Dear Microbial Ecology Colleagues
The 12th International Society for Microbial Ecology Conference will be in Cairns Australia from August 17‑22, 2008. This is late in the winter for this region of the world but remember it is the tropics so the temperatures will be optimal. We have an innovative and vibrant scientific program planned for this tropical paradise location. For example Professor Norman Pace is the prestigious Jim Tiedje Awardee and we have six esteemed scientists as Plenary presenters – Professor Bo Barker Jørgensen, Dr. Mitchell Sogin, Professor Paul Rainey, Professor Roberto Kolter, Professor Steven Lindow and Professor Nancy Moran. More than 90 eminent microbial ecologists will participate in 23 exciting symposia.
The symposium location is stunning with tropical rainforests and the 2,100 km long Great Barrier Reef within close proximity of Cairns. Both these natural wonderlands are World Heritage listed. The multi-award winning Cairns Convention Centre is innovative and flexible with first class theatres and lecture rooms.
Cairns is in the very heart of the Asia Pacific region. With extensive multi cultural capabilities it is the ideal destination for the international delegate. There are accommodations of all levels within 5-10 minutes walking from the Convention Centre. You might like to consider taking a self-contained unit for the week or instead see what the 4* “Back Packers” lodgings would be like. Needless to say, 3, 4, and 5* Hotels are also available. Keeping with tradition with the ISME “brand”, Wednesday is being set aside for excursions – we have a great line up of reef to rainforest leisure options. A full social program will exploit features of the region such as out-door parties, tropical cuisine and Australian beverages.
From the natural environment to engineered systems we rely on microorganisms to keep the globe turning and to sustainably maintain it. Our field explores the microorganisms involved, what controls their activity and metabolism, and the specific roles they play. So join us in beautiful tropical Queensland, Australia to help contribute to the next phase of “…Sustaining the Blue Planet”.
We welcome you as an integral part of this stimulating symposium and we are looking forward to an exciting meeting.