ISME Workshop

The workshop, next to the OxiZymes 2018 conference, will bring together early career researchers (ECRs; PhD students and Post-docs) and build interfaces between different disciplines (e.g microbial ecology, biocatalysis, biochemistry). Specifically the workshop will focus on how we can leverage recent advances in microbial ecology to identify novel and/or efficient enzymes from the environment. The dinner speech will be given by Prof J Colin Murrell (President, ISME; followed by a career panel discussion that focuses on challenges and opportunities for ECRs in academia, industry, government and NGOs with invited panellists from these sectors.

The participants for the workshop is currently capped at 30 and preference will be given to the attendees of the OxiZymes 2018 conference.

**Deadline is Wednesday 20th June**

Ten ISME travel awards (€100) are available for women ECRs.

Registration, abstract submission and application for travel awards

Enquiries: Dr Deepak Kumaresan, Queen’s University Belfast (

Workshop Agenda

10th July 2018 (day 1)


Session 1 

14.30   Registration and introduction to the workshop

15.00   Offered talks (x 4 - selected from abstracts)

16.00   Coffee/Tea     

Career Panel discussion

16.15   Career Panel Discussion

Panel moderator: Dr Laura Lehtovirta-Morley (Royal Society Fellow)

Panel members

Prof J Colin Murrell

Prof Brendan Gilmore

Dr Andrew Crombie (Leverhulme Fellow)

Ms Gill Gallagher (Devenish Nutrition)

Dr Jill Caswell (ALMAC)

18.00    Poster session and drinks reception

18.30   Dinner Speech by Prof J Colin Murrell (ISME President and Director, Earth and Life Systems Alliance, University of East Anglia)

11th July2018  (day 2)

Session 3

9.30     Offered talks (x 4 - selected from abstracts)

10.30   Coffee/tea

Session 4

11.00   Offered talks (x 4 - selected from abstracts)

12.00   Lunch and end of workshop

*ECRs will be session chairs. Offered talks will be 12 minutes (with 3 minutes for Q&A).