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Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

The Gordon Research Conference on Applied and Environmental Microbiology (GRC AEM) has been held every two years since 1950 and is one of the longest running of the Gordon Conferences. The long-term success of this conference is based not only on the quality of the individuals who have served as organizers or participants, but also on the fundamental importance of microorganisms to life on Earth, the environment, various industries, and human health. Global change, production of greenhouse gases, remediation of contaminated ecosystems, water quality, the biological cycling of elements, and the symbiotic relationships of microbes that affect agricultural production and our own health are just a few of the areas covered by the conference that have a profound impact on society.

The main objectives of the AEM GRCs are to present and discuss new, fundamental research findings on microorganisms, their activities in the environment, their ecosystem-level effects, and their environmental and/or commercial applications. The conference has always had a diverse theme of topics, covering the metabolic, physiologic and evolutionary diversity of microbial life, the complex roles that microorganisms play in life on Earth, and the multitude of applications of microbes in biotechnology, the food industry, agriculture, and medicine. The Conference has a long record of stimulating advanced research in industrial laboratories, colleges and universities, research foundations, and government laboratories. To accomplish this goal, sessions on microbial evolution and speciation, their interactions and population dynamics, the particular habitats impacted, the cycling of naturally occurring and hazardous substances, microbial redox processes, and methodologies to assess the functional relationships of microorganisms in their habitats provide a platform for discussing and developing a better understanding of the ecological consequences of microbial activities and the formulation of generalizing principles.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Applied and Environmental Microbiology" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2017 Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Human and Microbial Perspectives of Microbial Economics
Jul 16-21 Mount Holyoke College Yuri A. Gorby
2015 Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Microbes that Influence, Sustain and Protect Our Planet
Jul 12-17 Mount Holyoke College J. Colin Murrell
2013 Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Exploring and Exploiting the Depths of the Microbial Biosphere
Jul 7-12 Mount Holyoke College Janet Jansson
2011 Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Functional Interactions from Molecules to Biomes
Jul 10-15 Mount Holyoke College Max M. Haggblom
2009 Applied and Environmental Microbiology
From Single Cells to the Environment
Jul 12-17 Mount Holyoke College Nicole Dubilier
2007 Applied and Environmental Microbiology Jul 15-20 Mount Holyoke College Kenneth H. Nealson
2005 Applied and Environmental Microbiology Jul 24-29 Connecticut College Gerard Muyzer
2003 Applied and Environmental Microbiology Jul 27 - Aug 1 Connecticut College Judy D. Wall
2001 Applied and Environmental Microbiology Jul 22-27 Connecticut College Harold L. Drake
1999 Applied and Environmental Microbiology Jul 3-8 Connecticut College Lily Y. Young
1997 Applied and Environmental Microbiology Aug 17-22 Salve Regina University Parmely H. Pritchard
1995 Applied and Environmental Microbiology Jul 2-7 New Hampton School Joseph M. Suflita
1993 Applied and Environmental Microbiology Jul 11-16 Colby-Sawyer College Carl E. Cerniglia
1991 Applied and Environmental Microbiology Jul 22-26 Colby-Sawyer College Douglas Eveleigh
1989 Applied and Environmental Microbiology Jul 24-28 Colby-Sawyer College Ronald Crawford
1987 Applied and Environmental Microbiology Jul 27-31 Colby-Sawyer College Frederic K. Pfaender
1985 Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Ecological and Organismal Trends
Aug 12-16 Colby-Sawyer College Gregory Zeikus
1983 Microbiological Degradation Jul 25-29 Brewster Academy Joseph J. Cooney
1981 Microbiological Degradation Jul 27-31 Brewster Academy Antonio H. Romano
1979 Microbiological Degradation Jul 23-27 Brewster Academy Klein A. Donald
1977 Microbiological Degradation Jul 18-22 Tilton School Arnold L. Demain
1975 Microbiological Degradation Aug 11-15 Tilton School Arthur M. Stern
1973 Microbiological Degradation Jul 23-27 Holderness School Z. John Ordal
1971 Microbiological Degradation Jul 19-23 Holderness School John A. Troller
Ellis B. Cowling
1969 Microbiological Deterioration Jun 23-27 Tilton School John J. Beereboom
1967 Microbiological Deterioration Jul 24-28 Tilton School John M. Leonard
1965 Microbiological Deterioration Jul 26-30 Tilton School Hugh Sisler
1963 Microbiological Deterioration Aug 19-23 New Hampton School Arthur M. Kaplan
1961 Microbiological Deterioration Jul 17-21 Tilton School James W. Clapp
1959 Microbiological Deterioration Jul 20-24 New Hampton School Charles C. Yeager
1957 Microbiological Deterioration Jul 22-26 New Hampton School A. D. Lohr
1955 Microbiological Deterioration Aug 1-5 New Hampton School James G. Horsfall
R. E. Vicklund
1953 Microbiological Deterioration Jul 20-24 New Hampton School Glenn A. Greathouse
1951 Microbiological Deterioration Jul 2-6 New Hampton School John Leutritz
1950 Microbiological Deterioration Jul 31 - Aug 4 New Hampton School John Leutritz
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