The First International Conference on Geo-Omics of Archaea (ICGOA): Evolution, Ecology/Biogeochemistry, and Physiology


Meeting Synopsis

        The Archaea encompass a diverse microbial lineage that represents the most recently discovered life forms on Earth. They inhabit some of the most extreme environments on our planet, and possess unusual physiologies, and have left molecular fossils suggesting their prevalence among ancient microbial communities. Recent genomic studies have further revealed that they are widespread in numerous “non-extreme” habitats in the ocean and on land and play central roles in global carbon and nitrogen cycles. However, the majority of Archaea remain uncultivated. The world of Archaea therefore still remains to be further discovered, explored, and described.

        To facilitate the global efforts in addressing fundamental questions related to the biology, physiology, diversity, biogeochemistry, ecology and evolution of Archaea, the Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Marine Archaea Geo-Omics at Southern University of Science and Technology is organizing an International Conference on Geo-Omics of Archaea (ICGOA), with the overarching theme of the Evolution, Ecology/Biogeochemistry, and Physiology of Archaea.

        The first ICGOA will be held in Shenzhen from October 25th to 27th, 2019. The meeting is planned to have about 200 attendees. Among them, approximately 30 scientists from around the world will be invited to speak on the key roles of archaea in life evolution, global element cycling, climate change, and industrial and medical applications.

Meeting Topics (include but may not be limited to)

  1. Archaea in global geochemical cycles and climate changes

  2. Archaea in consortia with other organisms for ecosystem balance

  3. Archaea in formation and degradation of methane hydrates

  4. Archaea in life and geological evolution

  5. Archaea and viruses

  6. Archaea in human health and industrial applications

Meeting Chairs

Chuanlun Zhang, Southern University of Science and Technology, China

Ed DeLong, University of Hawaii, USA

Kai Hinrichs, University of Bremen, Germany

Nianzhi Jiao, Xiamen University, China

Christa Schleper, University of Vienna, Austria

Organizers and Sponsors

The Department of Ocean Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology

The Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Marine Archaea Geo-Omics, Southern University of Science and Technology

Meeting Venue

        The meeting will be held at the Interlaken OCT Hotel in Shenzhen (a beautiful resort place in Eastern Shenzhen). Shenzhen, also known as The Great Eagle City, is China’s first Special Economic Zone and recognized as the driving force for the reforming and opening up of Chinese economy over the past 35 years. It is very close to Hong Kong (very hot in summer but very pleasant in late fall-early spring), and is one of the four largest cities in China. It is also the vanguard of China’s development in science and technology and rated by Nature magazine as among the top 10 most competitive cities in research and development in China. In 2017, Shenzhen is selected by the Chinese Government to develop into one of the two of International Ocean Cities in China.

Important Dates

January 1, 2019: Conference website online

March 1, 2019: Application and abstract submission begins

August 15, 2018: Abstract submission closes

August 20, 2019: Abstract acceptance notification

August 30, 2019: Scientific programs posted

October 25-27, 2019: Conference days

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You can download ICGOA —— First Announcement here