Rediscovering pelagic biodiversity
8:30 AM08:30

Rediscovering pelagic biodiversity

Rediscovering pelagic biodiversity:

Progress, promise, and challenges of metabarcoding of microbes to mammals

A one day symposium in Gothenburg, Sweden, 13 September 2019.

Abstract submission until July 19th.

Registration is open until Sep. 6th.


Additional information:


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Symposium on Aquatic Microbial Ecology SAME 16
to Sep 6

Symposium on Aquatic Microbial Ecology SAME 16

1st — 6th September 2019 in Potsdam, Germany

Abstract submission until May 31, 2019

“From Boat to Bench“ (Integrating Field Observation with Lab Experiments)

The SAME 16 organization team is proud to present to you a highly diverse and exciting scientific program. Following the focus of several previous SAME meetings, we have chosen the motto: “From Boat to Bench“ (Integrating Field Observation with Lab Experiments). Our intention is to highlight the current need to better relate field observations, in particular modern multi-OMIC approaches with sophisticated lab based experiments to dissect observations.

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Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists
10:30 AM10:30

Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists

Application for this year's Science & SciLifeLab Prize open!

Apply for the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists — an annual prize awarded to early-career scientists. The prize is presented in four categories: Cell and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Environment, Molecular Medicine, and Genomics, Proteomics and Systems Biology.

The winners will have their essays published by Science, win up to USD 30,000 and be invited to Sweden to attend the award ceremony. Get ready for a life-changing moment in your scientific career – apply here.

Application deadline:
July 15, 2019
More information:
Eligibility: entrants must have been awarded their doctoral degree in 2017 or 2018. The winners from each category will compete for the Grand Prize.

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to Mar 9

SciFest 2019

SciFest is, as the name suggests, a science festival, combining the three disciplinary domains of the University.

Researchers, teachers and students from all parts of the University come together with exhibitors such as high schools and companies, to provide a three-day educational experience including interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, scientific shows, and engaging scientific lectures. SciFest invites pupils, teachers and the general public to experience some hands-on research and science. 

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Welcome to participate as an exhibitor at the scientific festival SciFest 7-9 March 2019! 

It is time to start thinking about SciFest 2019! We hope that you want to join as an exhibitor and present your research! 


SciFest is an activity where scientists from all scientific fields, companies and organizations can meet and present their research. The target group is mainly children and young people and the purpose is to raise the interest in science, attract more students to Uppsala University and to visualize the work done at the university. 


SciFest 2019 takes place on 7-9th of March at Fyrishov. Thursdays and Fridays are open for schools - from lower secondary school to high school - while the program on Saturday is open to the public. 

Since SciFest aims to a young public we strongly encourage that at least one person in each stall should be able to speak Swedish. 


Last year, SciFest offered 69 different exhibitions and a full-featured stage program with Science Slam, lectures and a physics / laser show. Due to the young target group, we recommend that the activities have an interactive design. We hope you want to participate so that we can jointly complete the 2018 program with a wide range of program items. 


As an exhibitor, you can choose between arranging a bookable workshop or a non-stop activity. Participation is free of charge. All that sign up as exhibitors are invited to workshops (15 November and 5 February) where you can get help with how to design your activity. 


Attending as an exhibitor at SciFest is fun and rewarding! Report your interest via this link: Interest Report: Exhibitor at SciFest 

Signing up as interested is not a binding registration. The deadline for definite registration is December 4th. 


For questions regarding the role as an exhibitor, please contact: 




For general questions about SciFest, contact Project Manager Katarina Holmborn Garpenstrand, at or 070-167 9473. 

Welcome with your application! 


The SciFest team 


Datum: 7-9 March 2019 

Place: Fyrishov multihallar 

Different types of exhibitions: 

Workshop: a 25 sqm stand with 2 tables and 16 chairs. 

On Thursday and Friday, the activity is divided into bookable passes with drop-in activities in between, while Saturday is a whole-day drop-in activity. Electricity, light and Wi-Fi included. 

Non-stop: is an open area with 1 table and 3 chairs. The activity is based on spontaneous visits during all three days. Electricity, light and Wi-Fi included. 

SciFest2018 in numbers:

8600 visitors (of which 4800 visited on Saturday) 

68 different workshops / non-stops 

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AMRI Distiguished Lecture Series: "Bacterial Grazers in the Ocean" with Ramon Massana
12:30 PM12:30

AMRI Distiguished Lecture Series: "Bacterial Grazers in the Ocean" with Ramon Massana

The Aquatic Microbial Research Initiative (AMRI) Distinguished Lecture Series begins 21st February at 12:15 room P216 at Stockholm University. Rachel Foster from AMRI and DEEP hosts microbial oceanographer, Ramon Massana from Institut  de Ciències del Mar in Barcelona (Spain). Ramon Massana has worked on the diversity and distribution of marine protists. Recently he is focused on opening the black box of heterotrophic flagellates, a currently less understood microbial group in marine environments, and will give a seminar entitled, "Heterotrophic grazers in the ocean". All are welcome. 

