The 18th International Conference on Harmful Algae will take place from October 21-26, 2018 in Nantes, France. This will be the second ICHA in France. A major goal of the 2018 conference will be to connect the science on harmful algae with the beneficiaries of this research. The scientific program will include topics such as Harmful Algae Biology and Toxins, Surveillance and Management of Harmful Algal Blooms, and impacts of HABs on the Socio-ecosystem.
There will be two HAB-specific sessions at the upcoming ASLO summer meeting in Victoria, CDN: (1) Crossing disciplinary boundaries across the freshwater-marine continuum to advance the understanding of HABs and (2) Cyanobacterial and algal metabolites: occurrence, ecology, prediction, and management. In addition, a special tribute session will be held in honor of Ted Smayda. The session organizers invite submissions in this area that reflect any impact or influence he had on your work.
The 11th International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria will be held in Kraków, Poland, from May 5-10, 2019.
The Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA), with support from NOAA, is offering the second annual U.S. training course on the identification of harmful algae in the U.S. marine waters. The course will be held August 12-22, 2018 at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Research and Education campus in East Boothbay, ME. It is anticipated that this course will be offered in 2019, so there are additional opportunities to take advantage of this training program.
This course is aimed at participants who have some years of practical experience in identification of microalgae. The deadline for applications is 1 April 2018.
Websites and Resources
Harmful Algae News, February 2018
The CDC recently launched a reporting system for harmful algal blooms, as well as a new website with important information for both health officials and the public. The One Health Harmful Algal Bloom System (OHHABS) collects data on harmful algal blooms and associated human and animal illness. This voluntary reporting system is accessible to state and territorial public health partners. OHHABS is an example of One Health surveillance. One Health is an approach that recognizes that human, animal, and environmental health are interconnected, and that human health, animal health, and environmental health communities can more effectively address many linked health challenges by working together. The new Harmful Algal Bloom website provides information about harmful algal blooms and associated illnesses for the general public, including ways that people can protect themselves, their families and their pets.