Bacteriophageare virusesof bacteria. They are likely the most numerous "organisms" on Earth and contributed greatly to the development of the disciplines of molecular biology and molecular genetics. This page is an biblographic listing of significant phage-based scientific meetings.
Recent phage meetings
2008 Phage Biology, Ecology and Therapy Meeting
June 12-17, in
Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. at the George Eliava Institute.
*All sessions are in English and include sessions on
phage therapy, phage-based prophylaxis and diagnostics, phage genomicsand proteomics, phage-based technologies, and phage ecology.
2008 Phage Technology Meeting
July 26-29, in
Vaccinesand gene therapyvehicles; Food safety; Novel phage proteins: diagnostics and antimicrobials; Phages in the environment; Bioengineeringand genomics; Phage therapy
Meetings time line
Meetings are listed in order per year, but with years descending. Links are to descriptions found under either "scheduled upcoming phage meetings" or below this section as either ongoing phage meetings ("i.e.", Evergreen meetings, Phage Assembly conferences, Cold Spring Harbor meetings) or as one-time meetings or symposia.
#2009 Evergreen meeting
#2008 Leicester Viral Ecology Meeting
#2008 Tbilisi Phage Biology, Ecology, and Therapy meeting
#2008 Edinburgh Phage Technology meeting
#2007 Phage/Viral Assembly meeting
#2007 Cold Spring Harbor meeting
#2007 Evergreen meeting
#2007 Virus-ecology sympostium
#2007 Baikal Symposium
#2006 Texas meeting
#2006 Cold Spring Harbor meeting
#2005 Evergreen meeting
#2005 Tbilisi seminar
#2004 Phage summit (Florida)
#2003 Evergreen meeting
#2001 Evergreen meeting
#2000 Millennial meeting (Montreal)
#1999 Evergreen meeting
Please add to the above list as appropriate. Please do not let a need or desire to create links to within this document (or elsewhere) stop you from providing an (accurate) listing of past, present, or future meetings. Somebody, somewhere will fill in the details if you don't have them.
A number of phage meetings meet regularly. Much information is missing from the following listings and it is hoped that people who organize or attend these meetings will help to supply this information.
All Evergreen conferences are Summer meetings organized by Elizabeth Kutter and held on the
Evergreen State Collegecampus, Olympia, Washington. They have gone by at least two names: Evergreen International Phage Biology Meeting (2005 back to ???) and Bacteriophage T4 (International?) Meeting (??? back to ???). Meetings have been held in [http://academic.evergreen.edu/projects/phage/2007meeting.htm 2007] (17th), [http://www.evergreen.edu/phage/meetings/evergreen2005annualmeeting.htm 2005] (16th), [http://www.phage.org/bgnws018.htm#submissions 2003] (15th), 2001 (14th), 1999 (13th), 1997? (12th), 1995? (11th), 1993? (10th), 1991 (9th), 1989 (8th), 1987 (7th), 1985 (6th), 1983? (5th), and earlier. The next meeting is scheduled for 2009 (18th).
Biennial Phage/Viral Assembly Conferences
A conference overview page can be found here [http://www.phagevirusassembly.org/ here] . The last meeting was held in May, [http://www.phagevirusassembly.org/2007meeting.html 2007] in Barrie,
Ontario, Canada. The original meeting was held in 1968.
Cold Spring Harbor (Molecular Genetics of) Bacteria and Phage Meeting
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratoryis found on Long Island, New York, though these meetings are not always held in Cold Spring Harbor but instead in Madison, Wisconsin. Meetings have been held in [http://www.union.wisc.edu/phages 2007] , 2006, 2002, etc. Many of the years of these meetings are not listed here (and need to be), plus a history of these meetings needs to be presented as well as comments on the current status of these meetings with regard to the degree to which they consider phage.
Viral Ecology Group (VEG) meetings
VEG meetings are held in
Englandwith the March, 2008, meeting the 5th.
One-time meetings or symposia
2008 Edinburgh International Phage Conference
June 26 to June 30, held in
* [http://www.edinburgh-phage-conference.org/ conference page]
2008 Bacteriophages: Nature and Exploitation
February 22, held in
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, UK.
