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Update: Unfortunately the Polar Microbes Symposium has been cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and rescheduled for May 3-6, 2021. We hope that you and your families stay safe during this uncertain time and we look forward seeing you next year.

We are following the situation on the developing coronavirus outbreak and its possible effects on this symposium. We will keep the abstract submission and registration open until March 29, at which time we will follow the guidance from national and international public health authorities to determine whether to hold the meeting. We suggest that participants postpone travel bookings until that time. Naturally the registration fee will not be charged if the symposium is cancelled.

The 2nd Symposium on Polar Microbes and Viruses will take place at Tvärminne Zoological Station, 120km southwest of Helsinki, Finland, Monday May 4 to Thursday May 7, 2020.

This symposium will bring together molecular microbial ecologists specializing in different organism groups to share our latest results and discuss methodological problems, as well as future prospects in the field, including practical international collaborations. The environmental focus will be on cryospheric environments including sea ice, glaciers, ice sheets, and permafrost, but excellent research in other polar environments is also invited. The methods to be discussed will focus on ‘omics’ techniques, ranging from single cells to metagenomes, but exciting research using additional methods is encouraged as well.

Organizers: Dr. Eeva Eronen-Rasimus (University of Helsinki) and Dr. Eric Collins (University of Manitoba & University of Alaska Fairbanks).

Deadline for Abstract Submission Extended: Friday, March 29.

Registration Deadline Extended: Friday, April 10.