Meetings of Interest

Upcoming Meetings, Workshops, and Courses of Interest to RCN members

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DOE JGI Microbial Genomics & Metagenomics Workshops

February 9-12, 2015

September 14-18, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute is offering a five-day workshop on Microbial Genomics and Metagenomics (MGM). The MGM Workshop include seminars and extensive hands-on tutorials on how to use the IMG family of systems for comparative analysis of isolate genomes and metagenomes. Our goal is to provide you with training in microbial genomic and metagenomic analysis and demonstrate how the cutting-edge science and technology of DOE JGI can enhance your research. For more information and to register, click here. Attendance is limited, so act now!

JGI’s 10th Annual Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting

March 24-26, 2015

Topics include: Microbial genomics, fungal genomics, metagenomics, and plant genomics; genome editing, secondary metabolites, pathway engineering, synthetic biology, high-throughput functional genomics, high-performance computing applications and societal impact of technological advances. State-of-the-art presentations by invited speakers as well as short talks selected from poster abstracts.

Confirmed speakers/talk titles:

  • Leif Andersson, Uppsala University, Population Structure and Genetic Adaptation in Atlantic HerringExplored Using Whole Genome Resequencing
  • Joan Bennett, Rutgers, Do Fungi have a ‘Volatome’?
  • Steve Briggs, UC San Diego, Protein Regulatory Networks
  • Tom Brutnell, Danforth Center, Dissecting C4 Photosynthetic Differentiation Through Comparative Transcriptomics in the Grasses
  • Mark Burk, Genomatica, A Rational Approach to Driving the Development of Commercial Production Strains Through Systems Biology          
  • Atul Butte, Stanford University, Translating a Trillion Points of Data into Therapies, Diagnostics, and New Insights into Disease
  • Rick Cavicchioli, University of South Wales, Australia, Antarctic Microbial Omics–a Path to Learning About  Life in the Cold
  • Michelle Chang, UC Berkeley, Designing New Biosynthetic Pathways for Biofuel Production
  • Edward DeLong, University of Hawaii, Ocean Basin-Wide Patterns and Processes Revealed by High Resolution Microbial Community Transcriptome Networks
  • Jack Gilbert, Argonne National Laboratory, Genome-Enabled Flux Balance Metabolic Networks From Periodically Flooded Soils   
  • Barbara Jasny, Science Magazine, TBD
  • Shawn Kaeppler, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Analysis of Natural Variation for Biofuel Traits in Grasses
  • Sophien Kamoun, Sainsbury Lab, UK, The Two-Speed Genomes of Filamentous Plant Pathogens
  • Susan Lynch, UC San Francisco, The Microbiome–A New Frontier in Human Health
  • Francis Martin, INRA, Harnessing Genomics for Understanding Tree-Microbe Interactions in Forest Ecosystems
  • Sue Rhee, Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford University, Organization, Function, and Evolution of Plant Metabolism
  • Antonis Rokas, Vanderbilt University, Evolution of Fungal Chemodiversity
  • Blake Simmons, Joint BioEnergy Institute, Function-Based Genomic Screening for the Discovery and Manipulation of Lignocellulolytic Enzymes and Pathways
  • Rotem Sorek, Weizmann Institute, The Immune System of Bacteria–CRISPR and Beyond
  • Roman Stocker, MIT, Raman-Based Microfuidic Sorting of Environmental Bacteria
  • Jerry Tuskan, BioEnergy Science Center, Identification and Isolation of Populus Genes that TriggerLaccaria Colonization
  • Stephen Wright, University of Toronto, Comparative and Population Genomics in the Brassicaceae: Understanding Genome-Wide Natural Selection

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IAGLR’s 58th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research

May 25-29, 2014, Burlington, Vermont

We invite you to participate in the 58th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research, to be held May 25 – 29, 2015,  in Burlington, Vermont. We welcome abstract submissions for both oral and poster presentations.

Fifty-four sessions have been proposed to encompass the theme New Views New Tools. All oral presentations will be scheduled for Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, May 29. Posters will be given a high profile on Tuesday evening.

For more information on the Call for Abstracts go to

All abstracts must be submitted online by January 23, 2015.
The deadline will not be extended.

