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Archaea: Ecology, Metabolism & Molecular Biology
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Conference Information

Status

Active

Initial Year

1984

Discipline

Biological

Categories

Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

The existence of the Archaea as the third domain of life was discovered approximately 30 years ago. Since this time, tremendous progress has been made to understand the metabolic pathways and genetic regulons that underlie the often extreme life style of this diverse group of prokaryotes. While certain proteins involved in transcription, translation and replications are shared with the Eukarya, general metabolic diversity resulting in diverse carbon acquisition and energy substrate usage are common with the Bacteria. The Archaea are distinct by exhibiting unique features such as a methane production, unique photosynthesis via a single protein chromophore and the ability to thrive under extreme conditions such as extremely high or low temperature, salt saturation conditions, and extremely high and low pH. Although archaeal organisms represent approximately one third of life's evolutionary diversity and display many interesting and practical properties, Archaea are much less characterized than are organisms from the other two domains.

The Gordon Research Conference (GRC) constitutes the most prestigious conference in the field on archaeal research. With the discovery of the methane-producing methanogenic archaea, the first GRC was held on methanogens in 1984 and continued every three years until 1993. At this time, it was recognized that the archaea constitute a diverse group of organisms that were more broadly studied resulting in cutting edge research on novel and unique metabolic features. To reflect the broadening research activities, the first GRC on Archaea was held in 1996 and was named "Archaea: Ecology Metabolism & Molecular Biology". This highly international conference is now held in a two-year cycle and expands on established themes centering on emerging archaea and archaeal viruses and their ecology, extremophilic enzymes and unusual metabolic pathways, mechanisms of archaeal transcription, translation, replication and recombination, and genomics and evolution.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2017 Archaea: Ecology, Metabolism & Molecular Biology
The Big Picture of Archaeal Biology: Evolutionary Diversity, Metabolic Range, and Information Processing Systems from the Coalescence of Ecological, Cellular and Molecular Studies
Jul 23-28 Waterville Valley Thomas J. Santangelo
Nick Robinson
2015 Archaea: Ecology, Metabolism & Molecular Biology
Archaeal Biology Nearly Two Decades After the First Genome: Transforming Our Understanding of Life by Leveraging Tools of the Post-Genomic Age
Jul 26-31 Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River Todd Lowe
Ruth A. Schmitz-Streit
2013 Archaea: Ecology, Metabolism & Molecular Biology Jul 28 - Aug 2 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Zvi Kelman
Sonja-Verena Albers
2011 Archaea: Ecology, Metabolism & Molecular Biology Jul 31 - Aug 5 Waterville Valley Kenneth M. Stedman
Haruyuki Atomi
2009 Archaea: Ecology, Metabolism & Molecular Biology Jul 26-31 Waterville Valley Julie Maupin-Furlow
Bettina Siebers
2007 Archaea: Ecology, Metabolism & Molecular Biology Aug 19-24 Proctor Academy Imke Schroeder
Malcolm F. White
2005 Archaea: Ecology, Metabolism & Molecular Biology Aug 14-19 Magdalen College Paul Blum
John Van Der Oost
2003 Archaea: Ecology, Metabolism & Molecular Biology Aug 3-8 Proctor Academy Richard F. Shand
2001 Archaea: Ecology, Metabolism & Molecular Biology Aug 5-10 Proctor Academy Charles J. Daniels
1999 Archaea: Ecology, Metabolism & Molecular Biology Aug 1-6 Proctor Academy Stephen H. Zinder
Felicitas Pfeifer
1996 Archaea: Ecology, Metabolism & Molecular Biology Jul 14-19 Plymouth State College William B. Whitman
1993 Methanogenesis Jul 18-23 Plymouth State College Jordan Konisky
1990 Methanogenesis Jul 2-6 Plymouth State College Robert P. Gunsalus
1987 Methanogenesis, Molecular Aspects of Jun 29 - Jul 3 New Hampton School James G. Ferry
1984 Methanogenesis
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Methanogenic Bacteria
Aug 20-24 Tilton School William H. Orme-Johnson
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