March 3rd, 2018

What are speedtalks?
Speedtalks are a way to convey your passion about your (diatom) topic in ANY WAY YOU WANT.
Either talk, present, rhyme, dance, relate, describe, paint, do a micro-stand up... about a topic concerning diatoms in under 3 minutes. It is a fun way to explain your research (or other stuff about diatoms that you are anxious to share), and you can win fun prizes!
Any of you that were at Quebec know, how fun these presentations can be.

If we have whetted your appetite and you think you would want to do this fun activity in the International Diatom Symposium, please, subscribe here

If you are interested, but want more information, please write to

February 28th, 2018
Dear young diatomists,

  • March 15th 2018: End of Early Bird Registration
  • April 1st 2018: End of Abstract Submission
  • May 1st 2018: End of subscription to Workshops and Speedtalk session
January 29th, 2018

Dear young diatomists,

As you may already know, we have been organizing a workshop day at the end of the International Diatom Symposium in Berlin (June 30th). As you voted, the topics that will be taught are:

  • In the morning:
    • How to publish and review a paper, by Eileen Cox
    • DNA Taxonomy, by Edward Theriot and David G. Mann
  • In the afternoon:
    • Ecology and Bioindication, by Maria Kahlert and Rosa Trobajo
    • Paleoecology and Statistics, by Suzanne McGowan and TBA.

We have already prepared a way for you to inscribe to our workshop, via the Google Form (form above). Please feel free to register to those 2 workshops that you feel most interested by.  Keep in mind, that the workshops will be given in parallel sessions, so that you will not be able to attend to the two that take place simultaneously either in the morning or the afternoon. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Young Diatomists core team.

We will be happy to count on you for the workshops!

January 20th, 2018

Dear fellow young diatomists!

Are you considering to go to the International Diatom Symposium in Berlin? Don’t leave it too late, you can apply for a Student Travel Award (up to 1000 Euro and free conference fees!!) until the 1st of February!

Grants apply for bachelor and master students, doctoral students and early postdocs.

What you need to do is the following: Sending… 

  • An Abstract of your presentation (TALK) to be held at the Conference
  • A description of your current work including a list of your publications, your current employment status and any other relevant information (for example research collaboration) as well as your motivation to attend the IDS 2018
  • Your contact details (postal and email address)
  • A financial statement, which should list the total costs (in Euro) of your travel to Berlin
  • Short statement of your supervisor or one referee

.... via email attachment by 1 February 2018 to the congress office (

For further information see the Student Travel Award webpage.


December 7th, 2017

Activities at the IDS for young diatomists (funding possibilities):

  1. Get together on Tuesday evening. Icebreaker and presentation of our group with free drink and nibbles, afterwards an informal excursion and supper to experience the Berlin nightlife.
  2. Speed talk session on Thursday. Attending young diatomists (Bachelor, Master and Predoc/PhD students) can participate with creative 2-3 minute presentations on any diatom topic that tickles their fancy. This presentation needs no abstract. It’s an open competition with prizes, so have fun designing a different short lecture.
  3. The election of the new Early Career Researcher (ECR) Representative will take place after the Speed talks (also Thursday). Any early career scientist (Pre- and Postdoc) is welcome as a candidate for the job, to be elected as the representative for the 2 year period. If you are not going to the IDS, but would like to be a candidate anyway, please contact us until May 31st (contact).
  4. Post-conference workshops on Saturday, June 30th, as the topics selected were:
    1. Ecology and bioindication
    2. Palaeoecology (statistics)
    3. How to publish a paper
    4. DNA and taxonomy
Two parallel workshops will take place in the Botanisches Museum (close to the venue), in two sessions in the morning and afternoon. The workshops will be free, so please, remember to register for the workshops in advance! We will provide more information about how to register and workshop lecturers and schedules as soon as we have it.

November 6th, 2017

The final results of our poll are up! 46 young diatomists participated in the poll. We were selecting a maximum of 4 workshops, and due to your votes, we have chosen:
  1. Ecology and Bioindication, with 27 votes
  2. Taxonomy, with 19 votes. Due to DNA-taxonomy being very close in votes (17), we will try to also honour it by adding it to the workshop.
  3. A tie with 18 votes:
    1. Paleoecology
    2. How to publish a paper
We still would like to count on your support, since we'd like to cater to your specific needs. Do you have someone in mind that could be the perfect teacher for the workshop? Then, please contact us through with your suggestions!

Here you are the results (votes > 10):

September 22nd, 2017

Hello again!

To this date our poll on the workshop subjects at the International Diatom Symposium has been taken by 36 participants and a deadline has now been added. Until October 31st the polls will remain open so that you can vote the workshops of your choice. In the meantime, the 8 preferred subjects will be added to this blog, so that you can directly vote from here. If your subject of choice is not listed, try the link, it may be there.
Think about whether you want to participate at the workshops in Berlin and what you would like to have a workshop on. The preliminary results are:


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