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.
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.