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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 (

Venue: Riddel Hall, Stranmillis.


Workshop Agenda

10th July 2018 (day 1)


Session 1 

15.30   Registration and Coffee/Tea

16.00   Welcome address: Dr Jonathan Young, Queen’s University Belfast

Session 2 “Academia-Industry partnership”

16.15 – 17.00 Prof Brendan Gilmore (Queen’s University Belfast)

17.00 – 18.00    Drinks reception and networking

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

Followed by Career Panel Discussion

Moderator: Dr Laura Lehtovirta-Morley, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow, University of East Anglia

Panel Members

Dr Jill Caswell (Team Leader, Almac Sciences)

Prof Brendan Gilmore (School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast)

Ms Gill Gallagher (Sustainable Agriculture Manager, Devenish Nutrition)

Dr Andrew Crombie (Leverhulme Fellow)

Prof J Colin Murrell (Director, Earth and Life Systems Alliance, University of East Anglia)

11th July2018

Session 3 (Chair: TBC)

9.30     Offered talks (selected from abstracts)

10.30   Coffee/tea break

Session 4 “How to crack research fellowship applications?”

11.00   Workshop offered by Dr Laura Lehtovirta-Morley (Royal Society Fellow) and Dr Andrew Crombie (Leverhulme Fellow)

12.00   End of Workshop

Organisers: Dr Deepak Kumaresan & Dr Timofey Skvortsov (Queen’s University Belfast)