Meeting on the Genomics of Nitrogen-Fixing Organisms
No doubt many of you are planning to attend the 11th European Nitrogen Fixation Conference, which will be held in Tenerife on 7-10 September 2014. This is one of the major international conferences for rhizobium researchers, attended by people from around the world, not just Europe. I am, once again, organising a satellite meeting on “Genomics of Nitrogen-Fixing Organisms” on Sunday 7 September before the main conference begins. Similar workshop meetings at previous conferences have been very popular.
The workshop covers the analysis of genomes of N-fixing bacteria or archaea, as well as post-genomic studies such as transcriptomics and proteomics. The format is a series of short offered talks, probably 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions. There has been a flood of new genomes since the last workshop in 2012, so there should be plenty to talk about. I would welcome analyses that compared multiple genomes, as well as detailed studies of individual strains.
If you, or one of your colleagues, would like to give a talk at the workshop, please let me have a title and a very brief abstract (<100 words) by email to email@example.com. This does not have to be your final abstract – just a few words so that I can check that your contribution is relevant and can decide where to place it in the programme. I will accommodate as many speakers as possible, but may have to be selective if we get too many offers. To have the best chance, please apply as soon as possible. The deadline is 15 May, but don’t wait till then as we may fill the programme sooner. You do not need to register before contacting me.
If you know of any other labs who are working on the genomics of N-fixers and may be interested, please let me know. Note that this workshop is restricted to the genomics of the N-fixing organisms themselves, not their symbiotic partners, and I also want to avoid any overlap with the talks already scheduled for the main meeting. However, our workshop could be a good place for postdocs or students to present more detailed aspects of the work than will be possible in the more formal setting. This can include material presented as posters in the main conference – but if your contribution is selected for oral presentation in the main sessions, we will take it out of the workshop to avoid duplication.
The workshop will be held in the morning and afternoon of Sunday 7 September, before the opening of the main conference. There will be an additional registration charge for the genomics workshop (€50, €25 for students), which will include the cost of lunch and coffee breaks, so please make sure that you sign up for this when you register for the main conference. This charge is payable by everyone who attends, including the speakers.
I do hope that you will be able to join us for a busy and lively day.