We encourage authors to submit abstracts for specific sessions but also
will consider general contributions. To view Sessions, go to

Further information about the conference is available online at

Conference Co-Chairs:
Dr. J. Ellen Marsden, University of Vermont
Dr. Jason Stockwell, University of Vermont

International Conference on Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation of Marine Ecosystems 2015 (BECoME 2015)

June 1-4, 2015

You are cordially invited to join the International Conference on Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation of Marine Ecosystems 2015 (BECoME 2015) which will be held in Hong Kong during 1-4 June 2015. Please be reminded of the important dates below:

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 27 February 2015
Deadline for Early Bird Registration: 31 March 2015

For abstract submission, please click on the link below.

We look forward to welcoming you in Hong Kong.

Best Regards,
Prof. Kenneth Leung
BECoME 2015

Contact Details
Please direct all correspondence to
The Conference Secretariat
BECoME 2015
School of Biological Sciences
3N15 Kadoorie Biological Sciences Building
The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Email :
Website :

6th Congress of European Microbiologists (FEMS 2015)

June 7-11 2015, Maastricht, Netherlands

The 6th Congress of European Microbiologists (FEMS 2015) is one of the leading meetings of its kind and will connect approximately 3,000 microbiologists from around the world. The Congress, organized by FEMS, will feature symposia and workshops led by prominent scientists in their respective fields. The goal of this essential international gathering is to provide a comprehensive forum for the exploration and discussion of various topics in medical microbiology. Key disciplines including molecular approaches, biodiversity, bioremediation, eukaryotic microbes, virology and others will be examined in order to advance our understanding of current and future challenges. FEMS 2015 will be held 7-11 June 2015 in Maastricht, one of the oldest yet vibrant cities in the Netherlands.

9th Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences (SEFS)

July 5-10, 2015, Geneva, Switzerland

A session of particular interest:

“Environmental DNA applications for freshwater ecosystems”

Describing biodiversity with Environmental DNA (eDNA) and metabarcoding methods is inspiring rapid improvements in ecology, evolution and conservation. Pioneering studies have shown that freshwater assessments with eDNA and metabarcoding are equal or superior to conventional assessments in many aspects because they provide reliable estimates on biodiversity from the level of genes to communities. Additionally, eDNA analyses have been demonstrated their use for a variety of applications: detection and monitoring of aquatic invasive species, conservation of biodiversity, and tracking and uncovering populations of endangered aquatic species, etc. The aim of this session is to highlight the newly explored uses of environmental genomic methods in freshwater science, but also provide a platform to discuss limitations, possible solutions and insight into future directions for this work.

Agnès BOUCHEZ, Florian ALTERMATT & Florian LEESE

Please note that the submission deadline will be 31 January 2015 and all abstracts must be submitted via the online submission page (

From Genomes to Biomes: Using Biodiversity to Explore Biocomplexity

July 12-17 2015 at University of New England, Biddeford, ME

From genomes to biomes, from microbes to plants and animals, the 2015 Gordon Research Conference on Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics will highlight how genome-enabled approaches are helping to rapidly advance our understanding of the complicated relationship between genotype, phenotype and the environment. Topic areas such as population genomics, adaptation & speciation, symbiosis and interacting organisms, biodiversity & phylogenomics, community & ecosystem genomics, genetic and ecological networks, methods & non-model organisms, genomics & animal behavior, and applications of ecological and evolutionary genomics, will highlight how biodiversity can be used to illuminate complex biological relationships and inform ecological and evolutionary processes and molecular mechanisms of adaptation to changing environments. The conference will also feature emerging approaches and technologies to aid further exploration of the genomes from organisms that span the tree of life. Gordon Conferences are famous for fostering in depth interactions that yield new insights in a collegial atmosphere.

Co-chairs, Jack Werren (University of Rochester) and Michael Herman (Kansas State University) along with Vice-chairs Felicity Jones (Max Plank Institute, Tubingen) and Michael Pfrender (University of Notre Dame) invite you to join us on the ocean-side campus of the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine for a stimulating conference. We are assembling a diverse group of established and early career investigators to discuss their latest work. Discussion leaders and symposium speakers will also be chosen from among the applicants. The organizers are actively seeking funds to assist students and others attend the meeting. Applications for attendance will be accepted until the meeting is full, don’t delay! Applications to attend are now open and information can be found at (click the “For Attendees” link). Note that you must apply and then be accepted to register for the meeting. Please plan on joining us in Biddeford in 2015!

