants, leading to broader consequences on hosts’ health and finally ecosystems. This session aims to bring together works in terrestrial and aquatic environments on both host-associated and free-living microbial communities.

 

Keywords: altered biotic interactions, co-occurrence networks, trophic chain, microbiota

Wherever microorganisms evolve in soil, water or sediment, they have to cope with a wide variety of factors that occur simultaneously. Those factors can be directly linked to anthropogenic activities (e.g. contamination by pollutants) and climatic extreme events (e.g. changes in temperature and drought). Because such complex systems make the characterization of micropollutant effects on microorganisms difficult, unraveling interactions between micropollutants and other stressors is a rising challenge in ecotoxicology.

 

This session welcomes studies investigating the effects and/or the nature of the interactions between two or more micropollutants or between micropollutants and/or other stress factors on microbial species and communities. We invite contributions of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers that are developing laboratory and in situ investigations at different levels of biological organization (molecular, cellular, population and community). Research works that took into consideration realistic exposure scenarios or multiple exposure time scales and sequences are particularly welcomed. Studies dealing with modeling (e.g. mixture effect prediction) could also fit to this session.

 

Keywords: altered biotic interactions, co-occurrence networks, trophic chain, microbiota

Abstract submission

Abstract submission is now closed.

Abstract submission is opened for young researchers (PhD Students and Post-Docs) and MS. c. students (for Flash presentation only).

Two types of presentation are possible:

  • Live presentation in 12 min (for PhD students and Post-Docs)
  • Pre-recorded flash presentation in 3 min (for PhD students, Post-Docs and MS. c. students)

The use of the Abstract Template is mandatory and the abstracts must be prepared in English (Abstracts should not exceed 350 words).

The abstracts which do not follow the format carefully will be sent back to the author(s) to be revised.

Once you prepared your abstract according to the above guidelines, submit your abstract to ecotoxicomicYR@gmail.com.

After successful submission, receipt acknowledging the abstract will be sent via an email within several working days.

Notification of acceptance of abstracts will be sent by early September.

Pricing

Registration is free of charge, but mandatory.

Registration

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Awards

Thanks to a grant from the Environmental Science and Pollution Research (ESPR) Journal (Springer), the three Best Live Presentations will receive an award:

The awarded PhD Students and Post-Docs will be invited to present their work as invited speakers at the EcotoxicoMic 2022 Conference (Montpellier, France, 15-18 November 2022)

 

Practical information and contact

Notification of acceptance of abstracts will be sent by early September. Details about the final programme and registration (free of charge but mandatory) will be available during September. For any information about EcotoxicoMicYR_2021, please contact the Scientific and Organizing Committee – ecotoxicomicYR@gmail.com

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