Microbiome (Virtual Meeting)
October 20 - 23, 2020
Abstract Deadline: July 31, 2020


Ami Bhatt, Stanford University 
Martin Polz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Julie Segre, National Human Genome Research Institute (NIH)
Moran Yassour, Hebrew University, Israel


The current COVID-19 situation is challenging and difficult for all of us - we hope this virtual conference will allow colleagues to share and discuss their latest research, while under travel and stay-at-home restrictions.


The 2nd meeting on Microbiome is going fully virtual and will begin late morning EST on Tuesday October 20th and end late afternoon EST on Friday October 23, 2020. Oral sessions will be confined to later morning and afternoon sessions EST to maximize access by participants from around the world. An outline program will be posted following further discussion with the organizers.


  • Microbial function: from strains to small molecules
  • Microbe-microbe interactions
  • Mathematical modeling of microbial communities
  • Microbial community assembly
  • Cancer & chronic disease microbiome
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Synthetic biology
  • New and upcoming technologies to study microbiomes
Keynote Speakers:

Nicole Dubilier,Max Planck Institute for Marine Biology, Germany
Ramnik Xavier, Broad Institute

Discussion Leaders:

Katherine Amato, Northwestern University
Maria Carmen Collado, Spanish National Research Council
Suzanne Devkota, Cedars-Sinai
Mohamed S. Donia, Princeton University
Tadashi Fukami, Stanford University
Andrew Goodman, Yale University
Lindsay Hall, Quadram Institute, United Kingdom
Britt Koskella, UC Berkeley
Katherine (Trina) McMahon, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Jeroen Raes, VIB, Belgium
June Round, University of Utah
Eran Segal, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Paul Turner, Yale University

The format of the meeting will include six oral sessions and one poster sessions. Each oral session will include invited speakers and speakers selected from submitted abstracts. For this reason, abstracts from accomplished junior and senior investigators are warmly invited. The organizers will select abstracts for oral or poster presentations. The status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site (below) as soon as decisions have been made. We have applied for funds from government and industry to partially support graduate students and postdocs.

Partial support may be provided by: TBA

Social Media

The designated hashtag for this meeting is #cshlmbiome. Note that you must obtain permission from an individual presenter before live-tweeting or discussing his/her talk, poster, or research results on social media. Click the Policies tab above to see our full Confidentiality & Reporting Policy.


Virtual Academic Package: $285
Virtual Graduate Student Package: $175
Virtual Corporate Package: $425

Lab Group Discounts (not departmental or institutional discounts)

Labs registering 4 people: 20% discount off applicable fees
Labs registering 5 people: 25% discount off applicable fees
Labs registering 6 people: 30% discount off applicable fees

To be eligible for lab group discounts, please submit a list of lab members planning to attend in advance of registration to Catie Carr  to establish appropriate discounted fees. Please include a link to your lab web page for verification purposes. Prior payments will be included in the group discount calculation.

Effective September 14, we have secured funding to support reduced pricing for scientists working in Low & Middle Income Countries (check eligibility):
LMIC Registration: $25 (limit 10/institution)

We have funds to provide partial scholarships for individuals who are US citizens/permanent residents from minority groups under-represented in the life sciences. Please provide justification in writing to Catie Carr at carr@cshl.edu and state your financial needs. Preference will be given to those applying who submit abstracts to the meeting.

All questions pertaining to registration, fees, abstract submission or any other matters may be directed to Catie Carr at carr@cshl.edu.

Virtual 4 day live meeting + 6 weeks archive access

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~150 talks / 15 sessions
(late am/early pm)
~40 total hours with interactive Q&A
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~60 posters with
dedicated slack channels for each poster
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Digital program in PDF format
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Leading Strand video archive access to talks
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Twitter for meeting news & general comments