The Mini Symposium "Exploring the deepest and most mysterious regions of the ocean" was held at the Main Campus of the University of Concepcion, in Concepcion Chile on Friday, January 15th 2016.
Five international experts discussed the latest research on the deep ocean, from different perspectives.
The Program consisted of the following lectures:
Dr. Douglas Bartlett, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, United States, "Microbial Life in Pacific Ocean Hadal Trenches: Sampling Approaches and Assessments of Diversity and Function."
Dr. Ronnie Glud, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark, "Benthic Oxygen Dynamics - a Challenge in resolving spatial and temporal Scales."
Dr. Jake Bailey, University of Minnesota, United States, "Polyphosphate Metabolism: from Deep Time to the Deep Ocean."
Dr. Matthew Sullivan The Ohio State University, United States, "Viruses: the next Frontier in the Deep Sea (?)"
Gerhard Herndl University of Vienna, Austria, "Microbial Carbon Cycling in the dark Ocean: old Paradigms and recent Findings."
The Symposium was attended by the participants of the international course "Ecology and Diversity of Marine Microorganisms" (ECODIM) held at the Marine Station of the University of Concepcion, in Dichato. As an activity open to the scientific community we also welcomed faculty, post doctoral researchers, professionals and graduate and undergraduate students.
This academic activity was also transmitted via streaming and followed by over 300 scientists from 18 countries.
ECODIM is part of the activities of the Austral Summer Institute XVI (ASI XVI) organized by the Department of Oceanography and the COPAS Sur-Austral Program of the University of Concepcion, Chile.