Latest News! Thank you everyone for another great meeting in Islamorada! We look forward to our next meeting in October 2014...see you there!
Sun, sand, and microbiology! The Florida Branch of the American Society for Microbiology is where microbiologists (from high school students to senior researchers) meet. Our branch includes people from academia, industry, government, and non-profit organizations. Our backgrounds and areas of interest cover a wide range of fields including public health, oceanography, molecular mechanisms, genetics, genomics, biodefense, biodiversity, and more! Our mission is to promote microbiology within the State of Florida and bring together people interested in this field. This goal is achieved through annual branch meetings, sponsored seminars, and information provided through this web site and our Facebook group.
The Florida Branch typically holds an annual meeting each fall. In the past, we rotated the meeting around the State. However, since 2009 we have held it in the Florida Keys and everyone seems to love it. Our meeting is typically a day and a half of presentations from our members and their students, plus one or more invited guest speakers. The emphasis is on oral presentations (specifically to give students an opportunity to become comfortable speaking in public), but there is a limited capacity for poster presentations as well. There are student awards given for best presentations at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The meeting is typically ~ 75-80 people so it is the perfect size for networking and getting to know your colleagues from around the State!