The closing date for abstract submissions is Monday 25 November
Please submit all poster/oral presentation abstracts via the JISC survey form.
You will need to register for the conference in order to submit an abstract.
NB A number of oral slots are reserved in advance to guarantee students the opportunity to present their research, and to compete for the £250 Irène Manton (1904-1988) Prize. There will also be a £150 prize for the best student poster. Please see the BPS website for more details about this.
Abstract submission guidelines
Structured abstracts for empirical presentations are preferred (with the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion)
Talks & posters: Please use the same abstract structure and submission procedure for a talk or poster (preferences for talk or poster can be selected within the system).
- Title: 12 words maximum
- Abstract: 350 words maximum
There are four of these that you may opt to submit your abstract specifically for.
Special session one – Hidden forests: the structure and function of macrophyte-dominated habitats and communities under natural variability and anthropogenic stress
Convenors: Drs Dan Smale and Heidi Burdett
Outline: Aquatic macrophytes (e.g. kelps, seagrasses, maerl, stoneworts, etc) often function as foundation species by providing extensive biogenic habitat that underpins high primary and secondary productivity and modulates environmental conditions. Macrophyte-dominated habitats are of significant ecological and socioeconomic value, yet the distribution and integrity of these systems is increasingly affected by a range of concurrent stressors, including physical disturbance, decreased water quality and climate change. This symposium will explore recent advances in our understanding of macrophyte-dominated habitats and communities, incorporating fundamental biology, ecological patterns and processes, biogeochemistry and management and conservation. By sharing knowledge gained from diverse habitat-types and across biological scales, we aim to improve our collective understanding of the value and resilience of these critical habitats. We invite submissions from those working on habitat-forming macrophytes in both freshwater and marine ecosystems.
Special session two – Algal interactions across the tree of life - from the open ocean to industrial applications
Convenors: Dr Joe Taylor and Dr Michael Cunliffe
Outline: Contemporary molecular tools have revolutionised our understanding of aquatic biodiversity, with many previously un-described interactions involving algae identified. New symbionts, parasites and pathogens of micro- and macro-algae are being frequently discovered. This symposium will explore the range of biotic interactions (symbiosis, commensalism, pathogenicity and parasitism) within and between algal systems, including interactions that are essential in maintaining biodiversity and healthy ecosystems. We will bring together micro- and macro-algae researchers with an emphasis on interdisciplinary exchange. Some focus will be given to how ‘omics (metabarcoding, meta/genomics, meta/transcriptomics, meta/proteomics), cell biology and advanced microscopy can be combined to explore algal interactions across the tree of life, including, with fungi, protists, bacteria and viruses. Focus will also be given to how these interactions can be utilised, or mitigated against, in applied systems, such macroalgal farming for food and biomass, microalgal production and the control of harmful or nuisance algal blooms. The symposium welcomes submissions from researchers studying biotic interactions in all algal systems from the individual cell to algal microbiomes, up to whole ecosystems and community ecology.
Special Session three – Impact of climate change on marine and freshwater algae
Convenors: Mahasweta Saha, Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML, UK) Dedmer van de Waal, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW, Netherlands)
Marine and freshwater macrophytes, microalgae and cyanobacteria are dominant primary producers in aquatic systems worldwide. These ecosystem engineers provide a suite of ecologically valuable services, form the base of food webs, and play a key function in the global carbon cycle. However, rapid climate change is a major threat to Earth’s biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Ongoing global change is expected to increase pCO2 and temperature whilst decreasing pH and oxygen levels. Moreover, climate change is increasing the occurrence and intensity of extreme events causing species extinction and range shifts, which can also have economic impacts. Along with overfishing and deoxygenation at local scales, algal pathogens and parasites can substantially increase with ocean warming. Warming, together with elevated pCO2, thought to enhance the frequency, magnitude and duration of harmful algal blooms in coastal marine and freshwater ecosystems. In this session we invite contributions from marine and freshwater biologists and ecologists to bring diverse expertise and new perspectives to the impact of climate change on algae. We encourage submissions from laboratory, field, and mesocosm studies that offer new insights into the functioning of benthic and pelagic ecosystems at the genetic, population, community and ecosystem scale under biotic and abiotic stressors. Multi-stressor studies on ecosystem function are encouraged as well as papers that offer insights into potential for adaptation and resilience.
Gregory Beugrand “Responses of phytoplankton to climate in the North Atlantic Ocean: past, present and future”.
Alexandra Campbell “Climate change and diseases of seaweeds, microbiome manipulations and restorative aquaculture".
Special Session four - Algae as Environmental Indicators
Convenors: Professor Martin Wilkinson and Professor Juliet Brodie
Algae have been used as pollution indicators for a long time but EC Directives of the last two decades have broadened their use to ecological and environmental quality assessment of habitats. These Directives include Water Framework Directive (WFD) and Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and utilise both planktonic and benthic forms, marine and freshwater. A challenge in developing suitable tools has been the lack of algal taxonomic education in recent years leading to attempts to simplify assessments. Recent molecular advances suggest that in some eDNA may be used as an aid to simplify survey work. Algae have also been used in the linking of ecological status to nutrient criteria. Climate change can result in species distribution changes both as loss of species and introduction of alien species. We can use impending changes in species as indicators of potential ecosystem damage from loss of key species and introduction of harmful ones.
We invite submissions of papers on both marine and freshwater algae, microscopic and macroscopic, looking at recent indicator tool development but also papers looking to the future indicator uses of algae and to applicability of new molecular techniques.
Possible keynote speakers
Dr. Mike Best, Senior Marine Technical Specialist, Estuarine and Coastal Monitoring and Assessment Service, Environment Agency
Dr. Chris Yesson, Research Fellow, Zoological Society of London