18 23 July 2021 Ended


Symbiosis in the Anthropocene era

The 10th Congress of the International Society of Symbiosis will be held in conjunction with the 3rd International Conference on Holobionts at the Palais des Congrès of Lyon (France) from July 18 to 23, 2021. This joint congress will provide a unique opportunity to present the most recent discoveries in the fields of symbiosis and holobiont research.

illustration Symbiosis in the Anthropocene era

The first symbiotic relationships were described in the 19th century. Nearly 150 years later, immense research efforts have highlighted that symbiotic relationships are ubiquitous and have particularly important ecological and evolutionary consequences. But considering individuals as holobionts, or ecosystems that combine host and symbiotic entities, is an on-going revolution.

Within this framework, the 10th Congress of the International Symbiosis Society will be held in conjunction with the 3rd edition of the International Conference on Holobionts at the Palais des Congrès of Lyon (France) from July 18 to 23, 2021.  During this meeting, special emphasis will be given to symbiosis in the Anthropocene era. Faced with the challenges generated by global upheavals, be they societal, medical, or environmental, it is essential to understand the impact of these changes on symbioses, and also to foresee how symbioses may make it possible to cope with these challenges in the future of our biosphere.

The programme has been designed to cover a wide range of fundamental and applied topics in current symbiotic and holobiotic research. Prestigious guest speakers at the forefront of research, working on various types of organisms (e.g., virus, bacteria, protists, invertebrates, plants and humans) will be present.

This major international meeting will be held in Lyon, the French capital of gastronomy and wine, a UNESCO World Heritage city, and the birthplace of cinema with the Lumière brothers. Along with the exciting scientific and social programmes, we expect to welcome between 500 and 700 participants, from more than 30 countries.

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Preliminary list of symposia
Symbiosis in Anthropocene 1 - One Health and the holobiont
Symbiosis in Anthropocene 2 - From susceptibility to resilience in global change
Symbiosis in Anthropocene 3 - Symbioses for alternative agricultures
Symbiosis in Anthropocene 4 - Symbiosis spreading to sociology, economy and philosophy
Coevolution in holobionts
Evolution of mutualistic associations: cooperation, cheating and competition
Symbiosis ecology: from ecosystem functioning to ecological networks
Development and symbiosis
Metabolic exchanges and gene networks in holobionts
Immunity and symbiosis
Symbiosis and behavior in animals and humans
Invertebrate symbionts: from endosymbiosis to animal farming
Plant holobiont: physiology, defense and applications for agriculture
Virus interactions in the holobionts
Marine holobionts: from littoral to deep sea
Photosymbioses: from lichens to xanthelles and plastids
Emerging tools and approaches to study symbiosis (omics, microscopy, field, modelling...)
Teaching symbiosis: methods and concepts

Keynote speakers (more to be announced soon)
Gabriele Berg, Graz, Austria  |  Paola Bonfante, Turin, Italy  |  Pieterse Corne, Utrecht, Netherlands  |  Joel Doré, Paris, France  |   Kevin Foster, Oxford, UK  |  Paolina Garbeva, Wageningen, Netherlands  |  Ute Hentschel, Kiel, Germany  |  Martin Kaltenpoth, Mainz, Germany  |  Michael Khul, Copenhagen, Denmark  |  Bruno Latour, Paris, France  |  Margaret McFall-Ngai, Hawaii, USA  |  Nancy Moran, Texas, USA  |  Siobhain O'Mahony, Cork, Ireland  |  Jillian Petersen, Vienna, Austria  |  Thomas Pradeu, Bordeaux, France  |  Forest Rohwer, San Diego, USA  |  Joel Sachs, Riverside, USA  |  Marc-André Selosse, Paris, France 

Steering committee
Federica Calevro | Feth el Zahar Haichar | Aziz Heddi | Natacha Kremer | François Lallier | Christophe Mougel | Laurence Mouton | Fabrice Not | Rita Rebollo | Marc-André Selosse | Jean-Christophe Simon | Claire Valiente-Moro | Fabrice Vavre | Anna Zaidman-Rémy