To mark this special occasion, we are delighted that Ken Timmis, Chief Editor of the journal has accepted our invitation to present this years lecture.
Ken will say a few words about the early days of EMI and explore ideas about how environmental microbiology may play out over the next 20 years. Ken will then take us on a journey of research that involves some of the most talented scholars in the field. Much of this will concern water, which is of course the medium of life: the parameters that determine water availability, natural habitats where water availability becomes life-limiting, and which microbes best handle the stress close to the inviable limits of water availability.
Two particularly fascinating types of habitat are the hypersaline brine lakes sitting on the Mediterranean Sea bed, and the deep subsurface of the Iberian Pyrite Belt, which, as study objects, both present some interesting logistical issues. These environments are also populated with fascinating microbes playing at the edge of life, the study of which may inform whether extraterrestrial life might exist where similar conditions occur on other planets.
SfAM welcomes all its members to attend this free event to celebrate the very best of environmental microbiology.
Registration closes 3 October.