15.00-18.00 Registration at the Villa Universitaria
18.00-18.15 Welcome to Halophiles 2022 (Conference room Villa Universitaria)
18.15-19.00 Opening lecture by Francis M. Mojica: “CRISPRs and salt”

MOLECULES AND CELLS: Molecular Biology of halophilic microorganisms (Conference room Villa Universitaria)

Chairs: Jörg Soppa and Mar Martínez

19.00-19.25 Anita Marchfelder: Cas1 and Fen1 display equivalent functions during archaeal DNA repair
19.25-19.50 J. DiRuggiero: Translational landscape of the halophilic archaeon Haloferax volcanii
19.50-20.15 Uri Gophna: The effect of CRISPR-associated nucleases on DNA repair and recombination in Haloferax
20.15-20.30 Discussion
20.30-22.00 Welcome cocktail at the Villa Universitaria

MOLECULES AND CELLS: Molecular and Cell Biology of halophilic microorganisms (Conference room Germán Bernácer UA)

Chairs: Jocelyne DiRuggiero and Uri Gophna
8.30-8.55 Mar Martínez Pastor: TroR: the DtxR Transcription Factor that regulates iron homeostasis in Haloferax volcanii
8.55-9.20 Mechthild Pohlschroder: Elucidating the mechanisms of Haloferax volcanii morphological plasticity using genetic screens and proteomics.
9.20-9.40 Laura Sanchez. Is a transcriptional regulator Lrp involved in nitrogen metabolism in Haloarchaea?
9.40-10.00 Jörg Soppa.  Important roles of zinc finger µ-proteins in Haloferax volcanii 
10.00-10.20 Maria Magliulo.  Living at two extremes: salt and time
10.20-10.50 Coffee break and networking
11.50-11.10 Sonja Verena Albers. Chemotaxis and motility in Haloferax volcanii (pre-recorded talk)  
11.10-11.20 Discussion   


Chairs: Antonio Ventosa and Pepa Antón
11.20-12.05 Aharon Oren. Practicing the world's oldest profession
12.05-12.30 Antonio Ventosa: Culturomics of halophiles: from pure culture to metagenomics...and back
12.30-12.55 Michail Yakimov: Functional analysis of nanohaloarchaea-haloarchaea associations
13:00-15:00 Lunch at the University of Alicante
  Chairs: María Eugenia Farias and Esteban Bustos  
15.00-15.25 Elina Roine.  Halophilic vesicle-like viruses and plasmid vesicles, what's the difference?  
15.25-15.55 Brittany Baker.  Asboarchaeia and Afararchaeia: Two novel hyper halophilic archaeal lineages with key phylogenetic positions  
15.55-16.15 Joshua Hamm. Assessing the impact of host genetic variation on interactions between Nanohaloarchaeota and Haloarchaea
16.15-16.35 Diego Esteban Jiménez Lalana The influence of taxonomic resolution on microbial correlation networks and diversity studies in solar saltern prokaryotes
16.35-16.55 Tomeu ViverCombining metagenomics and isolate sequencing to define “strain” within a natural Salinibacter ruber population
16.55-17.05 Discussion
17.00-17.30 Networking and coffee break

THE ENVIRONMENTAL DIMENSION I: Biogeochemical cycles/Microbial Ecology. (Conference room Germán Bernácer UA)

Chairs: Elina Roine and Joshua Hamm

17.30-17.55 Horia Banciu: Unlocking the diversity and ecology of uncultured microbes in the permanently stratified hypersaline lakes
17.55-18.20 Mohamed Amoozegar: Iranian hypersaline lakes: Diversity, Taxonomy, Applications
18.20-18.40 Ioana Rusu.  The fungal side of the story: saprotrophic- vs. symbiotrophic- predicted ecological roles of fungal communities in two hypersaline salt lakes from Romania
 18.40-18.50  Discussion
19:00-21:00: "Poster Party" (Oral short presentations; Molecules and Cells, Halophiles and Humans). (Villa Universitaria)

THE ENVIRONMENTAL DIMENSION I: Biogeochemical cycles/Microbial Ecology/ Polyextreme hypersaline systems. (Conference room Germán Bernácer UA)

Chairs: Horia Banciu and Micaela Giani

9.00-9.25 Terry McGenity. Factors influencing the distribution, growth and survival of halophiles
9.25-9.50 Bonnie Baxter. Primary productivity, microbial mats, and a shrinking Great Salt Lake
9.50-10.15 Rosa Mª Martínez. Denitrifying haloarchaea: sources and sinks of nitrogenous gases involved in global warming
10.15-10.35 Esteban Bustos-Caparros. Dynamics of hyperhalophilic microbial communities submitted to cyclic disturbances
10.35-10.55 Laura Schwab. Analysis of brines and microbiomes from salt caverns used for underground gas storage
10.55-11.15 Coffee break and networking
11.15- 13.15

THE ENVIRONMENTAL DIMENSION II: Astrobiology/biophysical perspectives. (Conference room Germán Bernácer UA)

Chairs: Michail Yakimov and Laura Schwab
11.15-11.40 John Hallsworth: Microbes are preserved by water on Earth (but not Venus)
11.40-12.05 Kathy Benison: The Role of the Halophiles Community in Mars Sample Return
12.05-12.25 Felipe Gómez. Halophilic Microhabitats: Case Studies for Habitability Under Very Harsh Conditions
12.25-12.45 Jorge Díaz Rullo ArocoDeciphering the molecular mechanisms of perchlorate resistance in Haloferax volcanii using transcriptional analysis
12.45-13.05 Gabriel Riera Roca. Meteor: a METa gEnOme viRome assignment tool
13.05-13.15 Discussion
13.15-15.00 Lunch at the University of Alicante

HALOPHILES AND HUMANS: Biotechnology. (Conference room Germán Bernácer UA)

Chairs: Bonnie Baxter and Jorge Díaz

15.00-15.25 Mª Eugenia Farias. Biosalars in the Central Andes. Prospection, science, preservation and biotechnological applications
15.25-15.45 Micaela Giani Alonso. Optimization of the production of bacterioruberin: characterization of its antioxidant potential and biological activity
15.45-16.05 Ram Karan. Polyextremophilic enzymes from Red Sea Brine Pools and Deep Lake of Antarctica
16.05-16..25 Jaimi Butler. Connecting People to Great Salt Lake
16.25-16.35 Discussion
16.35-17.00 Coffe break and networking

Joint meeting of the ICSP Subcommittees on ‘Taxonomy of Halobacteria’ and ‘Taxonomy of Halomonadaceae’(Conference room Germán Bernácer UA)

18.00-19.45 "Poster Party" (Oral short presentations: Diversity of halophiles, The environmental dimension) (Villa Universitaria)
21.30-01.00 Gala dinner and fireworksFarewell and awards. Hotel Melià Alicante, Postiguet Beach
9:00-19:00 Social program: excursion to Torrevieja salterns. Paella lunch in Torrevieja.