In May 2012 HYDRA hosted an international workshop in the framework of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) "SYMBIOMICS - Molecular Ecology and Evolution of Bacterial Symbionts" on the invitation of project coordinator Prof. Dr. Nicole Dubiler from the Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (Bremen/Germany). The concept of the workshop was to bring together specialists in the field of marine symbioses and related topics as marine biogeochemistry, meiobenthology, invertebrate ecology, modeling, and shallow-water in-situ research with students of the ITN in a field trip atmosphere. The transfer of knowledge amongst all participants was especially favored through group projects on various topics. Each of the senior scientists had prepared a teaching unit about their special field and a proposal for experiments during the workshop. The student participants formed work groups and followed one or two of the projects, always also being in contact with the other projects running at the same time. A large part of the workshop consisted in in-situ observations and sampling while snorkelling or SCUBA diving, the processing of samples in the laboratories and the setup of experiments with an explorative and rather playful approach. As the number of teaching faculty equaled the number of students the coaching was very intense and both students and faculty agreed that the progress and outcome of the single projects was astonishing for the short time given. Another aspect of the workshop was that senior scientists could explore new fields together with their colleagues with the participation of the students. Every evening there was a meeting on the HYDRA terrace where there was a brief update on the ongoing experiments and round-table discussions on selected questions of marine symbiosis research.
More information about the Marie Curie Initial Training Network "SYMBIOMICS - Molecular Ecology and Evolution of Bacterial Symbionts" you find here.
(back) Dirk de Beer (MPI Bremen), Adrien Assié (MPI Bremen), Sten König (UPM Guadeloupe), Julia Klose (Uni Vienna), Mario Schimak (Uni Vienna), Jessika Füssel (MPI Bremen), Kamil Szafranski (UPM Paris), Niko Leisch (Uni Vienna), Lubos Polerecky (MPI Bremen),
(middle) Boris Unger (HYDRA), Andi Eich (HYDRA/Uni Bremen), Olav Giere (Uni Hamburg), Miriam Weber (HYDRA), Nicole Dubilier (MPI Bremen), Juliane Wippler (MPI Bremen), Alejandro Manzano Marin (Uni Valencia), Chuck Fisher (Penn State Uni), Judith Zimmermann (MPI Bremen), Flavia Viana (Uni Aarhus), Ruby Priyadarshini Ponnudarai (Uni Greifswald), Stefan Heiden (Uni Greifswald), Ulrike Pfreundt (HYDRA/Uni Freiburg), Harald Gruber-Vodicka (MPI Bremen), Christoph Schmidt (HYDRA/Uni Potsdam), Cécilia Wentrup (MPI Bremen), Jörg Ott (Uni Vienna), Dan Distel (Ocean Genome Legacy), Frank Stewart (Georgia Tech), Ulrike Minzlaff (HYDRA/Uni Potsdam),
(front) Andrea Werner (HYDRA), Hanna Kuhfuß (HYDRA/Uni Freiburg), Rachel Foster (MPI Bremen), Matthias Schneider (HYDRA), Manuel Kleiner (MPI Bremen), Christian Lott (HYDRA). Missing: Stephan Pfannschmidt (HYDRA).