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Dates: September 12 to 15, 2016

Venue:  Microbial Culture Collection (MCC)

Location: Pune (Maharashtra), INDIA 


Continuing on from the grand success of the first two meetings of the Bergey’s International Society for Microbial Systematics (BISMiS), the third meeting of the society will be held from September 12 - 15, 2016 at the Microbial Culture Collection (MCC) in Pune, India. The meeting will be hosted jointly by MCC and Pune Unit of the Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI).

BISMiS-2016 will focus on the changing face of microbial systematics with the merger of “Microbial Systematics and Metagenomics”. Microbial Systematics is undergoing a revolutionary change in its approach to describe novel taxa based on genomic/envirogenomic information. With the application of high throughput sequencing technologies and other novel methods, we are now able to investigate microbes in their natural environment and understand the vast diversity that harbours our planet. Although a session was dedicated to this theme in the BISMiS-2014 meeting, the interesting discussion that followed the session and vast information generated from the merger of these two branches demands that the next meeting be focused on this aspect.


Sessions will include:                   

  1. The role of cultures in the twenty first Century
  2. Cultures and culturing of as-yet-uncultivated microbes
  3. Modern Approaches to Identification/Diagnosis
  4. Genomics/metagenomics/single cell genomics based description of novel taxa
  5. Minimum Standards for the Description of New Taxa
  6. Cyanobacterial taxonomy




Registration Date

Early Bird Registration until June 15th, 2016
Late Registration opens June 16th, 2016

Number of Participants

Limited to 150 participants based on abstract selection by organizing committee.

Notification of acceptance to conference will be sent once registration form and payment are received

Registration Fees

Registration prior to June 15th, 2016:
$400 for BISMiS non-members
$300 for BISMiS members
$250 for BISMiS non-member Students  
$200 for BISMiS Student members  

Registration after June 15th, 2016:
$450 for BISMiS non-members
$350 for BISMiS members
$300 for BISMiS non-member Students  
$250 for BISMiS Student members  

Registration Fee Includes

Coffee breaks, luncheons, opening mixer and closing dinner
Access to all sessions and posters
Entry to Cultural Program
Meeting Packet

How do I Register

Click here to register for BISMiS-2016.


Proposed Program:  The program will be constantly updated, so keep checking regularly…

A total of 30 talks spread across nine sessions are planned at BISMiS 2016. These include an Opening Address on the first day and eight Keynote Talks spread across the three full days. Time is allotted for casual interactions between sessions along with a formal discussion by an expert panel on the closing day. The meeting will include with a cultural program on the second day showcasing the cultural diversity and heritage of India.



Monday September 12, 2016






Opening Address - Taxonomy of Prokaryotes - New Challenges in a Global World
Peter Kämpfer


Welcome Mixer (Seasons Hotel)


Tuesday September 13, 2016


Session 1a - Genomic/Metagenomic Description of Novel Taxa
Chairs: Jongsik Chun, Brian Hedlund


Keynote 1 - Comparative Genomics for Taxonomy of Prokaryotes
-- Jongsik Chun


1.1 - Comparative Genomic Analysis Among Members of Stappiaceae fam. nov. and Proposal of Two Novel Labrenzia sp.
-- David R Arahal


1.2 - Genome Based Phylogenetic Analysis to Investigate Relationships Between the Genera Erwinia, Pantoea and Tatumella
-- Marike Palmer


Refreshments/Poster Session


1.3 - Genomic Insights Into the Species Micromonospora saelicesensis and its Interaction With Legumes
-- Martha Trujillo


1.4 - Lessons Learnt From the Use of Genomes in the Description of New Species of Aeromonas and Arcobacter
-- Maria J Figueras


1.5 - Integration of Average Amino Acid Identity (AAI) and Percentage of Orthologous Genes (BBH) in a Single Phylogenomic Metric, the Reciprocal Orthology Score Average (ROSA)
-- JD Newman




Session 1b - Genomic/Metagenomic Description of Novel Taxa
Chairs: Jongsik Chun, Brian Hedlund


Keynote 2 - Cultivation-Independent Genomics Approaches and Their Relevance to Microbial Taxonomy
-- Brian Hedlund


1.6 - A Database Prototype for Genome-Based Descriptions of Any Kind of Microbial Taxa
-- Boris Vinatzer


1.7 - K-Shuff: A Novel Algorithm for Characterizing Structural and Compositional Diversity in Gene Libraries
-- Kamlesh Jangid


Remarks By Session Chair


Refreshments/Poster Session


Session 2 – Cultures and Culturing of As-Yet-Uncultivated Microbes
Chairs: Svetlana Dedysh, Paul A Lawson


