Online registration has CLOSED (effective Wednesday, August 1st). 

Welcome Plasmid Enthusiasts!

We are pleased to invite you to attend Plasmid Biology 2018 on the scenic University of Washington campus in Seattle, Washington from August 5 -10, 2018. The conference is the biennial International Symposium of the International Society for Plasmid Biology and other Mobile Genetic Elements (ISPB). Meeting topics will cover several areas relating to plasmids and mobile genetic elements (MGEs), including replication and maintenance, horizontal transfer, genomics and systems biology, synthetic biology, industrial, agricultural and medical biotechnology, evolution, ecology, epidemiology, and the role of plasmids/MGEs in bacterial pathogenesis.

Our conference will showcase diverse topics and presenters (with established investigators, students, and post-doctoral fellows). The keynote lecture “Evolution of Antibiotic resistance” will be given Sunday evening, August 5th by Dr. Dan Andersson from the University of Uppsala, Sweden. Subsequent sessions will feature several invited talks by leading international researchers and additional oral and poster presentations chosen from submitted abstracts. The various sessions will give all attendees an opportunity to present their latest findings, with ample time for informal discussions, socializing, and networking. Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early career scientists are particularly encouraged to attend and contribute to the meeting.

We look forward to welcoming you to Seattle in August: come to learn about exciting science related to plasmids and other mobile elements and to explore the beautiful city of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest! (Despite its reputation for rain and gray skies, August is a spectacular time to visit.)

Eva Top & Beth Traxler

Plasmid Biology 2018 Organizing Committee: Barbara Funnell (U. Toronto), Alvaro San Millan (U. Hospital Ramon y Cajal), Hideaki Nojiri (U. Tokyo), Eva Top (U. Idaho), Beth Traxler (U. Washington)

Kane Hall
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

For a comprehensive list of presenters, click here.

Conference Overview

Scientific session topics:

Session 1: Evolution of Plasmids and other MGEs

Session 2: Antibiotic Resistance Spread/Epidemiology

Session 3: Plasmid Transfer

Session 4: Ecology and Environmental Microbiology of Plasmids

Session 5: Plasmid Replication and Stability

Session 6: Mobile Genetic Elements

Session 7: Medical/Veterinary/Agricultural Microbiology 

Session 8: Genomics/Systems Biology/Synthetic Biology/Other


Early Bird - through 4/30/18$575  
General Registration - after 4/30/18$625  
Companion Fare - includes welcome reception, games night, banquet dinner$75       

Registration fee covers:
• One year membership to the Plasmid Biology Society
• Access to the Scientific Sessions
• Games night
• Conference materials
• Welcome reception
• Coffee breaks and working lunches
• Farewell dinner

Participants will be on their own for dinner Monday-Wednesday, so that they can explore the campus and city.

Each individual will reserve their housing accommodations individually.  Please see the "Lodging and Travel" tab below.

See the Additional information tab for submission deadlines for oral and poster presentations.

The Office of Continuing Medical Education must receive written notification of your cancellation by July 27, 2018. A $75.00 processing fee will be deducted from refund requests received by this date. No refunds will be issued following July 27, 2018. The Office of Continuing Medical Education reserves the right to cancel this course twenty (20) days prior to the course date when a minimum enrollment is not met or for other reasons that prevent the University from holding the course. Each registrant will be notified by telephone followed by written notification and a full refund. The University of Washington is not responsible for any other costs incurred such as non-refundable airline tickets or hotel penalties. Contact the CME Office with questions: call 206.543.1050, fax 206.221.4525 or email cme@uw.edu.

Vicki Adams, PhD

Monash University
Heather Allen
Agricultural Research Service
United States Department of Agriculture
Ames, IA
Dan Andersson

University of Uppsala
Daniela Barilla, PhD
University of York
Grace Blackwell, PhD

Jean-Yves Bouet

CNRS/University of Toulouse
Susana Brom, PhD

National Autonomous University of Mexico
Celeste Brown, PhD
Research Professor
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID
Vincent Burrus, PhD

Université de Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke, QC
Laura Carrilero, VMD

University of Sheffield
Ryan J Catchpole, PhD

Institut Pasteur
Peter Christie, PhD
University of Texas Health Sciences Center
Houston, TX
Tal Dagan, PhD
Kiel University
Fernando de la Cruz, PhD
Universidad de CAntabria
Raul Fernandez-Lopez, PhD

Barbara Funnell, PhD
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON
Joao Gama, PhD

