Microbial Ecology for Sustainability

Second South Asian Symposium on Microbial Ecology 2023 (SASME 2023)

Date: 1-3 November, 2023

Venue: Himalaya Drishya Resort, Dhulikhel, Nepal

Microbial Ecology Network-Nepal, in association with Tribhuvan University, is organizing the second South Asian Symposium on Microbial Ecology, 2023 (SASME 2023) in Kathmandu, Nepal, on November 1-3, 2023. The key objective of this symposium is to bring South Asian microbial ecologists and students together to share recent advances in the wider perspective of microbial ecology in this region, promote the young students and researchers building their research capacity and celebrate the achievements of under-represented researchers, including women scientists in the field. The program includes scientific symposia, student and early career researchers-focused workshops, panel discussions on achievements and issues of women microbial ecologists, and many more. The thematic areas of the symposium are Microbes and Humans, Microbes and Environment, Microbial Interactions, Ecology of Microbial Pathogens and Antibiotic Resistance, Microbiomes, Applied Microbial Ecology, Role of Microorganisms in Sustainable Development, and Microbial Ecology for Society.

It is our pleasure to invite you to SASME 2023 and look forward to welcoming you to Kathmandu in November 2023.

Important Dates

15 April 2023Online abstract submission opens.
30 August 2023, (23:59 KTM Nepal)Abstract submission closes. Abstracts, as well as amendments to submitted abstracts, will not be
accepted after this date.
15 August 2023, (23:59 KTM Nepal)
25 August 2023, (23:59 KTM Nepal)
Travel grant closes.


Colin Murrell

Prof. Colin Murrell
School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia
United Kingdom

Thulani Makhalanyane

Prof. Thulani Makhalanyane
Department of Biochemistry, Genetics, and Microbiology
University of Pretoria
South Africa

Prof Fengping Wang

Prof. Fengping Wang
Distinguished Professor
School of Oceanography
Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jillian Petersen

Assoc. Prof. Jillian Petersen
WWTF Vienna Research Group Leader
University of Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Min Yang

Prof. Min Yang
Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (RCEES), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Rup Lal

Prof. Rup Lal
Indian National Science Academy
Acharya Narendra Dev College,
University of Delhi, New Delhi, India

Prof. Dr. Shahida Hasnain

Prof. Shahida Hasnain
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Punjab University

Yu Zhang

Prof. Yu Zhang
Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (RCEES), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Prof. Punyasloke Bhadury
Biological Sciences (DBS)
Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research
Kolkata, India

Tanvir Rahman

Prof. Md. Tanvir Rahman
Department of Microbiology and Hygiene
Bangladesh Agricultural University

Anwar Hussain

Prof. Anwar Hussain
Department of Botany
Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan

Vishakha Raina

Dr. Vishakha Raina
School of Biotechnology
Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology Odisha, India

Kosala Sirisena

Dr. Kosala Sirisena
Department of Environmental Technology
University of Colombo
Sri Lanka

Dr. Rachel Bras-Gonçalves
Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD, the French National
Research Institute for Sustainable Development), Montpellier, France

Thematic Areas

Thematic areas of the symposium are listed below (but not limited to):

Microbes and Human

Microbes and Environment

Microbial Interactions

Ecology of Microbial Pathogens and Antibiotic Resistance


Applied Microbial Ecology

Role of Microorganisms in Sustainable Development

Microbial Ecology for Society


International Society for Microbial Ecology