Welcome to ISME19

19th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology

Cape Town, South Africa 

18 - 23 August 2024

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Jennifer Martiny, USA, has won the ISME Winogradsky Award and
Jean-Baptiste Raina, Australia, has won the Alma Dal Co Award!
Both will give a plenary lecture at ISME19.

Opening Presentation: Jill Banfield, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Birds Eye Presentation: Victoria Orphan, CalTech, USA
Tulio de Oliveira, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Osvaldo Ulloa, University of Conception, Chile
Closing Presentation: Rob Knight, University of California, San Diego, USA

Please also see the full program with our invited speakers. The complete schedule will be announced in Early June.

Keep an eye out for upcoming dates and deadlines:
Standard Registration: 27 April19 July
Late and Onsite Registration: 20 July - 23 August 

Virtual Workshop
Register for the virtual workshop 'From Reads to Function', taking place on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 August

Arrange your trip: 
Book your Accommodation
Book your Airport Shuttle
Book a Tour
Request an Invitation Letter

Scientific Program


For ISME members, the presentations of the Keynote Speakers of ISME18 are available to be viewed online. 
Please log in to your ISME account, and go to 'ISME Talks' in the green menu.


ISME19 is the 19th edition of our non-profit symposium which takes place every two years. The conference is the front runner in the field of microbial ecology, with an average of around 1,750 international scientists that attend the conference. You can send us an e-mail if you want to know more and if you are interested in statistics, facts and figures, then check our report on ISME18!

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