Key Dates:

Call for Papers
Summer 2008

Abstract Submittal Deadline
3 October 2008

Authors Notified,
Student Travel Grant Recipients Notified
December 2008 

Schedule Posted
January 2009

25-30 January 2009

Meeting Sponsors

Sponsored by ASLO, Advancing the Science of Limnology and Oceanography

ASLO is the leading professional organization for researchers and educators in the field of aquatic science, fostering a diverse, international scientific community that creates, integrates and communicates knowledge across the full spectrum of aquatic science. 

Local supporting research institutions

Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV - Villefranche Oceanography Laboratory)

The Villefranche Oceanography Laboratory (LOV) is a research unit of the Pierre & Marie Curie University (Paris 6) and French CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique). It has a permanent staff of 50-55 CNRS researchers, faculty members, engineers and technicians, and a total of 40-50 PhD students, postdocs and soft-money engineers. Fields of research are: biological, chemical and physical oceanography; marine optics and remote sensing; geochemistry and biogeochemistry; plankton biodiversity and physio-ecology. LOV is located in Villefranche-sur-Mer (between Nice and Monaco) in historical 17th century naval buildings.

Director: Louis Legendre ( - Web site:

Centre Scientifique de Monaco (CSM - Scientific Centre of Monaco)

The Scientific Centre of Monaco (CSM), a Monegasque public establishment founded in 1960 by Prince Rainier III to carry on the work of his great-grandfather Prince Albert I, is a cutting-edge institution involved in basic research on coral biology. It has, for nearly 20 years, undertaken research recognized the world over in the biology of coral ecosystems. Its originality lies in the development of culturing in controlled conditions of reef-building corals, the main inhabitants of these ecosystems. These studies are conducted in the laboratory using ultramodern methods in ecology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

Director: Denis Allemand ( - Web site:

IAEA Marine Environment Laboratory (IAEA-MEL)

The IAEA Marine Environment Laboratory (IAEA-MEL) in Monaco was established in 1961 as part of the IAEA's Department of Research and Isotopes and is the only marine laboratory within the UN system. Its unique nature means that, besides carrying out an IAEA-focused core programme, IAEA-MEL is designed to respond to regular requests for technical assistance from other UN agencies and programmes, e.g. UNEP, IOC (UNESCO), FAO, WHO and WMO. Nevertheless, the promotion of nuclear and isotopic techniques and the improved understanding of marine radioactivity continue to be central to the laboratory's work.

Contact: Maria Betti ( - Web site:

Laboratoire de Biologie du Développement (BioDev - Developmental Biology Laboratory)

The Laboratory of Developmental Biology (BioDev), located within the Observatoire Océanologique in Villefranche-sur-Mer, is jointly operated by the University Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris 6) and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). There are currently 13 CNRS research scientists, 13 support staff, and a dozen graduate students, postdocs and visitors. BioDev comprises 6 research groups studying at the cellular and molecular levels the developmental mechanisms of marine animals, including sea urchin, ascidians and cnidarians. Research topics include fertilization, developmental determinants, cell motility, cell specification and differentiation, pattern formation, embryonic axis formation, intercellular signalling, transcriptional regulation and morphogenesis.

Director: Christian Gache ( Web site:

Laboratoire d'Ecologie des Ecosystèmes Marins et Réponses aux Stress (ECOMERS - Ecology of Marine Ecosystems and Responses to Stress)

ECOMERS (Ecology of Marine Ecosystems and Responses to Stress) is a research unit of the Nice-Sophia Antipolis University. Fields of research are: marine ecology, marine protected areas, integrated coastal zone management, population genetics, physiology of symbiosis, and ecotoxicology. It has, for nearly 20 years, undertaken research recognized the world over in the ecology of Mediterranean littoral areas.

Director: Patrice Francour ( - Web site: