The domain of life Archaea represents a vast diversity of organisms, metabolic strategies, genomes, and habitats worldwide. Thanks to the collaborative efforts by the community of researchers attending the GRC on “Archaea: Ecology Metabolism and Molecular Biology” since the meeting’s inception in 1984, discoveries abound, enabling unprecedented insight and rapid advances in archaeal biology. Recently, such knowledge advances have been enabled by new cross-disciplinary methods and ideas including metagenomics, cell biology, live imaging and biophysics, phylogenomics, biogeochemistry, metabolism, environmental microbiology and ecology, molecular biology and genetics, biochemistry, development of novel genetic systems, and discovery of new lineages. Collaboration across these fields, brought together in one meeting, enables general principles of life to be revealed. The 2021 meeting will continue the strong tradition of exciting, high quality cutting-edge science, this time centering on the theme of archaeal roots and branches, seeking to highlight general principles and notable exceptions in life’s history, toward predictive models.
The archaeal research community in attendance at this meeting has a rich tradition of inclusiveness and diversity in every sense. Practically, such a commitment is realized through an emphasis on talks selected from abstracts submitted by students, postdocs, and early career researchers, and gender balance among speakers and organizers. Recent additions of a Gordon Research Seminar started in 2019, diversity “Power Hour”, poster previews, and social outings enhance the interactive and inclusive experience. Co-chairs Thorsten Allers and Amy Schmid, as well as co-vice chairs Kira Makarova and Tessa Quax, invite you to come join us in 2021!
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. Please check back regularly for updates to this information.
- Keynote Session: Tree of Life: From Life’s Origins to Modern Ecosystems
- Metagenomics and Molecular Biology of the ASGARD, DPANN and Other New Lineages
- New Technologies Lead to New Discoveries in Cell Biology
- Information Processing and Regulation
- Connecting Geochemical Cycles with Metabolic Networks
- Recombination, Repair and Structural Variation of Archaeal Genomes
- New Databases, Genomic Methods and Visualization Tools
- Archaeal Cell-Virus Interactions and Defense Mechanisms
- Current Phylogenomic Drafts of the Tree of Life