All talks will be in the InStem 150-seater auditorium. Posters and tea/coffee will be in the InStem atrium. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be on the first floor of the NCBS Main Canteen  (click here for a map showing these locations)

  Feb 3rd, Mon Feb 4th, Tue Feb 5th, Wed
8:30-9:00 Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
9:00-9:30 Breakfast/Registration Breakfast Breakfast
9:30-10:00 Sine Svenningsen Christian Kost Mariana Benitez
10:00-10:30 E. Peter Greenberg Sandeep Krishna Namiko Mitarai
10:30-11:00 Tea/coffee/registration Tea/coffee Tea/coffee
11:00-11:30 Tea/coffee Tea/coffee Tea/coffee
11:30-12:00 Christopher Thompson Wenying Shou (chalk talk) Vidyanand Nanjundiah
12:00-12:20 Sarahi Garcia chalk talk continues Sriram Varahan
12:20-12:40 Glen D'Souza Rupali Sathe Ratnasri K
12:40-1:00 Emilie Søndberg Laasya Samhita Yuka Shirokawa
1:00-2:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch
2:00-3:30 Poster session Poster session Poster session
3:30-4:00 Sunil Laxman Paul Rainey Sigal Ben-Yehuda
4:00-4:30 David Johnson Silvia De Monte Punyasloke Bhadury
4:30-5:00 Samay Pande Mohit Jolly Kiran Patil
5:00-5:30 Tea/coffee Tea/coffee Closing (15min) + Tea/coffee
5:30-6:00 P. Jayadeva Bhat Varsha Singh  
6:00-6:30 Supreet Saini Satoshi Sawai  
6:30-7:00 Free Free (cultural event)  
7:00-9:00 beverages followed by dinner beverages followed by dinner  



Monday, February 3rd

Sine Lo Svenningsen (University of Copenhagen)
Bacterial control of phage susceptibility and prophage induction by cell-to-cell signaling
E Peter Greenberg (University of Washington)
Mechanisms behind the math: quorum sensing control of bacterial cooperation
Christopher Thompson (University College London)
Symmetry breaking, strategic decision making and fair division of labour
Sarahi L. Garcia (Stockholm University)
Model microbial communities: Understand niches, interactions and functional redundancy
Glen D'Souza (ETH-Zurich)
Environmental nutrient composition dictates solitary to collective behavioural transitions in bacterial populations
Emilie Søndberg (University of Copenhagen)
Sunil Laxman (Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, Bangalore)
Metabolic constraints determining phenotypic heterogeneity and specialized cell states across space
David Johnson (Eawag - Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology, Dübendorf)
Bifurcations and the creation of pattern diversity during microbial spatial self-organization
Samay Pande (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)
Cooperation and cheating among germinating spores 
P. Jayadev Bhat (Indian Instittue of Technology, Bombay)
Melibiose utilisation in S. cerevisiae is a co-operative enterprise
Supreet Saini (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay)
Study of metabolic cooperation, and its impact on speciation in yeast

Tuesday, February 4th


Christian Kost (Osnabrück University)

Emergence of a multicellular life cycle speeds up evolution


Sandeep Krishna (National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore)

The chemical basis of metabolic interdependence


Wenying Shou (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle)

Artificial selection of microbial communities


Rupali Sathe (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune)

A community approach to vitamin B1 biosynthesis


Laasya Samhita (National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore)

The evolutionary potential of translation errors


Paul Rainey (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön)

Ecological scaffolding and the evolution of individuality


Silvia De Monte (École NormaleSupérieure, Paris)

Heterogeneity in cell motility and the evolutionary emergence of aggregative multicellular life cycles


Mohit Kumar Jolly (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)

Communication and Cooperation in Clusters of Circulating Tumour Cells: The Key Drivers of Metastasis


Varsha Singh (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)

Foraging signal drives swarming in populations of starving bacteria


Satoshi Sawai (University of Tokyo)

Collective migration in the parallel world

Wednesday, February 5th 

Mariana Benítez (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City)
Cellular differentiation and coexistence in bacterial multicellular aggregates
Namiko Mitarai (Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen)
Persistent coexistence of spatially distributed bacteria and phage
Vidyanand Nanjundiah (Centre for Human Genetics, Bangalore)
Many roads lead to Rome: microbial heterogeneity and group living
Sriram Varahan (Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine, Bangalore)
Metabolite plasticity enables the emergence of phenotypically distinct cell states in a clonal microbial community.
Ratnasri K (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)
Yuka Shirokawa (University of Tokyo)
Cell fate determination in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum penalizes precocious reversion to solitary growth
Sigal Ben-Yehuda (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Bacterial nanotubes: conduits for intercellular molecular trafficking
Punyasloke Bhadury (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata)
Biogeochemical cycling in coastal oceans- the role of ‘specialized’ bacterioplankton
Kiran Patil (European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg)

Polarization of microbial communities between competitive and cooperative metabolism