Symposim Topic Areas & Speakers as of 24 November 2014

  • Population Genomics, Adaptation & Speciation (Andy Clark, Josephine Pemberton, Elodie Ghedin)
  • Symbiosis & Interacting Organisms (Angela Douglas, Siv Anderrson, Takema Fukatsu, Todd Schlenke)
  • Behavioral Ecology Meets Genomics (Laurent Keller, Wayne Potts, Amy Toth)
  • Networks: From Genes to Ecosystems (Patricia Wittkopp, Cedric Feschotte, Alvaro Sanchez)
  • Applications of Ecological & Evolutionary Genomics (Sherry Flint-Garcia, Joe Shaw, John Colbourne)
  • Advances in Computational & Genomic Approaches to Non-Model Organisms (Steven Salzberg, Wes Warren, TBA)
  • Biodiversity & Phylogenomics (Holly Bik, Casey Dunn, Davide Pisani)
  • Community & Ecosystem Genomics (Jack Gilbert, Blake Matthews, Jen Schweitzer)
  • Young Investigators: Advances in EEG (TBA – To be selected from among registrants)

19th Evolutionary Biology Meeting

Marseilles, France, September 15-18, 2015.

The following subjects will be discussed:

  • Evolutionary biology concepts and modelisations for biological
  • Biodiversity and Systematics;
  • Comparative genomics and post-genomics (at all taxonomic levels);
  • Functional phylogeny;
  • Environment and biological evolution;
  • Origin of Life and exobiology;
  • Non-adaptative versus adaptative evolution;
  • The “minor” phyla: their usefulness in evolutionary biology

It would be great if you could participate this year to the Evolutionary
Biology Meeting in order to present your work and results.

Please, do not hesitate to visit our website to find more information or

(Programmes of former years, abstracts, information on location and
registration are included)

6th European Conference on Prokaryotic and Fungal Genomics

September 29 – October 2, 2015

On behalf of of the scientific and organizing committees it is our great pleasure to invite you to the 6th European Conference on Prokaryotic and Fungal Genomics (ProkaGENOMICS) to be held in Göttingen, Germany from 29 September – 2 October 2015.

On behalf of the scientific committee we would therefore kindly request your active support by submitting your scientific contributions to the following topics:

  • Microbial Genomics in Biotechnology & Industry
  • Microbial Communities & MetaOmics
  • Functional Genomics of Infectious Diseases
  • Functional Genomics of C. difficile Infections
  • Host Microbe Interplay
  • Global Gene Regulation & Proteome Dynamics
  • Systems Biology & Single Cell Genomics
  • Synthetic Biology

Abstract submission deadline is 20 April 2015. Please click here to submit your abstract online.

UPDATE: We are happy to inform you that our preliminary program is now available for download. For further information please visit our homepage

FEMS Meeting Grant

  • We are happy to announce that for ProkaGENOMICS we are able to provide FEMS meeting grants for congress participation for Young Scientists (< 36 years).
  • The application deadline ends on 20 April 2015. In order to find more information on application details please visit our homepage (menu point “Travel & Hotels”).

Should you have any questions please contact the organizing agency Conventus via phone +49 3641 31 16-374 or email

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Göttingen.

With best regards,

Prof. Dr. Rolf Daniel
Prof. Dr. Michael Hecker
Prof. Dr. Alfred Pühler
Conference Chairs

Ecology of Soil Microorganisms 2015: Microbes as Important Drivers of Soil Processes

November 11-December 3, 2015, Prague, Czech Republic

We welcome you to the second conference Ecology of Soil Microorganisms to be held in November/December 2015 in Prague. The conference is planned as an interdisciplinary platform where data from different experts can be linked and new strategies for further research topics can be defined. This includes questions addressing microbial communities and (meta)genomes in soils and their role in soil quality and soil health. An important link will be made to metatranscriptomics , metaproteomics and particularly enzymology, which is crucial to unravel what the measured rates of microbial processes tell us about the cycling of elements and organic matter as a whole. Another issue is a wide scope covering both bacterial and fungal ecology and the ecology of archaea. Overall the conference should help to build up a conceptual framework that incorporates not only the diversity of microorganisms, but also their functions and properties of their abiotic environments. Our aim is to bring experts from all these disciplines to a meeting where all can benefit from interaction. We hope that this was achieved already during our first meeting in 2011, attended by more than 400 delegates, and look forward to meeting you in Prague in 2015.

Scientific Topics/Sessions:

  • Decomposition and Carbon Cycling
  • Soil Biogeochemistry and Nutrient Cycling
  • Biodiversity and Functioning of Agricultural Soils
  • Biodiversity and Functioning of Forest Soils
  • Interactions among Micro- and Macroorganisms
  • Microbes in the Changing Environment
  • Microbial Life in Contaminated and Anthropogenic Soils
  • Archaeomicrobiology, Paleomicrobiology and Microbial Forensics

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