International Symposium on Plasmid Biology 2020



We are pleased to invite you to attend Plasmid Biology 2020 at the University of Toulouse III- Paul Sabatier, France in September 6 -11, 2020. The conference is the biennial International Symposium of the International Society for Plasmid Biology and other Mobile Genetic Elements (ISPB).


The conference will cover all aspects of plasmids and mobile genetic elements (MGEs), including replication and maintenance, horizontal transfer, genomics and systems biology, synthetic biology, industrial, agricultural and medical biotechnology, evolution, ecology, epidemiology, and the role of plasmids/MGEs in bacterial pathogenesis.


The conference will start on Sunday evening, September 6th with a  keynote lecture on “Bacterial secretion systems” given  by Eric Cascales from the CNRS, LISM in Marseille, France. The closing lecture on Thursday 10th will be given by the President of the ISPB, Barbara Funnell, from the University of Toronto.


We will showcase diverse topics and presenters. Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early career scientists are particularly encouraged to attend and contribute to the meeting. Oral sessions will feature invited talks by leading international researchers and presentations chosen from submitted abstracts. The poster sessions will give all attendees an opportunity to present their latest findings, with ample time for informal discussions, socializing, and networking


We look forward to welcoming you to Toulouse in September 2020: come to learn about exciting science related to plasmids and other mobile elements and to explore the beautiful city of Toulouse.


The conference is organised by a local organising committee of the "Laboratoire de Microbiologie et Génétique Moléculaires" (LMGM) - Centre for Integrative Biology (CBI) of Toulouse: Dr Jean-Yves Bouet and Dr François Cornet, PI at the LMGM and Dr Isabelle Saves, head of international Cooperation at the CBI-Toulouse. Contact:

The Plasmid Biology 2020 scientific committee is composed of Pr Daniella Barilla (University of York, UK), Pr Marie-Cécile Ploy (University of Limoges, France), Pr Fernando de la Cruz (University of Santander, Spain) and Pr Didier Mazel (Pasteur Institute, Paris, France).


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