International Conference on Holobionts

Publié le 20 jan 2017
Par Cecile Marechal

International Conference on Holobionts

April 19-21, 2017

Paris (Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle)

It is becoming increasingly clear that the development, nutrition, physiology and health of most organisms are influenced by the complex microbial communities they host, that shape their ecology and evolution.

Biology is indeed undergoing a paradigm shift, where individual phenotypes are seen as a result of the combined expression of the host and associated microbe genomes, leading to the popularization of notions of the holobiont (the host and its microbiota) and the hologenome (the collective genomes of a holobiont).

Ecological and technical advances, especially in next generation sequencing technologies, have greatly contributed to this conceptual shift, thereby revealing the diversity and roles of the microbes hosted by diverse organisms, from people and plants, to sponges and insects. The scientific community has now recognized that the host organisms cannot be studied without taking resident microbiomes into account, making holobiont research imperative across numerous fields of the life and medical sciences.

The objective of the International Conference on Holobionts, Paris 2017 is for the first time, bring scientists together who are interested holobiont systems and their study.

This conference will highlight major advances in defining the key roles of host-borne microbiota in the ecology and evolution of higher organisms and the potential implications for human health, food production and ecosystem functioning. In addition, the conference will offer a platform for debate related to the definition, assembly and evolution of holobionts. By bringing a range of holobiont researchers together, the International Conference on Holobionts seeks to help consolidate the field, facilitate exchange across systems and approaches and stimulate future development in this emerging field.

Information and Registration

Deadline: Jan. 31, 2017

Scientific program
This conference will address the following topics:
1.      Holobionts and evolution
2.      Emerging approaches to holobiont research
3.      Microbiota and host health
4.      Mechanisms for holobiont assembly
5.      Metabolic interactions between host and microbiota
For each topic, we encourage oral and poster communications on holobiont systems from different perspectives including theoretical, empirical, fundamental and applied researches.

Keynote speakers
Joël Doré (INRA Jouy, France)
Lucia Pita Galan (Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany)
Thierry Heulin (CEA Cadarache, France)
Nancy Moran (University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA)
Jeroen Raes (Vrije Universiteit, Brussel, Belgium)
Eugene Rosenberg (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Paul Schulze-Lefert (Max Planck Institute Koln, Germany)
Kevin Theis (Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Practical aspects
This conference will last 2.5 days, from April 19th 1:30 p.m. to April 21st 4 p.m. It will take place right in the center of Paris, in the heart of “Quartier Latin” in the prestigious Grand Amphithéâtre of the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle ( Note that for space constraints, we won’t be able to take more than 300 registrations so that registrations will be accepted on first-come first-served basis. Registration will open by November 25, 2016 and be closed by January 31, 2017 (please, register online at

Organizing institutions:
CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique), MNHN (Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle).
This conference is a joint initiative of GDR Génomique Environnementale ( and INRA Métaprogramme MEM

Scientific committee:
Bourguet-Kondracki Marie-Lise (CNRS, MNHN Paris), Bourtzis Kostas (FAO/IAEA, Vienna, Austria), Buée Marc (INRA Nancy, France), Faure Denis (CNRS Orsay, France), Heulin Thierry (CNRS Marseille, France), Joly Dominique (CNRS Paris, France), Kowalchuk George (Utrecht University, The Netherlands), Marchesi Julian (Imperial College, UK), Médigue Claudine (CNRS Genoscope Evry, France), Mougel Christophe (INRA Rennes, France), Selosse Marc-André (MNHN Paris), Simon Jean-Christophe (INRA Rennes, France), Vandenkoornhuyse Philippe (University Rennes 1, France).

Organizing committee:
Blondel Géraldine (INRA Rennes), Bourguet-Kondracki Marie-Lise (MNHN Paris), Faure Denis (CNRS Orsay), Gauthier Jean-Pierre (INRA Rennes), Joly Dominique (CNRS Paris),
Le Gall Line (MNHN Paris), Lecointre Guillaume (MNHN Paris), Mougel Christophe (INRA Rennes), Nadan Patricia (INRA Rennes), Sélosse Marc-André (MNHN Paris), Simon Jean-Christophe (INRA Rennes).