Invitation to speak at IUMS 2011 Congress

Today I received an invitation to give a presentation at the International Union of Microbiological Societies Congress 2011 which will take place in Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido, Japan. I will be speaking in part of the ‘Bioinformatics for Microbiology’ symposium. The meeting will be from 6th-10th September.

I’m very much looking forward to the visit. The conference is nearly 400 miles from the stricken Fukushima plant so should be entirely safe – but will obviously take advice nearer the time. The conference organizers have linked to a very interesting talk on the nuclear reactor melt-down that includes helpful calculations of risk:

I am particularly keen to show support to Japanese science at this difficult time for Japan.