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Neurospora meeting at the ECFG

Please see the following meeting sent on behalf of the Neurospora Policy Committee – and don’t forget to sign up for ECFG11 too!ECFG

Dear all,

Continuing what has become an exciting tradition, we will hold a Neurospora satellite meeting the day after the ECFG11 at the University Marburg, Germany. We are looking forward to a day of talks and discussions on all of the new developments in Neurospora research. Similar to the meetings before, we would like to have at least one talk from each attending lab – students and post-docs are especially encouraged to present their work. Please register through the ECFG site (http://www.ecfg.info/). If you wish to give a talk, please send us a tentative title and a short abstract via email by January 9, 2012.
We will meet on Tuesday, the 3rd of April at 9:00 a.m. until sometime in the (late) afternoon. We will provide you with more information on the program and venue, once we know who would like to give a presentation.

Registration fees are:
25 Euro for students and postdocs
35 Euro for PIs
The fee covers lunch and coffee breaks
We are very much looking forward to meeting you in Marburg!
Stephan and Andre

Andre Fleissner                                                Stephan Seiler
Institut für Genetik                                          Institut für Mikrobiologie und Genetik
Technische Universität Braunschweig        Georg-August Universität Göttingen
Spielmannstrasse 7                                         Grisebachstrasse 8
38102 Braunschweig                                      37077 Göttingen
Germany                                                           Germany
Phone: +49-531-3915795                              Phone: +49-551-393777
email: a.fleissner@tu-bs.de                          email: sseiler@gwdg.de

Keystone Meeting on Fungal Pathogens

Upcoming 1st deadline for the Keystone Meeting on Fungal Pathogens, held in Santa Fe, NM January 2012. This looks to be a great gathering of scientists working on pathogens and fungal biology. The deadline for the abstracts is September 19. If you submit after this deadline it will cost more so don’t delay if you think you’d like to attend.

Please find attached an announcement and program for the first Keystone Symposia Meeting on Fungal Pathogens: From Basic Biology to Drug Discovery. The conference will be held January 15-20, 2012 in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is poised to be a milestone for the field. Please note the upcoming Abstract & Scholarship deadline of September 19, 2011.

The aim of this meeting is to bring together the academic, medical and pharmaceutical communities focused on fungal microbial pathogens of humans and other animals to illustrate common themes, and therapeutic, diagnostic and preventive strategies. Opportunities for interdisciplinary interactions will be significantly enhanced by the concurrent meeting on Drug Discovery for Protozoan Parasites, which will share the keynote session and two plenary sessions with this meeting. By bringing together leading experts on multiple pathogens from distinct scientific arenas, this meeting will surmount barriers that have emerged from more limited interactions between traditionally disparate organism-centric communities. The meeting will also provide an opportunity to obtain mentoring on issues spanning grant writing (workshop led by the NIH), career development, and publication in top-tier journals (workshop led by senior editors of top journals).

During free time in the afternoon, meeting participants will be able to enjoy skiing at the majestic Sangre de Cristo mountain range easily accessible by a complementary shuttle. The Convention Center is located within a few blocks of museums, art galleries, restaurants, and the Sante Fe marketplace, where local Indians exhibit and sell hand-crafted products. More details on the conference, activities and services can be found at the following link: http://www.keystonesymposia.org/Meetings/ViewMeetings.cfm?MeetingID=1164

Still time to sign up for EMBO Comparative Genomics meeting

[via Teun Boekhout]

This year looks like another great lineup of speakers for the EMBO Comparative Genomics of Microorganisms: ‘Understanding the Complexity of Diversity’ 15-20 Oct 2011 Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain.

Andrew Allen J. Craig Venter Institute US
Anders Blomberg Göteborg University SE
Chris Bowler École Normale Supérieure FR
Gertraud Burger University of Montreal CA
Bernard Dujon Institut Pasteur FR
Toni Gabaldón CRG, Barcelona ES
Ursula Goodenough Washington University US
Michael Gray Dalhousie University CA
Joseph Heitman Duke University US
Christiane Hertz-Fowler University of Liverpool UK
Regine Kahmann Max Planck Institute DE
Patrick Keeling University of British Columbia CA
Nicole King UC, Berkeley US
Edda Klipp Humboldt University DE
Veronique Leh Louis University of Strasbourg FR
Jan Pawlowski University of Geneva CH
Jure Piskur Lund University SE
Tom Richards University of Exeter UK
Andrew J. Roger Dalhousie University CA
David Roos University of Pennsylvania US
Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo University of Barcelona ES
Joseph Schacherer University of Strasbourg FR
Artur Scherf Institut Pasteur FR
Joey Spatafora Oregon State University US
Nicholas Talbot University of Exeter UK
Kevin Verstrepen University of Leuven BE
Eric Westhof University of Strasbourg FR
Patrick Wincker Genoscope FR
Ken Wolfe Smurfit Institute of Genetics IE
Alexandra Z. Worden University of California US

Some comments from former participants:

Comments from 2009 meeting

Overall rating

Based on responses from 80% of participants:

Excellent 50%; Very Good 44%; Good 6%.

