The KLF

Thanks everyone who turned up for the final JAMS of 2014. Great presentations, quality beer and pizza and that special JAMS hummm that fills a room. Looking to the future 2015 will be a big year. We have our fourth annual symposium on the 25th of February with a stellar line up of guest speakers, along with the bioinformatics/biostatistics workshop from the 23rd-24th Feb. Also by March we should have the TOF-SIMS up and running at UNSW. Finally, in the new year and based on the JAMS Inc network we will be launching the Australian Microbial Biotechnology Alliance (AMBA) to unite researchers in this space and increase lobbying capacity for large funding opportunities. Thanks again everyone for a fantastic year. Have a great break and we'll see you in 2015.

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.

REPORT
Mike Manefield

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.

News to hand, we've just been informed that 2509 primary school and 2208 highschool students visited the JAMS exhibition during Science Unleashed. Add this to the 500 members of the public that dropped by on the family day and we have a grand total JAMS booth audience over 5000 people. The microbes should be very happy to get such attention!

A big thank you to all the volunteers who manned the JAMS exhibition booth at Science Unleashed over the last two weeks. In my humble opinion JAMS put together an exhibition booth that was about as engaging as an exhibition booth can get. Extra special thanks to Cathy Burke for organising the schedule. Top job! And finally the biggest thanks go to Michael Kertesz for pulling together the exhibition content. Hard to imagine it being done better. The booth was jam packed with interesting stories, ideas and seeds for future careers. We'll be at it again next year for sure. If you have ideas fresh in your mind for adding to the experience, send me an email

Cheers

Mike Manefield (manefield@unsw.edu.au)

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