Travel fellowships for Volvox 2019

Volvox 2019 logo

Registration for the Fifth International Volvox Conference (July 26-29, 2019) will open next month, but meanwhile there are several opportunities for students and postdocs to apply for financial help. The newest of these (and the one with the nearest deadline) is a set of five travel awards from the Kato Memorial Bioscience Foundation:

Funding from the Kato Memorial Bioscience Foundation for five travel awards for overseas (i.e. non-Japanese) students (PhD, Masters, undergraduates) and postdocs for Volvox 2019, 26-29 July, Tokyo is now available. Travel awards are 50,000 yen per person (~$500 US) and will be distributed at the Volvox 2019 registration desk by the local organizers, on 26 July 2019.
Applicants are required to submit a pdf file of the completed application form (download here) to Volvox2019 Office (E-mail: volvox2019 (at) by February 20, 2019. Five awardees will be chosen based on their abstract and need for financial support. The successful applicants will be informed by March 1, 2019. Travel receipts must be submitted to the local organizers at the conference to be eligible for reimbursement.

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Travel grants for Volvox 2019

Volvox 2019 logo

The Fifth International Volvox Conference will be July 26-29, 2019 at the University of Tokyo Hongo campus. For past meetings, generous support from organizations such as the American Genetic Association, the Company of Biologists, Wellcome Trust, and the Phycological Society of America has allowed the organizing committee to award travel fellowships to students and postdocs. It’s not yet clear if that will be the case for next year’s meeting.

Stephanie Höhn has helpfully put together a list of outside travel grants available to students and/or postdocs, along with their deadlines and membership requirements:

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Volvox 2019 dates and location

The Fifth International Volvox Conference will be held at the University of Tokyo July 26-29, 2019, hosted by Professor Hisayoshi Nozaki. The tentative schedule is as follows:

Friday 26 July 2019
Registration and welcoming reception and poster set up.

Saturday 27 July 2019
Oral session and Poster session

Sunday 28 July 2019
Oral session
Dinner party

Monday 29 July 2019
One day and/or half day trips to Volvox-field collection/algal culture collection at NIES etc. (not determined).

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Chlamy 2018 dates and venue announced

Chlamydomonas zygotes

The dates and location have been announced for the 18th International Conference on the Cell and Molecular Biology of Chlamydomonas:

The 18th International Conference on the Cell and Molecular Biology of Chlamydomonas will be held from June 17-21, 2018 in Washington DC. We look forward to seeing all of you there, so please keep those dates open. The venue will be the historic Carnegie Institution headquarters located in the heart of DC at 1530 P Street NW. To learn more about the venue go to More information will be posted concerning the conference over the next couple of months.

I’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.

AbGradCon 2018

AbGradCon 2018

AbGradCon is an astrobiology conference for graduate students and other early-career researchers. It is intended to provide

a unique setting for astrobiologically-inclined graduate students and early career researchers to come together to share their research, collaborate, and network,

and it’s coming to Georgia Tech next year.

AbGradCon 2018 will be hosted by Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. The conference venue and attendee lodging will be at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center. The Technical Program for AbGradCon 2018 runs from June 4-8, while the Proposal Writing Retreat (PWR) will be held on June 1-4.

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Volvox meeting posters

I thought I had already done this, but if so I can’t find it. Here are the full-resolution versions of all four Volvox meeting posters:

  • First International Volvox Meeting (Volvox 2011, Tucson, Arizona) pdf jpg
  • Second International Volvox Meeting (Volvox 2013, Fredericton, New Brunswick) pdf jpg
  • Third International Volvox Meeting (Volvox 2015, Cambridge, U.K.) pdf jpg
  • Fourth International Volvox Meeting (Volvox 2017, St. Louis, Missouri) pdf jpg (there wasn’t really a poster for this one; this is the cover of the abstract booklet)

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