About JAMS10

JAMS10 is the 10th Annual Symposium of the Joint Academic Microbiology Seminars (JAMS).

JAMS was conceived on August 29th 2010 when three enthusiastic microbiologists (Andy Holmes, Mike Kertesz and Federico Lauro) were chatting about life and science at a microbiology conference party in Seattle. After countless cups of bubble tea, the guys formed a vision to regularly gather microbiologists from universities in Sydney to discuss science in a relaxing atmosphere. In contrast to traditional conferences running annually or once every two or three years, the JAMS idea was to blend the social and the professional and to do so frequently to build community interaction and inclusivity. This vision was actualised by Fede Lauro when just a month after, the first JAMS committee was formed, consisting of himself, Mike Manefield, Ian Paulsen, Brendan Burns, Andy Holmes and Peter Ralph. Within the following month, i.e. November 24th 2010, the first ever JAMS was held at the Australian Museum in Darlinghurst, NSW:


Fast forward to 2021, and the novel academic ideas exchange platform of JAMS has gotten bigger and stronger with nodes in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Monthly or bi-monthly talks are faithfully conducted at each node/region with people from various backgrounds who all have one thing in common: the love for microbiology. JAMS’ motto is ‘Minima maxima sunt’, which means ‘The Small things are the Great things’.

To celebrate 10 years of excellent scientific social gatherings, JAMS is holding its 10th Annual Symposium (JAMS10) on August 23rd and 24th 2021. This online event will unite all JAMS nodes in a specifically designed virtual conference center known as “JAMS Town”. Prominent microbiologists will be featured as speakers, alongside posters (with prizes!) and networking sessions that will form part of an exciting meeting agenda to celebrate microbiology, life and JAMS.

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