116th ITC:
From pathogen evolution to microbiome dynamics

Microbial species live and evolve within multi-species consortia that play critical roles in ecology and in human health and disease. These multi-species microbial communities are dynamic, continuously responding, adapting, and evolving in response to external stimuli and stresses. Antibiotics in particular strongly modulate microbes and their communities across multiple levels, from physiology to species composition to evolution over astonishingly rapid timescales. Recent advances in the theory of microbial communities, together with new genomic and metagenomic experimental approaches, are now generating new fundamental insights into how these multi-level microbial community dynamics combine to determine overall community function and adaptability. They have begun to allow predictive quantitative analyses and manipulations of microbial consortia, with far-reaching implications for environmental challenges and management of health and disease.

This conference will bring together scientists from diverse fields, including synthetic biologists building multi-species communities, evolutionary biologists exploring the micro-evolution of individual species, and ecologists and computational biologists analyzing the dynamics of multi-species communities. By bringing these groups together, this meeting seeks to identify new opportunities for major advances, and generate synergistic interactions between fields and investigators. In this way, we anticipate that this meeting will help to expand a growing new interdisciplinary field at the intersection of microbiology, systems and synthetic biology, evolution, and pharmacology.



Roy Kishony (Haifa, Israel)
David A. Relman (Stanford, CA, USA)



October 25-29, 2017
(Participation by invitation only)



Belkaid, Yasmine (Bethesda, MD, USA)
Borenstein, Elhanan (Seattle, WA, USA)
Bork, Peer (Heidelberg, Germany)
Comstock, Laurie Elizabeth (Boston, MA, USA)
Dagan, Tal (Kiel, Germany)
Desai, Michael M. (Cambridge, MA, USA)
Eldar, Avigdor (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Elinav, Erin (Rehovot, Israel)
Falter-Braun, Pascal (Neuherberg, Germany)
Foster, Kevin (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Friedman, Jonathan (Rehovot, Israel)
Geva-Zatorsky, Naama (Haifa, Israel)
Grad, Yonatan (Boston, MA, USA)
Häußler, Susanne (Braunschweig, Germany)
Hung, Deborah (Cambridge, MA, USA)
Ingmer, Hanne (Frederiksberg, Denmark)
Lenski, Richard E. (East Lansing, MI, USA)
Lieberman, Tami (Cambridge, MA, USA)
Lindell, Debbie (Haifa, Israel)
Mitri, Sara (Lausanne, Switzerland)
Molin, Søren (Kongens Lyngby, Denmark)
Pál, Csaba (Szeged, Hungary)
Parkhill, Julian (Hinxton, United Kingdom)
Petrov, Dimitri (Stanford, CA, USA)
Questembert-Balaban, Nathalie (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rainey, Paul (Plön, Germany)
Robert, Lydia (Paris, France)
Segev, Einat (Rehovot, Israel)
Segre, Julie (Bethesda, MD, USA)
Segre, Daniel (Boston, MA, USA)
Sharon, Itai (Kiryat Shmona, Israel)
Sher, Daniel (Haifa, Israel)
Sommer, Morton O.A. (Kongens Lyngby, Denmark)
Stern, Adi (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Typas, Nassos (Heidelberg, Germany)
Vetsigian, Kalin (Madison, WI, USA)
Yaffe, Eitan (Stanford, CA, USA)
Yassour, Moran (Cambridge, MA, USA)


Coming in April 2018:

117th ITC:
From oocyte to embryo – illuminating the origins of life


Melina Schuh (Göttingen, Germany)
Takashi Hiiragi (Heidelberg, Germany)


April 11-15, 2018

passion for science