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Interdisciplinary Approaches to Understanding Microbial Communities


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10th September 2014 to 12th September 2014

Organisers: Rosalind Allen (Edinburgh), Thomas Curtis (Newcastle), Thomas Pfeiffer (Massey), William Sloan (Glasgow), Orkun Soyer (Warwick) and Carsten Wiuf (Copenhagen)

Workshop Theme

Microbial communities constitute a new frontier of biological enquiry. They present fundamental scientific questions and challenges in relation to complex dynamical systems, ecological and evolutionary trade-offs, and synthetic (re)engineering of microbial communities. Answering these scientific questions will only be possible by application of interdisciplinary approaches combining empirical and theoretical methods. At the same time, the study of microbial communities can result in the development of new theories and approaches. This workshop aims to bring together empirical and theoretical scientists to discuss open problems and potentials in the study of microbial communities. Key note speakers will include world-leading experts from diverse areas such as systems biology, mathematics, microbial ecology and genetics, and will facilitate discussions among participants. The workshop will take place at the Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge, UK, as part of a larger research programme on the study of function and structure of microbial communities.

Deadline for applications: 10th August 2014

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Registration Only
  • Registration Package: £175
  • Student Registration Package: £130

The Registration Package includes admission to all seminars, lunches and refreshments on the days that lectures take place (Wednesday ? Friday), wine reception and formal dinner, but does not include other meals or accommodation.

Registration and Accommodation
  • Accommodation Package: £315

The Accommodation Package includes a registration fee, bed and breakfast accommodation at Wolfson Court from the evening of Tuesday 9 September 2014 to breakfast on Friday 12 September 2014, together with lunches and refreshments during the days that lectures take place (Wednesday ? Friday). The formal dinner is also included, but no other evening meals.

Formal Dinner Only
  • Formal Dinner: £TBC

Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event. For all remaining participants who would like to attend, such as Visiting Fellows, programme participants or their guests, the above charge will apply.


Accommodation in single study bedrooms with shared facilities, breakfast and lunches are provided at Wolfson Court, adjacent to the Institute.



Lunch will be served at Wolfson Court in the Cafeteria from 12:30 to 13:30 on days that lectures take place.

  • Accommodation Package and Registration Package participants should present their badge as payment for their meal
  • Those issued with a blue Institute door entrance card can add money onto the card via the Porters' Lodge at Wolfson Court
  • Other participants must purchase their meal using their dining card via the Porters' Lodge (forms can be found on the registration desk or at the Porters' Lodge)

Evening Meal

Participants are free to make their own arrangements for dinner.

Formal Dinner

The Formal Dinner will take place at 19:30 on Thursday 11 September at Gonville and Caius College. Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event.

If you are on the dinner list please ensure you arrive by 19:15 at the College.

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