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

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: Mobile Genetic Elements

Session 6: Plasmid Replication and Stability

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.

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.

Vicky Adams

Monash University
Dan Andersson

Unviersity of Uppsala
Danielle Barilla

University of York
Jean-Yves Bouet

CNRS/University of Toulouse
Vincent Burrus

University of Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke, WA
George Chaconas

University of Calgary
Michael Chandler

Georgetown University
Washington, DC
Peter Christie

University of Texas Health Sciences Center
Houston, TX
Tal Dagan

Kiel University
Fernando de la Cruz
President of International Society for Plasmid Biology
Unviersity of Cantabria
Barbara Funnell

University of Toronto
Elizabeth Grohman

Beuth University of Applied Sciences
Kat Holt

University of Melbourne
Amy Mathers

University of Virginia Medical School
Charlottesville, VA
Hideaki Nojiri

University of Tokyo
Alvaro San Millan

University Hospital Ramon y Cajal
Chris Thomas

University of Birmingham
Masataka Tsuda

Tohoku University
Title Time Faculty Room
Registration & Opening Reception 3:00PM - 6:00PM  
Keynote Address 7:00PM - 8:00PM Dan Andersson
Credit Designation: This activity is NOT accredited for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.


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

In order to submit your abstract or poster, please go to the following link.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 (voice), 206-543-6452 (TTY), 206-685-7264 (fax), or dso@uw.edu. The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.