The Gordon Research Seminar on Marine Microbes 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.
In marine systems, communities of microscopic organisms interact with one another at micrometer scales, yet these processes influence the global environment. Marine microbiologists probe these dynamic systems from the micro to the macro. Together, we synthesize these diverse datasets and collaborate across disciplines to better understand the dynamics of our planet. Marine microbiology encapsulates the biotic, abiotic and human-induced factors that affect marine microbes—at small and large spatial scales, and over short and long time frames. In fluctuating systems, the marine microbes we study adapt feeding strategies, behaviour, interactions and even habitats, all the while acquiring new functions, morphologies, and diversity. Similarly, early career marine microbiologists are faced with rapidly advancing technologies, uncertain funding and employment landscapes, yet we persist and carry out groundbreaking research.
Through the GRS we hope to bring together early career marine microbiologists to share new research advancements, prospects and goals for future studies in a setting where ideas can be shared and discussed freely and comfortably. The interdisciplinary challenges of our field require intense collaboration, clever ways of handling diverse datasets, and creativity to ensure funding. At this seminar we will feature graduate student, postdoctoral and keynote speakers who can highlight innovation in these areas.
To address the previously mentioned challenges: at this year's Marine Microbes GRS, in addition to inviting speakers to share their cutting edge, unpublished research, we also ask participants to (1) Create a "Pie in the Sky" slide at the end of their presentation—which we rename the "Castagnaccio in the Sky" in honor of our site in Tuscany. The slide should summarize an avenue of research that could be pursued given infinite funding, time, and collaborations. Our goal is that during subsequent discussions at meals and during free time, these hopeful slides will foster new collaborations and strategies to turn "Castagnaccio in the Sky" plans into realities. (2) We also invite presenters to share their greatest fears or failures in research. Because the practice of research is often like evolution through trial and error, mistakes and experiments gone awry often lead to the most exciting, unexpected advances. We hope to acknowledge these challenges as another way of fostering discussions that will promote collaborations and advancements for early career marine microbiologists.
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 30, 2018. 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.