Annual Meetings

The British Phycological Society has held an annual meeting within Britain and Ireland for many years, usually in the first weeks of January.

Our next meeting is being held in Plymouth within the beautiful setting of South West England (between 6-9th January 2020). There will be an evening registration and reception at the MBA on the 6 Jan 2020. The steering committee is Clare Widdicombe, Mike Allen, Mahasweta Saha from PML, Colin Brownlee, Clare Ostle, Dan Smale, Gerald Boalch from the MBA and Murray Brown, Lina Rasmusson and Jason Hall-Spencer from Plymouth University. Gregory Beaugrand has agreed to give a keynote: “Responses of phytoplankton to climate in the North Atlantic Ocean: past, present and future”.

Student Travel Awards are available to support student attendees, application deadlines 1 Sept 2019 and 1 Dec 2019.

During the meeting, the organisers will offer oral and poster presentations for both general and special sessions. A number of oral slots are reserved in advance to guarantee students the opportunity to present their research, and to compete for the £250 Irène Manton (1904-1988) Prize. There will also be a £150 prize for the best student poster.

The Guidelines and Assessment Criteria for the presentation and poster prizes can be viewed here.

Special Session

Convenors: Drs Dan Smale and Heidi Burdett

Hidden forests: the structure and function of macrophyte-dominated habitats and communities under natural variability and anthropogenic stress

Aquatic macrophytes (e.g. kelps, seagrasses, maerl, stoneworts, etc) often function as foundation species by providing extensive biogenic habitat that underpins high primary and secondary productivity and modulates environmental conditions. Macrophyte-dominated habitats are of significant ecological and socioeconomic value, yet the distribution and integrity of these systems is increasingly affected by a range of concurrent stressors, including physical disturbance, decreased water quality and climate change. This symposium will explore recent advances in our understanding of macrophyte-dominated habitats and communities, incorporating fundamental biology, ecological patterns and processes, biogeochemistry and management and conservation.  By sharing knowledge gained from diverse habitat-types and across biological scales, we aim to improve our collective understanding of the value and resilience of these critical habitats.  We invite submissions from those working on habitat-forming macrophytes in both freshwater and marine ecosystems.