The Gordon Research Seminar on Animal-Microbe Symbioses is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting-edge ideas.
For the third year in a row, the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Animal-Microbe Symbioses will be accompanied by a Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). It brings together an international group of graduate and post-doctoral researchers, as well as others with similar levels of expertise. Participants will present and discuss findings and directions at the frontier of symbiosis research in talks and posters. This opportunity to engage will promote collaborations, new research directions, and nurture professional networks with both peers and mentors before the start of the larger GRC. We strongly encourage participants to also consider attending the associated GRC, which will take place immediately after.
Symbiotic interactions are ubiquitous in nature, were both casual and intimate associations with microbes are found across the animal kingdom. While in some animals a core group of microbes stably accompanies the host, and may even be vertically inherited, other animals experience changes in the microbial associations throughout their life. How these associations are initiated, established, and maintained is at the core of understanding the diverse animal-microbe symbioses observed in nature. Is the match between host and symbiont specific? And what (molecular) factors drive and stabilize the intricate interactions between hosts and their symbionts? To explore these questions in light of novel research, we welcome diverse contributions from the field of Animal-Microbe Symbioses.
The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.
The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 19, 2021. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.