SMBE satellite meeting on evolution of microbes in natural and experimental populations- synthesis and synergies.
Evolutionary research on microbes tends to adopt either one of two strategies; experimental evolution (EE) in the laboratory or studying variation within natural populations. Microbes are highly amenable to experimental evolution, and this approach has successfully addressed a broad range of questions, including adaptive dynamics, the repeatability of evolution, social interactions, and the distribution of fitness effects. Whole-genome sequencing of large samples from wild populations are similarly underpinning rapid advances in understanding how genome dynamics (such as the role of horizontal gene transfer and the pan-genome) underpin adaptation and ecological interactions. These two perspectives should, in principal, provide mutual reinforcement, as each addresses the potential weaknesses of the other; EE studies offer a controlled but artificial environment, whereas studies on natural populations are inherently more complex yet more realistic. This meeting will aim to bridge the gap between these approaches and build upon synergies and reciprocal benefits. The meeting will include a session on ‘Big Data’ analysis and microbial genomics supported by MRC-CLIMB (Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial bioinformatics).
Venue: The meeting will be held in Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India.
Dates: 14-16 December 2017.
Confirmed presenters include:
Angus Buckling (University of Exeter, UK)
Olivier Tenaillon (French Institute of Health and Medical Research, France)
Daniel Falush (University of Bath, UK)
Deepa Agashe (National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India)
Ed Feil (University of Bath, UK)
Sam Sheppard (University of Bath, UK)
If you would like to attend the meeting please send an email to the organisers at email@example.com by 1 October. Talks will be selected from submitted abstracts (up to 250 words), and all delegates are invited to present a poster.
12 awards are available for Early Career Researchers to attend and speak at the meeting (graduate students, post-doctoral researchers). These awards will provide $1000 towards travel costs, and all registration costs (including 3 nights accommodation). Awardees based in India will receive a maximum of $300 for travel. Please send no more than 500 words on your research, and the contribution you can make to the meeting, to the organisers: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for applications 1 October 2017. You will be notified by 15 October 2017.