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ASM Annual General Meeting 2019 – Update

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the SIG’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) that was run at this years’ Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM) conference in Adelaide. A special thanks to Karen Weynberg and Carola Venturini for chairing and taking minutes for the meeting, respectively. Please see below a list of meeting notes from the AGM.
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ASM Annual General Meeting – 1st July, 1-2pm

Dear SIG Members,

We would like to invite you all to attend our Annual General Meeting for the Bacteriophage Biology and Therapeutics SIG at the Adelaide ASM conference on July 1st, from 1-2pm in one of the lunch rooms (room details will be in ASM program).

Please see below a proposed agenda for the meeting. Karen Weynberg will be chairing the meeting.
We look forward to seeing you all there



Phage Futures Europe – 25-26th September, Belgium

Hi all,
I wanted to post a quick update to promote the upcoming Phage Futures Europe meeting, which will be held in Belgium from 25th-26th of September, 2019. The conference follows on from the very successful Phage Futures Congress held in Washington D.C. earlier this year and brings together academics, start-ups and pharma to discuss how to translate phage therapies. The organiser have kindly offered SIG members an extra 10% off  with the code – SIG10 – early bird registration ends this week.


Bacteriophage Biology & Therapeutics SIG – March 2019 Update

For the first Bacteriophage Biology & Therapeutics SIG posting of 2019, I would like to provide an update on the recent Microbiology Australia issue that focused on bacteriophages, highlight a number of relevant conferences and initiatives that may be of interest and provide some details on the SIG goals for 2019.

Phage in the Age of Synthetic Biology

By Karen Weynberg, CSIRO Synthetic Biology Fellow, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, Faculty of Science, University of Queensland
Synthetic biology is an emerging field of research set to revolutionise the future of biological science. To simply summarise synthetic biology can be challenging due to the myriad of tools, techniques and applications it encompasses. In essence, synthetic biology involves the use of engineering principles in a biological context. Using DNA-encoded componentry, synthetic biology enables the design and construction of biological parts, devices, cellular circuits and networks, and even whole organisms. This exciting new approach holds great promise for many areas of research, including biomedical efforts to treat cancer and other diseases, vaccine development, cell therapies, regenerative medicine and microbiome engineering.

Viruses of Microbes 2018 – Wrocław, Poland

The International Society of Microorganisms held its 5th Viruses of Microbes (VoM) meeting in Wrocław, Poland (spelt Wrocław and pronounced “Vro-tz-wav” as quickly learnt by Lucy when she thought she might be on board the wrong flight!) The 5-day conference had an impressive turnout with over 500 attendees present, including researchers and industry representatives. We [Carola (WIMR, NSW), Bethany (WIMR, NSW) and Lucy (UWA, WA)] were among a total of 9 people representing the bacteriophage research contingent from Australia and New Zealand. Topics covered in varied sessions ranged from biological mechanisms of viral DNA packaging to phage therapy applications (see link to ‘VoM Conference Proceedings').