Thanks to the JAMS faithful for coming out to the Australian Museum last night. The ranks were slightly depleted given the large contingents that are at the ISME conference in Korea this week. No matter, more pizza for all. In the short presentations Robert Moran gave a great account of his work on plasmid and resistance determinants in E. coli lineages in the human gut and Igy Pang from UNSW presented his work on gene co-expression networks underlying synergistic antifungal treatments. In the long presentation by Michael Gillings from Macquarie University results were presented that send an ominous warning of how global antibiotic use is affecting evolution. Michael gave a rivetting account of how microbiology is fused with the Anthropocene. FInally a massive congratulations to JAMS co-founder Professer Ian Paulson from Macquarie University for being awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship. Our very own home grown legend.

A big thanks to everyone who turned up to celebrate Microbiology at the Australian Museum last night. With 70 people in attendance (including a contingent from Osaka Prefectural Semboku High School) the pizza and drinks didn't last long. Jessica Tout (JAMS annual symposium JPP poster prize winner 2014) and Deepa gave excellent presentations before we were treated to a visual spectacular by Cynthia Whitchurch resolving the inner workings of biofilm biology and public good release by bacteria. Thanks also to Tim Williams and Sabrina Beckmann for running pizzas and beers for the event. Finally, if you're keen to help out at the JAMS desk during the Australian Museum Science Festival plese contact Ani Penesyan (anahit.penesyan@mq.edu.au). Glorious. See you in August.

It was nice to see the JAMS crowd infultrating the ASM conference in Melbourne. As people prepare to migrate north for ISME in Korea don't forget to come into the Australian Museum for a taste of local microbiology offerings.

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.

 

Event Date: 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 14:00 - 21:00

 

Registration Closed

26 February 2014
The Australian Museum

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.

The time has come to celebrate a massively successful year for JAMS and look to an even more exciting future. JAMS is continuing to grow, with new sponsors and a diversification of activities and outreach. In addition to a year of great presentations and our involvement in National Science Week, 2013 also saw the awarding of the first “JAMS grant” with a LIEF project funded by the ARC. To acknowledge these successes, and to celebrate our 3 year anniversary, this year's annual dinner and symposium will be even BIGGER and BETTER than previous years.

Event Date: 
Monday, February 24, 2014 - 09:30 - Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 17:00

 

Registration Closed

24-25 February 2014
The Australian Museum

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.

REPORT
Mike Manefield
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.

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