A massive thank you to everyone who helped organise and attended the JAMS workshop (TOAST) and the annual symposium and dinner. By all accounts people had fun and even learnt a things or two.
UPDATE: Live musical entertainment for the night will be provided by local jazz band Alice Terry and the Skinny White Boys. We encourage you to check this great act out here.
Microbiology is undergoing a revolution bought about by advances in next-generation DNA sequencing technology. 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 tutorials encompassing concepts and software available to molecular microbiologists and microbial ecologists including:
Another great JAMS evening at the Australian Museum. Nicolas Barraud from UNSW kicked off with a biotechnology story about the use of nitric oxide in biofilm control. John-Sebastien Eden from Eddie Holmes group at USyd gave us the low down on norovirus evolution using the Sydney 2012 strain (the chunder from downunder) as a case study. Somehow our two 15 min presentations consumed an hour so starting back late after the break JAMS co-founder Prof Andrew Holmes gave an excellent presentation on what shapes microbial communities in the the gut. Despite the late start Andy had the audience glued to their seats with a showcase of technology used to unravel human-gut microbiome interactions.
JAMS this week was a real blast with an excellent presentation by Prof Rainer Meckenstock, director of the Helmholtz Institute for Groundwater Ecology. Rainer's presentation took the fed and watered JAMS audience through a tour de force of anaerobic polyaromatic hydrocarbon degradation from hard core biochemistry to field studies revealing what limits the clean up of hydrocrabons in polluted groundwater resources (the biggest freshwater resource on Earth). Tim Lachnit gave a revealing presentation on disease in seaweed (Ecklonia) driven not by bacteria but by viral infection. Ali Khameneh gave another great short talk on evolutionary responses of Burkholderia cepacia to environmental and host conditions. Ian Paulsen advertised the Synthetic Biology and Bio-engineering Workshop (see attached) - registration closes 1st Oct 2013. The audience was on fire with probing questioning of speakers giving all plenty to think about and pushing the quality of science in our community to further heights.
Amazing turn out for JAMS last night at the Australian Museum. Three excellent presentations from Nathan Lo (Blattabacterium genome evolution - USyd), Tom Jeffries (Sydney Harbour Microbiome - UTS) and Yit Heng Chooi (Fungal metabolite genetics and biochemistry - ANU). The audience was also on the money with probing questions reassuring the speakers that their labours are well appreciated by an elite body of microbiology professionals.
The idea of a two day microbial community analysis workshop was also re-introduced and planning for this has commenced. A call is also out for volunteers for the Australian Museum Sciecne Festival (10th August, 13th-15th August and 20th-22nd August).
Please email Mike Manefield if you're interested. As of the 1st of August, we still need around 10 more volunteers.
The Australian Museum Science Festival is fast approaching and JAMS Inc is registered to occupy an exhibition booth to introduce thousands of school children to the wonders of microbiology.
Michael Kertesz (USyd) has again agreed to be the scientific content manager of the exhibition but we're still in need of a human resources manager to schedule and advise volunteers for the exhibition. Email Mike Manefield if you're interested in the HR gig or if you're interested in volunteering.
Continue reading for the festival schedule.
January JAMS got the new year off to a good start with a solid turnout and some stimulating talks. First up was Olivier Laczka who took us in to the technical realm of biosensors. Olivier’s work has focused on developing cost-effective tools for the rapid identification of micro-organisms relevant to industry and has led to several Patents.