This conference has been withdrawn from the 2020 conference schedule
As you are aware, coronavirus is having a global impact and the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control have instituted recommendations that include social distancing and cancelling conferences and large gatherings. Since safety of our attendees is always GRC's highest priority, the GRC Board of Trustees has decided to withdraw this conference and it will be rescheduled for 2022. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and to alleviate the concerns of our conference communities that are scheduled to meet in this timeframe.
The 2020 Streptococcal Biology GRC will be the second meeting on this medically important and scientifically rich field of research and will be held at the Jordan Hotel in beautiful Sunday River, Maine, USA, from August 16-21, 2020. The program encompasses a wide range of exciting topics among important human and animal pathogens from the genera Streptococcus and Enterococcus. Topics will include genomics, virulence regulation, phage, host-pathogen interactions, and microbial communities. Invited speakers include both established and early-stage investigators who will present their latest unpublished high impact research discoveries. Encouraging participation of all scientists working with streptococci and enterococci and in closely related microbial pathogenesis and immunology fields, we expect to develop this meeting into a recurring premier conference in infectious diseases research.
An important goal of the GRC is to cultivate the next generation of scientific leaders including junior investigators, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students by providing a highly interactive and supportive environment to exchange ideas with current eminent figures in the field. All attendees will have the opportunity to present posters and the best abstracts will be selected for short oral presentations in the regular program. New this year: the GRC will be preceded by a GRS. This will be the inaugural GRS for this meeting and together the GRS and GRC promise to provide an exceptional forum for a diverse population of scientists to learn about cutting edge discoveries in the field, and consider and challenge the current paradigms, barriers and opportunities to advancing knowledge of molecular mechanisms of microbial infection. Finally, the program will include a Power Hour open to all participants and designed to increase awareness and discuss issues that women and minorities face in their scientific careers.
We encourage a collegial and supportive atmosphere at this Conference, with organized discussion sessions and opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings. This beautiful New England summertime setting provides an ideal environment for scientists from different disciplines to exchange ideas, brainstorm and foster cross-disciplinary collaborations. We expect the meeting to be oversubscribed so please register early.