More than 200 scientists from around the world focused on harmful algal bloom research and innovation will be at The University of Toledo next week for the 12th International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria.
Registration for the five-day event targeting water quality is closed, but media are invited to the opening address 6 p.m. Sunday, May 22, in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.
Dr. Wayne Carmichael, a professor emeritus in biological sciences at Wright State University who tackles management, mitigation, remediation and prevention of harmful cyanobacteria in municipal and recreational water supplies, will give the opening address, titled “A Paradigm for Preventing CyanoHABs.”
“The first International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria was held in Dayton, Ohio, in 1980 and was organized by Dr. Wayne Carmichael, a pioneer in the field,” said Dr. Thomas Bridgeman, professor of ecology and director of the UToledo Lake Erie Center. “Over the past 30 years, the conference has been held every three years in venues all over the world. This year we are proud to return the conference to Ohio and host it here in Toledo, a hotbed of harmful algal bloom research and innovation. We are honored to welcome Dr. Carmichael as our opening speaker and look forward to a week of presentations from international researchers on the growing global problem of harmful algal blooms.”
Toledo was selected at the previous conference in Poland to host the 2022 event based in part on its regional research expertise in this field of study and the intense interest in harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.
The conference, which runs through Friday, May 27, in the Thompson Student Union, will feature recent findings from leading academic and industry researchers and include interactive sessions and discussions with experts. Graduate student participants also will present their work and have the opportunity to network with international peers and future colleagues to promote active scientific exchange and communication.
The conference is organized by researchers and faculty from UToledo, Ohio State University, Bowling Green State University, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, University of Windsor and Environment Canada.
To view the full schedule of presentations and regional excursions, go to the event website.