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The first meeting of Bergey's International Society for Microbial Systematics (BISMiS) - Microbial Systematics: Concepts, Practices and Recent Advances - was held at the Friendship Hotel Beijing, China, on 19-23 May 2011. A basic aim of BISMiS is to enhance efforts to isolate microorganisms in pure culture and to describe, classify, name and identify them and, where appropriate, to use them for exploitable biotechnology. The meeting in Beijing was designed to help realize these aims.

The program and abstracts are available here (10 MB PDF file).

The inaugural meeting of Bergey’s International Society for Microbial Systematics (BISMiS) occurred in Beijing, China, on 19–23 May 2011. The meeting, which was held at the Beijing Friendship Hotel, was sponsored by Bergey’s Manual Trust and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The program committee chaired by Lixin Zhang with Co-Chairs, Guoping Zhao, Li Huang and Zixin Deng worked closely with Michael Goodfellow, the Trustees and others to organize the program. More than 350 scientists and students attended the meeting, which had sessions on all aspects of microbial systematics. Nobel Laureate Barry Sharpless delivered the keynote speech entitled “Click Chemistry Evolving – Destinations Unknown” on 19 May, and Antonio Ventosa delivered his Bergey Award address entitled “Halophilic Microorganisms and Hypersaline Environments” on May 20. Fred Rainey, as Secretary of BISMiS, supervised the online nomination and election of new officers for BISMiS including the President-Elect and Secretary. The nominees were Brian Austin and Milton da Costa for President-Elect and Martha Trujillo and Xiao-Hua Zhang for Secretary. At the close of the first BISMiS members’ meeting, which was held on 22May, Fred Rainey announced the results of the election. The newly elected officers are Brian Austin and Martha Trujillo, who assumed their offices immediately following the BISMiS meeting. William Whitman will remain Treasurer and Fred Rainey is the new President. The July issue of The Bulletin of BISMiS, Vol. 2, part 1, contains more detailed information about the meeting. Some of the speakers will publish articles in Antonie van Leuwenhoek and others will publish in The Bulletin of BISMiS.

The meeting was considered to be a great success by those who attended.

James Staley

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