The conference program encompasses two full days of scientific talks. Lunch and coffee breaks will be included both days as well as a conference dinner on November 9. The final program is given below and can be downloaded as a PDF here. For an overview of our four invited keynote speakers please see here.

Wednesday 9 November, 2022
09:00 Registration
10:00 Welcome address: Hugo de Boer

Chair: Quentin Mauvisseau, Natural History Museum, Oslo
10:10 – 10:40 Keynote Gentile Francesco Ficetola: What drives the changes of biotic communities after the global retreat of glaciers?

10:40 – 11:40 Talks (4×15 min)
Micaela Hellström: Ecology, chemistry and eDNA analyses– effective monitoring tools for status in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Case studies from Sweden.

Sonja Leidenberger: Tracking of threatened aquatic invertebrates using eDNA – a Swedish showcase.

Elianne Egge: Dispersion patterns of eDNA from four salmonid species, including the invasive pink salmon, in a river in Northern Norway.

Aloïs Revéret: Environmental DNA of aquatic macrophytes: potential for reconstructing past and present vegetation and environment.

11:40 – 12:00 Coffee break

Chair: Rakel Blaalid, University Museum of Bergen, Bergen
12:00 – 12:45 Talks (4×15 min)
Veera Norros: Roadmap for implementing environmental DNA (eDNA) and other molecular monitoring methods in Finland – Vision and action plan for 2022–2025.

Marina Panova: eDNA in environmental monitoring and biodiversity assessment – remaining issues.

Frode Fossøy: Examples of eDNA-based monitoring in Norwegian management.

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

Chair: Torbjørn Ekrem, NTNU University Museum, Trondheim
14:00 – 14:30 Keynote Tomas Roslin: DNA as a tool for dealing with arthropod diversity.

14:30 – 15:35 Talks (1×15 min) & Speed talks (10×5 min)
Tommi  Nyman: Fungus–arthropod networks in Boreal forests: insights from metabarcoding.

Marie Føreid Merkel: Any gaps to fill? The presence of the flora and fauna of Northern Norway in the database.

Peter Hollingsworth: BIOSCAN Europe.

Ann M. Evankow: Challenges & Unexpected Opportunities from constructing a Lichen DNA Barcode Database for Norway.

Maria Kahlert: Barcoding of freshwater taxa for improved assessment of biodiversity (FRESHBAR).

Monika Baranowska: Assessing biodiversity in 20 Norwegian ponds in the context of urbanization.

Katarzyna Teresa Janik-Superson: Optimalization of the ponds eDNA procedures for research prokaryote and eukaryote biodiversity.

Quentin Mauvisseau: Environmental DNA-based tracking of species community in Norwegian freshwater systems.

Lucas Elliott: Pipeline for metagenomic database construction from plant genome skims.

Marie Louise Davey: Does it look like a duck? Quack like a duck? Capturing uncertainty in metabarcoding taxonomic assignments.

Dilli Prasad Rijal: Ancient DNA of bryophytes: current status and future potential.

15:35 – 16:00 Coffee break

Chair: Galina Gusarova, The Arctic University Museum of Norway, Tromsø
16:00 – 16:40 Talks & speed talks (2×15 min & 2×5 min)
Mika Helene Kirkhus: Hidden diversity and host specificity of Pertusaria-residing Tremella fungi in Norway.

Eivind Kverme Ronold: Unsuccessful mycorrhization of seedlings slow the advance of the tree- and forest line in alpine ecosystems.

Monica Guilera Recoder: Who wins the battle? Interspecific combative interactions between wood-decay fungi.

Rakel Blaalid: Fungi – facilitator or limitator for rhododendron invasion in western Norway.

19:00 Conference Dinner, Scandic Hotel Nidelven

Thursday 10 November, 2022

Chair: Glenn Dunshea, NTNU University Museum, Trondheim
09:00 – 09:30 Keynote Sophie Arnaud-Haond: eDNAbyss: Setting up a standardized chain of protocols to achieve a FAIR pipeline for the DNA-based exploration of the largest biome on Earth

09:30 – 10:00 Talks (2×15 min)
Sune Agersnap: A national scale “BioBlitz” using citizen science and eDNA metabarcoding for monitoring coastal marine fish.

Mikołaj Mazurkiewicz: Biodiversity assessment of benthic fauna in an Arctic glacier-influenced fjord based on morphological and eDNA metabarcoding survey.

10:00 – 10:15 Coffee break

Chair: Stefaniya Kamenova, University of Oslo & Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås
10:15 – 11:30 Talks (5×15 min)
Youri Lammers: Multiplexing markers: Increasing the amount of data that can be obtained from a single amplification reaction.

Jon Thomassen Hestetun: Assessing the performance of benthic metabarcoding for environmental monitoring and baseline biodiversity of the Norwegian Shelf.

Elizaveta A. Ershova: Developing methods for routine monitoring of marine zooplankton communities using metabarcoding.

Nathan Mertz: Refining enumeration of planktonic sea lice larvae detected by ddPCR; calibration by serial spiking.

Inger Greve Alsos: Reconstructing past communities and environments using sedaDNA: where are we now?

11:30 – 12:30 Lunch

Chair: Hugo de Boer, Natural History Museum, Oslo
12:30 – 13:00 Keynote Kristine Bohmann: Monitoring terrestrial biodiversity using airborne eDNA.

13:00 – 14:00 Talks (4×15 min)
Marcel Polling: Quantification using DNA metabarcoding: the case of airborne pollen.

Vid Švara: The applicability of eDNA-based assessment of biodiversity in Austrian protected areas.

Terje Klemetsen: Integrating Molecular Biodiversity – ELIXIR3 Norway.

Stefaniya Kamenova: Long-term management history affects seasonal diet composition of semi-domesticated reindeer.

14:00 – 14:30 Coffee break

Chair: Inger Greve Alsos, The Arctic University Museum of Norway, Tromsø
14:30 – 15:35 Talks (1×15 min) & speed talks (10×5 min)
Christopher Hempel: Metagenomics vs. total RNA sequencing: most accurate data-processing tools, microbial identification accuracy, and implications for freshwater assessments.

Caroline Karlsson: The effect of Silene acaulis on soil bacterial communities across elevational and latitudinal gradients in Scandinavia.

Embla Elen Stokke: Applying long-read sequencing to environmental DNA to map Eukaryote diversity in soil.

Chenyu Jin: Genome-wide analysis of eDNA.

Helle Tessand Baalsrud: Earth BioGenome Project (EBP) – Sequencing Life for the Future of Life.

Anna J. Székely: eDNA capacities for aquatic biodiversity assessment at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).

Kristiina Marita Vuorio: Utilization of eDNA methods in water status and biodiversity assessment (eDNA-monitor).

Tulug Gulce Ataman: Spatial distribution of sedDNA in small catchments and lakes: Is single core enough?

Stefania Piarulli: Environmental DNA as part of an observational toolkit for marine biodiversity monitoring in a global change context: The ABOVe-DNA project.

Alexander Eiler: UiO Research and Training program: Coastal Biodiversity Dynamics under anthropogenic pressures.

Ngoc-Loi Nguyen: Nordic Seas metabarcoding and eDNA taphonomy

15:35 Closing remarks: Bjarte Rambjør Heide, Director Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre