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Biofilm Ecology Conference

b-rittmann at NWU.EDU b-rittmann at NWU.EDU
Tue May 13 17:21:09 EST 1997

Dear Biofilm Research Colleagues:

The following is a short summary of the First Announcement for an
international specialty conference on the MICROBIAL ECOLOGY OF BIOFILMS. 
Hard copies of the First Announcement are being mailed now.   You can send
me an e-mail message requesting paper copy or an attached Word file
(b-rittmann at nwu.edu).  The full announcement also is posted on several
websites, including http://www.civil.nwu.edu/enveng. 

Bruce E. Rittmann
Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois, USA


Under the auspices of the International Association on Water Quality
(IAWQ), an International Specialty Conference

Microbial Ecology of Biofilms:  Concepts, Tools, and Applications

will be held in the Chicago area on 8 - 10 October 1998.

A major contribution of this conference is to bring together insights on
biofilm ecology from different fields of scientific research and
engineering applications.  Therefore, the conference theme emphasizes links
between analysis and application.  This specialized conference will provide
an international forum for exploring the concepts, tools, and applications
of microbial ecology of biofilms.  The conference will appeal to
researchers conducting fundamental studies, applied studies, and studies
that span between fundamental and applied.  Research reports on biofilms of
many types are solicited:  aerobic and anaerobic waste water treatment,
drinking-water treatment, bioremediation, biofouling, corrosion, and a wide
range of natural settings.

The three-day conference will include oral presentations, poster sessions,
and ample opportunities for formal and informal exchange.  In order to
stimulate the exchange of information among the wide range of conference
delegates, all platform sessions will be plenary, and discussion and
workshop sessions will supplement the traditional oral and poster
presentations.  The target number of delegates is 100.  Our previous
conferences demonstrated that this size fosters excellent exchange among
all the delegates.  Because of the limited number of delegates, the
Organizing Committee will select delegates who are active in the research
and application of biofilm ecology.  

Oral and poster presentations will be selected from extended abstracts,
which should be no longer than 750 words and 3 letter-size pages.  Authors
wishing to present a contribution are asked to submit an abstract by 6
October 1997.  The extended abstract should clearly identify the aim of the
research, give a short description of the methods, and overview the results
and conclusions.

For more information, contact the conference chair:

Bruce E. Rittmann
John Evans Professor of Environmental Engineering
Northwestern University
2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109
b-rittmann at nwu.edu
1-847-491-8790 (ph); 1-847-491-4011 (fax)

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