Workshop-Symposia of the International Association for Cyanobacteria/Cyanophyte Research (IAC)

Founded 1959 by Edith Kann, Austria and Otto Jaag, Switzerland

IAC was started by a small group of phycologists participating at the 14th International Limnological Congress (SIL) in August 1959. Austrian phycologist, Dr. Edith Kann organized a special boat trip on the lake Traunsee during the postcongressional excursion. In the midst of a discussion about the need of coordinated effort in dealing with ecology and taxonomy of cyanophytes, Prof.Dr. Otto Jaag of EAWAG/ETH Institute in Zurich, Switzerland invited the group to meet at the then newly constructed Hydrobiological Laboratory in Kastanienbaum on lake Luzern as participants of a Symposium-Workshop (Arbeitssymposium). Thus started a tradition of IAC-symposia that now meet every 3 years in late July or August hosted by Institutions in different countries. They usually last a week with added pre- and postsymposial field trips. The first symposia took place in Katanienbaum, Switzerland (1-1960; 2-1961; 3-1963; 4-1966; 5-1969; 6-1972), in Lednice, Czechoslovakia (7-1976); Kastanienbaum (8-1979, 9-1983), Athens, Greece (10-1986), Ploen, Germany (11-1989), Sweden (12-1992); Rome, Italy (13-1995), Finnland (14-1998), Barcelona, Spain (15-2001); Luxembourg (16-2004); Merida, Mexico (17-2007) Ceské Budejovice (Budweis), Czech Republic (18-2010) . The next 19th IAC Symposium is planned to be held in 2013 in Ohio, U.S. The proceedings of IAC-symposia are peer-reviewed and traditionally have been published in Algological Studies, Supplementa of Archive of Hydrobiology, E. Schweizerbartsche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Stuttgart, Germany.Since the last Workshop the proceedings are being published in Fottea,the journal of the Czech Phycological Society, Olomouc, Czech Republic.


Kann, E. & Golubic, S. 1985. 25 years of the International Association for Cyanophyte research. Algological Studies 38/39, Arch. Hydrobiol. Suppl. 71: 15-32.

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