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Structure, Function and Dynamics in Microbial Communities


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30th October 2014 to 31st October 2014

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

Workshop Theme

In recent years, our understanding of how microbial communities develop and function has been revolutionized by advances in both DNA sequencing and microscopy. Mathematical tools provide a powerful tool for making sense of such data. This workshop will bring together leaders in the field, both from the experimental and theoretical sides, to highlight the current state of our understanding of microbial community structure, function and dynamics, and to discuss to productive future directions. The workshop will focus on ecology, evolution and dynamics. The workshop will take place at the Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge, UK, as part of a longer-term research programme on the study of function and structure of microbial communities. It will be preceded by a training event, aimed at early career researchers but all are welcome also to attend.

Deadline for applications: 28th September 2014

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Registration Only
  • Registration Package: £130
  • Student Registration Package: £100
  • NOTE: For those who wish to attend both the UMCW02 and UMCW03 workshops, the combined registration fee will be £220 (reduced to £175 for students).

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

Formal Dinner Only
  • Formal dinner: £40

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.


Unfortunately we do not have any accommodation to offer so all successful applicants will need to source their own accommodation. Please see the Hotels Combined website for a list of local hotels and guesthouses.



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 Wednesday 29 October at Emmanuel 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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