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[Arthropod] DGC conference registration open

Luisa Orsini via arthropod%40net.bio.net (by luisa.orsini from bio.kuleuven.be)
Mon Nov 30 11:35:08 EST 2009

Can you please post the following ad for our upcoming conference?
thanks, Luisa Orsini

Daphnia Genomics Consortium (DGC) Meeting 2010

When: 26th through 30th of March, 2010
Where: Leuven, Belgium

Pre-registration and abstract submission is now open!

Early registration and abstracts submission deadline is January 15, 2010.

Please register early, because space is limited to 120 participants.

Dear colleagues and friends,

We are pleased to invite you to the DGC Meeting 2010.

The Daphnia Genomics Consortium (DGC) is an international network of
scientists with a common goal to foster the freshwater crustacean 
Daphnia as a premier model system for genomics in ecology, evolution and 
the environmental sciences.

This meeting aims to bring together the members of the consortium at
large, to facilitate the exchange of information on recent developments
and results obtained from the ongoing investigations into the genome
biology of Daphnia. Additionally, we welcome researchers working with
Daphnia who are not yet DGC participants and researchers working with
other model or non-model organisms in the field of ecological genomics.

The DGC meeting will have a significant impact on the future development 
of the research groups involved in the consortium. By this time, we will 
have finalized our initial investigations of the draft D. pulex genome 
sequence, and we will begin the work of exploring data obtained from the 
D. magna genome sequencing project. This upcoming meeting continues the 
tradition of also promoting collaborations between researchers working 
within related disciplines, including limnology, ecotoxicology, 
quantitative and population genetics, systematics, molecular biology and 
evolution, developmental biology, genomics and bioinformatics.

The meeting will have plenary lectures from keynote speakers in several
research fields related to Daphnia and other model organisms.
The symposia of our meeting will touch on several research topics:

   * Ecology and Evolutionary Genomics
   * Toxicology and Environmental Genomics of Natural and Human Stressors
   * Genotype by Environment Interactions
   * Comparative Genomics and Development
   * Gene Expression and Gene Function

Plan to also learn about the latest open source bioinformatic and
high-throughput research tools, including databases, expression and
genotyping microarrays, mapping panels for trait locus mapping, 
molecular genetic protocols and services.

The venue is at the five century-old Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, in
Belgium. Leuven is a beautiful medieval town that combines a rich
historical patrimonium with a cheerful, flourishing city culture and a
creative atmosphere for lively exchanges and debates.

We look forward to welcoming you in Leuven.

The local organization committee (Luc De Meester, Luisa Orsini, Ellen
Decaestecker, Kevin Pauwels, Mieke Jansen, Joost Vanoverbeke) and the
co-organizers Dries Knapen, Ronny Blust and Wim De Coen (University of 
Antwerp), Karel De Schamphelaere and Colin Janssen (University of Gent), 
Michael Pfrender (University of Notre Dame) and John Colbourne (Indiana 

on behalf of the committee

Dr Luisa Orsini
Laboratory of Aquatic Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven,
Ch. Deberiotstraat 32, 3000 Leuven, Belgium

Phone: +32 016323707
Fax: +32 016320771
e-mail luisa.orsini[at]bio.kuleuven.be

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