The C3 annual colloquium series was established in 2015 to bring together highly focussed research communities as a forum for collaboration to share the latest research and debate future research directions. The theme of the second C3 colloquium, held from 7 – 9 December 2016 in the Frank Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing building, was Algae-bacteria interactions. The goal of this colloquium was to discuss new developments and fruitful paths of investigation to tease apart the ecological ties between two of the most fundamentally important groups of aquatic organisms.
The colloquium hosted a total of 76 attendees, with 36% of participants coming from North America, Europe, the UK, and other Australian universities and research organisations. Colloquium participants were fortunate to see plenary presentations by some of the foremost researchers in this field, including Shady Amin from NYU Abu Dhabi, Roman Stocker from ETH Zurich, Suhelen Egan from UNSW, David Green from the Scottish Marine Institute, Irene Wagner-Dobler from the Helmolz Institute in Germany, and Chris Bolch from the University of Tasmania.
“We were really fortunate to host an amazing group of international invited speakers, who really are the world leaders in the field of algae-bacteria interactions. We could not have hoped for a more prestigious group of speakers”, said Justin Seymour, co-host of the Colloqium.
“I really enjoyed the plenary talks” said Jennifer Clark, PhD candidate in C3. “They were exciting and helped introduce me to new interesting fields of research”.
In addition to the invited seminars, 15 additional talks were presented by students and researchers, coming from a range of local, inter-state and international institutes.
“One of the aspects of the colloquium we really paid attention to, was giving early career researchers an opportunity to present their data” said Martina Doblin, co-host of the meeting.
The continued success of the C3 Colloquium and growing number of participants from both Australia and abroad augers well for the 2017 C3 Colloquium - AQUAFLUOII, scheduled for December 4 - 8 where the focus will be Chlorophyll Fluorescence in Aquatic Sciences.