 

Comments:

It is hard to improve the meeting. It’s a good mixture of conference and workshop with a lot of input from expert of adjacent field.

I strongly support the idea the meeting is organized in the future at a regular basis.

Very high quality, open minded with presentations ranging from pure genomics to implementation in the field of ecology; plenty of novelties. Plenty of time to discuss and to establish potential collaborations

I hope to have the possibility to go in the future to this meeting. We learn a lot, and also the size is well, the students have the possibility to talk of discuss with senior

Great work!

Thanks to the organizers for an extremely interesting and productive meeting.

Great meeting. This is a unique meeting because it brings together a group of scientists that dont normally interact with each other. Thus, great opportunities for cross-interactions. This meeting has the potential to fill a very unique niche. I enjoyed meeting new people from diverse fields. I plan to attend again and encourage my colleagues to do so.

This meeting was a great match to my interests but also challenged me to think outside of my normal sphere.  I applaud the organizers and the participants in making this a useful meeting.

The meeting was very well organized and at a very good location. I enjoyed it very much.

I hope this meeting continues as it was a valuable forum for the field of comparative genomics.

This meeting is unique in its broad organism focus. Please keep supporting it.

Upcoming Fungal themed conferences

Several upcoming meetings may be of interest to those working on fungi, fungal genetics & genomics, and pathogenesis.

Keystone Symposia’s 2012 Meeting on Fungal Pathogens: From Basic Biology to Drug Discovery
2012 Keystone Fungal Pathogens Flyer
The conference will be held January 15-20th in Santa Fe New Mexico and is poised to be a milestone for the field. The aim of this meeting is to bring together the academic, medical and pharmaceutical communities focused on fungal microbial pathogens of humans and other animals to illustrate common themes, and therapeutic, diagnostic and preventive strategies. Opportunities for interdisciplinary interactions will be significantly enhanced by the concurrent meeting on Drug Discovery for Protozoan Parasites, which will share the keynote session and two plenary sessions with this meeting. By bringing together leading experts on multiple pathogens from distinct scientific arenas, this meeting will surmount barriers that have emerged from more limited interactions between traditionally disparate organism-centric communities. The meeting will also provide an opportunity to obtain mentoring on issues spanning grant writing, career development, and publication in top-tier journals. During free time in the afternoon, meeting participants will be able to enjoy skiing at the majestic Sangre de Cristo mountain range easily accessible by a complementary shuttle. The Convention Center is located within a few blocks of museums, art galleries, restaurants, and the Sante Fe marketplace, where local Indians exhibit and sell hand-crafted products. More details on the conference, activities and services can be found at the meeting website.

 

FASEB Microbial Pathogenesis
FASEB Microbial Pathogenesis 2011
A FASEB summer meeting devoted to will be held July 24-29, 2011, in Snowmass Colorado
This long running highly successful meeting is unique in the area of infectious diseases, and brings together investigators working across the entire discipline, including mycology, parasitology, virology, bacteriology, and host response/immunology. The meeting is small and focused, with 100 to 120 participants, providing outstanding opportunities for interactions among investigators. Many talks remain to be chosen from submitted abstracts, and a key aspect of the meeting is promoting career development and opportunities for younger investigators, including junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students. The meeting setting in Snowmass, Colorado is also lovely and auspicious, providing ample opportunities for hiking, bicycling, fly fishing, and river rafting. Further information can be obtained from the meeting chair and co-chair, Peggy Cotter at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (peggy_cotter@med.unc.edu) and Joe Heitman at Duke University (heitm001@duke.edu).

 

Comparative genomics of eukaryotic microorganisms: understanding the complexity of diversity
EMBO Conference website
15 – 20 October, 2011, in Sant Feliux, Spain.
Comparative genomics is a rapidly developing field. Europe has been at the forefront of eukaryotic microbial genome sequencing and the analysis and comparison of these genomes. The first eukaryote sequenced, the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, laid the foundation for the post-genomic era where we are dealing with this wealth of information. Many of the organisms are models for particular biological processes, others are used in industry, are pathogens of plants, animals and humans, are important in ecology, or largely contribute to our understanding of eukaryote evolution. In this conference we bring together the experts from around the world to meet and discuss with interested participants the current state of and future of comparative genomics of eukaryotic microorganisms.This conference will address the big evolutionary questions of what makes a eukaryote, how multicellularity arose, the evolution of reproduction, pathogenesis, and so on. Lineages of the Eukaryotic Tree of Life (TOL) that until now received only moderate attention, such as the Excavates, Archaeoplastids, Amoebozoa and Choanozoa, will be discussed, together with the better studied Chromalveolates and Fungi.Organizers: Teun Boekhout, Amparo Querol, Ed Louis

 

2011 Mycological Society of America
2-5 August, 2011 Fairbanks, Alaska
Abstract registration extended until April 30!
The first MSA meeting in Alaska is sure to be exciting and adventure filled.

