Tvärminne Polar Microbes Symposium 2018
This small symposium (40 participants) is intended to provide a unique opportunity to bring together molecular microbial ecologists specialized in different organism groups, share our latest results, and discuss methodological problems as well as the future prospects in the field, including practical international collaboration. The environmental focus will be on cryospheric environments including sea ice, glaciers, ice sheets, and permafrost, but excellent research in other polar environments is also invited. The methods to be discussed will focus on 'omics' techniques, ranging from single cells to metagenomes, but exciting research using additional methods is encouraged as well.

Organizers: Dr. Eeva Eronen-Rasimus (Finnish Environment Institute) and Dr. Eric Collins (University of Alaska Fairbanks)

Location: Tvärminne Zoological Station, 120km southwest of Helsinki, Finland
https://www.helsinki.fi/en/research-stations/tvarminne-zoological-station

Schedule:
Sun May 13 -- arrive in Helsinki
Mon May 14 -- morning: charter bus travel to Tvärminne; afternoon: sessions
Tue May 15 -- sessions
Wed May 16 -- sessions
Thu May 17 -- sessions; afternoon: charter bus return to Helsinki

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:
Assoc. Prof. John Bowman, University of Tasmania, Australia
Academy Research Fellow Jenni Hultman, University of Helsinki, Finland
Prof. Thomas Mock, School of Environmental Sciences, UK
Prof. David Thomas, Bangor University, UK
Dr. Jon Sanders, University of California San Diego, USA
Senior researcher Letizia Tedesco, Finnish Environment Institute, Finland
Senior researcher Hermanni Kaartokallio, Finnish Environment Institute, Finland

Registration fee: 150€
Transportation from Helsinki to Tvärminne, Shared Lodging at Tvärminne Zoological station (few single rooms available), Meals, and Sauna are included (Monday -- Thursday) in the registration fee

Extended deadline for abstracts: Monday, March 19
Decisions By: Friday, March 23
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 30

Links to travel funding opportunities:
FEMS: https://fems-microbiology.org/fems-activities/grants/fems-meeting-attendance-grants/
Microbiology Society: https://microbiologysociety.org/grants/travel-research/travel-grants.html

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