There will be 12 2-hour selected symposia divided into four broad topics:

 

COMPLEXITY OF THE LICHEN SYMBIOSIS
- Ecology, evolution and diversity of lichen algae. Andreas Beck & Eva Barreno
- Eco-evolutionary dynamics of symbiotic interactions. Nicolas Magain & Garima Singh
- Lichen-associated microorganisms. Lucia Muggia & Sergio Peréz-Ortega

 


ORIGINS AND QUANTIFICATION OF LICHEN EVOLUTION
- Macroevolution of lichens. François Lutzoni & Pradeep Kumar Divakar
- Genomics and bioinformatics. Silke Werth & Philipp Resl
- New approaches to harness genetic data from herbarium specimens. Cecile Gueidan & Manuela Dal Forno

 


THE WORLDWIDE PICTURE OF LICHEN DIVERSITY
- Biodiversity of Neotropical Lichens. André Aptroot & Lidia I. Ferraro
- New developments in the taxonomy of the Lecanoraceae. Christian Printzen 
& Lucyna Śliwa
- Paleotropical Lichens. Ulla Kaasalainen & Paul Kirika


LICHEN PHYSIOLOGY, ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
- Progress in classical and genomic aspects of lichen secondary chemistry. Edit Farkas & Daniele Armaleo
- Lichens as invaders of rocks and control strategies. Sergio Enrico Favero Longo & Asuncion De Los Ríos
- Lichens and Climate Change: A Multi-Scale Challenge. Christopher Ellis & Paolo Giordani

 

**NOTE: The above symposia will have four invited speakers by the organizers and two more speakers selected based on the review of submitted abstracts. However, there will be SIX MORE SYMPOSIA based entirely on groupings of presentations we will receive from the regular abstract submission. We will also hold in our program SIX BLOCKS OF LIGHTNING TALKS – 1-hour slots with multiple short presentations (less than 10-min each). When submitting your abstract you will have a chance to choose which format you wish to present.