The 2021 Mechanisms of Microbial Transcription Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) is a new seminar series to be held in conjunction with the Gordon Research Conference (GRC, June 13-18) at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), Manchester, NH, US. The goal of this 2-day GRS (June 12-13, 2021) is to provide a platform for early-career scientists (graduate students, postdocs, and other young academicians) to showcase unpublished transcription -related research, from structure/function investigations to the mechanisms that guide genetic networks. In addition to a Keynote presentation, we will have two sessions consisting of exciting research talks which will be chosen from the submitted abstracts.
Poster presentations illustrating how RNA polymerase and associated factors affect transcription at the level of initiation, elongation and/or termination will be held on both days of the seminar. GRS attendees will further benefit from a Career Mentorship Session to be held on Day 2 of the GRS. The panel will be comprised of faculty and staff scientists from diverse academic and government institutions as well as from the biotech industry. An informal Q&A session with selected mentors will contribute to the professional development of all GRS attendees.
The GRS itself is an inexpensive meeting (~$250 for registration and lodging, exact amount will be updated soon) and provides a platform for students and postdocs to exchange ideas, talk about their research and to get acclimated to the meeting before the associated GRC begins. We encourage networking and friendly discussions and hope to foster new collaborations with this very first GRS.
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 12, 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.