Tara Oceans: Conference at la Maison des Océans and Live Tweet with the researchers involved

© C.Sardet/Tara Expéditions

2 june 2015

Please join us on Tuesday, 2 June 2015 in Paris, to hear from the researchers who have explored the world’s oceans on the Tara Expeditions research vessel.

The conference:

Tara Expeditions collaborates with researchers to organise global scientific voyages to explore the biodiversity, evolution and ecology of marine plankton and to investigate how they are impacted by changes in the Earth’s climate. At this unique event, we will present the first scientific results about samples that were collected from the world’s oceans during the Tara Oceans expedition (2009-2013), highlighting the many resources that have been made publicly available for the scientific community to explore.

Practical informations:
Place: Maison des Océans, 195 rue St-Jacques, 75005 Paris
Register here to participate

The Live-Tweet:

For the first time, we give you the opportunity to ask all your questions to the researchers involved in the Tara Oceans mission!
If you want to know more about plankton and Ocean biodivertisty, submit questions on Twitter with the hashtag #TaraOceans or on our dedicated Facebook event.
Tuesday, from 1:30pm to 2pm (UTC+1), Romain Troublé, Eric Karsenti, Chris Bowler and Françoise Gaill are meeting to answer your questions!

Programme of the day:

  • 09:00–09:30 : Registration
  • 09:30–11:00 : Welcome

– Opening address (10 mins)
– History of the project: Eric Karsenti
– The Tara perspective: Romain Troublé
– The CNRS perspective: Francoise Gaill
– The CEA perspective: Patrick Wincker
– The NSF perspective: Mike Sieracki

  • 11:00–11:30 : Break for refreshment
  • 11:30–12:40 : Overview of current research

– Chris Bowler, IBENS, Paris: Introduction
– Jennifer Brum, University of Arizona, USA: Global ocean viral communities
– Shinichi Sunagawa, EMBL, Germany: The global ocean microbiome
– Colomban de Vargas, SB-Roscoff, France: Eukaryotic plankton diversity in the ocean

  • 12:40–14:00 : Break for lunch
  • 13:30-14:00 : Live-Tweet
  • 14:00–15:40 : Current research, continued

– Jeroen Raes, VIB Leuven, Belgium: The global ocean interactome
– Daniele Iudicone, Stazione Zoologica Napoli, Italy: Influence of Agulhas Rings on plankton transport between Indian and Atlantic Oceans

Work in the pipeline:
– Tara Oceans and NASA: Emmanuel Boss, University of Maine, USA
– Tara in the Arctic: Guillaume Massé, TAKUVIK, Quebec, Canada, and Lee Karp-Boss, University of Maine, USA
– Radiolarians, elusive stars of the ocean: Fabrice Not, SB-Roscoff, France
– Predicting carbon export using plankton ecological networks: Lionel Guidi, Obsérvatoire Océanlogique de Villefranche and UPMC, France

  • 15:40–16:10 Break for refreshment
  • 16:10–18:00 : Perspectives

– Marine genomics in the 21st century: Eddy Rubin, Joint Genome Institute, USA
– Oceanography in the 21st century: Ginger Armbrust, University of Washington, USA
– Marine microbial ecology in the 21st century: Jed Fuhrman, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

Round table discussion: The future of Tara Oceans, animated by Eddy Rubin, Ginger Armbrust, Jed Fuhrman and Eric Karsenti of EMBL, Germany

Closing address