Summer courses for informatics and genomics

Cornwall School House Nº 4 (1892)Here’s a few courses to consider for the summer that cover informatics, genomics, and metagenomics analysis focusing on next generation sequencing. The deadlines are fast approaching so apply soon. (There are undoubtably more, and I’m happy to post here if you have suggestions)
Continue reading Summer courses for informatics and genomics

Neurospora business lunch at Asilomar

[From Kevin McCluskey at the FGSC]

I am pleased to send this invitation to the Neurospora Luncheon which will be held Wednesday at the Fungal Genetics Conference. It will take place in the Chapel and box lunches will be available. This luncheon is for everyone who works with Neurospora or who wants to work with Neurospora. Please come and hear what is going on and share your opinions. It is especially important that Post-docs and students come to these meetings.

Neurospora Business Meeting

26th FUNGAL GENETICS CONFERENCE

Asilomar 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 12:15 pm – 2:00+ pm

12:15 pm	Announcement of Perkins Award recipients for 2011
12:25 pm	FGSC and Neurospora meeting update- Kevin McCluskey
12:30 pm 	Fungal Genetics Reports update- Matt Sachs
12:35 pm	Neurospora e-news-  Kathy Borkovich
12:40 pm 	Update on Neurospora gene set, James Galagan - discussion
1:00 pm	Fungal Genome Database- Jason Stajich - discussion
1:15 pm  	Update on Systems Biology grant- Kathy Borkovich and Steve Osmani, James Galagan, Matt Sachs
1:30 pm	Update on QTL grant-  John Taylor and Louise Glass
1:40 pm	Update on bioenergy grant-  Louise Glass
1:50 pm	Announcement  for "Neurospora 2012" - March 8 - 11, 2012
		Scientific Program Chairs: Stephan Seiler and Matt Sachs
 	        Further discussion - topics from the floor.

Attending the Fungal Genome Tools session at Asilomar?

On Friday March 18, starting at 12:15 PM in Chapel at the Fungal Genetics meeting we’ll have a session about building tools for Fungal Genome data.  This is not a tutorial as much as a presentation of the available.  This will be primarily focused around web-based resources for analyzing and visualizing genome data from the Fungi. We will also make the slides available from this.

If you’ll be attending this session we need to have a head count of who will want a box lunch so we don’t run out.

Please sign up on this google doc here.

Schedule

When: Friday March 18, 2011; 12:15PM – 1:30 PM
Where: Location: Chapel

12 min talks. Followed by open discussion of avenues of collaboration data resources sharing.

Schedule
12  Boxed lunches in room
12:15 – 12:30 SGD/CGD/AspGD – Stacia Engel (SGD)
12:30 – 12:45 Mycocosm – Igor Grigoriev (JGI)
12:45   – 1:00 FungiDB – Jason Stajich (UC Riverside)
1:00  – 1:15 Comparative Fungal Genomics Platform – Yong-Hwan Lee (Seoul National University)
1:15   – 1:30 MicrobesOnline Fungal Genomics resource (Paramvir Dehal, UC Berkeley/LLNL)
1:30   – 2:00 Discussion

 

EMBO Conference: Comparative Genomics Of Eukaryotic Microorganisms 2011

Announcing an upcoming conference in October.
Comparative Genomics Of Eukaryotic Microorganisms: Understanding The Complexity Of Diversity

It will be held in Sant Feliux, Spain October  15-20, 2011. The website has more details including an impressive slate of speakers.

I can attest to it being a great meeting from my attendance 2 years ago. A great venue and excellent speakers and plenty of time to linger and discuss ideas and research over meals and coffee breaks.

 

Fungal Genome Tools discussion as Asilomar

For those of you building tools or heavily accessing fungal genome data, I am working to try and collect more resources about what is available and help coordinate access to common datasets. To this end I have organized a lunchtime session at the 2011 Fungal Genetics conference at Asilomar with the participation of several groups who provide genome browsers and data mining tools. The session is currently scheduled for the lunch on Friday, March 18 for those going to the conference.

There is also a mailing list to coordinate the topics in the session.  I am hoping the list will be a place for dialogues to share ideas, information about fungal genomics resources, and eventually better coordination of access to tools and data for the community.