Keynote 3 - Community Wide Insights Into Stressed Niches Using Metagenomic Approach
-- Rup Lal


2.1 - Isolation of Novel Methanotrophs From Indian Rice Rhizosphere Including a Putative New Genus Within Type Ia Methanotrophs
-- Monali Rahalkar



2.2 - Preservation of Uncultured in Omics Era
-- Om Prakash
Remarks By Session Chair


Poster Session


Cultural Program (National Centre for Cell Science Auditorium)




Wednesday September 14, 2016


Session 3 - The Role Of Cultures In The Twenty First Century
Chairs: Brian Austin, Yogesh Shouche


Keynote 4 - The Value Of Cultures To Modern Microbiology
-- Brian Austin


3.1 - Extending Characterized Diversity to Shape the Taxonomic Structure of the Order Planctomycetales
-- Svetlana Dedysh


3.2 - Discovering Novel Bacteria With an Eye to Biotechnological Applications
-- Syed Dastager


Refreshments/Poster Session


Keynote 5 - Megaculturomics of Microbial Biodiversity from Diverse Ecological Niches in India
-- Yogesh Shouche


3.3 - A Study of Prokaryotic Diversity from Marine Habitats of the Central West Coast of India Using Conventional and Metagenomics Approach
-- S. Krishnamurthy


3.4 - Distribution, Diversity and Potential Activity of Bacteria in Coastal Areas of the Mediterranean Sea at Space and Time
-- K Richa


Remarks By Session Chair




Session 4 - Modern Approaches to Identification/Diagnosis
Chairs: Peter Kämpfer, Paul De Vos


Keynote 6 - Novel Insights into Microbial Systematics Based on Molecular Ecology and Comparative Genomics Approaches
-- Joerg Overman


4.1 - Objective Taxa Delineation With Candidate Taxonomic Unit Concept
-- Pelin Yilmaz


4.2 - In-Silico Chemotaxonomy: a Tool for 21st Century Microbial Systematics
-- Paul A Lawson


Refreshments/Poster Session


4.3 - Proteotyping: Tandem Mass Spectrometry Proteomics and Whole Genome Sequence-Based Diagnostics of Infectious Bacteria is Dependent Upon a Reliable and Comprehensive Systematic Framework
-- Ed Moore


4.4 - From Classical Chemotaxonomy to Metabolome Taxonomy: Towards Comprehensive Understanding of Taxa
-- Ch Sasikala


Remarks By Session Chairs


Poster Session


Thursday September 15, 2016


Session 5 - Minimum Standards For The Description Of New Taxa
Chairs: Barny Whitman, Martha Trujillo


Keynote 7 - Modest Proposals for Unification of the Nomenclature of Cultured and Uncultured Prokaryotes
-- William Whitman


5.1 - Genealogical Concordance and Other Lines of Evidence for the Recognition and Description of Bacterial Species
-- Stephanus Venter


Refreshments/Poster Session


5.2 - The Long Voyage to a Genomic Encyclopaedia of Bacteria and Archaea: the First Decade
-- Hans-Peter Klenk


Remarks By Session Chair


Bergey's Business Meeting (Members Only)




Session 6 – Cyanobacterial Taxonomy
Chair: Aharon Oren


Keynote 8 - The Current Status of Cyanobacterial Nomenclature Under the “Prokaryotic” and the “Botanical” Code
-- Aharon Oren


6.1 - A Shared Species Definition is Needed for a Unified Approach to the Taxonomy of Cyanobacteria
-- Stefano Ventura


6.2 - New Species of Nostoc (Cyanobacteria) Isolated from Pune, India Using Morphological, Ecological and Molecular Attributes
-- Prashant Singh


Remarks By Session Chair


Refreshments/Poster Session


Discussion By Expert Panel


Closing Session


Confirmed Speakers:

Aharon Oren
The Hebrew University of
Prof. Aharon Oren was born in Zwolle, the Netherlands, in 1952. He received an M.Sc. degree in microbiology and biochemistry from the University of Groningen (1974), and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1979). After a post-doctoral period at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign he joined the faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he currently is professor of microbial ecology. His research centers on the study of hypersaline environments and the halophilic microorganisms inhabiting them. He has a great interest in the taxonomy and nomenclature of prokaryotes and he is past president and past executive secretary of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes. He is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, managing editor of Extremophiles, and section editor of FEMS Microbiology Letters. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and he received honorary doctorates from the University of Osnabrück, Germany (2010) and from the Charles University in Prague (2015).

