Metagenomics and Environmental Microbiology

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Metagenomics and Environmental Microbiology
2011
Metagenomics and
Environmental Microbiology
SCOPE
Microorganisms are responsible for the
operation of the biogeochemical cycles
which shape the environment’s biosphere
and which are vital for the functioning
of all ecosystems. Yet, microbes are
the least understood of all organisms
on Earth, since our ability to study and
understand their metabolic potential
has been hampered by our inability to
generate pure cultures.
The microbial metagenome is the
most important source of genes in
the biosphere and is responsible
for maintaining the biogenic cycles.
Consequently, the microbial metagenome
is the most determinant of all the
enzymatic reactions that take place
on Earth. Almost 99% of all soil
microbiota and nearly 99.9% of marine
microorganisms are difficult to culture
under laboratory conditions. As a result,
the biotechnological potential of this
important and basic source of knowledge
for future technological applications
remains unexplored and consequently
unknown.
This workshop aims at exploring the
microbial diversity in different niches,
thus undertaking the task of establishing
the first global metagenomic map. Thus,
this workshop represents a qualitative
step-forward in the knowledge of
bacterial populations in pristine and
contaminated sites, to unveil the hidden
potential of microbes for biotechnology,
and to set up the basis for further indepth cutting-edge research.
The meeting will bring together leading
experts in the field of Microbial Ecology
and Metagenomics, who have pioneered
the field to develop molecular tools
which opened new avenues to research
microbes in the environment.
FORMAT OF THE
WORKSHOP
The workshop will bring together
17 speakers and a maximum of 50
participants (including speakers). The
scientific programme will start in the
morning of monday, October 3rd, and will
end on wednesday, October 5th. Ample
time for informal discussion will be
reserved.
Participants will be invited to present a
poster.
ORGANIZED BY:
Juan Luis Ramos. EEZ-CSIC, Granada,
Spain
Víctor de Lorenzo. CNB-CSIC, Madrid,
Spain
Dietmar Pieper. Helmholtz Center,
Braunschweig, Germany
COORDINATED BY:
Dr. Lourdes Soria. International University
of Andalusia. Baeza, Jaén. Spain.
e-mail: [email protected]
VENUE OF THE
WORKSHOP
The workshop will be held in Baeza,
at the “Sede Antonio Machado”, a
XVII century building turned into a
Conference Centre of the International
University of Andalusia (UNIA). This site
includes a recently restored residence,
where speakers and participants will
be accommodated. Baeza is a World
Historic Heritage town, renowned for its
Reinassance and Gothic buildings.
SPEAKERS
FRS Kenneth N. Timmis. Helmholtz
Center, Braunschweig, Germany.
Jean Armengaud. CEA-Marcoule, DSViBED-SBTN-LBSP, Bagnols sur Cèze,
France.
Felipe Cabello. New York Medical
College, New York, USA.
Ed de Long. MIT, Cambridge, USA.
Eduardo Díaz. CIB-CSIC, Madrid, Spain.
Carlos Guzmán. Helmholtz Center,
Braunschweig, Germany.
Shigeaki Harayama. Faculty of Science
and Engineering, Chuo University, Tokyo,
Japan.
Terry McGenity. University of Essex,
Colchester, UK.
Balbina Nogales. Universidad de las
Islas Baleares, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Jan Roelof van der Meer. University of
Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Fernando Rojo. CNB-CSIC, Madrid,
Spain.
David Stahl. University of Washington,
Seattle, USA.
Robert Steffan. Shaw Environmental,
Inc., Lawrenceville, USA.
Michail Yakimov. Instituto Sperimentale
Talassografico-CNR, Milazzo Harbor, Italy.
Juan Luis Ramos. EEZ-CSIC, Granada,
Spain.
Víctor de Lorenzo. CNB-CSIC, Madrid,
Spain.
Dietmar Pieper. Helmholtz Center,
Braunschweig, Germany.
Baeza, Spain.
3rd - 5th October
2011
MORE INFORMATION
http://www.unia.es/
environmentworkshops
DEADLINE:
For application: 2nd September 2011

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