Dear friends and colleagues,
BAGECO is now well-established as a biannual meeting on bacterial and archaeal genetics and ecology. Early meetings focussed on gene transfer in natural environments but, following the advent of molecular ecology, symposia now encompass all aspects of microbial ecology and its interface with microbial genetics.
The aims of BAGECO 14 are to highlight and showcase the ways in which microbial ecology and genetics interact with, and benefit from neighbouring disciplines; to increase awareness of the perception of microbial ecology by our neighbours in these disciplines; and to determine what these related disciplines want from microbial ecologists. BAGECO 14 will therefore focus on the boundaries between microbial ecology and genetics and the disciplines with which they interact most closely and will stimulate interdisciplinary approaches and research. To achieve this, the scientific programme involves internationally recognised researchers whose backgrounds and expertise may lie in associated disciplines, but who have used this expertise to investigate microbial ecology. These disciplines range from philosophy, through the physical sciences, to those working on evolution, plant and animal ecology, ecosystems science and engineering. Each talk will be on a microbiological topic but all will also encourage an outward-looking approach and will stimulate novel approaches to address ecological questions.
The scientific programme includes ample opportunities for offered papers and for poster sessions to provide early and mid-career researchers with an opportunity to showcase their research. An important feature of BAGECO conferences is that they operate as a single session. This ensures that all delegates attend all talks and poster sessions, engenders a community atmosphere and broadens the experience for all attendees. This community atmosphere is increased further by inclusion of the major social event in the registration fee, to increase communication and interactions between delegates.
We are therefore delighted to invite you to join us at BAGECO 14, to participate in the science and present your own research. Importantly we hope that this will also provide an opportunity for you to interact and communicate with other researchers while enjoying the excellent cultural experiences provided by Aberdeen and the surrounding area.
We look forward to welcoming you to Aberdeen in June!
Conference Chair BAGECO 14