Ladies and gentlemen,

In December 2015, a national workshop entitled Biosciences in Antarctica was organized at the Masaryk University. Since the workshop met success and the participants suggested establishment of an annual event, we decided to organize similar meeting in 2016 with enlarged scope and international audience.

Therefore, it is our pleasure to invite you to Biosciences in Polar and Alpine Research, a workshop that will be held on November 23rd, 2016 at the Faculty of Science, University Campus Bohunice, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. General intention of the meeting is to provide a platform for data presentation, exchange of professional knowledge and formation of interdisciplinary approaches in polar research. Preliminary sections of the workshop comprise:

                 Polar and Alpine autotrophs, their ecophysiology and significance for functioning of ecosystems
      Polar and Alpine heterotrophic organisms – State of art and current questions in polar microbiology
      Physical, chemical factors forming Polar and Alpine environments – niches for biological colonization
      Ecology, physiology, molecular biology and genetics of Polar and Alpine animals
      Man and polar regions (expeditions, social life, education and popularization, outreaches, interlinks)

Main scope of the workshop is the application of short- and long-term monitoring in the field, as well as experimental biological work in a laboratory in recent polar research. Apart of interdisciplinarity of the meeting, our intention is to promote co-operation between particular teams working in the field of polar research. Last but not least, presentation of recent results of Czech and international polar science is main goal as well as promotion of professional information transfer to students and early career young scientists.

Please find details about participation and abstract/presentation guidelines at particular submenu at this web site. Deadline for abstract/paper submission is November 10th, 2016 (24:00). Preferred form of publication is a short communication (10 000 to 20 000 characters including spaces), however both abstract (1300 characters including spaces) or full paper (20 000 to 30 000 characters including spaces) will be accepted after peer review. All accepted contributions will be published in an international SCOPUS-indexed journal Czech Polar Reports (Vol. 6, No. 2, December 2016).

Workshop organizers