Inaugural Meeting 2020 – Records

9th November, 2020 – Day 1

Speaker: ThankGod Ebenezer, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), UK.
Topic: Opening remarks: About the Euglena International Network (EIN) (slide, video).

Session 1: Basic Biology – Chair, Neil Hall

Speaker: Anna Karnkowska, University of Warsaw, Poland.
Topic: Euglenophyta classification, taxonomy, ecological and evolutionary diversity (abstract, video).
Speaker: Masami Nakazawa, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan.
Topic (flash presentation): Anaerobic ATP production coupled with fatty acid synthesis in Euglena mitochondria (abstract, video).
Speaker: Antonio DeSimone, Sissa, Italy.
Topic (flash presentation): Shape control in biology and engineering: lessons from the metaboly of Euglena gracilis (abstract, video).
Speaker: Harris A. Lewin, University of California, Davis, USA.
Topic (flash presentation): Earth biogenome project – progress and perspectives (abstract, video).
Speaker: Victoria Kennedy, Trent University, Canada.
Topic (flash presentation): Enhanced Euglena gracilis cadmium tolerance with elevated levels of sulfur and nitrogen (abstract, video).
Speaker: Mark C. Field, University of Dundee, UK.
Topic: Nuclear genome, Euglena multi-omics sequencing – what we learned? (abstract, video)

Session 2: Basic Biology, Evolution, Ecology and EnvironmentChair, Anna Karnkowska

Speaker: Takahiro Ishikawa, Shimane University, Japan.
Topic: Biochemistry and physiology of Euglena (abstract, video).
Speaker: Sergio A. Guerrero, Instituto de Agrobiotecnologia del Litoral, Argentina.
Topic: Carbohydrate metabolism (abstract, video).
Speaker: Steven Schwartzbach, University of Memphis, USA.
Topic: Plastid genome (abstract, video).
Speaker: Zoltan Fussy, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic.
Topic (flash presentation): The cryptic plastid of Euglena longa defines a new type of non-photosynthetic plastids (abstract, video).
Speaker: Pierre Cardol, University of Liege, Belgium.
Topic (flash presentation): Mitochondrion and chloroplast biogenetics (abstract, video).
Speaker: Michael Hammond, Biology Centre CAS, Czech Republic.
Topic: Mitochondrial genome and evolution (abstract, video).

Session 3: Sequencing and Partnership FrameworkChair, Lucia Tomeckova

Speaker: Neil Hall, Earlham Institute, UK.
Topic: Ongoing sequencing efforts, biological dark matter in the Euglena world (abstract, video).
Speaker: Mark Blaxter, Sanger Institute Tree of Life Programme, UK.
Topic: The Tree of Life Programme at the Wellcome Sanger Institute (abstract, video).
Speaker: Paul Saary, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), UK.
Topic (flash presentation): Recovery of a near-complete Euglenozoa genome from metagenomic sequencing (abstract, video).
Speaker: Geoff Horst, Kemin Industries, USA.
Topic (flash presentation): Scale-up and commercialization of Euglena products (abstract, video).
Speaker: Nishadi De Silva, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), UK.
Topic: The Ensembl Protists browser at the EMBL-EBI (abstract, video).

10th November, 2020 – Day 2

Session 4: Translation and ExploitationChair, Kristína Záhonová

Speaker: Robert Field, University of Manchester, UK.
Topic: Carbohydrate metabolism (abstract, video).
Speaker: Paul Zimba, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, USA
TopicThe anti-carcinogenic properties of Euglena – case studies (abstract, video).
Speaker: Scott Farrow, Noblegen Inc., Canada.
Topic: Euglena in nutraceuticals (abstract, video).
Speaker: Kengo Suzuki, Euglena Co. Ltd., Japan.
Topic: Euglena in renewable jet and diesel fuels (abstract, video).

Session 5: Grand Challenges (GC) and future directionsChair, Mark C. Field

Basic Biology
GC Champions: Eric Linton, Central Michigan University, USA; Michael Ginger, University of Huddersfield, UK; Peter Myler, University of Washington, USA.
Topics: Surfaceome, mechanisms of gene expression, etc. (program, video).
GC Champions: Vladimir Hampl, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic; Hammond Michael
Postdoc, Biology Centre CAS, Czech Republic.
Topics: Endosymbiosis (plastid and mitochondria), parasitism, etc. (program, video).
Ecology and Environment
GC Champions: Jiangxi Wang, Shenzhen University, China; Kevin Tyler, University of East Anglia, UK; Wade Huang, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, USA.
Remediation and clean up, ecological diversity, etc. (program, video).
Translation and Exploitation
GC Champions: Geoff Horst, Kemin Industries, USA; Scott Farrow, Noblegen Inc., Canada; Paul Zimba, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, USA.
Topics: Anti-cancer, transfection, renewable fuels, nutraceuticals, scale-up production, etc. (program, video).

Summary of grand challenges discussed and wrap up

Ellis O’Neil, University of Nottingham, UK.
Ross Low, Earlham Institute, UK.
Topic: Highlight next step/s (video)

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