Welcome message

ISSHA members, colleagues and friends

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is a pleasure to invite all the members of the international harmful algae science community to the 19th ICHA meeting that will be held for the second time in Latin America. In this occasion, it will be hosted in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico in October 2020. The idea of hosting the 19th ICHA in Mexico comes from our scientific members of the National Society for the Study of Harmful Algae Blooms (SOMEFAN, A.C.) and from the National Research Network of Harmful Algae Blooms (RedFAN, CONACyT). The SOMEFAN association has been hosting academic meetings every two years since 2011, and since 2015 RedFAN has supported many academic activities directed to increase our knowledge of HABs in Mexico. Both organizations include scientists from Chile, Spain, Ecuador, Brazil, Germany, Great Britain, and USA, with whom we have initiated collaborations to attend the different problems our country encounters with Harmful Algae.

In our coasts, we have several harmful species that we share with other geographic regions Gymnodinium, Pyrodinium, Prorocentrum, Dinophysis, Pseudonitzschia, Cochlodinium, and Microcystis, among others. Many of them have caused important impacts that have led to economic losses. During the last years, we have increased our monitoring capacities for the detection of these species and their toxins, but we still have many aspects to attend regarding harmful benthic species and harmful algae blooms in our fresh water systems, among many others. We are aware of the complexity of the impact of Harmful Algal worldwide and the importance to apply basic scientific knowledge to help resolve future challenges. For these reasons, our elected central theme for ICHA 2020 is from basic studies to future applications.

The 19th edition of the International Conference on Harmful Algae will include all topics related with the understanding of the causes, evolution and impacts of harmful microalgae and cyanobacteria. We are planning an enjoyable meeting where scientists can present their research, share their ideas, and establish new collaborations.

La Paz is an ideal city for the meeting where many academic institutes are found. It is a small, secure and quiet city, with beautiful surroundings, which is visited by many international tourists and academics year round.

We look forward to welcome you in La Paz and join us in a great meeting!
Christine Band-Schmidt
Chair of ICHA 2020, Mexico

La Paz, capital of Baja California Sur, is the favorite destination for nature lovers. Explore the world’s aquarium, swim with the whale shark, dive with sea lions or watch the gray whales up close.
Discover the charm and warmth of the locals through the beautiful boardwalk, 5 km walk along the sea, accompanied by excellent restaurants, bars, shops, museums, art galleries, recreational parks and beautiful art sculptures.