Event Date: 
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 (All day) - Friday, August 18, 2017 (All day)

Dear JAMS community,

JAMS will once again be representing grassroots microbiology at the Australian Museum Science Festival!


We are seeking volunteers from within the JAMS community and from the larger microbiology community to help run our microbiology booth at the Australian Museum Science Festival,  which runs in August and aims to engage school children with different areas of science. If you or someone you know might be willing to give half a day to the cause of microbiology outreach and staffing our JAMS booth, please let me know.

Email t.jeffries@westernsydney.edu.au and specify your preferred week and any days during that week that you are unavailable.

The dates are:

  • 8-11th August (Primary Schools)
  • 15th-18th August (High Schools).

It’s a crazy and frantic experience, but also fun and rewarding and it looks great on your CV!

I would greatly appreciate it if you could circulate this message to your lab groups and wider network and please let me know ASAP if you can make it!


Tom Jeffries on behalf of JAMS

NZMS 2017 conference
For those of you not already familiar with the awesome line-up of speakers for this year’s NZ Microbiological Society conference (in Auckland, 20-23 November), please check out the conference website  http://www.nzmsconference.org.nz/speakers/
In terms of relevance for microbial ecologists as well as those interested in the human microbiome, there is an extremely strong line-up as follows:
Microbial ecology-relevant Plenary Speakers:
**Colin Murrell (University of East Anglia, UK) – Colin is current ISME President and has published >300 articles on the ecology and physiology of methane-oxidising bacteria and related organisms. His lab also invented the widely used technique of DNA stable isotope probing (DNA-SIP).
Noah Fierer (University of Colorado, USA) – Noah is arguably the world’s leading exponent of 16S rRNA-based microbial community analyses, applying this approach and others to soil bacteria as well as those in built environments and the atmosphere.

Hi All
For clarity the next monthly JAMS meeting will be held on Wednesday the 26th of April at Harpoon Harry's (the day after Anzac Day).
Some people thought it was on 18th April. Feel free to go to the pub and talk microbiology anyway.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 13:00 - 23:00

Check out the program (see attachment) for info about the guest speakers, schedule, poster prize contestants, and information on how to get to the Australian Museum.
Follow the event on Twitter @jamsorgau or #JAMS6.

Event Date: 
Monday, March 20, 2017 - 09:00 - Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 17:00

Registration is now open!

Ticket sales end at 5pm Monday, 13th March 2017.

Microbiology is undergoing a revolution brought about by advances in next-generation DNA sequencing. Researchers are now required to understand an array of bioinformatics principles and tools to interpret the vast amounts of data being generated. Presented by leading Australian researchers, TOAST is a 2-day event aimed at postgraduate students and early career postdocs providing in-depth hands-on tutorials and demos encompassing concepts and software available to molecular microbiologists and microbial ecologists including:
  • 16S rDNA amplicon analysis workflows with UPARSE
  • Comparative genomics with Mauve
  • Shotgun metagenome annotation with FOCUS/SUPERFOCUS
  • Microbial phylogenetics
  • Multivariate statistics for microbial ecology
  • Sequence QC, genome assembly and annotation using Genomics Virtual Laboratory

Bring your brain (and a laptop)


Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 13:00 - 23:00

Purchase tickets for Annual Symposium

Ticket sales end at 5pm Monday, 13th March 2017.

Please join us at our annual symposium, dinner and student poster session. 
Local and international speakers include:
Mike Givskov
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (NTU)
Mike Taylor
University of Auckland, New Zealand
Perran Cook
Monash University, Australia
Elizabeth Harry
i3 institute, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Nicole Webster
Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia
Steven Siciliano
University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Reference: JOB526
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Employer: CSIRO
Application deadline: CLOSED
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