Meetings & Courses

Microbiology and the Environment

Suzhou, China 
September 26-30, 2016  

Abstract Deadline: August 7, 2016

Organized by:

Dusko Ehrlich, INRA, France

Jack Gilbert, University of Chicago, USA

Nan Qin, Zhejiang University, China

Ting Zhu, Tsinghua University, China


Conference Agenda



We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Microbiology and the Environment which will be held in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday September 26, and will conclude after lunch on September 30, 2016.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in Microbial Biology. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions.

It has been a major theme in biology to fill the uncharted chapters of microbial life and to unveil their working mechanisms. In recent years, new technologies such as metagenomic tools and have powered this human endeavor to comprehend the vastness of biology's boundaries and to appreciate their role in human health. In this conference, we review the new frontiers of microbial discovery and the latest enabling technologies.

Major Topics:
1. Environmental microbiology;
2. Microbial behavior in environments;
3. Microbiome and human health;
4. Emerging techniques in microbial sequencing (single-cell etc.);
5. Bioinformatic toolboxes for metagenomics;
6. New frontiers of microbial discovery (extremophile, astrobiology etc.)

Keynote Speakers:
Dusko Ehrlich, INRA, France
Jack Gilbert, University of Chicago, USA

Abstract title: Invisible Influence: How the Indoor Microbiome Influences Health

Invited Speakers:
Christopher Carr , Massachusetts Institute of Technology , USA
Abstract title: Single molecule sequencing and the search for life beyond Earth
Yehuda Cohen , Nanyang Technological University , SINGAPORE
Abstract title: Winogradsky Revisited: Taking biofilm/microbiome development to a precise flow chamber: quantified real-time imaging at high spatiotemporal resolutions
Alana Firl , University of California, Davis , USA
Abstract title: Composition of leaf- and root- associated microbial communities shift in response to warming in seagrass (Zostera marina)
Andrew Holmes , University of Sydney , AUSTRALIA
Abstract title: The key roles for intestinal Nitrogen and electron acceptor availability in determining outcomes of the host-microbiome dynamic
George Kowalchuk , Utrecht University , NETHERLANDS
Abstract title: Drivers and consequences of soil microbial diversity
Shuangjiang Liu , Institute of Microbiology, CAS , CHINA
Abstract title: Physiology and genetics of aromatic compound assimilation with Comamonas testosteroni
Nan Qin , Zhejiang University , CHINA
Abstract title: Metagenomic analysis between human gut microbiome and autoimmune diseases
Jacques Ravel , University of Maryland , USA
Peter Turnbaugh , University of California, San Francisco , USA
Abstract title: Inactivation of therapeutic drugs by the gut microbiome
George Weinstock , Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine , USA
Paul Wilmes , University of Luxembourg , LUXEMBOURG
Abstract title: Beyond the shadow of Koch’s postulates: doesn’t expressed function ultimately count in human microbiomes?
Gary Wu , University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine , USA
Abstract title: Diet, the Gut Microbiome, and its Metabolome in Health and Disease
Ruifu Yang, Beijing Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology, CHINA
Abstract title: Yersinia pestis and environment
Yunsheng Yang , Chinese PLA General Hospital , CHINA
Abstract title: Gut microbiota in IBD
Jun Yu , The Chinese University of Hong Kong , CHINA
Abstract title: Gut Microbiota Dysbiosis in Colorectal Cancer
Yu-Zhong Zhang , Shandong University , CHINA
Abstract title: Molecular insight into bacterial cleavage of oceanic dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) into dimethyl sulfide (DMS)
Liping Zhao, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, CHINA
Jizhong Zhou , University of Oklahoma, USA
Abstract title: Microbial Feedbacks Mediates Vulnerability of Permafrost Carbon to Climate Warming
Ting Zhu , Tsinghua University , CHINA

Abstract title: A metagenomic study on the inhalable microorganisms in Beijing’s PM pollutants

We encourage abstracts to contain new and unpublished materials. The abstracts must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. Status (fellow's talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers. 

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. A certain number of presentations by graduate students and postdocs in this conference will be selected as fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards. For more details, please visit

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in September, 2016.

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Please kindly note:

1. Registration includes food, but does NOT include Housing. Due to requests from participants to provide more housing at lower prices, we have expanded our housing options to include some lower priced nearby hotels. After completing the online registration, you will receive a link to the full list of housing options.
*Reference Room Rate:
CNY 500 per standard room per night in the Conference Hotel (Worldhotel Grand Dushulake Suzhou)
Up from CNY 200 per standard room per night in nearby budget hotels (within 5 km)
CNY 400-700 per standard room per night in nearby 4-5 star hotels

2. The meeting registration is an integral package. We encourage all our participants to stay for the full meeting period and communicate with each other. No refund/discount or day pass is available for partial participation.

3. The early price will be available if the full payment is finished before the exact due date.
For USD participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if we could not successfully charge the payment from your registered credit card before the deadline.
For CNY participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if our bank account could not receive your full payment by wire transfer before the deadline.

4. For late registrations, your registration materials may not be guaranteed since the order is usually made in advance.

5. Please inform us your special request on food (vegetarian, kosher…etc.) or other things during the online registration or email us as early as possible so that we could make relevant arrangement accordingly.

6. Student package is exclusively designed for all the graduate, undergraduate and doctor students who have not received the doctor degree. (Student ID will be required upon arrival).

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