Boris Vinatzer
Virginia Tech
Dr. Boris Vinatzer received his BS/MS degree and PhD degree from the University of Bologna in Italy. While his PhD research focused on the molecular basis of plant disease resistance, his postdoctoral work with Dr. Jean Greenberg at The University of Chicago shifted towards the molecular genetics of plant pathogenic bacteria. Dr. Vinatzer started a faculty position in the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, in 2004, where he is Associate Professor today. For the last ten years, Boris Vinatzer has focused his research on evolution and virulence mechanisms of the plant pathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas syringae. This research broadened his interests into environmental microbiology and microbial taxonomy, which he investigates using genomic approaches. In 2013, together with his colleague Dr. Lenwood Heath in the Computer Science Department at Virginia Tech, Dr. Vinatzer published his first paper describing a proposal for a species-independent taxonomy for all domains of life. The proposed taxonomic system uses the individual bacterial strain (or Eukaryotic organism or virus) as basic unit and assigns to each a Life Identification Number (LIN) whereby each LIN expresses the precise similarity of the strain to all similar strains. This approach allows description and naming of microbial diversity at any level of diversity, be it a single clonal lineage that causes a specific disease outbreak or an entire bacterial family. Dr. Vinatzer’s research is funded by the National Science Foundation of the USA.

Brian Austin
University of Stirling
Prof. Brian Austin was Director of the Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling, a position that he held since 2009. Brian graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with BSc and PhD degrees in microbiology before postdoctoral work on aquatic microbiology at the University of Maryland. Brian joined Heriot-Watt University as a Lecturer in 1984, became Reader in 1989, and then to Professor in 1992. There, he held the posts of Head of Department, Head of School, and Dean. Research interests have centred on the taxonomy and ecology of aquatic bacteria, bacterial fish pathology, and marine biotechnology. Brian is now Professor Emeritus of Microbiology at the University of Stirling. He held Fellowships the American Academy of Microbiology, Higher Education Academy, U.K. and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. He has published over 300 scientific articles and 16 books, to date.

Ch. Sasikala
JNT University Hyderabad
Prof. Ch. Sasikala was born in Kadiri, India in 1964. She received an M.Sc. degree in Applied Microbiology from the Bharatiar University (1986) and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Osmania university, Hyderabad (1990). After a post-doctoral period at the same University, she joined JNT University Hyderabad in 1996, where she started her own lab. She is currently a professor of Environmental science and technology at the Centre for Environment, IST, JNTUniversity Hyderabad, India. She is also presently the Chairperson of Board of studies. Dr. Sasikala’s research interests are in the area of bacterial diversity, metabolomics and bioprospecting for environmental management. Her group has extensively surveyed diverse habitats of India for bacterial diversity with particular reference to anaerobic bacteria. Genetic diversity studies through metagenome analysis have enabled guestimates of bacterial diversity while cultured diversity studies have resulted in the valid description (ie., publication in International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology) of over 130 new species, 14 new genera, 1 new family and 1 new order in addition to several reclassifications. Mapping of marine anoxygenic phototrophic bacteria of India is also being carried out. Her expertise on bacterial diversity has received peer recognition and she is elected as a member of “International Committee on systematics of prokaryotes: Subcommittee on the taxonomy of phototrophic bacteria” of International Union on conservation of Nature. Exploitation of bacterial cultures for environmental management has resulted in commercialisation of process/products was also achieved. Several cultures are being used as bioremediation agents and probiotics in aquaculture ponds, for solid waste management and as biofertilizers. Technology transfer was carried out for mass cultivation of Rhodospirillum rubrum for biomass production using specially designed commercial media formulation. Dr. Sasikala has successfully completed 15 R&D projects funded by DBT/UGC/DOD/MoES/CSIR/DST/DAAD and 4 are ongoing.

Brian Hedlund
University of Nevada
Prof. Brian Hedlund received a BS degree in Biology from the University of Illinois and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Washington. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Regensburg, Hedlund started his own lab at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas, where he is currently a Professor in the School of Life Sciences. Hedlund’s research is focused primarily on the ecology and biodiversity of terrestrial geothermal springs, with a goal of uniting ecosystem-level biology with microbial physiology and taxonomy. Recent progress includes the isolation and study of novel classes and orders of Chloroflexi and the first substantial genomics work on several candidate microbial phyla, most notably candidate phylum “Atribacteria” (OP9). Hedlund's research is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and a variety of other sources. Hedlund is Principal Investigator on the Tengchong PIRE project, the largest international effort centering on life in terrestrial geothermal fields. He is an Editor for Bergey's Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria and regularly serves on grant review panels for national and international funding agencies.

Jörg Overmann
Leibniz-Institut DSMZ
Prof. Dr. Jörg Overmann received his PhD from the Department of Microbiology, University of Konstanz in 1991. His research interests range from microbial ecology and evolution to bacterial physiology. He also focuses on the mobilization and biobanking of biological resources and their biotechnological applications. After finishing his post-doc in the Department for Microbiology and Immunology, the University of British Columbia, Canada, in 1994, he became a Junior group leader, at the Institut für Chemie und Biologie des Meeres, University of Oldenburg. In 2000 he became a Professor of Microbiology of the Department Biologie I at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München where he has also served as the Acting Director for 6 years. In 2010 he accepted the position of the Managing Director of the Leibniz-Institut DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures, and of a Professor of Microbiology at the Technische Universität Braunschweig. Prof. Overmann has published over 150 peer-reviewed publications, received the Ph.D. award of the Vereinigung für Allgemeine und Angewandte Mikrobiologie (VAAM), and was Inaugural Douglas Leigh Lecturer by the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology in 2013. He is member elect of the review panel of the German Science Foundation and serves or has served in the Editorial Board of the widely acclaimed journals Archives of Microbiology, Applied and Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Microbiology, as well as in several scientific advisory boards.

Paul Lawson
University of Oklahoma
Prof. Paul Lawson has expertise in microbial systematics spanning over 30yrs and has been responsible or associated with, the naming or reclassification of over 140 bacteria that includes 2 families, 40 genera and almost 100 species. Although he has worked with diverse ecosystems that includes clinical, veterinary and environmental sources; the focus of much of his work is with the gastrointestinal tract of both man and animals. His work includes a fundamental restructuring of the genus Clostridium and relatives, and numerous contributions to the Lactic Acid Bacteria. In addition to original publications (160+), he has contributed 16 chapters to the Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, 3 chapters to Biodiversity and Taxonomy of the Lactic Acid and the chapter on Carnobacteriaceae for “The Prokaryotes”. Paul is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the BISMiS Bulletin, an Associate Editor for IJSEM and chair of the Microbiology Section of the Oklahoma Academy of Sciences. In 2011 Paul established the Center for Microbial Identification and Taxonomy (CMIT) which, in addition to molecular tools offers chemotaxonomic services as a resource to the scientific community. These methods are also integrated into his teaching program introducing students to important methods not readily available at other US universities.

Pelin YIlmaz
MPI for Marine Microbiology
Dr. Pelin Yilmaz received her B.Sc. degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. In 2007, she joined the International Max Planck Research School graduate program in Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology Bremen, Germany and received her M.Sc. in Marine Microbiology from the University of Bremen, and her Ph.D in 2011 in Bioinformatics from Jacobs University, Bremen. During her Ph.D work and following postdoctoral work in Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics Group, her research interests have diversified towards biocuration, phylogeny and taxonomy of Bacteria and Archaea, and lastly combining the former two to understand diversity and structure of microbial communities in marine habitats. Since 2009, she has assumed the role of lead curator for the SILVA ribosomal RNA databases. The number of citations that the SILVA articles have achieved, as well as the variety of sequence analysis pipelines that have incorporated SILVA, show that the SILVA taxonomy has become a greatly appreciated resource. More recently, she has been active in developing hypothesis-specific reference ribosomal RNA datasets, with tailored phylogeny and taxonomy, in order to help answer questions on ecology and function of specific bacterial and archaeal taxa. While her original environment of interest was the marine water column, and its bacterial and archaeal community, she has diversified her interests to bacterial phyla dominant in soils, biofilm-dwelling Cyanobacteria, and even to fungal biodiversity.

Peter Kämpfer
Justus-Liebig University
Prof. Dr. Dr.-Ing. Peter Kämpfer, microbiologist and environmental engineer has currently a full professorship at the Institute for Applied Microbiology at the Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany. He received his PhD from the Technical University of Berlin in 1988 in the discipline of environmental engineering. Following his PhD at the University of Bonn, he worked at the Technical University of Aachen in the Department of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine in Germany. From 2011 to 2015 he was the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Nutritional Sciences and Environmental Management and is currently the Vice-President for Research at the Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen, Germany. His scientific work mainly focuses on the taxonomy of various bacteria, and the compositions and roles of complex bacterial communities in various biotechnological processes, like wastewater cleaning, composting and biogas production. He served as an Editor for the “International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology” from 2001 - 2015 (from 2003 - 2012 as Editor in Chief) and is currently Associate Editor of “Systematic and Applied Microbiology” (since 1997) and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bergey´s Manual Trust.