Microbial Pharmacology and Population Biology Research Group, Department of Pharmacy, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Agnieszka Gawin, MS

NTNU: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Biotechnology and Food Science
Elisabeth Grohmann, PhD

Beuth University of Applied Sciences
Jane Hawkey, PhD

The University of Melbourne
Parkville, WA
Makkuni Jayaram, PhD
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX
Hannah L Jordt, MS
Graduate student, Department of Biology
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Kouhei Kishida, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
Tohoku university
Igor Konieczny

University of Gdansk
Günther Koraimann
University of Graz
Margaret Lam, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
The University of Melbourne
Matxalen Llosa

Universidad de Cantabria
Jacques Mahillon, PhD
Nil Saint Vincent
Amy Mathers, MD
Assoc. Prof. Of Medicine and Pathology
University of Virginia Medical School
Charlottesville, VA
Didier Mazel, PhD
Institut Pasteur
Joseph Nesme, PhD
University of Copenhagen
Hideaki Nojiri, PhD
University of Tokyo
Kelli Palmer, PhD

Richardson, TX
Sally Partridge, PhD

University of Sydney
Jose Penades, VMD

University of Glasgow
Mitchell Pesesky, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Minh Duy Phan, PhD

The University of Queensland
Alejandro Pironti, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Cambridge, MA
Maximilian O Press, PhD
Phase Genomics
Seattle, WA
Revathy Ramachandran, PhD

National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD
Joshua Ramsay

Curtin University
Rodrigo Reyes, PhD

McGill University
Montreal, QC
Julian Rood, PhD
Monash University
Alvaro San Millan, PhD

University Hospital Ramon y Cajal
Geoffrey Severin

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
kornelia Smalla, PhD

Dirk Springael
KU Leuven
Thibault Stalder, PhD
Research Support Scientist
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID
Kaitlin Tagg

Atlanta, GA
Christopher Thomas, PhD
University of Birmingham
Masataka Tsuda
Tohoku University
Theodore Verhey, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB
Alejandro M Viale, PhD
IBR-CONICET, National University of Rosario, Argentina
Elizabeth M Wellington
University of Warwick
Title Time Faculty Room
Registration 3:00PM - 8:00PM  
Snacks and coffee 5:00PM - 6:00PM  
Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance 6:00PM - 7:00PM Dan Andersson (Keynote Speaker)
Reception 7:00PM - 9:00PM  
Credit Designation: This activity is NOT accredited for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

We would like to thank the following sponsors:


On-campus housing can be reserved in convenient, modern, dormitory rooms with individual baths. Conference participants can reserve a 4-night package, which allows for early check-in or departures.Participants who wish to stay on UW campus on Thursday evening, August 9, should request that additional night when they are completing the housing registration form. In addition, conference participants, who want to arrive early can request housing for Saturday August 4. The charges for additional nights are billed at the same rate as the 4-night housing package (but does not include the breakfast charge). Both single and double rooms are available: those requesting double rooms will have the option to request a roommate during registration. See the Housing site for more details.

Update as of July 12, 2018: More dormitory rooms have been made available, but are of limited quantity. Please make your paid reservation now.

For dormitory package details and reservations, click here.

Click here for information on dormitory accommodations.


The following hotels are located near the conference site. To make reservations, please call the hotels directly. No room block has been reserved.

Watertown Hotel
4242 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
206.826.4242 or 866.944.4242
Rates depend on availability
Ask for UW CME conference rate

Silver Cloud Inn
5036 25th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105
206.526.5200 or 800.205.6940
Rates depend on availability
Ask for UW CME conference rate

Marriott Residence Inn
4501 12th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105
206.322.8887 or 888.236.2427
Ask for "UW" rate


The submission period for abstracts for ORAL and POSTER presentations is now CLOSED. 

Plasmid Biology Prize--> Apply Now!

Please consider applying or nominating someone for the Society’s Plasmid Biology prize this year, in honor of an excellent plasmid biologist who is no longer with us, Dr. Karin Ippen-Ihler. Since the funds for the Brian Wilkins Prize were used up in 2016 a new Prize will be funded by the International Society for Plasmid Biology. This will be awarded for the first time at Plasmid Biology 2018.  Deadline for applications is 30 April 2018.  Details of the application process are described under point 6 on the Plasmid Biology prize page.  You can read more about Dr. Ippen-Ihler here. Queries should be sent electronically to Christopher M Thomas (c.m.thomas@bham.ac.uk).

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