Attention all microbiologists, ecologists, geoscientists and subsurface microbiology! In June 2020, the 11th edition of the International Society for Subsurface Microbiology (ISSM) will take place in the Netherlands. In anticipation of this event, we briefly spoke with Rainer Meckenstock, one of the keynote speakers and member of the ISSM2020 organizing committee.
ISSM2020 showcases the latest technologies and research in the rapidly expanding field of subsurface microbiology. The conference covers a wide variety of topics: from ‘molecular tools in subsurface microbiology’ and ‘sub-seafloor microbiology’ to ‘microbial food webs’. All topics have one thing in common: they focus on microbial life below the surface of the earth.
ISSM is specialized
“ISSM is my favorite conference”, states professor Rainer Meckenstock. He has attended the last eight editions of ISSM. “A group of dedicated, high-profile professionals come together for a few days, and you can speak with everybody. In contrast to big events, for example, students can easily talk to keynote speakers. Bigger conferences are good for exploring other fields, but they are less focused on subsurface microbiology. ISSM is more specialized; I prefer that.”
Good luck or good connections?
Rainer Meckenstock is the scientific director at the IWW (a water research center in Mülheim, Germany), full professor at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) and head of the Biofilm Centre. In June he will also be one of the keynote speakers at ISSM2020. The title of his presentation is: ‘Good luck or good connections? How microbial communities assemble in the subsurface’.
Meckenstock expects several contributions from his students and recommends that they attend ISS2020. “It’s an interesting time with a lot of investigations. ISS2020 is the perfect place to learn from people with other scopes. Personally, I also look forward to seeing what other people in the field have discovered.”
Submit your abstract
ISSM2020 takes place from 14 till 19 June in Utrecht (the Netherlands). The 1st of December is the deadline to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations.