Plasmid Biology 2018

We invite you to:

Shot of the roses in the Rose Garden by the Drumheller Fountain in Rainier Vista.

University of Washington campus, Seattle, USA

Local organisers:

Beth Traxler and Eva Top

Organizing Committee:

Dr. Barbara Funnell, University of Toronto, Canada

Dr. Alvaro San Millan, University Hospital Ramon y Cajal, Spain

Dr. Hideaki Nojiri, University of Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Beth Traxler, University of Washington, USA

Dr. Eva Top, University of Idaho, USA

Start Sunday, August 5 

Drumheller Fountain with Mt. Rainier in the background. Photo by Doug Plummer.

Evening Reception and

Keynote Presentation by

Dr. Dan Andersson, Uppsala University 


End Friday, August 10

After breakfast.


Invitation from the Organising Committee

We are pleased to invite you to attend Plasmid Biology 2018 on the scenic University of Washington campus in Seattle, Washington from August 5 -10, 2018.  The conference is the biennial International Symposium of the International Society for Plasmid Biology and other Mobile Genetic Elements (ISPB). Meeting topics will cover several areas relating to plasmids and mobile genetic elements (MGEs), including replication and maintenance, horizontal transfer, genomics and systems biology, synthetic biology, industrial, agricultural and medical biotechnology, evolution, ecology, epidemiology, and the role of plasmids/MGEs in bacterial pathogenesis.

Our conference will showcase a diversity in topics and presenters (with established investigators, students, and post-doctoral fellows). The keynote lecture “Evolution of Antibiotic resistance” will be given Sunday evening, August 5th by Dr. Dan Andersson from the University of Uppsala, Sweden. Subsequent sessions will feature several invited talks by leading international researchers and additional oral and poster presentations chosen from submitted abstracts. The various sessions will give all attendees an opportunity to present their latest findings, with ample time for informal discussions, socializing, and networking. Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early career scientists are particularly encouraged to attend and contribute to the meeting.

We look forward to welcoming you to Seattle in August: come to learn about exciting science related to plasmids and other mobile elements and to explore the beautiful city of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest! Despite its reputation for rain and gray skies, August is a spectacular time to visit. While you are here, you may want to add a day or two to visit Seattle itself or the extraordinary wilderness surrounding it (e.g., Mount Rainier National Park, the Olympic National Park).

For more information please visit the dedicated conference webpages, with the symposium schedule, registration portal, housing, details, and options for regional site-seeing and explorations.