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Archaea: Ecology, Metabolism & Molecular Biology
Gordon Research Conference

The Big Picture of Archaeal Biology: Evolutionary Diversity, Metabolic Range, and Information Processing Systems from the Coalescence of Ecological, Cellular and Molecular Studies


July 23-28, 2017


Waterville Valley
Waterville Valley, NH Site Information


Thomas J. Santangelo & Nick Robinson

Vice Chairs:
Rachel J. Whitaker & Finn Werner

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 25, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The breadth and depth of archaeal biology has exponentially increased since the pioneering work of Carl Woese revealed that the Archaea represent a distinct and diverse division of life. No one discipline can alone capture the essence and enormity of archaeal biology; the strength of the community has emerged from the collaborative efforts of environmental, biophysical, cellular, and evolutionary biologists focused on establishing the interconnections underlying archaeal metabolism and molecular biology. The "Archaea: Ecology, Metabolism and Molecular Biology" GRC conference is the foremost multi-disciplinary meeting for all members of the archaeal community to discuss the latest developments in the field. The meeting highlights the newest discoveries in a broad range of topics: new paradigms in the ecology and diversity of archaea; evolution and the latest theories on the "trees of life"; archaeal metabolism, genome function and systems biology; archaeal viruses and cellular defense (including the CRISPR/Cas systems), DNA informational processing (including replication, transcription, repair, and chromatin organization) and translation and post-translational modifications.

This meeting provides an ideal platform for leaders in diverse disciplines to exchange new ideas, collaborate, and tackle important biological questions using complementary approaches. The conference has a long history and a strong reputation for high-quality and cutting edge research, while also providing a friendly and supportive environment for younger scientists to interact with world experts in this field. Tom Santangelo and Nick Robinson look forward to receiving your application and warmly invite you to the 2017 meeting.


Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by March 23, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: Archaeal Biology: Past and Present
    (Zvi Kelman / Karl Stetter / Patrick Forterre)
  • Metabolism and Ecology
    (Kira Makarova / Anna-Louise Reysenbach / Jose De La Torre / Cecile Gubry-Rangin / Roland Hatzenpichler)
  • New Archaeal Lineages and Archaeal Viruses
    (Mark Young / Simonetta Gribaldo / Eugene Koonin / David Prangishvili)
  • CRISPR Systems
    (Qunxin She / Uri Gophna / Michael Terns / Malcolm White / Dina Grohmann)
  • Cell Biology
    (Kelly Bidle / Iain Duggin / Sonja-Verena Albers)
  • DNA Replication, Recombination, and Repair Systems
    (Lori Kelman / Thorsten Allers / Stephen Bell / Andrew Gardner / Changyi Zhang)
  • Protein Biology
    (Bettina Siebers / Tobias Warnecke / Julie Maupin-Furlow / Michael Rother / Marlene Belfort)
  • RNA Biology
    (Eveline Peeters / Lennart Randau / Thomas Fouqueau / Xu Peng / Joerg Soppa / Ruth Schmitz-Streit)
  • Systems- and Synthetic-Biology
    (Frank Robb / Amy Schmid / Susumu Sakata / Florin Musat)
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