Rup Lal
University of Delhi
Prof. Rup Lal is a microbiologist with over 30 years of experience in the molecular genetics. His primary research interests include genetic manipulation of Amycolatopsis mediterranei and analysing microbial diversity from stressed environments. He has explored the microbial diversity by using culture dependent and culture independent (metagenomics) approaches from stressed environments in particular from hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) contaminated sites and water hot springs located at the Himalayan ranges at Manikaran, Himachal Pradesh. His group has also explored the genetics and biochemistry of hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) degradation. He also has a US patent to his credit for the development of first effective series of cloning vectors for different rifamycin producing actinobacteria and another patent is under process entitled “Antibacterial compounds against drug resistant bacteria”. He has been able to produce an analogue of rifamycin by manipulating the rifamycin polyketide synthase gene cluster of a rifamycin producing bacterium, Amycolatopsis mediterranei S699.

Stefano Ventura
Institute of Ecosystem Study
Dr. Stefano Ventura, a microbiologist and microbial ecologist, is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Ecosystem Study of the National Research Council of Italy. His research is focused on the cyanobacterial ecology and molecular microbial ecology of extreme, terrestrial environments (polar, tropical, oligotrophic, hyperalkaline, hypersaline, or dry habitats) and of phototrophic biofilms developing on monumental stone artifacts. His work deals also with the biodiversity and the molecular phylogeny, taxonomy and nomenclature of cyanobacteria, also serving in the IUMS International Committee on the Systematics of Prokaryotes, as Vice-Chair of its Judicial Commission, in the Subcommittee on the Taxonomy of Phototrophic Bacteria, and in the Special Committee on Harmonization of Nomenclature of Cyanophyta/Cyanobacteria. He has been the Italian representative in the ESF Scientific Programme CYANOFIX. He is an associate editor of the international journal Algological Studies. His activities in Svalbard began in 2002 and included ten field seasons, investigating microbial interactions during initial colonization and successions on the forefront of fretreating glaciers in the Brøgger peninsula; the structure and composition of biological soil crusts; the cyanobacterial diversity. He led MICROTEA, an international, pan-Arctic investigation of terrestrial microbial communities, run under the EU INTERACT TA for access to Arctic scientific stations in Greenland and northern Sweden. Presently he coordinates WHYCRUST a project of the National Programme of Antarctic Research, which included a two month field trip to Antartica (2015-2016).

Svetlana Dedysh
Winogradsky Institute of Microbiology
Dr. Svetlana N Dedysh received her PhD in 1990 from The Moscow State University and joined the Laboratory of Soil Microbiology and Biokinetics at the Winogradsky Institute of Microbiology, where she started her research on methane oxidizing bacteria in northern wetlands. This research was carried out in a close collaboration with the Center for Microbial Ecology at The Michigan State University, USA, and the Max-Planck-Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Germany. In 2005, Svetlana N. Dedysh defended her Doctoral dissertation on acidophilic methanotrophic bacteria. Since 2008, she is the head of the Laboratory of Wetland Microbiology at the Winogradsky Institute of Microbiology. Her main field of research is the microbiology of northern wetlands. Areas of research expertise are: 1) biology and ecology of methane-oxidizing bacteria; 2) microbial diversity in Sphagnum-dominated wetlands; 3) cultivation of bacteria from poorly studied phyla (Acidobacteria, Planctomycetes), 4) bacteria responsible for biopolymer degradation in northern wetlands. She is the author of 20 novel bacterial genera and 34 novel species descriptions. She has been a trustee of Bergey's Manual Trust and a member of Judicial Commission of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes since 2014.

Syed Dastager
National Collection of
Industrial Microorganisms
Dr. Syed Dastager is presently serving as a Scientist at CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory and working at NCIM Resource Center. He did Ph.D. in Microbiology during 2006 and worked in various research organization in India and aboard at various capacity. His research work on microbial biodiversity, systematics and plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) as one would discern from his contribution. Dr. Dastager has contributed new knowledge by isolating and identifying a large number of bacterial species of “Actinobacteria” by polyphasic approach and their biotechnological importance. Dr. Dastager has identified and described fifty novel bacterial species, including bacteria and actinobacteria. These relatively new findings indicate the diversity and essential nature of microorganisms to the biosphere. These microorganisms are utilized effectively in a variety of processes for industrial enzymes. Application of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria in agriculture has been very well established. Dr. Dastager has about 75 published papers in peer-reviewed international journals of high repute.

