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 31st May

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 (TBC)

10th July 2018 (day 1)

Session 1 

14.30   Registration and introduction to the workshop (Dr Jonathan Young, Queen’s University Belfast)

15.00   Offered talks (x 4 - selected from abstracts)*

16.00   Coffee/Tea break

Session 2 Meet the editors (Chair: TBC)

16.30   Discussion with editors

17.00 – 18.00    Poster session and drinks reception

18.30   Dinner Speech: Prof J Colin Murrell

Followed by Career Panel Discussion

11th July2018  (day 2)

Session 3 (Chair: TBC)

9.30     Offered talks (x 4 - selected from abstracts)*

10.30   Coffee/tea break

Session 4 (Chair: TBC)

11.00   Offered talks (x 4 - selected from abstracts)*

12.00   Lunch and end of workshop

*ECRs will chair the sessions. Offered talks will be 12 minutes (with 3 minutes for Q&A).