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The 39th Summer Symposium in Molecular Biology

Due to ongoing concerns about the current outbreak of Coronavirus, The Summer Symposium has made the difficult decision to cancel the event scheduled for August 3-6, 2020 on the University Park Campus of Penn State University. Our registrants, speakers, students, faculty, staff and community are our top priority and we strongly believe this is the right decision given the current circumstances.

We will be rescheduling the event for August of 2021 and hope that you will join us!  Our thoughts are with those directly impacted by this situation.

Please join us for the 39th Summer Symposium in Molecular Biology, continuing a tradition of excellence and exciting meetings attended by hundreds of participants from universities, public and private sector research organizations, and industry.

This year’s Symposium is interdisciplinary and will focus on  highlighting a fundamental understanding of the life sciences dependent on anaerobic microbes.  Speakers will address advances in biochemistry, molecular biology and microbiology that are synergistic to the spectrum of interests among attendees.  Sessions will emphasize the human microbiome, Earth’s environment, metabolic diversity, evolution, astrobiology and metabolic engineering.

The 39th Summer Symposium in Molecular Biology will also pay tribute to both Ralph S. Wolfe (1922 – 2019), whose efforts sparked a renaissance in anaerobic microbial biology, and Stanley, R. Person (1928 – 2019) who founded the Penn State symposia.

The Summer Symposium encourages attendance of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in addition to faculty. Inexpensive registration fees and availability of on-campus accommodations allow for maximal participation by scientists in-training. In addition to two poster sessions, the 2019 symposium will feature at least 24 short talks to be selected from submitted abstracts to allow junior faculty, post docs and graduate students the opportunity to present their work in highly visible settings. A limited number of travel scholarships will be awarded to graduate students submitting abstracts.

Registration is now open, so register today!