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This meeting took place in 2011

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Microbial Communities as Drivers of Ecosystem Complexity (C8)

Organizer(s) Jacques Ravel, Vincent B. Young, Mitchell L. Sogin and Trina McMahon
March 25—30, 2011
Beaver Run Resort • Breckenridge, CO USA
Abstract Deadline: Nov 23, 2010
Late Abstract Deadline: Dec 29, 2010
Scholarship Deadline: Nov 23, 2010
Early Registration Deadline: Jan 25, 2011

Supported by the Directors' Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Microorganisms, by their omnipresence, impact the entire biosphere, including the human body. Microbial ecology studies the interactions between members of microbial communities (assemblage of microorganisms that share the same environment) using a panoply of biological and bioinformatics tools. The field of microbial ecology has made substantial strides with the advent of molecular microbiology and has fully embraced high-throughput DNA sequencing technologies. When Joshua Lederberg coined the term human microbiome, he had an ecological analogy in mind (“to signify the ecological community of commensal, symbiotic and pathogenic microorganisms that literally share our body space and have been all but ignored as determinants of health and disease”). The studies of the human microbiome and the environment are both characterizing key microbial interactions but appear to act independently from one another. The main purpose of the symposium is to assemble the leaders in the field of environmental microbial ecology and the human microbiome to stimulate interaction and collaboration. Session topics will address every aspect of the study of microbial communities, from microbial surveys, bioinformatics, transcriptomics, proteomics and community modeling. Each session will include speakers studying environmental communities and the human microbiome. The interactive nature of this symposium will spur collaborations and a better integration of these two similar fields of study.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: November 23, 2010 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time
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Keystone Symposia is offering scholarships of up to 1,200 USD to Students and Postdoctoral fellows. These scholarships are to be used to help defray the expenses associated with conference attendance, including airfare (restrictions may apply based on funding source), ground transportation, lodging costs, and a portion of meeting registration. Receipts will be required to receive reimbursement.

Abstracts submitted for poster presentation will be used as the basis for awarding the scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the quality of science of the abstract and the relevance of the abstract to the conference topic. Only one application per abstract is accepted. Only one award per lab will be allocated.


To be eligible for a scholarship, you must be:

A graduate student or postdoctoral fellow currently enrolled in an academic institute at the start of the meeting for which you are applying. Note: a graduate student is defined as a student who is studying for a higher degree at an academic institution. A postdoctoral fellow is defined as an individual with a Ph.D., M.D., or DVM degree who is engaged in a temporary period of mentored research and/or scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue their desired career path, and is within 6 years of these degrees.

Review Criteria

Criteria for Abstract Review:

  1. Relevance to the meeting topic
  2. Significance of the scientific question and results
  3. Style
    • Organization (e.g. the abstract has a clear beginning, middle and end)
    • Grammar and spelling
  4. Clarity of scientific presentations
    • Clear question or hypothesis
    • Sufficient background
    • The experimental approach and rationale for the approach are clear
    • The results are clearly presented
    • The interpretation and conclusions are reasonable and logical

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