William Whitman
University of Georgia
Prof. William “Barny” Whitman received his PhD in 1978 from The University of Texas at Austin with Bob Tabita studying the enzyme RuBisCO from Rhodospirillum rubrum. He continued his research on autotrophic prokaryotes during his postdoctoral studies with Ralph Wolfe at the University of Illinois at Urbana. He joined the Department of Microbiology at the University of Georgia in 1982 where his laboratory studies free-living prokaryotes of environmental importance. His research attempts to understand the ecology and systematics of prokaryotes with their physiological, molecular biological and biochemical processes. This integrated approach has been applied to the methane-producing archaeon Methanococcus, the marine roseobacteria, and soil bacteria. Since 2006, he has served as Director of the Editorial Office for Bergey’s Manual Trust and has worked on the 2nd edition of Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, volumes 3-5, and the new online journal Bergey’s Manual on Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria. One goal of this work is to reconcile the taxonomy with the phylogeny and understand the biological basis for the prokaryotic groups.

Abstract Submission:

Abstract submission opens on 1st April 2016.

Deadline for abstract submission is 5pm (IST) on 1st June, 2016. 
Abstract format and instructions

All abstracts should be related to the symposium titles: 

  1. The role of cultures in the twenty first Century
  2. Cultures and culturing of as-yet-uncultivated microbes
  3. Modern Approaches to Identification/Diagnosis
  4. Genomics/metagenomics/single cell genomics based description of novel taxa
  5. Minimum Standards for the Description of New Taxa
  6. Cyanobacterial taxonomy

All accepted abstracts will be communicated at the earliest.


Posters must be prepared in PORTRAIT orientation and should be 4 x 3 ft (height x width). Please adhere to the dimensions prescribed above as wider posters cannot be accommodated on the boards. Pins or double sided tape will be provided by the organizers.

The International Journal for Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology ‘Best Taxonomic Student Poster Prize’

The International Journal for Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology ‘Best Taxonomic Student Poster Prize’ will be awarded to one scientific poster at the BISMiS meeting. The prize will be awarded to a poster that presents particularly compelling or novel research in the journal’s subject field. It will be presented at the meeting by IJSEM Editor-in-Chief Aharon Oren and other Editors from the journal, with the winner receiving a cash prize and certificate. All posters displayed at the meeting are automatically entered for the prize.

International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology is the leading forum for the publication of new taxa of bacteria and yeasts, and the official journal of record for bacterial names of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes(ICSP) of the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS). It is the official journal of record for novel prokaryotic taxa. Find out more here.

Venue & Accommodations

Known as ‘Oxford of the East’, the city of Pune (formerly known as Poona) has a rich legacy in education. It is the seventh largest metropolis in India and the second largest in the state of Maharashtra. Being the cultural capital of Maharashtra, the city has always had an intrinsic connection with history, theatre, music, arts and literature and been a centre of learning and research in all fields. It is home to more than a hundred educational institutes and nine universities within the city.

Pune has a rich microbiology history. The first laboratory of Microbiology, the original ‘Imperial Bacteriological Laboratory’ was established in December 1889 at the College of Science at Pune. Pune is also the birth place of biotechnology / industrial microbiology in India with the establishment of the ‘Penicillin Factory’ at Pimpri, Pune in 1952. It is probably due to the early exposure to science that Pune is home to some of India's important research institutes including several military and armament research organisations. With so many centres of international repute and larger research involvement in microbial systematics, organizing BISMiS in Pune was the most preferred choice.


Microbial Culture Collection

National Centre for Cell Science

Sai Trinity Complex, Pashan-Sus Road

Pashan, Pune 411 021

Maharashtra, India

Tel: +91-20-25329036


The Microbial Culture Collection is the world’s single largest culture collection with nearly ~190,000 holdings. It is amongst the topmost provider of services to the nation in the field of microbial systematics and is actively involved in research in the field of culture preservation, microbial ecology and systematics, bioinformatics and other allied branches of microbiology. It is registered with WFCC, is an International Depositary Authority under the Budapest treaty, and a Designated National Repository of the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Located in the western region of the city of Pune, it is very well connected to the central historic town via public transportation and fared taxis. 


Exclusive Accommodation Partner:

Seasons Apartment Hotel
128/2 Sanewadi
Aundh, Pune- 411007
Phone: +91-20-40009999

Distance from venue: 5.3 Km

Limited accommodation at discounted rate is available for BISMiS participants on first come first serve basis. Pick-up and drop-off will be arranged by local organizers from the Hotel during meeting days.
Apartment Type Single Occupancy (INR) Double Occupancy (INR)
Studio Apartment Rs. 3000 Rs. 3500
1 Bedroom Apartment Rs. 3500 Rs. 4000
2 Bedroom Apartment Rs. 4000 Rs. 5000
Extra Person Rs. 1000 Rs. 1000
Applicable taxes extra (18.40%)

To book, please email reservations@seasonsaundh.com and sam@seasonsaundh.com with your dates and mention that you are attending BISMiS2016.

Other nearby options for accommodation include the following, however no transportation is arranged from these to BISMiS-2016 venue.


