27-28 August 2023
Rydges Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand
Convenors: Prof Mike Taylor & A/Prof Kim Handley (School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland)
The microbiome is an exciting and high-profile area of contemporary scientific research, drawing upon diverse fields such as biomedicine, symbiosis, genomics, agriculture, animal production, neuroscience, conservation and microbial ecology. This meeting will consider all aspects of microbiome study, including methods-based, applied and fundamental science projects.
Our Plenary speaker is the world-renowned Prof. Phil Hugenholtz, an Australian Laureate Fellow based at the University of Queensland, who is also Director of the Australian Centre for Ecogenomics and the current President of the International Society for Microbial Ecology. Phil is a trailblazer in the fields of microbial ecology and (meta)genomics, playing a leading role in the development and application of tools for studying uncultivated microorganisms.
We also have Invited talks from leading local researchers on the human (Dr Kristi Biswas), animal (Dr Manpreet Dhami), plant (Dr Steve Wakelin) and environmental (Assoc. Prof. Matthew Stott) microbiomes, and will wrap things up with a joint session with the Australasian Winter Conference for Brain Research on the gut-microbiota-brain axis.
We’re also excited to receive submitted abstracts for talk and poster presentations from all researchers, and for students there will be prizes for the top Student Oral and Poster presentations. We look forward to seeing you in beautiful Queenstown in August!
Prof. Phil Hugenholtz, University of Queensland
Invited Speakers / Session Chairs:
Dr Kristi Biswas, University of Auckland (Human Microbiome)
Dr Manpreet Dhami, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research (Animal Microbiomes)
Assoc. Prof. Matthew Stott, University of Canterbury (Environmental Microbiomes)
Dr Steve Wakelin, Scion (Plant Microbiomes)