The 2014 meeting will be held from Monday 27th October - Saturday 1st November at the Sea Temple Spa and Resort, Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia.
We are delighted to invite you to attend Plasmid Biology ‘14 to be held at The Sea Temple Spa and Resort in the tropical paradise of Palm Cove in North Queensland, Australia, from 27th October - 1st November, 2014. The conference is the biennial International Symposium of the International Society for Plasmid Biology and other Mobile Genetic Elements (ISPB). Meeting topics will cover all areas relating to plasmids and mobile genetic elements (MGEs), such as replication and maintenance, transfer, genomics and bioinformatics, systems and synthetic biology, biotechnology, ecology and evolution, including the nature, roles and significance of plasmids and other MGEs in bacterial pathogenesis and antibiotic resistance in medical and veterinary contexts.
In addition to plenary (Gabriel Waksman - 'Structural and molecular biology of Type IV secretion systems') and invited talks by leading international researchers in their fields, oral presentations will be chosen from submitted abstracts to ensure that the meeting is at the cutting edge across the breadth of research pertaining to MGEs and their impacts. Poolside poster sessions will also be a highlight of the meeting, providing all attendees with an opportunity to present their latest findings, and there will be ample time for informal discussions in the convivial environment. Graduate students and early career researchers are encouraged to attend and contribute to the meeting; depending on the level of sponsorship that is obtained, partial travel grants may be available for these researchers.
We look forward to welcoming you to Australia; hear about the latest exciting science relating to plasmids and other mobile elements, enjoy the sun, beach or pool, and explore two nearby World Heritage-listed sites - the Great Barrier Reef (1st November, 2014) and the Daintree Rainforest. Take the opportunity to see more of Australia, including Uluru (Ayers Rock), the Outback, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, cosmopolitan and sophisticated Melbourne, and beautiful Perth. It all awaits.
Julian Rood & Neville Firth
On behalf of the Local Organising and ISPB Committees