Interested in meeting Ramon? Please contact

Directions to Lecture hall:

More about Ramon Massana can be found here

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The Expansion of Low Oxygen Zones in the Global Ocean and Coastal Waters
8:30 AM08:30

The Expansion of Low Oxygen Zones in the Global Ocean and Coastal Waters

  • The Beijer Hall, The Royal Swedish Academy of Science  (map)
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Date: 21 February 2019 (full day)

Venue: The Beijer Hall, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Lilla Frescativägen 4A, Stockholm 

Host: The Environmental Committee of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences


Oxygen concentrations in both the global ocean and coastal waters have been declining since at least the middle of the 20th century. This oxygen loss is one of the most important changes occurring in an ocean increasingly modified by human activities that have raised temperatures, CO2 levels, and increased nutrient inputs that have altered the abundances and distributions of marine species. Oxygen is naturally low or absent where biological oxygen consumption through respiration exceeds the rate of oxygen supplied by physical transport, air-sea fluxes, and photosynthesis. The enhanced production in surface waters of the coastal zone from nutrient inputs from sewage and agricultural activities increases the delivery rate of degradable organic matter to bottom waters where microbial decomposition by aerobic respiration consumes oxygen. In addition, ocean warming reduces the solubility of oxygen and raises metabolic rates also accelerating the rate of oxygen consumption. Under current trajectories, anthropogenic activities could drive the ocean toward widespread oxygen deficiency within the next thousand years. The symposium will address the impact of changes in productivity, biodiversity, and biogeochemical cycles with declining oxygen in the global ocean and coastal waters.

Lectures by

  • Denise Breitburg, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, USA

  • Jacob Carstensen, Aarhus University, Denmark

  • Christoph Humborg, Stockholm University, Sweden

  • Alf Norkko, University of Helsinki, Finland

  • Andreas Oschlies, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany

  • Caroline Slomp, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

  • Bess B. Ward, Princeton University, USA

The symposium is free of charge and open to the public but registration is required for all participants. Limited number of seats.  Please state eventual food preferences or allergies in the registration form.


More info and registration:

This symposium is funded by Baltic Sea Centre at Stockholm University, BalticSea2020, the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

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AMRI Kickoff 2019!
to Feb 8

AMRI Kickoff 2019!

  • Evolutionary Biology Center (EBC) (map)
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Register today!

Our all-hands AMRI Kickoff will take place February 7-8th in Uppsala. We will start with a dinner on the evening of the 7th in Uppsala, and then hold our kickoff meeting the next morning, Friday, February 8th. 

This meeting is planned in conjunction with OIKOS 2019.

Coming to this event? Register here:

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AMRI Kickoff Program PDF


Thursday, February 7th 2019, 18.00 – 21.00

Group dinner at the EBC (Evolutionary Biology Centre), Norbyvägen 18, Festlokal

Friday, February 8th 2019

Location. Lindahlsalen, Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC), Norbyvägen 14

9.30-10.00 Fika

10.00-10.30 Introduction-What is AMRI/RCP? Stefan/Rachel/Caroline introduces website

10.30-12.30 Individual PI introductions (5 minute, 5 slide presentation)

12.30-13.30 Lunch (delivered)

13.30-14.00 Introduction of the working groups (Jarone, Stefan, Rachel, Anders)

14.00-15.00 Discussion groups

15.00-15.30 Coffee break

15.30 Summarize as a large group, and continued discussion

16.45 Wrap-up. What’s next for AMRI?


The dinner on the 7th of February will be held at the Evolutionary Biology Center (EBC), Uppsala University, Norbyvägen 18C (one floor up, outside teaching rooms 4-6).

The conference on the 8th of February will be held at Lindahlsalen, Evolutionary Biology Center (EBC), Uppsala University, Norbyvägen.

Lecture hall Lindahlsalen: Enter through entrance 14, go one oor up to the restaurant, take left through the glass passage and then you have Lindahlsalen on the right after the passage. Alternatively, use entrance 18A, one oor up to the left.

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There are a number of hotels in the area, please click below for a comprehensive list:

AMRI Kickoff - Hotels/Accommodation

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to Feb 7

Oikos 2019 Conference

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The next OIKOS conference will take place in Uppsala February 5th to 7nd 2019.

Planned Oikos 2019 Themes: 

  • Eco-evolutionary dynamics

  • Global change ecology – from individuals to ecosystem responses

  • Landscape ecology

  • Behavioral ecology – Decisions that matter

  • Trophic interactions

  • Microbial ecology – Small things with big effects

General Information about the OIKOS conference, how to register, send abstracts, etc

Our AMRI kickoff will take place February 7-8 in conjunction with the OIKOS conference!

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1:00 PM13:00

Distinguished Lecture and AMRI Kickoff

  • Uppsala University, BMC Navet/SciLifeLab (map)
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Professor Mary Ann Moran, Department of Marine Sciences, University of Georgia, Athens, USA

Exploring the Ocean Microbiome

The ocean microbiome – the complex set of microorganisms in the sea - plays a critical role in the global cycling of elements necessary for life. Prof. Mary Ann Moran is a leading authority in research to identify how marine microorganisms carry out biogeochemical cycling, with particular focus on deciphering the molecular mechanisms that regulates the fluxes of sulfur and carbon. Prof. Moran has pioneered the genetic analysis of complex natural communities, both in genomics and in microbial gene expression (metatranscriptomics), providing knowledge necessary to interpret the role of microorganisms in a changing environment.

Time: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 13:00

Place: Linnéus University, Kalmar, House Vita

Host: Professor Jarone Pinhassi


Time: Thursday, September 27, 2018 13:00

Place: Uppsala University, BMC Navet/SciLifeLab

Hosts: Professor Stefan Bertilsson & Rachel A Foster

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