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Applied & Environmental Microbiology (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

The "Sharing Economy" of Microbes and Microbial Communities: Adaptations and Applications


July 15-16, 2017


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA Site Information


Amalie Tuerk Levy & Aaron W. Puri

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 17, 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.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by April 15, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Applied and Environmental Microbiology is a unique forum for early career researchers to present their latest results, exchange cutting-edge research approaches and ideas, and network with other peer-level scientists during two oral scientific sessions and two interactive poster sessions. A mentoring session and panel discussion provide the opportunity for young scientists to use four experts from diverse areas of research as sounding boards for their own scientific interests and expectations.

As with all forms of life, microbes are subject to economies of energy, macro- and micro-nutrients, physical space, and other resources. These economies govern microbial physiology and metabolism from the single cell to stochastic interactions within mixed microbial ecosystems. This GRS seeks to explore strategies and mechanisms adopted by microbes to cope with limited resources in systems ranging from lab- and industrial-scale monocultures to complex environmental communities. Discussions on how this knowledge can be leveraged to improve biotechnological processes and address issues of climate change, waste remediation, and human health are encouraged.

Application Instructions

The meeting 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 Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by April 15, 2017. 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 Deadline section above.

Program Format

Saturday Sunday
  • Introductory Comments: 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Introductory Science Session: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Poster Session I: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Evening Science Session: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • Morning Science Session: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Poster Session II: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Concluding Science Session: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Evaluation Period: 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Program for related GRC begins: 6:00 pm

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Applied & Environmental Microbiology" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Preliminary Program Outline

An outline of the program components for this GRS is displayed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program schedule, which will include the speakers they select from submitted abstracts, in addition to any additional components outlined below. The detailed program will be available by May 15, 2017. Please check back for updates.

Keynote Speaker

  • John Coates (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
    "Next Generation High Throughput Methodologies Resolving Applied and Environmental Microbiology Issues"


  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Discussion Leaders

  • Aaron Puri (University of Washington, USA)

Additional Discussion Leaders May Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Mentorship Component

"Career Panel Discussion"

  • Denise Akob (U.S. Geological Survey, USA)
  • Derek Wells (Antheia, USA)
  • John Coates (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Kirsten Kusel (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany)
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