ISME18 News

The latest updates on ISME18




7 April 2020
Update on ISME18; 
We are currently in discussions with the Cape Town International Convention Center regarding scheduling, but we are already pleased to announce that ISME18 will definitely be held in August 2021. We hope to confirm the exact week and dates for August 2021 very soon.

20 March 2020
Update on on ISME18, which was planned for 9-14 August 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa: Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the ISME Executives and ISME18 Local Organizing committee have decided to postpone the symposium. We apologize for the inconvenience to delegates, conveners, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors, but the current situation has made this decision unavoidable.

We want to emphasize that despite the delay, we remain committed to holding ISME18 at a future date.  We are exploring plans to delay the meeting by one year (to August 2021), but this is contingent on the availability of the Cape Town International Convention Center. The ISME18 scientific sessions that were planned are fantastic, so we hope to preserve the original program as much as possible. We were on the way to receiving a record number of abstracts for ISME18, and are looking forward to maintaining this strong interest in 2021. The newly formed ISME Early Career Scientist Committee, which will meet for the first time at ISME18, has already engaged in collaborative plans to engage early-career scientists to share talks/seminars in the interim. So, there are many reasons to be optimistic!

The ISME team is working hard on rescheduling plans, and is available to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. As soon as we confirm details and dates for ISME18 in 2021, we will inform our entire community and post regular updates on our website. In the meanwhile, please note the additional information below, for those who had already made plans to attend ISME18 in August 2020.

For those who already submitted abstracts:
We will reinitiate the abstract submission process anew for ISME18 in early 2021. So please, hold onto your abstracts, refine them, and resubmit them after the rescheduled ISME18 date is announced and submission pages re-open. Who knows, your scientific breakthroughs during 2020 may necessitate a few exciting abstract edits!

For those who submitted applications for a Travel Award:
We will reinitiate the application process in 2021.

For those who submitted Roundtable Proposals:
We will reinitiate the Roundtable submission process anew as well. It will be fine to resubmit the same Roundtable Proposal, or perhaps renew and refine it, before resubmitting for ISME18 2021.

For delegates who may have already registered: 
We hope that most of you will be able to attend ISME18 2021. Your registration fees can be carried forward for ISME18 2021, or reimbursed. Please contact events@isme-microbes.org for more information.

For conveners and speakers: 
We will be sending a separate note out to all the invited conveners and speakers with more information soon. We want to emphasize that planning for ISME18 2021 is fully underway, and that the invitations still stand. Stay tuned for more communications, and please contact events@isme-microbes.org with any questions. 

We know everyone’s email inboxes are already jam packed with COVID-19 pandemic messages, so thanks for reading through this far. The entire ISME team remains totally committed to continuing the great traditions of ISME, including our Symposia, and in particular ISME18 in Cape Town, South Africa. We will share any new information on ISME18 planning moving ahead, as soon as we have it.

In the meanwhile, best wishes and good health to the entire ISME Community, and your colleagues, families, and friends. We all have a collective responsibility to support one another during this challenging time, and we thank you for your patience, understanding and ongoing support of ISME.

 

Yours truly,

Ed DeLong, ISME President

ISME Executive Board:
Nicole Dubilier, Vice President
Colin Murrell, Past President
Mark Bailey, Treasurer

ISME18 Local Organizing Committee Co-Chairs:
Donald Cowan, University of Pretoria
Thulani Makhalanyane, University of Pretoria

ISME Office:
Sarash de Wilde, Executive Director
Sabine van Wegen, Event Coordinator
Lydia Zwart, Office & Event Assistant