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This meeting took place in 2006

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Microbial Community Genomics in Animals and in the Environment (B5)

Organizer(s) Edward M. Rubin and Edward F. Delong
February 6—10, 2006
Granlibakken Tahoe • Tahoe City, CA USA
Abstract Deadline: Oct 6, 2005
Late Abstract Deadline: Oct 31, 2005
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 6, 2005
Early Registration Deadline: Dec 6, 2005

Supported by The Director's Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Through genomics we are presented for the first time with the opportunity to move beyond cultured single isolates of microbes exploring microbial communities in their natural environments. This meeting will focus on ways in which investigators are now adapting genomic tools and approaches to developing more realistic models for and insights into genome evolution, pathogenesis, speciation and a variety of other issues involving microbial communities of environmental and biomedical import. The meeting will highlight emerging technologies that should accelerate the variety and quality of useful data coming from metagenomic studies and computational approaches to its analysis. By enabling in-depth investigations into microbial communities that impact human health and the environment, microbial genomics is likely to contribute to treating diseases and managing the precious resources and processes that sustain life on this planet.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: October 6, 2005 (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.


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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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