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Applied Microbiology from the Isolate to the Ecosystem

February 21-22, 2020

Join DC area microbial scientists (professionals and students) for an exciting meeting of science and networking!!

​The Spring Meeting is a 2-day symposium with day 1 being student-focused and day 2 covering “Applied Microbiology from the Isolate to the Ecosystem.” Our goal with the 2-day format is to provide different platforms for DC area students and professionals to communicate and learn about important topics in the microbial sciences. To learn more about each section of the meeting use the buttons below. 


  • Registration and abstract submission will open on December 2, 2019.

  • Registration is required and the fee covers lunch, refreshments, and continuing education credits.

    • $10 for students & postdocs (for both days of the meeting)

    • $30 for professionals

  • Submit an abstract (250 words) during registration for:

    • An early career talk (details below, deadline December 31)

    • ​A poster presentation (abstracts due January 15)

  • This event is open to all -- students and early career scientists are especially encouraged to attend.

  • ASM Washington, D.C. Branch (DC ASM) is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.
  • Note: there will be no on-site registration.
Full Meeting
February 22, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

​American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
​1200 New York Ave NW
​Washington, DC 20005

The building entrance is at the corner of H and 12th Streets NW.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Rita R. Colwell


Distinguished University Professor 

Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics

University of Maryland

Website: https://cbmg.umd.edu/faculty/ritacolwell​

ASM Distinguished Lecturer

Dr. Joel E. Kostka


Schools of Biology and Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Georgia Institute of Technology

Website: http://www.joelkostka.net

Early Career Speakers

  • Two early career speakers will be selected from abstracts for 15 min talks. Early career speakers include students, postdocs, or professionals within 5 years of their terminal degree. 

  • Abstracts (max. 250 words) for early careers talks should be submitted by December 31, 2019 via the registration portal

  • Speakers will be notification if they are selected for a talk by mid-January. Those not selected for a talk will automatically be given a poster presentation. 

Early Career Meeting
February 21, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

​American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
1752 N St. NW 
Washington, DC 20036

  • Day 1 of the meeting is student and postdoc focused and organized by the ASM Student Chapter from Uniformed Services University. Students at all levels are welcome. 

  • The vision for the first day is to provide a platform for students from all 4 of the Student Chapters in our Branch and local universities to learn about careers in microbial sciences, network, and present their research. 

  • Dr. Rita Colwell and Dr. Joel Kostka (ASM Distinguished Lecturer) will speak on their careers.


Interested in sponsoring the meeting? Want to have a table to advertise your organization?

Email: asm.dcbranch@gmail.com