Animal-Microbe Symbioses (GRC)

COVID-19 Update

This conference has been deferred to 2023 due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back soon for the 2023 schedule.


The Gordon Research Seminar on Animal-Microbe Symbioses is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting-edge ideas.

For the third year in a row, the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Animal-Microbe Symbioses will be accompanied by a Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). It brings together an international group of graduate and post-doctoral researchers, as well as others with similar levels of expertise. Participants will present and discuss findings and directions at the frontier of symbiosis research in talks and posters. This opportunity to engage will promote collaborations, new research directions, and nurture professional networks with both peers and mentors before the start of the larger GRC. We strongly encourage participants to also consider attending the associated GRC, which will take place immediately after.

Symbiotic interactions are ubiquitous in nature, were both casual and intimate associations with microbes are found across the animal kingdom. While in some animals a core group of microbes stably accompanies the host, and may even be vertically inherited, other animals experience changes in the microbial associations throughout their life. How these associations are initiated, established, and maintained is at the core of understanding the diverse animal-microbe symbioses observed in nature. Is the match between host and symbiont specific? And what (molecular) factors drive and stabilize the intricate interactions between hosts and their symbionts? To explore these questions in light of novel research, we welcome diverse contributions from the field of Animal-Microbe Symbioses.

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