Breakout Sessions

Back by popular demand, we will hold optional breakout sessions after lunch on June 10th. These sessions will be moderated by experts in various fields and will include time for discussion and questions.

If you wish to attend a breakout session, you will be able to sign up for one when you register. Sessions are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

We are pleased to offer the following breakout sessions at BBM 2021:

Antibiotic Resistance and Beyond
Due to the surge of antibiotic-resistant microbes and the inefficacy of current antimicrobial therapies, treating bacterial infections has become exceptionally challenging in the last decade. We invite you to join a breakout session that goes beyond antibiotic resistance and explores tolerance, persistence, antibiotic discovery platforms, alternative therapies, and much more.

Diversity in STEM
What kinds of barriers do underrepresented communities face in science? How can we promote inclusivity and support among our fellow scientists? Hear from advocates of diversity in STEM, how to open up discussions on DEI topics, and what we can do to help build a diverse and supportive scientific community.

How can we bridge the gap between bench scientists and bioinformaticians? Join us for a session highlighting cutting-edge sequencing techniques, bioinformatics methods, and statistics algorithms. Discuss how to move the field of sequencing and bioinformatics beyond description and quantitation and towards prediction and applications.

Careers Beyond the Bench
Careers in microbiology extend beyond the research performed in academia and industry. Scientists play vital roles in patent law, intellectual property, science outreach, public policy, business, and much more. Join our panelists from a variety of these fields to learn more about their transitions from the bench.

Host-Pathogen Interactions
Two competing interests in one environment. Join us for a multidisciplinary discussion with experts at the intersection of microbiology and immunology to understand why some microbes persist within a host while others are effectively cleared.

Mentorship in Science
Effective mentorship requires self-reflection, setting expectations, building trust, and regular review. Learn from seasoned mentors how mentoring evolves, how to foster the next generation of scientists, and how their past experiences have shaped their approach to mentorship in science.

Synthetic Microbiology
How do scientists reimagine nature to develop therapeutics, personal care products, and beyond? Designing microbes has become an essential tool, with a multitude of applications in industrial and medical research. Learn about the vast possibilities engineered microbes offer from experts in the field.

Microbiome and Microbial Communities
Do you wonder about the dynamics of microbial communities that impact our environment and our health? Join us for an exciting discussion on microbe-microbe, microbe-host, and microbe-environment interactions.

Food Microbiology, Brewing, and Bacteria Art
From the production of raw materials to creating that delicious final product, the formation of many foods and beverages requires microbes’ activity. Join us to discuss organisms and processes that make certain treats taste and look just right, as well as the foes that could threaten flavor and quality.