* [http://www.regonline.co.uk/builder/site/Default.aspx?eventid=140561 meeting registration page]
2007 International Baikal Symposium on Microbiology
September 10-15, this symposium is titled "Microorganisms in Ecosystems of Lakes, Rivers, and Reservoirs" was held in
Irkutsk– Listvyankasettlement (campus «Pribaykal’skiy»), Russia. Approximately one-third (or slightly fewer) of the topics to be covered seem to be phage-related.
2007 Symposium, Ecology of Viruses
September 3-4, organized by Environmental Microbiology Group/Virus Ecology Group/
Society for General Microbiology, held at University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.
* [http://www.sgm.ac.uk/meetings/MTGPAGES/Edi07EmVeg.cfm meeting overview page]
2007 Le Treilles meeting on The Evolution, Diversity and Ecology of the Dark Matter of the Biosphere: Bacteriophages
March 26-31, sponsored by the [http://www.les-treilles.com/ssimages/index.html Fondation des Treilles] , held in
* [http://www.les-treilles.com/ssimages/c_2007_02_Krisch_Comeau_Mann.html meeting overview page]
2006 Texas, Evergreen Phage and Virus Genomics and Ecology Meeting
May 12-15, organized by Philip Serwer, Stephen C. Haries, and Elizabeth Kutter, held at
Texas A&M University-Kingsville Campus, Kingsville, Texas.
* [http://www.biochem.uthscsa.edu/~hs_lab/phage_meeting/ meeting web page]
2005 International Phage Seminar
November 10-11, organized by J.S.C. “
Biochimpharm” and Eliava Scientific-Research Institute of Bacteriophages, Microbiology and Virology, held in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.
* [http://www.evergreen.edu/phage/2005phageseminar.htm draft seminar agenda]
2004 Phage Summit
August 1-5, ASM meeting organized by Ry Young, held in
Key Biscayne, Florida.
*Adhya, S., L. Black, D. Friedman, G. Hatfull, K. Kreuzer, C. Merril, A. Oppenheim, F. Rohwer, and R. Young. 2005. 2004 ASM Conference on the New Phage Biology: the 'Phage Summit'. Mol. Microbiol. 55:1300 [http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/links/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2958.2005.04509.x/full/ full text]
2002 International Union of Microbiology Societies/International Congress of Virology
July 27-August 1, held in Paris
*there were symposia devoted to phage:
#The phage genome (conveners H. Krisch, R. Hendrix)
#Phage lysis and lysogeny (J. Maniloff, T. Alatossava)
#Applied and environmental phage biology (H-W. Ackermann, E. Kutter)
2000 Algal Virus Workshop
May 28-June 1, held in
*comment: a previous such meeting had been held in 1998.
2000 Bacteriophages in Biotechnology
July 13, held in
2000 Millennial Phage Meeting
June 7-11, organized by Michael Dubow, held at
McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
2000 Le Treilles meeting on Viruses: Origins, Evolution, and Biodiversity
July 24-30, sponsored by the [http://www.les-treilles.com/ssimages/index.html Fondation des Treilles] , held in
Tourtour, France. Proceedings published in vol. 154 of the series "Research in Microbiology" and summarized in Balter, M. 2000. "Evolution on life's fringes." "Science" Vol. 289. no. 5486, pp. 1866 - 1867 (15 September 2000) DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5486.1866Science" 289:1866-1867. [http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/289/5486/1866?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&andorexacttitleabs=and&fulltext=Evolution+on+life%27s+fringes&andorexactfulltext=and&searchid=1&FIRSTINDEX=0&resourcetype=HWCIT abstract & pay article]
1998 International Symposium on Microbial Ecology
August, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
*comment: There was a symposia as part of this meeting on "Viruses as Regulators of Microbial Systems".
* [http://www.microbes.org/ ISME home page]
* [http://www.asm.org/division/M/Meetings.html Meetings of interest to phage biologists] (page from [http://www.asm.org/division/M/M.html ASM Division M] )
*Microbial Population Biology Gordon conference (typically has at least some phage-based talks and -interested attendees)
* [http://www.cshl.edu/History/phagegroup.html 1941 meeting of the American Physical Society, in Philadelphia] (brief discussion of)
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