Conference: Microbes and their Viruses – 2019
The conference: “Microbes and their Viruses: Ecology, Diversity, Applications” was held in Tbilisi on September 22-27, 2019. The conference presented one of the key events of the Science Festival organized by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia. The conference was organized jointly by the Georgian Association for General and Applied Microbiology, the George Eliava Institute of Bacteriophages, Microbiology and Virology, Georgian branch of Academia Europea, University of Bergen and Yerevan State University. Altogether, over 100 participants from 19 countries attended the conference, including young scientists and students. Two opening lectures were delivered by the prominent scientists Harald Brussow (Switzerland) and Jeremy Barr (Australia). The sessions include different directions, such as microbial ecosystems and microbiomes, clinical microbiology and epidemiology, bacteriophages for medical applications, microbial technologies. The workshop on new trends in extremophile research and biotechnology was an important part of the conference. The students as gifts received the copies of the book written by Jeremy Barr “The Invisible War”. An Art-Science exhibition: “Our invisible companions” was organized by the Eliava Institute in collaboration with the “Untitled Gallery” in the garden of the conference venue. The aim of the exhibition was to demonstrate the beauty of the peculiarities of the microbial world. The musical arrangement of the opening ceremony was provided by the K.Vardeli String Quartet.