JW Marriot Hotel

Senapati Bapat Road, Pune, 411053

Distance from venue: 5.2 Km

Website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pnqmc-jw-marriott-hotel-pune/


The Orchid Hotel

Pune-Bangalore Highway, Adjacent to Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex, Balewadi, Pune, 411045

Distance from venue: 5.5 Km

Website: http://www.orchidhotelpune.com/


The Pride Hotel

The Pride Hotel, 5, University Road, Shivajinagar, Pune, 411005

Distance from venue: 6.2 Km

Website: http://www.pridehotel.com/


Hotel Holiday Inn

Hinjewadi, Mumbai-Bangalore Highway, Near Balewadi Sports Complex, Baner, Pashan Exit, Pune, 411045

Distance from venue: 6.7 Km

Website: http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/pune/pnqhj/hoteldetail 


Hotel Le Meridian

Raja Bahadur Mill Road, Sangamvadi, Pune, Maharashtra 411001

Distance from venue: 8.8 Km



Courtyard Marriot Hotel

Phase 1, Hinjewadi Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park, Hinjawadi, Pune 411057

Distance from venue: 10 km

Website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pnqph-courtyard-pune-hinjewadi/


Hotel Sayaji

Mumbai-Bangalore Bypass Highway, Wakad, Pune, 411057

Distance from venue: 10.4 Km

Website: http://www.sayajihotels.com/pune


Travel & VISA:


The City of Pune is well connected by air, railway and road transport. Pune has its own international airport with direct flight connectivity to Dubai and Frankfurt and all other major Indian cities through domestic connections. Its close proximity to Mumbai International Airport, extends the connectivity to all other major international destinations. Pick-up and drop-off for our BISMiS invitees is arranged by the organisers from/to Pune and Mumbai airports. For other guests, hourly services of pre-paid cabs run from Pune to Mumbai and vice-versa.

If flying from Frankfurt (FRA) or Dubai (DXB), we recommend taking the direct connection to Pune International Airport (PNQ).


Distance from Pune Airport to Venue: 16Km

Distance from Pune Railway station to Venue: 9.2 Km

Distance from Mumbai Airport to Venue: 150 km

Google Map Location of Venue: https://goo.gl/maps/7FiQwWp9Jm72


Pune has a hot semi-arid climate bordering with tropical wet and dry with average temperatures ranging from 20 to 28 °C (68 to 82 °F). For more details, please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pune


Visa Requirements:

For e-Tourist visa application and guidelines please visit website of Indian Ministry of External affairs: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

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BISMiS-2016 is hosted by the Microbial Culture Collection (MCC) in association with Association of Microbiologist of India (AMI), Pune Unit.

Organizing Committee:


Brian Austin, University of Stirling, UK

Yogesh Shouche, Microbial Culture Collection, India


Kamlesh Jangid, Microbial Culture Collection, India

Advising Members

Martha E. Trujillo, University of Salamanca, Spain

William B Whitman, University of Georgia, USA

Paul A. Lawson, University of Oklahoma, USA

Jongsik Chun, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea

Shekhar Mande, National Centre for Cell Science, India

VG Kshirsagar, ABG College, AMI Pune Unit, India

Contact Us:

For any queries, please write to us at BISMiS2016@gmail.com



Student Travel Awardss:

A total of four student travel awards; two each for international and national participants are planned. An ad-hoc selection committee will evaluate the applications.

Eligibility: To qualify for consideration the applicant must be

  1. A current BISMiS member before submitting the abstract for BISMiS-2016.
  2. To register as a student please click here
  3. A presenting author on an accepted abstract to BISMiS-2016.
  4. Please note that applications are to be submitted prior to knowing whether your abstract has been accepted for BISMiS-2016.
  5. Must not have received travel support for the BISMiS-2014 meeting

Submission Requirements:

  1. Abstract
  2. One-page write-up on how the meeting will be useful in achieving your research objectives
  3. Nomination Letter (may be written by a professor, advisor, mentor, employer, or director of the department)

E-mail the application material to BISMiS2016@gmail.com

Ancillary Symposium:

Two-day Workshop on Nomenclature of Archaea and Bacteria by Prof. Aharon Oren

  • Date: September 9-10, 2016
  • Venue: Microbial Culture Collection, Pune
  • Register till: 15th August 2016
  • Register at: http://amipune.epravesh.com/
  • Only 150 participants on first-come basis.

With the increased focus of researchers, especially microbiologists into isolating and identifying novel taxa, the field of microbial systematics is witnessing a challenging issue: the lack of experienced etymologists and individuals with the knowledge of nomenclature of microbes. With kind help from Prof. Oren, we are offering this once-a-lifetime opportunity to get yourself accustomed to the intricacies of this field. The workshop will consist of presentations on different aspects of systematics, nomenclature and publishing a novel taxon, and a hands-on training session.

