The ISS Congress is the sanctioned meeting of the International Symbiosis Society and is held every three years. It is the primary international meeting focusing on symbioses, including complex interactions between hosts and their microbiomes.  The Congress is anticipated to bring together 400 symbiosis scientists from up to 20 nations to present the latest research in symbioses, their ubiquity in nature and their impact on all environments on the planet.  The primary aim of the ISS is to support and promote the dissemination of knowledge and understanding of symbioses, both to the research community and wider public, and so highlight the widespread ecological and socio-economic importance of symbioses for the public good.

The 9th ISS Congress will provide a platform for increasing global knowledge and interest in symbioses and microbiomes, development of collaborations and partnerships that bridge nations and increasing global awareness of the central role played by symbioses in all environments.

The Congress will include theme-based cross-disciplinary sessions aimed at sharing new discoveries and cutting edge approaches across the traditional taxon-based areas of symbiosis.  The keynote address will be open to the public to promote awareness and appreciation of the intrinsic value of symbioses, their importance in all ecosystems and to human health and well-being.  The Congress will convene on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with a break on Wednesday to allow for participation in field trips, independent exploring, or meeting up with colleagues.

Corvallis sits in the beautiful Willamette Valley of western Oregon, short drives from the spectacular Oregon Coast, stunning Cascade Mountains, abundant vineyards and thriving Portland.  Corvallis, population 56,000, is situated along the Willamette River and has numerous eateries, microbreweries, shops, pleasant walks in town along the riverfront and hikes nearby.  OSU’s beautiful campus is a free bus ride from downtown.  Summertime in Corvallis is typically sunny and dry with temperatures in the 80’s and low 90’s.  We look forward to welcoming you to OSU and Oregon! Go here to learn more…
The 9th International Symbiosis Society Congress will be held July 15-20, 2018 on the campus of Oregon State University in Corvallis, USA.


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Oregon State University
725 SW 26th Street
Corvallis, OR 97331
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Program Committee:

Virginia Weis
ISS Congress Program Committee Chair
Professor and Department Head
Department of Integrative Biology
Oregon State University

Toby Spribille
Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences
University of Alberta

Amanda Brown
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Texas Tech University

Thomas Sharpton
Assistant Professor
Departments of Microbiology and Statistics
Oregon State University

Sharon Doty
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
University of Washington