Update (Dec 19th 2013): just got news that “The Microbial Population Biology Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) has been scheduled to take place July 18-19, 2015 at Proctor Academy, Andover, NH. The Microbial Population Biology GRC will take place July 19-24, 2015 at the same location.”
Many Gordon Research Conferences now start with a Gordon Research Seminar. The GRSeminar is a smaller meeting only for the graduate students and postdocs who will attend the GRConference. Last summer I went to the Microbial Population Biology GRConference and the GRSeminar that occurred before it.
I thought the GRSeminar was a really nice way to start the week, because there were fewer people and no famous professors (except two invited speakers) so the graduate students and postdocs could focus on getting to know each other. Although the GRSeminar only lasted for about 24 hours, I still think it had a very positive effect on the rest of the week.
At the end of the GRConference I was asked to be the chair of the next GRSeminar on Microbial Population Biology that will accompany the GRConference on the same topic in 2015. Three people offered to help me with organizing the next GRSeminar (Krishna Swamy, Elizabeth Jerison and Helena Mendes-Soares) so we’ll be working as a team. Michael Travisano is the chair of the 2015 GRConference. Last week we heard that the GRC organization approved our request to have another GRSeminar, so I’ll be traveling to LA in January to learn all I need to know to be a good GRSeminar chair.