Major nat’l. microbiology conference here in June
For the first time in 15 years, the U of S will play host to the prestigious annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists, June 16-19.
It will be the 52nd annual meeting of the group, and the first here since 1987. The theme will be “Biotechnology: the Present and the Future”.
Two of the local organizers – Prof. Louise Nelson of Applied Microbiology & Food Science, and Prof. Barry Ziola of Microbiology & Immunology – say they expect about 250 microbiologists from across Canada and a few from the U.S. to attend.
Nelson and Ziola say the extensive program features the U of S strengths of microbiology and biotechnology, including a plenary session on the latter topic. There will also be tours of the Canadian Light Source synchrotron and an evening at Wanuskewin.
The organizers added that poster sessions featuring the display of more than 100 projects will be held in the walkway between the Biology and Agriculture Buildings. Abstracts are being invited from microbiologists, with a Feb. 28 deadline. There will also be about a dozen scientific exhibits in the Geological Science Building atrium.
A series of eight symposia will be held during the conference, offering in-depth sessions on topics including environmental sensing, molecular evolution, control of biofilms, vaccine delivery, plant-microbe interface, and the safety of food and water.
Nelson and Ziola say most participants will be staying in campus residences.
For information see the conference website at: www.usask.ca/agriculture/amfs/csm