2017 Evergreen Meeting


The 22nd biennial Evergreen Bacteriophage conference will be from 6-11 August 2017 at the Evergreen State College.

If you want to take part in a good phage conference but are tired of travel and jet-lag, we encourage you to explore this January 2017 meeting, which will be related to the very interesting January London phage meetings of recent years but will be live-streamed only.

Registration is available now!

Tentative Fees (subject to change):
$450 for Students and Guests ($500 after April 1st)
$600 for Senior Scientists ($700 after April 1st)
$700 for Corporate Participants ($800 after April 1st)
Early registration fees apply to people who apply before April 1st, and are due by May 15th or once the visa is acquired if that is an issue.

General Program: Sunday morning, a phage genomics workshop at several levels is again planned (suggestions welcome!), followed by a welcoming afternoon barbecue. A pair of 1-hour plenary talks will start at 5:30 – suggestions as to the topics and speakers for that are still welcome. There will then be an evening reception and first poster session. Subsequent platform sessions include Phage Ecology; Agricultural Applications; Phage-Host Interactions; Phage Biotech; Human Phage Therapy (an all-day session on Wednesday); Molecular Mechanisms; and a final integrative session. Each session will have 2 co-chairs (one of them already selected) and includes a strong program of already-invited keynote speakers as well as speakers to be selected from submitted abstracts. The co-chairs will again include both rising young phage stars and more senior people – let us know if you have suggestions or would like to be considered for this function. Detailed session planning depends on the abstracts submitted and thus, in long-time Cold Spring Harbor tradition, the program is not posted much ahead of time.

Posters will be up all through the meeting, starting with a poster session and snacks on the first evening, with additional poster sessions through Thursday early afternoon. We encourage you to put pictures of yourselves on or with your posters to make it easier for people to find you throughout the meeting. It is possible to have your posters printed here as long as you send them electronically a week in advance. Posters that complement talks are encouraged, to facilitate detailed discussions of the data.
The final talk session ends Thursday about 6:30, with dinner then on your own out on the town, or with ordered-in pizza, music and dancing on campus. A free all-day free trip to Paradise on Mt. Rainier on Friday is again being arranged for Friday.

►Registration fees are being held the same as those of the last 2 meetings. (They are $450 for guests and students, $600 for academics, $700 corporate rate until April 15, $100 additional charge thereafter.) A dorm room in a suite of 4-6 single rooms with a large living room, a Native American salmon bake banquet, and most other meals are included. If you choose to stay off campus, $150 is deducted. On-line registration and further information are on our web page, www.evergreen.edu/phage.

►Abstract Submission: By May 5, please send approximate titles and draft abstracts and whether you would prefer to give a talk if possible (often also presenting details in a poster) or simply a poster, to help us in making the schedule. Final polished abstracts can be substituted until July 5, letting you take into account your most up-to-date results. Submit your abstract via email to tescphage@gmail.com. In the subject of the email, please indicate the topic where it best fits. Submit them as full-page Word documents. Include the full names and institutions of all authors, to facilitate interactions and future contacts. All authors will be included in the Abstract-book index.

Overview, present focus and history of the current major phage-related meetings
Starting in 1945, Max Delbrück greatly stimulated and redirected the course of phage research by organizing annual phage courses and phage meetings at Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island, drawing scientists from around the world and leading to the development of molecular biology. Phage research and funding blossomed, but then declined as new phage-derived techniques enabled the molecular analyses of other organisms, and the Cold Spring Harbor phage meetings evolved into “Phage and Microbial Genetics”. They have now been shifted to the University of Madison, Wisconsin, but only generally include one session on phage.

The 22nd Evergreen International Phage Biology Meeting is the only US meeting this year concentrating exclusively on phage. It started in 1975 as a west-coast lytic-phage meeting, reflecting the fact that the traditional Cold Spring Harbor meeting had decreased its emphasis on lytic phages and had also become too expensive for many, particularly for students. With the help of Bruce Alberts, Chris Mathews, Gisela Mosig, Fumio Arisaka, Jan Drake, Eleanor Spicer, Peter Gauss, Wolfgang Rueger, Vadim Mesyanzhinov, Eric Miller, Jim Karam and others, it soon became an international meeting, which was the birthplace of the T4 genome project, of the 1983 and 1994 ASM Bacteriophage T4 books, and of many key collaborations. The 1983 book was ASM’s first monograph, with much collaboration between all relevant labs on each chapter. Evergreen gradually grew into a broader, much more general phage meeting in the mid 1990’s, as people became aware of the Eastern European therapeutic work and the ranges of phage studies and applications became much broader. The 2015 meeting drew 200 people from 43 countries.

Complementary Meetings: This year, there will also be 2 special celebrations in Europe of the 100th anniversary of the publication of Felix d’Herelle’s first paper on phage. The first, at the Pasteur Institute, is April 24-27. ( ) The second, in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, is June

Major meetings exploring Viruses of Microbes more broadly are now held in alternate years, usually in July. The Pasteur Institute held the first Viruses of Microbes meeting in 2010 in Paris, in 2012 it was at the military academy in Brussels, in 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland, and in 2016 in Liverpool, England. The next is scheduled in Wroclaw, Poland in 2018.