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Early Career and Graduate Student Workshop at ICoN5


The DK+ co-organised and sponsored the 5th International Conference on Nitrification and Related Processes, which took place in Vienna from 23-27 July, 2017. The ICoN meetings are the premier biennial opportunity for sharing scientific research related to nitrification, links between nitrification and other processes of the global nitrogen and other elemental cycles, and applications of insights from fundamental science to technical and environmental systems.

The conference chairs for this meeting were Holger Daims, Christa Schleper, and Michael Wagner, while the DK+ students (Anna Mueller, Barbara Bayer) and the DK+ coordinator (Melina Kerou) co-organised the Early Career and Graduate Student Workshop, a satellite event dedicated to young scientists. The majority of the DK+ students had the opportunity to present their work in oral or poster presentations and network with the nitrification community.

More information can be found on the conference website and below. 


The DK+ students at ICoN5 in Vienna

Early Career and Graduate Student Workshop

Sunday, July 23

8:00 – 9:00 am


9:00 – 9:15 am

Welcome and opening remarks

9:15 – 10.15 am

Session 1: Ecology and Microbial Interactions

Session chairs: Anna Müller and Ryan Bartelme

9:15 – 9.35 am

Brett Mellbye (Oregon State University, USA). Quorum sensing during nitrification: who's talking now?

9:35 – 9.55 am

Barbara Bayer (University of Vienna, Austria). Comparative proteomics of three Nitrosopumilus species and their interaction with a heterotrophic Alphaproteobacterium

9:55 – 10.15 am

Justyna Hampel (Wright State University, USA). Water column ammonium dynamics and cyanobacterial blooms in two large, eutrophic, freshwater lakes: Lake Taihu (China) and Lake Okeechobee (Florida)

10:15 – 10:30 am

Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:30 am

Session 2: Physiology and Biochemistry

Session chairs: Melina Kerou and Johanna Wiesinger

10:30 - 10:50 am

Michael Melcher (University of Vienna, Austria). Physiology and metabolic predictions of a thermophilic Thaumarchaeon

10:50 - 11:10 am

Gayathri Natarajan (SCELSE, Singapore). Concurrent production and oxidation of ammonia from hydroxylamine by 'Ca. Brocadia'

11:10 - 11:30 am

Xin Sun (Princeton University, USA). Dependence of nitrite oxidation on nitrite and oxygen in low oxygen seawater

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Career Talk by Josh Neufeld (University of Waterloo, Canada)

12:00 - 1:00 pm


1:00 - 2:00 pm

Session 3: Engineering and Applied Science

Session chairs: Chris Lawson and Logan Hodgskiss

1:00 - 1:20 pm

Jeseth Delgado Vela (University of Michigan, USA). The impact of sulfide on nitrification: implications for nitritation processes

1:20 - 1:40 pm

Linda Hink (University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom). The consequences of ammonia oxidizer niche specialization for mitigation of nitrous oxide emissions

1:40 - 2:00 pm

Chiara Ilgrande (University of Gent, Belgium). Successful nitrification and organics oxidation in urine with a synthetic microbial community: a key enabler for bioregenerative life support in space

2:00 - 3:30 pm

Poster session

3:30 - 4:00 pm

Career Talk by Bess Ward (Princeton University, USA)

4:00 - 4:10 pm

Closing remarks

4:15 pm

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