Main Topics

What will be discussed? And what does a session look like?

Topics at ISME18

  • Advances in terrestrial systems ecology
     
  • Ancient microbial DNA and ancient microbial ecology
     
  • Animal microbiomes
     
  • Bringing uncultured taxa into mainstream phylogeny
     
  • Engineering microbial communities and functions: synthetic microbial ecology
     
  • Freshwater microbiomics
     
  • Fungi
     
  • Global and continental biogeography
     
  • Global biogeochemical cycling / Microbial contribution to ecosystem services
     
  • Human microbiomics and disease/health/lifestyle
     
  • Marine microbial ecology
     
  • Microbes and climate
     
  • Microbial biotechnology and engineered systems
     
  • Microbial ecology of Anti-Microbial Resistance
     
  • Microbial eukaryotes
     
  • Microbial interactions between organisms, species and kingdoms
     
  • Microbiology of the three poles
     
  • Modern methods in microbial ecology / Microbial ecology tools and methodology
     
  • New microbial physiologies and metabolic capacities
     
  • Phage and virus ecology
     
  • Symbiosis
     
  • The microbial-plant interface/Microbes and agriculture
     
  • The microbiomics of extreme environments
     

Each topic equals a session. A session consists of a morning and an afternoon slot of two hours each. Per session, there will be 4 invited speakers (30 minute talks), 7 contributed talks (15 minutes each), as selected from the abstracts, and 6 poster pitches of 2 minutes each, which are also selected from the abstracts. 

Typically, a session would look like:

Morning Session Afternoon Session
10.00 - 10.30 Invited Talk 1 13.30 - 14.00 Invited Talk 3
10.30 - 11.00 Invited Talk 2 14.00 - 14.15 Poster Pitches (6)
11.00 - 11.15 Contributed Talk 1 14.15 - 14.45 Invited Talk 4
11.15 - 11.30 Contributed Talk 2 14.45 - 15.00 Contributed Talk 5
11.30 - 11.45 Contributed Talk 3 15.00 - 15.15 Contributed Talk 6
11.45 - 12.00 Contributed Talk 4 15.15 - 15.30 Contributed Talk 7

However, few sessions may deviate from this structure due to organizational reasons.