68th Annual Meeting of the British Phycological Society
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The 68th British Phycological Society annual meeting was held in Plymouth (the UK’s ‘Ocean City’) 6–9 January 2020. The British Phycological Society is a charity devoted to the study of algae, it was founded in 1952 and is the largest in Europe. 

Four special sessions took place:

  • Hidden forests: the structure and function of macrophyte-dominated habitats and communities under natural variability and anthropogenic stress.
  • Algal interactions across the tree of life – from the open ocean to industrial applications.
  • Impact of climate change on marine and freshwater algae.
  • Algae as environmental indicators.

Professor Graham Underwood gave a Public Lecture at 4 pm on Wednesday 8 January. 

We were seeking submissions for oral presentations and posters from any area of phycology and are keen to encourage submissions by early career researchers (including PhD students). 

We very much enjoyed your participation in BPS 2020 and to welcoming you to Plymouth. 

Please note: This conference took place in January 2020 and registration is closed.

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Key dates

  • & Registration: opens 2 September, closes 19 December 2019
  • x Abstract submission deadline: 25 November 2019
  • @ Notification of acceptance: 2 December 2019
  • < Conference dates: Monday 6 – Thursday 9 January 2020

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The venue

About Plymouth 

Plymouth is located on the border between Devon and Cornwall on the south-west coast of England. The region is an area of outstanding natural beauty and amongst the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. Plymouth is a vibrant, compact city by the sea. The University and its facilities enjoy a central city location and thus is within walking distance of hotels and the famous Barbican and Hoe, boasting numerous fine restaurants and pubs, in a rich historical setting.

Conference venue

The University of Plymouth is located at the heart of the city, with excellent rail and road links. The campus boasts an extensive range of modern conference facilities including state of the art lecture theatres, exhibition venues and meeting and breakout rooms. The University of Plymouth are delighted to be hosting this year’s Annual Conference in our state of the art, flagship Roland Levinsky Building. With forward-looking teaching spaces it’s a striking focal point for the University and city alike, comprising lecture theatres, a gallery, a cinema and restaurant to giving a bright and modern event venue. All conference facilities within the Roland Levinsky Building are fully accessible.

The Organising Committee

Clare Widdicombe, Mike Allen, Mahasweta Saha from Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Colin Brownlee, Clare Ostle, Dan Smale, Gerald Boalch from the Marine Biological Association plus Lina Rasmusson and Jason Hall-Spencer from the University of Plymouth.

Mayflower 400

2020 commemorates the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's pioneering voyage to America in 1620. The University is working in partnership to commemorate this historic voyage.

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