The Gordon Research Seminar on Applied and Environmental Microbiology is a unique forum for early career researchers to present their latest results, exchange cutting-edge research approaches and ideas, and network with other peer-level scientists during three oral scientific sessions and two interactive poster sessions. A mentoring session and panel discussion provide the opportunity for young scientists to use four experts from diverse areas of research as sounding boards for their own scientific interests and expectations.
GRS-AEM 2021 will highlight the mechanisms by which microbial networks impact our environment and our health. The symposium will address the decoding of fundamental principles that govern the ecological dynamics of microbial communities in various ecosystems, including microbe-microbe interactions (trophic interactions, signalling and communication, and genetic exchanges), microbe-phage interactions (eco-evolution and phage-mediated selection), and microbe-host (migration, colonization, and adaptation), microbe-environment interactions (biogeochemical processes, resistance and resilience to change). The symposium will highlight the boundaries of microbial ecology, with both classical and cutting-edge techniques, to characterize fundamental ecological principles of microbial populations as well as to discover opportunities to develop potential biotechnologies. Discussions will be encouraged that move the field of microbial ecology beyond describing and towards maintaining healthy and balanced host and environmental ecosystems.
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 April 17, 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.