Molecular Life of Diatoms 7 

July 16 - 20, 2023 

San Diego, California, USA

Diatoms are single-celled photosynthetic eukaryotes found throughout aquatic ecosystems wherever there is sufficient light and nutrients. They are responsible for about twenty percent of global primary production. Diatom research has a rich history dating back to the eighteenth century when they were recognized for their beauty and ubiquity. Currently, diatoms are assuming increasingly important roles in bio-nanotechnology, biofuels, and nutraceuticals. Around twenty years ago, the era of diatom genome sequencing propelled expansion of the diatom scientific community.


As the community of researchers interested in molecular understanding of diatoms continued to expand and diversify, a new conference was initiated, specifically dedicated to the “Molecular Life of Diatoms” or MLD as it has become known. MLD1 was held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, in 2011. Since then, five biennial meeting have been held in different countries with great success and an increasing number of attendees, reflecting the growing community of diatom researcher and establish scientists from neighboring disciplines such as microbiology and plant sciences.


MLD meetings to date:

MLD1, Atlanta (2011),

MLD2, Paris (2013)

MLD3, Seattle (2015)

MLD4, Kobe, Japan (2017)

MLD5, Norwich, UK (2019)

MLD6, Virtual (San Diego), 2021

MLD7, San Diego, 2023

This year's meeting will include invited and contributed talks and poster sessions on the following topics: Ecology, Molecular Ecophysiology, Evolution, Biotechnology, Synthetic and Systems Biology, Cell Biology, and Biogeochemistry.

Registration Deadline:

15 May 2023 

Prices (+Fees): 

Students: $350

Academic: $450

Industry: $800

Virtual (Zoom): $20

Abstract Deadline: 

1 June 2023


Invited Speakers

Linda Armbrecht

University of Tasmania, AU

Gust Bilcke

Ghent University, BE

Pearse Buchanan

Carnegie Institution for Science, USA

Manon Demulder

University of Basel, CH

Angela Falciatore

French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)/Sorbonne University, FR

Maria Feofilova

ETH Zürich, CH

Junrong Liang

Xiamen University, CN

Luke Mackinder

University of York, UK

Aga Pinowska

Global Algae Innovations, USA

Helle Ploug

University of Gothenburg, SE

Manu Prakash

Stanford University, USA

Wade Roberts

University of Arkansas, USA

Tatiana Rynearson

University of Rhode Island, USA

Sarah Smith

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, San José State University, USA

Flora Vincent

European Molecular Biology Laboratory, DE

Organizing Committee


Andrew E. Allen

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego,& J. Craig Venter Institute, USA


Chris Bowler

Ecole Normale Supérieure, FR

Mariella Ferrante

Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn,IT

Bryndan Durham

University of Florida, USA

Thomas Mock

University of East Anglia, UK

Katherine Helliwell

University of Exeter & Marine Biological Association, UK

Hanhua Hu

Chinese Academy of Science, CN

Rob Lampe

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, USA

Yusuke Matsuda

Kwansei Gakuin University, JP

Eveline Pinsell

University of Arkansas, USA

Many thanks to Jackson Family Wines for their generous donation of Clifton-Brewer Diatom Wine.