Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

Following the 9th International Symbiosis Society Congress

For researchers and educators interested in developing Aiptasia and Symbiodinium into a model system for the study of coral-dinoflagellate symbiosis

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together the world’s leading Aiptasia researchers and educators to share developing technical successes and roadblocks to making Aiptasia a mainstream model system. This workshop will provide educators who use Aiptasia regularly in their classrooms the opportunity to meet and network with Aiptasia researchers, and to foster and facilitate collaboration among groups of researchers and educators worldwide. The workshop will be comprised of short talks, discussion sessions, break out groups and possibly a short demonstration of research techniques being developed for Aiptasia. Educators will give short talks on ways Aiptasia is utilized for teaching purposes and for undergraduate research projects. This workshop is part of a grant from the National Science Foundation titled: “IOS EDGE: Functional-genomics tools for Cnidarian-dinoflagellate Symbiosis” that was awarded to Virginia Weis (OSU), John Pringle (Stanford U.), Arthur Grossman (Carnegie), Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty and Matt Degennaro (Florida International U.). The EDGE program is aimed at rapid development of model systems for the study of big questions in biology. A core tenet of EDGE is near-real time dissemination of technical advances as a means toward making rapid progress in a field. The EDGE team will introduce several communications platforms and other media that we have been developing for the Aiptasia community at the workshop.

Workshop Schedule

Saturday, July 21:
8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 Opening remarks
9:30 – 10:30 EDGE presentations
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 EDGE presentations
12:00 – 1:00 Short presentations
1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
2:00 – 3:00 Short presentations
3:00 – 4:00 Breakout sessions
4:00 – 4:30 Break
4:30 – 5:30 Breakout sessions
6:00 – 8:00 Dinner
Sunday, July 22:
8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 EDGE communications presentation
9:30 – 10:30 Reports on breakout sessions and discussions
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Reports on breakout sessions and discussions
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (non-EDGE folks dismissed)
1:00 – 2:00 EDGE group discussion
2:00 – 2:30 Break
2:30 – 3:30 EDGE group discussion