1st international foresight workshop on Marine Holobionts - concepts and challenges

27 et 28 mars 2018, Station Biologique de Roscoff

Background and aim

The idea of considering organisms in connection with the complex microbial communities they are associated with, i.e. as holobionts, is a rapidly emerging concept in all fields of life science. Many marine labs have started to incorporate this notion into their research. However, there are few examples of research groups that bridge the gap between (1) the functional interdependencies of a host and its symbionts, (2) the impact these interdependencies have on the functioning of an ecosystem, and (3) the role of evolution and ecosystem in shaping these interdepencies. This workshop aims at bringing together a small group of experts and motivated early stage researchers working on different holobiont systems (micro, macro, plant, animal, viruses), at different scales (molecular to ecosystem), using different approaches (e.g. modeling, chemistry, microfluidics to genomics) to discuss key questions, opportunities and challenges in further integrating the holobiont concept into marine sciences.


The workshop will consist of three sessions each with three invited talks followed by group discussions.

Session 1: The holobiont concept  and implications on research
Invited speakers: Derek Skillings, Marc-André Sélosse, Monica Medina

Session 2: Current approaches to study holobionts
Invited speakers: Shinichi Sunagawa, Tilmann Harder, Claire Gachon

Session 3: Challenges  and opportunities for future research on marine holobionts
Invited speakers: Thomas Bosch, Damien Eveillard, Roman Stocker

The  afternoon  of  the  second  day  will  be  dedicated  to  small  group meetings to work specifically on the preparation of a position paper encompassing the results of the workshop.



Roscoff is a small town on the northern coast of Brittany about 60 km north-east of

Brest and offer exceptional variety of biotopes: https://goo.gl/axqJA3



The workshop accommodation and board will be free of charge for participants; a limited number travel grants will attributed on a need-base. The total number of participants in the workshop is limited to 30.

If you wish to participate, please fill in the following application form before January 15th, 2018: https://goo.gl/NQwjJu.