We cordially invite you to “Ectocarpus 2014 meeting”, a meeting centered on the model brown alga Ectocarpus that will be held at Kobe University (Kobe, Japan) from the 28th to the 30th of March 2014.


The last Ectocarpus meeting, hosted by the Marine Biological Station, Roscoff in 2012, focused on how the Ectocarpus genome sequence was being exploited to explore diverse aspects of brown algal biology and to understand evolutionary mechanisms across the eukaryotic tree of life. Since the last meeting, a number of studies have used genome information to analyze biological phenomena. Moreover, the amount of macroalgal genome information available has dramatically increased with the release of a number of red algal genomes. One of the aims of the Ectocarpus meetings is to foster interactions with groups working outside the Ectocarpus community, and we welcome groups working on other multicellular algal species including freshwater taxa.


Provisional program

The meeting will include sessions that address the following topics:
- History of biological studies of the brown algal model species Ectocarpus (Prof. Dieter G. Müller)
- Cell biology of algal model organisms
- Environmental genomics
- Comparative genomics
- Systematics / phylogenomics

The Ectocarpus 2014 meeting will feature invited talks from keynote speakers in research fields related to development, functional and environmental genomics of brown algae as well as other multicellular algae (e.g., red algae, green algae).

Ectocarpus meetings usually attract about 50 participants from a broad range of countries. The convivial scale of these meetings offers young investigators ideal conditions to discuss their research with more experienced senior researchers in a relaxed atmosphere.


The meeting will take place at the main campus of Kobe University (Rokkodai Campus) in an international city, Kobe, Japan.

Provisional agenda

28th March 2014 (afternoon): Registration, welcome, invited lecture by Prof. Dieter G. Müller on the history of biological studies of Ectocarpus siliculosus, get-together reception.
29th March 2014 (full day): Keynote talk (Dr. Susana Coelho), oral presentations, poster viewing, meeting dinner.
30th March 2014 (morning): Invited talks (Drs. Jonas Collén, Kazuho Ikeo and Tomoaki Nishiyama), oral presentations, farewell.

Registration and call for papers

For those wishing to attend this meeting, and anyone wishing to present a contributed paper or a poster, please register on the Online Registration Site below.

Online Reservatuion


The deadline for early registration is 15th December, 2013.

The early registration fee is ¥ 18,000 (¥ 13,000 for students).
Registration fee after 16th December is ¥ 23,000 (¥ 18,000 for students).

Online registration should accompany the payment of meeting fee by major credit cards or by domestic bank transfer to the following account.


For bank transfer, please be advised that the above account accepts only domestic bank transfer in Japan. Bank transfer to this account from overseas will be bounced.
If you have difficulty in paying by above methods, please contact Kinki Nippon Tourist (KNT) by e-mail (eckansai2@or.knt.co.jp).


Registration fee will cover:

  • Full participation at the meeting programs
  • Lunches (box lunches) at the meeting site (29th, 30th March) and meeting dinner (29th March)
  • Tea and coffee breaks
  • Get-together reception

Delegates will need to cover their own costs for travel to/from Kobe and accommodation.



Abstract submission

Abstracts for oral or poster (or either oral or poster) presentations should be sent to ectocarpus2014@port.kobe-u.ac.jp using the “abstract submission form” before 15th February, 2014. Please download “abstract submission form” from URL.
As to the type of presentation (oral/poster), due to limitations in the number of oral presentation slots, submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee. Based on the recommendation of the Scientific Committee, the organizer may ask the author to modify the type of presentation from oral to poster.
Please note that the final deadline of registration for those who give presentations (oral/poster) is the 15th of February. Only abstracts of the registered participants will be included in the abstract book.

Scientific committee

Taizo Motomura (Hokkaido University, Japan)
Hiroshi Kawai (Kobe University, Japan)
J. Mark Cock (Station Biologique de Roscoff, France)
Jonas Collén (Station Biologique de Roscoff, France)
Olivier de Clerck (University of Ghent, Belgium)
John Bothwell (University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, U.K.)

Local organizing committee

Hiroshi Kawai, Takahiro Yamagishi, Takeaki Hanyuda, Hidetoshi Sakayama, Aika Yamaguchi (Kobe University)
Taizo Motomura, Chikako Nagasato, Atsuko Tanaka (Hokkaido University)

Contact persons

Hiroshi Kawai / Takahiro Yamagishi
Kobe University Research Center for Inland Seas
1-1 Rokkodai, Nadaku, Kobe 657-8501, Japan
Email: ectocarpus2014@port.kobe-u.ac.jp
Fax: +81-78-803-6699


Organization of Advanced Science and Technology, Kobe University
Kobe University Research Center for Inland Seas
Muroran Marine Station, Field Science Center for Northern Biosphere, Hokkaido University

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