SCGC Workshop 2019

Fourth Microbial Single Cell Genomics Workshop

September 22-26, 2019
Spruce Point Inn, Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Application to participate in the workshop is now open, deadline March 31, 2019.

Organizing Committee:

Ramunas Stepanauskas (chair), Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Tanja Woyke, DOE Joint Genome Institue
Michael Wagner, University of Vienna
Beth Orcutt, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
David Emerson, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Nicole Poulton, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Workshop Coordinator:

Brian Thompson, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Abstract submission and registration have not started yet.

Confirmed Speakers:

Paul Berube, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Diane Dickel, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
A. Murat Eren (Meren), University of Chicago
Gerhard Herndl, University of Vienna
Eugene Koonin, National Institutes of Health (keynote)
Victoria Orphan, Caltech (keynote)
Michael Wagner, University of Vienna (keynote)
Patrick Wincker, Genoscope
Tanja Woyke, Joint Genome Institute
Aaron Wright, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

These scientists represent some of the leading research groups in the field of microbial single cell genomics and related areas, such as bioinformatics, single cell RNA-seq of multicellular organisms, single cell physiology, probing and imaging. Additionally, up to 15 oral presentations and 50 poster presentations will be selected by the workshop organizing committee, based on abstract submissions.

Preliminary Program:

Sunday, September 22: Welcome Reception & Registration

Monday, September 23. Focus: SCG in fundamental studies of microorganisms

AMKeynote presentation
Invited presentations
PMContributing presentations
Breakout group discussions and presentations
Poster session 1

Tuesday, September 24. Focus: Microbial SCG in translational research

AMKeynote presentation
Invited presentations
PMContributing presentations
Breakout group discussions and presentations
Tour of Bigelow Laboratory

Wednesday, September 25: New technologies for studies of individual cells

AMKeynote presentation
Invited presentations
PMContributing presentations
Breakout group discussions and presentations
Poster session 2

Thursday, September 26: Informal discussions and networking on a trip to Monhegan Island, Maine

Workshop goals are to stimulate progress in single cell genomics (SCG) through the exchange of breakthroughs in research applications and method development, with a focus on microorganisms and the prediction of cell’s phenome. Although invisible to human eyes, unicellular microorganisms are the oldest, most abundant and diverse organisms on Earth. The vast majority of microorganisms are the uncultured, making them inaccessible to many classical microbiology methods. Uncultured microorganisms shape many functions of the biosphere, including the productivity of the oceans, the fertility of soils, the health of plants and animals, including humans, and the global cycles of carbon, nitrogen, and other elements. This “microbial uncultured majority” also harbors an enormous reservoir of the genetic resources. When combined with the current breakthroughs in synthetic biology, we anticipate that microbial SCG will be increasingly important in the discovery of novel enzymes, small molecules, gene editing systems and other applications for bioenergy, biotech and pharmaceutical industries. During this four-day workshop, we aim to create an opportunity for effective, creative interactions among principal investigators, postdocs and students who utilize microbial SCG in research and/or develop SCG technology, building on the success of our prior SCG workshops that were held in 2007, 2010 and 2015.

The 2015 workshop had 72 participants, including 16 students, 13 postdocs, and 32 principal investigators and 11 other professionals from 15 countries. Throughout the workshop, discussions were encouraged and were open, frank, and diverse. After the workshop, all participants were requested to fill out workshop evaluation forms. The obtained feedback was overwhelmingly positive; e.g., to the question whether the workshop met their expectations, 82% and 18% answered “completely agree” and “agree”, respectively. Several attendees expressed their desire for microbial single cell genomics workshops to be held more frequently. We anticipate an even greater interest in the workshop of 2019, given the rapid advances in technology and the growth of SCG applications in a broad spectrum of studies that address questions in biogeochemistry, microbial ecology, evolution, and biotechnology.