The integrity of aquatic biodiversity, in both marine and freshwater environments, impacts the implementation of the sustainable developmental goals proposed by the United Nations. The northeast Pacific Ocean hosts remarkably high biodiversity and supplies industrially important fish; the Red Sea, with its plentiful coral reefs and high temperatures, is also highly biodiverse and provides thriving nursery environments to marine environments.
   The First International Symposium on Aquatic Metagenomics: Development of Aquatic Metagenomics and Perspective on Aquatic Biodiversity Research wast held at Kitasato University, Tokyo, Japan, in 2013, hosted by Kitasato University (Japan), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST, Saudi Arabia), and the Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency (FRA, Japan).
   This Second International Symposium on Aquatic Metagenomics will focus on biodiversity in these two seemingly different marine environments and will present outcomes from collaborative studies on Ofunato Bay in Japan (Kitasato University) and the Red Sea (KAUST). Collaborative work with FRA and the National Institute of Genetics (NIG, Japan) will also be described.
   Sir Richard J. Roberts, who was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of introns in eukaryotic DNA and the mechanisms involved in gene-splicing, has been invited to give a special lecture during the symposium.
  The organizing committee cordially invites you to participate in this symposium.

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International Symposium on Aquatic Metagenomics 2019