Two-day International Symposium on Microbial Ecology and Systematics
  • Date: September 16-17, 2016
  • Venue: National Chemical Laboratories, Pune
  • Register till: 15th August 2016
  • Register at: http://amipune.epravesh.com/
  • Only 450 participants on first-come basis.

The field of microbial ecology is experiencing a revolutionary change in both methods and theories that have made us realize that microbial life is a major contributor of the balance on our planet. The symposium will consist of talks from eminent scientists who are experts in very specific areas within this field and will share their knowledge with the participants. With a target audience of 500 comprising Undergraduate and Master students, teaching/research faculty from colleges and early career scientists, the symposium aims to inspire and motivate these young minds for this field of science.

Visit http://www.nccs.res.in/mcc/index.html for further details on these events and registration. Registered BISMiS participants can use their existing login information for these events.

Nearby Attractions:


1. Pataleshwar Cave Temple:  This historic temple that stands in the heart of the city dates back to the 8th century. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this structure was carved out of a single piece of basalt rock. This temple also houses statues of other Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Distance: 7.1 Km from venue

 2. Osho Ashram: Also known as Rajneesh Ashram after its founder, this spiritual meditation centre is one of the most frequented places to visit in Pune by foreign tourists. One can tour the premises to view the Meditation hall and Osho Samadhi besides opting to undergo a meditation session there. There is also an adjacent Zen garden which is full of lush green flora and is an ideal spot to relax in. Distance: 13.3 km from venue


3. Shaniwarwada and Old City: Once the royal residence of the Peshwa rulers, this palace is a unique blend of Mughal architecture and Maratha craftsmanship. Standing near the Mula-Mutha River, this is one of the historic places to visit in Pune because it was ravaged by a fire in the early 19th century which destroyed much of its structure. Also, visit historical and religious place, the Dagdusheth Halwai Temple. The temple houses a lovely deity and the premises are serene regardless of being amidst city's first and busiest market streets. Distance: 8.1 km from venue


4. Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum: This museum exhibits an ancient but eclectic  collection of everyday items as well as unique art pieces collected by Dr Kelkar. With items ranging from earthenware to musical instruments and lamps, paintings and textiles to weaponry and ivory, one can catch a glimpse of the artifacts sourced from all over the country. But what makes this one of the most unique places to visit is the recreated room of Mastani mahal. Distance: 10 km from venue

5. Aurangabad City, Ajantha and Ellora Caves: Aurangabad is a historic city in  Maharashtra state of India. The city is a tourist hub, surrounded by many historical monuments, including the Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves, as well as Bibi Ka Maqbara and Panchakki. Ellora is an archaeological site 29 km (18 mi) north-west of the city of Aurangabad built by the Rashtrakuta dynasty and Yadavs. Well known for its monumental caves, Ellora is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms one of major tourist attraction in Marathwada region of Maharashtra. The 34 ‘caves’ are actually structures excavated out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills. Hindu, Buddhist and Jain rock-cut temples and viharas and mathas were built between the 5th century and 10th century. The Ajanta Caves in are about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE. The caves include paintings and sculptures which are masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, with figures of  the Buddha and depictions of the Jataka tales. The caves were built in  two phases starting around the 2nd century BCE, with the second group of caves built around 400–650 CE according to older accounts, or all in a brief period of 460 to 480 according to the recent proposals of Walter M. Spink. More on wikipedia.org Distance from Pune to Aurangabad: 250 km, Ellora is 28km from Aurangabad and Ajantha is 90km north to Aurangabad.




6. Khidrapur Temple: Kopeshwar Temple is at Khidrapur, Kolhapur district,  Maharashtra. It was built by Silhara King Gandaraditya in the 12th century and then by Seuna Yadavas. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Temple stand firm with all its glory of stone carvings of 92 elephants and 108 pillars and hundreds of sculptures depicting scenes about from the Mahabharata, Ramayana, Shiva, the twelve astrological signs and flowers, trees, birds, human figures. Distance 270km from Pune

7. Kas Plateau: The Kaas Plateau is situated in the Western Ghat range, 22 km from  Satara city and is known for various types of wild flowers which bloom during August-September every year. The area of plateau is located at a height of 1200 mt and is approximately 1,000 hectare. The name Kaas originates from Kaasa tree (Elaeocarpus glandulosus). It has been declared as Biodiversity World Heritage Site by The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). The place has more than 850 different species of flowers and other plants including Orchids, Karvy and carnivorous plants such as Drosera Indica. Distance: 130 km from Pune.

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