Metagenomics applies a suite of genomic technologies and bioinformatics tools to directly access the genetic content of entire communities of organisms. The field of metagenomics has been responsible for substantial advances in microbial ecology, evolution, and diversity over the past 5 to 10 years, and many research laboratories are actively engaged in it now. In parallel, clinicians are currently paying a growing interest in how NGS could help in the diagnosis and management of several diseases. In the field of infectious diseases, metagenomics has demonstrated its potential in the identification of pathogens and the inference of the antibiotic susceptibility profiles of bacteria.
The conference program will include the latest experimental advances and technical developments in the fields of metagenomics to decipher the functional processes and interactions carried out by complex microbial communities, i.e., those residing in soil, the ocean, and the human gut. The goal is to cover this broad area of investigation thanks to inclusion of multidisciplinary talks discussing overlapping subjects. This should facilitate a broad understanding of the field, even for participants at early stages of their careers or new to this area of investigation.
The meeting venue at BioPark auditorium can host around 100 participants, providing opportunities for extensive interactions among participants in a friendly and comfortable environment.
Illustration adapted from Christian Sardet / Chroniques du plancton