We need all the tools in our toolbox to stop the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance

Infections are usually treated using a straightforward paradigm: an infectious agent causes the patient’s illness, so the cure is a drug that kills the agent. This paradigm works but reality is often much more complex, explains Marjon de Vos, assistant professor of Microbiology at the University of Groningen. ‘Treatment with antimicrobials produces a selection pressure towards resistance. And this happens within a microbial community with more than one species.’

Read more here: https://www.rug.nl/sciencelinx/nieuws/2021/11/a-new-way-to-fight-antimicrobial-resistance?lang=en

2022 Meetings in Microbial Ecology & Evolution

Two independent 4-day meetings. In both of these, we will embrace thought-provoking discussions, community engagement on cutting edge topics in microbial evolution, and informal discussions over shared meals and beautiful scenery. Applicants may apply to either or both meetings. Both meetings will feature invited speakers (please find a list in the attached poster), and we welcome applications for short talks and poster presentations. We aim to have all participants present their work.

Applications will be reviewed based on overall quality and fit for the meeting. Abstracts must be unique and specific to the theme of the meeting. As a fully trainee-organized meeting, we especially welcome applications from graduate students and postdocs. But all levels are welcome! 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. Participants should cover travel and accommodation, but we expect to provide need-based financial assistance for both to anyone who needs it. Please reach out to us directly for financial assistance. Applications are now open, and close on November 30th 2021 at 11:59pm. All applications will be reviewed after this deadline. We expect to send acceptance emails by mid December.

Meeting I is focused on Microbial Communities and Coevolution (May 16 – 20, 2022).

Meeting II is focused on Microbial Evolutionary Dynamics (May 30 – June 3, 2022).

Visit the following website for details of each workshop and for the abstract submission process.


Note: We aim to provide safe conditions for this in-person meeting. Based on future regulations and recommendations, we may require proof of vaccination status and/or proof of testing prior to entry.

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)

Microbial Evolutionary Medicine Seminar

The second online Microbial Evolution Seminar will take place on 17 December 10am EST/ 4pm CET

Assistant Professor Elsa Hansen from the Pennsylvania State University, will present her recent work on antibiotic resistance.

Elsa will give a 20 minute presentation, followed by 40 minutes of discussion in break-out rooms and in-plenum.
We would like these sessions to be informal and with opportunity for participants and presenters of different backgrounds and expertise to join in. 

If you want to participate, you can sign up here. If you (know of someone who)’d like to be added to the mailing list let us know.

Organizers: Sandra Breum Andersen, Jesse Shapiro, Constance Schultzs, Michael Baym, Melanie Ghoul & Marjon de Vos