109th American Society for Microbiology General Meeting

17-May-2009 - 21-May-2009

2009 is the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species, and therefore should be an important year for ASM Division R - Evolutionary & Genomic Microbiology. I invite everyone to consider proposing a symposium. Any topic related to evolutionary and genomic microbiology can be considered. Topics that have been casually discussed include:

- The origin of bacterial species
- Evolution of sex and recombination
- The flexible genome in ecological adaptation
- Microbial evolution in the human microbiome

Symposia are 2.5hrs in length with a maximum of five speakers. Speakers are reimbursed for some of their travel expenses (up to $900 for US-based speakers and $1200 for non-US speakers). Symposia conveners do not get any reimbursement unless they also present a talk. Meeting registration fees will be reimbursed for speakers who are not ASM members. Symposium proposals are first vetted by divisional officers (Paul Turner, Jennifer Wernegreen, and me for Division R), and forwarded to the Divisional Group for final review and selection.

All proposals must be completed online by Aug 18th. [ more ]