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Scientific Program

All aspects of diatom taxonomy are welcome at the Van Heurck symposium and will be delivered as contributed lectures and poster presentations. Possible topics include morphology and ultrastructure, taxonomy and systematics, genetics and molecular research, phylogeny and evolution, life cycles, biodiversity, biogeography and collections and digitisations.

The official symposium language is English. We strongly recommend participants to be respectful of the allotted time for their communication. Participants as first authors are welcome to present one oral and/or one or two posters.  Participants interested in presenting a lecture or poster at the congress are invited to submit an abstract before 15th April 2009. The Organizing Committee reserves the right to accept any paper in the form of a poster only.

By 15 May 2009 the presenting author will be notified whether the abstract has been accepted, and if so, of the proposed type of presentation (oral or poster). 

Key-note lectures 

Three key-note lectures will be given dealing with different topics on Diatom taxonomy, Molecular studies and Biogeography. The following speakers have agreed to give each a state-of-the-art lecture: 

  • Prof. Dr. David Mann (Royal Botanical Garden of Edinburgh)
  • Prof. Dr. Edward Theriot (University of Texas)
  • Prof. Dr. Wim Vyverman (Ghent University) 

Contributed Lectures 

Each oral presentation, except for key-note speakers, will be strictly limited to 15 minutes and 5 minutes for discussion. All oral presentations should be delivered in the conference office at the Bouchout castle, a day before the lecture at latest.
The conference hall will be fully equipped with audio-visual devices including microphones. The computer platform running PowerPoint software is IBM PC compatible only.   

Poster Presentations 

Posters will be displayed on smooth boards. Exhibitors are responsible for mounting posters and removing them. Materials for poster mounting will be provided by the poster secretary. Authors should comply with the following guidelines when preparing posters: maximum size not to exceed 90 cm in width by 130 cm in height. Title, authors' names and affiliation should be included at the top of the poster. Lettering should be legible from a distance of 1m.

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