First Southeast Asian Regional Symposium on Microbial Ecology (SARSME 2020)
Southeast Asian Regional Symposium on Microbial Ecology (SARSME 2020), an ISME sponsored regional meeting brought together a total of 160 Microbial Ecology researchers and graduate students from South Asia and beyond including Singapore, United States, UK, New Zealand and Australia. In SARSME 2020, six plenary lectures were delivered by distinguished professors of microbial ecology. Diverse array of microbial ecology research including seventeen invited talks, seventeen oral talks and thirty six posters were presented in the symposium by the microbial ecologists/microbiologists of South Asian countries – India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Singapore.
A pre-symposium workshop on Hands on training in Computational Biology for (Meta) Genomics Analysis on 12th Feb 2020 was focused to enhance analytic capabilities of Master/Ph. D. students, Postdoctoral and early career researchers. The special workshop (Scientific Writing and Career Round Table) for Early Career Researchers was also held during the Symposium on 13th Feb 2020. Prof. Edward F. DeLong explained and Prof. Colin Murrell described “Scientific writing” and “how to get published” in high impact journals. In career round table discussion the distinguished international researchers presented their inspiring journey in research. Discussion session for Women Microbial Ecologists was organized on 14th Feb 2020 as part of this Symposium. In the special women session which was chaired by Prof. Nicole Webster (Australia), 10 representative female scientists of South Asia shared their scientific career stories and discussed on opportunities and challenges for women in research.
ISME Report on SARSME 2020: https://www.isme-microbes.org/sites/default/files/SARSME_Report.pdf