A one day session, as part of the 3rd international conference 'The Molecular Life of Diatoms' in July 2015, will focus on convergent approaches between biogeochemistry and genomics to better understand and model biogeochemical cycles. The conference will see junior and senior scientists of interdisciplinary science fields come together to discuss these topics. New molecular and bioinformatics tools to disseminate the potential of the dynamic and rapidly evolving field of marine molecular/genomic research will be discussed.
The aim of this conference is to explore the potential and feasibility of using diatoms as model systems in cell biology, evolution, ecology and biotechnology; building on the understanding and taking advantage of sophisticated novel tools. A special issue with topics from the meeting will potentially be published in the Marine Genomics Journal. This event will help in the identification of research challenges for the field and lead to the development of new research activities between laboratories and research institutes worldwide.