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Wednesday, November 12

Call for Nominations - 11th Annual Early Career Scientists Symposium

Ecosystems within organisms: Ecology and evolution of the microbiome

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan invites nominations of outstanding scientists early in their careers to participate in an exciting international symposium about the ecological and evolutionary processes of the microbiome. The symposium events will take place from 27–29 March 2015, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Seven early career scientists, alongside two keynote speakers, will be selected to present their work and to participate in panel discussions. We welcome nominations of early career scientists who are studying ecosystems within organisms. Potential topics include the role of the microbiome in disease processes, micro-evolution, or development, meta-community theory in host-associated communities, multi-host multi-parasite systems, and eco-immunology. The research focus can range from bacteria to metazoans and from fitness effects on host organisms or their microbiota to the downstream effects of microbiomes on ecosystems. We are interested in scientists with diverse expertise (including anthropology, medicine, veterinary medicine, oceanography, geobiology, virology, computer science, philosophy of science).

Early career scientists are considered senior graduate students (who stand to receive their Ph.D. within one year), postdoctoral researchers, and first- or second-year faculty. A colleague or advisor must provide the nomination.

The nomination consists of a brief letter of recommendation addressing the nominee’s scientific promise and ability to give a compelling talk, the nominee’s curriculum vitae, and a brief abstract of the proposed presentation (< 200 words, written by the nominee). Nominations may be sent electronically (in one file, please) to eeb-ecss-nomination@umich.edu using the nominee’s name as the subject line (last name first). More information is available at http://sites.lsa.umich.edu/ecss/.

Review of nominations will begin on December 15, 2014.

Selected participants will be contacted by January 6, 2015, and will have all expenses covered
(registration, travel and accommodation). An official announcement of the slate of speakers will be issued soon thereafter.

For more information, contact Cindy Carl at cacarl@umich.edu.

The 2015 Early Career Scientists Symposium scientific committee includes:
Tim James (chair)
Chelsea Wood
Kevin Theis
Marian Schmidt
Thomas Jenkinson
Cindy Carl

The University of Michigan EEB website is http://www.lsa.umich.edu/eeb/