Keynote speakers

Sandra Brucet
ICREA and University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia

A key focus of my research is the response of aquatic ecosystems and their biodiversity to global changes, particularly the combination of climate change with other anthropogenic stressors such as eutrophication. I am also interested in the study of the body size structure of aquatic organisms and its relationship with ecosystem functioning and environmental change. My research includes the whole trophic structure and I use complementary approaches (experiments, latitudinal comparisons, theoretical ecology).

At the 5th FBFW meeting, I will talk about “Ecological impacts of global warming and water abstraction on freshwater ecosystems.”


Pavel Hrouzek
Institute of Microbiology, Centre Algatech, Czech Academy of Sciences, Třeboň, Czech Republic

My research concerns primarily cyanobacterial secondary metabolites, which are known to be toxic to humans and/or possess antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and anticancer activities.  I am the head of the Laboratory of Algal Biotechnology at the Institute of Microbiology CAS. Our work consists of the detection and analysis of bioactive cyanobacterial compounds using high-performance liquid chromatography in tandem with high-resolution mass spectrometry, and tests of pharmacological and toxicological effects of cyanobacterial metabolites on human cell lines in vitro.

At the 5th FBFW meeting, I will talk about synthesis of secondary metabolites, their cytotoxic activity against cancer cells, and also about newly discovered compounds and standardized screening established in our lab.


Ramiro Logares-Haurie
Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC) in Barcelona

I investigate natural populations of microbes with the final aim of increasing our understanding of the links between microbial life and the functioning of ecosystems.  My research occurs in the interface between microbial molecular ecology, molecular evolution and computational biology. I combine multiple omics techniques (e.g. genomics, metagenomics, single-cell genomics) with bioinformatics and High-Performance computing to answer questions with scientific and societal relevance. My career started in 2003 at the Aquatic Ecology unit, Lund University, Sweden, where I got a PhD degree in Limnology & Marine Ecology in 2007. Afterwards, I moved to Uppsala University, Sweden, where I did a Post-Doc (2008-2010) at the Department of Ecology and Genetics (Limnology). After obtaining the Marie Curie fellowship, I moved, in 2010, to the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC) in Barcelona, where I continue now as a Ramón y Cajal fellow.

At the 5th FBFW meeting, I will present results from our research on the genomics of uncultured microbial eukaryotes, based in single-cell genomics and metagenome-assembled genomes. 


Arnaud Sentis
University of Toulouse, Toulouse, France.

I am a behavioral ecologist and evolutionary biologist who combine theoretical models and empirical data to understand and predict how biotic and abiotic stresses affect individual phenotype, species interactions and evolution. I am particularly interested in the impacts of global changes (e.g. temperature, enrichment) on individual life history traits, transgenerational epigenetic inheritance, species interactions, and adaptation. I currently hold a postdoctoral position at the University of Toulouse III (France) as a TULIP Fellow, a PRESTIGE Fellow and a Marie Curie Fellow

At the 5th FBFW meeting, I will talk about “Symptoms, acclimation, and adaptation to thermal stress: implication for species and their interactions.” 


Biology Centre CAS
Institute of Hydrobiology
Na Sádkách 702/7
370 05 České Budějovice

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