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2nd International Symposium on Nematodes as Environmental Bioindicators
To be held at
Ghent University, Belgium
5-6 July 2012
BASIS points will be applied for

The Organising Committee of the 2nd International Symposium on Nematodes as Environmental Bioindicators (2ISNEB) are delighted to invite you to participate in this event which will take place on the 5th and 6th of July 2012 at Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. This will be the second conference of its kind at an international level, after the success of its predecessor event in June 2007 at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, and it will happen under the auspices of the Association of Applied Biologists (http://www.aab.org.uk/).

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 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

Keynote Speakers include:

DR PHILLIP L WILLIAMS, Dean and Georgia Power Professor, College of Public Health, Univ. of Georgia, USA

DR SEBASTIAN HÖSS, Founder and CEO, ECOSSA, Germany  

PROF. DEBORAH NEHER, Vermont University, USA  


DR HANS HELDER, Wageningen University, the Netherlands 



We would therefore like to ask you to book these dates in your diaries and come to this conference and also 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 in the field and be updated on current development in this pertinent field.

Updates on important dates, instructions to contributors and registration will follow.

Warmest regards,

The Organising Committee of 2nd ISNEB

Thomae Kakouli-Duarte, Institute of Technology Carlow, Ireland

Michael J Wilson, AgResearch, New Zealand

Tom Moens, Ghent University, Belgium

Wim Bert, Ghent University, Belgium

Wilfrida Decraemer, Ghent University, Belgium 

Hanne Steel, Ghent University, Belgium

Nic Smol, Ghent University, Belgium

Péter Nagy, Szent István University, Hungary

Jan Vanaverbeke, Ghent University, Belgium

Roy Neilson, The James Hutton Institute, UK

Presentations and posters from this Conference will be produced as Abstracts. Copies will be available to delegates at the Conference. Registration fees are as follows:

   AAB/University of Ghent Members                £265.00

    AAB/University of Ghent Retired Members   £225.00

   AAB/University of Ghent Student Members  £180.00

   Non Members                                               £320.00

   Student Non Members                                 £200.00   


Delegates will be responsible for booking their own accommodation for the symposium.  A late booking fee of £30 will be added to registrations received after the 15 June deadline.  An administration fee of £30 will be applied to cancellations received by 15 June.  No cancellations accepted after 15 June.


Further information on the venue and accommodation possibilities is  available here 


Please note that poster board sizes are 2m high, 1 m wide - A0 format (841mm x 1189 mm), portrait.
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