16 May 2022 to 3 June 2022
Europe/Berlin timezone

Announcing two in-person meetings on Microbial Population Biology for Summer of 2022

We look forward to bringing the Microbial Population Biology community back together in the Summer of 2022 at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology Plön. 

  • During two, 4-day meetings, we will embrace thought-provoking discussions and community engagement on cutting edge topics in microbial evolution.

  • Both meetings will feature pre-invited speakers, and we welcome applications for talk and poster abstracts. We aim for all participants to present their work, and applications will be reviewed based on overall quality and fit for the meeting. As a fully trainee-organized meeting, we especially welcome applications from graduate students and postdocs.

  • Both meetings will be small (~60 people) and will feature meals and social activities at the venue to drive discussion and engagement.

  • Registration and two meals per day will be provided at no cost, but participants need to cover travel and accommodation. We expect to be able to provide financial assistance for childcare, travel, and accommodation for those in need. Please reach out to us directly for financial assistance. 

Please check back regularly for updates (e.g. application deadlines, meeting code of conduct, schedule, speaker list, and other details), and in the meantime please reach out to us with questions!

Organizers: Alita Burmeister (Yale University), Andrew Farr (MPI for Evolutionary Biology), Fatima Aysha Hussain (MIT), Tanush Jagdish (Harvard), Clara Moreno-Fenoll (ESPCI-PSL), Loukas Theodosiou (MPI for Evolutionary Biology)

Workshop I - Communities and Coevolution, May 16 - 20, 2022

The co-evolutionary dynamics of microbial communities play a vital role in driving and maintaining diversity in all ecosystems. From simple laboratory experiments with two species to complex microbiomes with millions of species and spatial structure, our understanding of community dynamics has been dramatically improved by the use of laboratory coevolution experiments, high-throughput methodologies, and theoretical approaches. However, key questions remain, including how adaptive and neutral processes impact the maintenance of diversity, whether microbiomes might be manipulated to treat disease or disrupted ecosystems, and how short-term changes might influence long-term dynamics. This workshop aims to foster discussions about recent advances on how and why microbial communities change over time. We welcome contributions from those working on fundamental and applied questions. As a fully trainee-organized meeting, we hope to create a collaborative and inclusive environment through discussions, chalk talks, and panel presentations.

Workshop II  - Evolutionary Dynamics and Processes, May 30 - June 3

Understanding evolutionary dynamics in microbial populations is fundamental to making sense of both natural and applied systems, from antibiotic resistance and climate change to synthetic bioreactors and breweries. While evolution is driven by mutations,  the consequences of these genetic changes is complicated by the vastness of the genotype-phenotype map, and the many ways mutations impact protein function, gene expression, signaling, and metabolism. This workshop aims to address the complexity and challenges of  understanding the molecular dynamics and processes driving evolution in microbial populations. We welcome contributions from those working on fundamental and applied questions. As a fully trainee-organized meeting, we hope to create a collaborative and inclusive environment through discussions, chalk talks, and panel presentations. 

Abstract submission

  • Application are open, and close on November 30, 2021 at 11:59pm CET. All applications will be reviewed after this deadline. We expect to announce selected abstracts by mid December.

  • Abstracts not selected for an oral presentation will automatically be considered for a poster.

  • All attendees must present either a poster or talk.

  • Participants may apply to either or both meetings. In the latter case, abstracts must be unique and specific to each event.

  • Registration is free of charge. To obtain financial assistance for childcare and accommodation, please contact the workshop organizers.

  • Confidentiality policy and code of conduct to come.



To apply to attend the conference, please click on "Register now" below. Please submit by November 30, 2021 at 11:59pm CET. Abstracts will be reviewed on overall quality and fit. Accepted attendees will be announced in mid-December 2021. You will not be charged registration or accommodation during the application.

Registration for this event is currently open.