SMBE Satellite Meeting


Evolution of Microbes in Natural and Experimental Populations
- Synthesis and Synergies
Borgos Resort, Kaziranga National Park, Assam (14 - 16, December 2017)

Overview & Scope of the Meeting

        Evolutionary research on microbes tends to adopt either one of two strategies; experimental evolution (EE) in the laboratory or studying variation within natural populations. Microbes are highly amenable to experimental evolution, and this approach has successfully addressed a broad range of questions, including adaptive dynamics, the repeatability of evolution, social interactions, and the distribution of fitness effects. Whole-genome sequencing of large samples from wild populations are similarly underpinning rapid advances in understanding how genome dynamics (such as the role of horizontal gene transfer and the pan-genome) underpin adaptation and ecological interactions. These two perspectives should, in principal, provide mutual reinforcement, as each addresses the potential weaknesses of the other; EE studies offer a controlled but artificial environment, whereas studies on natural populations are inherently more complex yet more realistic. This meeting will aim to bridge the gap between these approaches and build upon synergies and reciprocal benefits. The meeting will include a session on ‘Big Data’ analysis and microbial genomics supported by MRC CLIMB (Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial bioinformatics).

Organising committee Members from UK:
Prof. Edward Feil (University of Bath)
Dr. Freya Harrison (University of Warwick)
Dr. Daniel Falush (University of Bath)
Dr. Tiffany Taylor (University of Bath)
Prof. Sam Sheppard (University of Bath)
Organising committee members from India:
Dr. Siddartha Sankar Satapathy (Tezpur University, Assam)
Prof. Suvendra Kumar Ray (Tezpur University, Assam)
Prof. Shashi Baruah (Tezpur University, Assam)
Prof. Chitra Dutta (Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata)
Dr. Deepa Agashe (NCBS, Bangalore )
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Local Advisory Committee:
Prof. S. Mahadevan (IISc, Bangalore )
Prof. T. C. Ghosh (Bose Institute, Kolkata)
Prof. R. V. Sonti (CCMB, Hyderabad)
Prof. C. Dutta (IICB, Kolkata)
Dr. P. B. Patil (IMTECH, Chandigarh)
Dr. Deepa Agashe (NCBS, Bangalore )
Prof. Shashi Baruah (Tezpur University, Assam)
Prof. Ramesh Chandra Deka (Tezpur University, Assam)
Prof. Suvendra Kumar Ray (Tezpur University, Assam)
Dr. Siddartha Sankar Satapathy (Tezpur University, Assam)

Confirmed Participants (Till Date):                           
Prof. Angus Buckling (University of Exeter, UK)
Prof. C. Dutta (IICB Kolkata, India)
Dr. Daniel Falush (University of Bath, UK)
Dr. Deepa Agashe (NCBS Bangalore , India)
Prof. Edward Feil (University of Bath, UK)
Prof. Olivier Tenaillon (FIHMR, France)
Dr. P. B. Patil (IMTECH Chandigarh, India)
Prof. R. V. Sonti (CCMB Hyderabad, India)
Prof. S. Mahadevan (IISc Bangalore , India)
Prof. Sam Sheppard (University of Bath)
Dr. Siddartha Sankar Satapathy (Tezpur University, Assam)
Prof. Suvendra Kumar Ray (Tezpur University, Assam)
Prof. T. C. Ghosh (Bose Institute Kolkata, India)

Detailed Schedule: To be updated Soon                       

How to Apply:

      If you would like to attend the meeting please send an abstract(up to 250 words) over email to the organisers at by 1st October 2017. Decisions will be notified by 15th October 2017. Talks will be selected from submitted abstracts, and all delegates are invited to present a poster.

Travel awards:

      Twelve (12) awards are available for Early Career Researchers to attend and speak at the meeting (graduate students, post-doctoral researchers). These awards will provide US$1000 towards travel costs, and all registration costs (including 3 nights accommodation). Awardees based in India will receive a maximum of US$300. Please send no more than 500 words on your research, and the contribution you can make to the meeting to the organisers:


   Borgos Resort, Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India

How to Reach:

      Borgos Resort is located within close proximity of Kohora entrance gate of Kaziranga National Park. Kaziranga National Park is well connected with to different airports of Assam: Jorhat Airport at Rowriah (92 kilometres away), Tezpur Airport at Salonibari (approx 85 kilometres away), and Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati (approximately 259 kilometres away) are the nearby airports. Kaziranga is also well connected to different cities over road network.

For Further Details Please Contact:                           
Dr. Siddhartha Sankar Satapathy
Dept. of Comp. Sc. & Engineering
Tezpur University
Prof. Suvendra Kumar Ray
Dept. of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
Tezpur University


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