3rd International Symposium on Nematodes as Environmental Bioindicators

The Institute of Technology Carlow, in collaboration with the Association of Applied Biologists, and the Organising Committee of the 3rd International Symposium on Nematodes as Environmental Bioindicators, are delighted to invite colleagues to participate in this event, which will take place on 28th and 29th of June 2017 at the Institute's Main Campus.

The Conference takes place in:

This will be the third conference of its kind at an international level, after the successes of its predecessor events in June 2007 in Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, and in July 2012 in Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, and it will happen under the auspices of the Association of Applied Biologists.

Many anthropogenic factors have a negative impact on the quality of soil, air and water leading to detrimental environmental changes. This conference will bring together experts working to understand the response of key food web organisms to these changes. Scientists from across the world using a common platform, the phylum Nematoda, will present their studies on these environmentally important organisms to address questions of habitat and ecosystem changes at community, individual organism and molecular levels in terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems. Furthermore, this event will aid towards the dissemination of information by ecologists who aim to understand the underlying mechanisms leading to nematode community change. It is envisaged that it will disseminate high impact science that could influence not only other scientists, but also regulators and policy makers.

Themes for this symposium will include, but will not be limited to:
  • Role of nematodes in ecosystems
  • Nematode biodiversity
  • Nematode community analyses: classical
  • Nematode community analyses: molecular
  • Nematode ecotoxicology and genotoxicity
  • Transgenic nematode biosensors
  • Environmental change and nematode gene expression
  • Commercialisation potential of nematodes as bio-indicators
  • Environmental monitoring and risk assessment using nematodes
  • Sentinel nematode species
  • Nematodes in terrestrial and aquatic (fresh water and marine) habitats
  • Nematodes and sustainability
  • Various land use effects on nematode communities and/or individual taxa
  • Nematodes and climate change

Participants are invited to contribute platform and poster presentations under (but not limited only to) the above themes.  Accepted papers from the conference will be published as abstracts and will be available to delegates at the conference. Offers submitted by the 31st March 2017 deadline will be given priority for platform presentations.

We would therefore like to ask you to book these dates in your diaries and come to this meeting and also to encourage your colleagues to attend. The success of this symposium will depend on your participation. Delegates will be given a great opportunity to present their work in this unique niche event, meet peer experts and be updated on current developments in this pertinent field.

Warmest regards the Organising Committee of the 3rd ISNEB

  • Thomaé Kakouli-Duarte (Institute of Technology Carlow, Ireland)
  • Sara Sánchez Moreno (National Institute of Research, Agricultural and Food Technology, Spain)
  • Tom Moens (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • Roy Neilson (The James Hutton Institute, Scotland, UK)
  • Péter Nagy (Szent István University, Hungary)

Céad Míle Fáilte (A hundred thousand welcomes)