Fungal Genetics memorable parts?

Well we’re back from a great meeting. We have pictures to upload, notes to review, and backlog of emails to try and read. If you have any memorable points from the meeting you want to share, please feel free to use the comments system or tweet about it referring to this post and it will link in or use the #fungal2013 hashtag. If you have any pictures to share, please feel to also post links to them. A few years ago we used Flickr to make a pool for these, may try again if there is any interest.

I didn’t do a good job finding my favorite data viz posters as it seemed like it was always such a packed poster session and hard to focus after the long days.

Fungal Genome Tools session at Asilomar

On Wednesday of the Fungal Genetics meeting in the Chapel from 12:15 – 1:30 there will be a fungal genome tools session. Box lunches will be available at the Chapel so you can have a chance to eat during the session.

12:15 – 12:30 AspGD / CGD / SGD – Martha Arnaud (Stanford)
12:35 – 12:50 CFGGP 2.0 – Jaeyoung Choi (Seoul National University)
12:55 – 1:10 Ensembl Genomes – Uma Maheswari (European Bioinformatics Institute)
1:10 – 1:25 FungiDB – Jason Stajich (UC Riverside)

This will be followed by a One Fungus = One Name session from 1:30 – 1:50. See this paper for more information.

Talks will also be posted at and you can see the talks from the previous conference.

On Thursday March 14 there will be a lunch workshop on JGI’s Mycocosm and the 1000 Fungal genomes (Igor Grigoriev) project in Merrill Hall.

On Friday March 15, there will be a lunch workshop on FungiDB (Omar Harb).

2013 FASEB Summer Research Conference “Microbial Pathogenesis: Mechanisms of Infectious Disease”

Snowmass Village, CO

Registration is now open for the 2013 FASEB Summer Research Conference “Microbial Pathogenesis: Mechanisms of Infectious Disease” that will be held in Snowmass, Colorado July 21-26, 2013. The current schedule of invited speakers is attached here. An important feature is that 16 short talks remain to be chosen from submitted abstracts, so there is ample room to be included on the program.

See the program here: 2013 FASEB PROGRAM AGENDA-July 21-26 2013 Snowmass CO and the FASEB SRC site

The history of this unique meeting is that it strives to be truly cross-disciplinary. It is attended by ~ 100+ bacteriologists, virologists, mycologists, parasitologists, prionologist, and immunologists, and the conference seeks to create an interactive environment for a diverse audience of senior and junior scientists who approach similar questions from a variety of angles and model systems. The meeting will begin with the Bernie Fields keynote address on Sunday evening by Jeremy Luban followed by four days of morning and evening talks and late afternoon poster sessions. Like the Gordon and Keystone meeting format, participants gather for all meals and talks, making it easy to get to know many new colleagues during the course of the meeting. The accommodations and site are exemplary, with ample hiking, biking, river rafting and other outdoor activities available during the unscheduled afternoons.

A central goal for the conference is to develop the next generation of colleagues in the microbial pathogenesis field. At this past summer’s meeting, Peggy Cotter continued the “meet the speaker” and “meet the scientist” breakfasts and lunches to encourage greater interaction between students, post-docs and faculty. There was also a career development session the closing morning titled “Grant, manuscript and tenure review” that was led by Peggy Cotter and Eduardo Montalvo and Joe Heitman and this was well received. These will be features of the 2013 meeting, as well as a series of poster and young speaker awards. We are working to invite journal editors to the meeting, and also representatives from the NIH/NIAID (Eduardo Montalvo has attended the meeting previously several times) and possibly also from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

A series of short talks will be selected from Abstracts submitted by graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty.
In the past, this has been a particularly attractive feature of the meeting that has contributed to its popularity and success. 16 short talks will be chosen from the submitted abstracts for inclusion on the program.

The 2013 meeting will be the 10th in this series of highly successful interdisciplinary meetings, and all have been held at the Snowmass site. Thus, there is a rich history and tradition, and many if not all of the previous chairs and co-chairs will be attending the meeting, and which further contributes to the success that the meeting enjoys.

We look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions.


Joe Heitman
Chair, 2013 FASEB Summer Research Conference

John Leong
Vice-Chair, 2013 FASEB Summer Research Conference (Chair 2015 conference)

Posters for Fungal Genetics Conference

To those making their posters for Fungal Genetics meeting, we salute you. Get those 3’10” x 3’10” works of art printed & ready to impress the 900 colleagues who will be at the conference.  I’ll try and count the distribution of fabric posters vs the big prints vs the hand-made 8×11 sheets. I think I’ll also be giving unofficial awards for best non-boring Venn Diagram (think outside the banana) or other memorable data viz. The abstract book should be released soon and I hope to get a Wordle up like from years past. I’m curious to see what topics are trending and if it belies how the fields are changing to address areas in biofuels, use of next gen sequencing, or other areas.

Consider submitting your posters to F1000 or other repositories if you want to share you work outside the meeting. I’m even seeing on public on twitter already from @BenoitCalmes.

The twitter hashtag is #FUNGAL2013 so get your clients ready.