EMCRs explore the frontiers of microbiome research

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70 EMCRs converged on Adelaide to explore the role of microorganisms in health and ecosystem processes
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Dr Kristin Alford, Director of Science Creativity Education Studio, presenting the dinner address at the symposium.

The 2016 Theo Murphy Australian Frontiers of Science symposium brought 70 outstanding EMCRs from around the country to Adelaide to discuss the impact of microbes on us and the world around us. The Microbiome: Exploring the role of microorganisms in health and ecosystem processes, was an interdisciplinary conference which provided delegates with the opportunity to meet and form collaborations with colleagues who they may not normally encounter.

The delegates were taken on a journey from Antarctica to coral reefs and back again, from the intestine to the skin in humans and animals, and back in time to look at the diet of the Neanderthals. They shared insights on the tools they have in common, exchanged tips for career success, discussed gender equity and explored how EMCRs can support each other in this part of their research journey.

There was great enthusiasm from all delegates to stay connected and continue to find ways to work together. The symposium was funded by the Theo Murphy (Australia) Fund through the Royal Society of London.

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