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Marine Molecular Ecology (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Molecular Insights into Marine Ecological Interactions from Micro to Macro Scales


July 22-23, 2017


The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong, China Site Information


Marli Vlok & Matthias Wietz

Hong Kong Advisory Board:
Tony F. Chan, Kathryn Song Eng Cheah, Fanny M.C. Cheung, Arthur B. Ellis, Barry Halliwell, Nancy Ip, Jian Lu, Peter Mathieson, Alfonso Ngan, Paul Tam, Benjamin Wah, Henry Wong, Vivian Wing-Wah Yam, Kenneth Young & Albert Cheung-Hoi Yu More Information

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 24, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by April 22, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Marine Molecular Ecology is a unique forum for graduate students, postdocs, and other early-career marine scientists to present and discuss new data and cutting-edge ideas.

This meeting will provide interdisciplinary insights into marine molecular ecology from big to small scales, focusing on interactions between viruses, microbes and macroorganisms and the ecological impact of environmental stressors resulting from climate change.

Planned session titles:

  • Molecular Insights into Cross-Kingdom Interactions
    (marine holobiont functioning, chemical signaling and metabolic exchange, co-evolutionary dynamics, molecular adaptations, virus-host systems)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies of a Changing Ocean
    (ecological impact of ocean warming and acidification, invasive species, ecotoxicology)

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by April 22, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Program Format

Saturday Sunday
  • Introductory Comments: 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Introductory Science Session: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Poster Session I: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Evening Science Session: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • Morning Science Session: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Poster Session II: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Concluding Science Session: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Evaluation Period: 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Program for related GRC begins: 6:00 pm

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Marine Molecular Ecology" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Preliminary Program Outline

An outline of the program components for this GRS is displayed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program schedule, which will include the speakers they select from submitted abstracts, in addition to any additional components outlined below. The detailed program will be available by May 22, 2017. Please check back for updates.

Keynote Speaker

  • Rebecca Vega Thurber (Oregon State University, USA)
    "Tracking the Dynamic Roles of the Microbiome and Virome in 250 Million Years of Coral Evolution"


  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Discussion Leaders

  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Mentorship Component

"Succeeding in Marine Science: Present Challenges and Future Avenues"

  • Jed Fuhrman (University of Southern California, USA)
    "Where Marine Microbiology Is Going and Advice on How to Get There"
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