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Discovery, Biosynthesis and Evolution
05 Sep 2020 - 12 Sep 2020
Course directors:
Mervyn Bibb, John Innes Centre, Norwich, United Kingdom
Duška Vujaklija, Ruđer Bošković Institute Zagreb, Croatia
Gregory Challis, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Andrew Truman, John Innes Centre, Norwich, United Kingdom
Barrie Wilkinson, John Innes Centre, Norwich, United Kingdom
Course description:

SSIAM 2020 - Due to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic this year be held on line for all successful applicants.

The summer schools recognise the recent development of interest in microbial metabolites that has resulted from the sequencing of small molecule-producing microorganisms, coupled with the explosive development of sequencing technology, bioinformatics and chemical analysis.

Ecological developments highlighting the wide range of roles for small molecules in microbial communities are also very significant and an important aim is to bring together a cadre of young scientists from diverse backgrounds, to share information that can lead to inter-disciplinary approaches to understanding and exploiting metabolite production, including:

• Molecular microbiology

• Chemistry

• Microbial ecology

• Bioinformatics

There is an urgent need for novel antibiotics precipitated by multi-drug resistance among many pathogenic microorganisms, and a special feature of the summer school will be hands-on computer workshops focused on genome mining and the analysis natural product gene clusters.


1. Mervyn Bibb, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

2. Greg Challis, University of Warwick, UK

3. Marie Elliot, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

4. Alison Foster, Centre for Biocultural Diversity, University of Kent, UK

5. Paul Jensen, Scripps Oceanographic Institution , San Diego, USA

6. Roberto Kolter, Harvard Medical School, USA

7. Flavia Marinelli , University of Insubria, Italy

8. Mônica T. Pupo, University of Sao Paulo, Brasil

9. Emzo de los Santos, University of Warwick, UK

10. Andrew Truman, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

11. Duška Vujaklija, Rudjer Bošković Institute, Croatia

12. Barrie Wilkinson, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

13. Gerry Wright, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada