The International Society for Diatom Research ( promotes the study of marine, freshwater, modern, and fossil diatoms across the wide range of disciplines of biology, geology, paleoecology, cell metabolism, cell biology, metabolomics, nanotechnology, forensics, systematics, nomenclature, taxonomy, and biogeochemistry. Our society welcomes investigators from all disciplines and nations. The society:

  • holds biennial, international conferences
  • supports young scientists through the Young ISDR program
  • offers travel funding to attend conferences to students, members from select countries
  • publishes the international journal, Diatom Research
  • connects people around world to study the important roles of diatoms in ecosystems

ISDR provided € 3,000 to reduce the registration fee for students and ECR scientists presenting at the 2024 European Diatom Meeting in Lake Ohrid, Macedonia.

Early Career Research Awards - Congratulations to the first recipients of the Luc Ector Bursary! Each of the following three students received € 2,300 to pursue their research projects.

  • Kazuki Sugawara, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan
    Host specificity in diatoms – a case study of the marine epiphytic diatom Falcula rectangularis
  • Oktiyas Lufthfi, University of Szczecin, Poland
    Biodiversity of coral reef diatoms from Java and Bawean Island, Indonesia based on morphology approach
  • Deevena Elias, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, India
    Evaluation of health and management of Renuka wetland: A RAMSAR site Himachai Pradesh
  • M. Lujan Garcia, Sabrina Bustos, Sandra Garcés-Pastor, and Xavier Benito  DiatomS mEEt Databases: resources and practices to enable large-scale ecological research (SEED)

The next submission date for Early Career Research proposals is 1 August 2024. By joining the society, ECRs are eligible to be considered for an award.


Join our international community of students and researchers striving to understand the multifaceted lives of diatoms. Membership is open to everyone.