Winners of the ISSLR awards at the Halophiles 2019 symposium

Winners of best oral and poster presentations awards and travel grants from the International Society for Salt Lake Research for participants of the Halophiles 2019 symposium were selected. 

The International Conference on Halophilic Microorganisms – Halophiles 2019 was held in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) during June 24-28, 2019. Halophiles meetings traditionally gather scientists to share their enthusiasm and catalyze new lines of research in ecology, physiology, biodiversity, genetics, biochemistry, biophysics, biotechnology, and evolutionary biology of salt-loving organisms or ‘halophiles’.

The Editor of ISSLR Aharon Oren and Secretary/Treasure Bindy Datson awarded prizes from the Society to selected young scientists.

Best oral presentation:

  • Noor-ul-Huda Ghori (Perth, Australia)
    Topic: Uncovering the microbial interactome: The social life of extremophiles (based on studies of Lake Magic, W. Australia)

Best poster presentation:

  • Uri Neri (Tel Aviv, Israel)
    Topic: Microbial interactions in the Dead Sea as reflected by enrichment cultures: The curious case of Nanohaloarchaeota

Travel grants:

  • Gotz Haferburg (Freiberg, Germany)
    Poster presentation: Exploration of the prokaryotic diversity in the hypersaline and lithium rich Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia by DNA metabarcoding
  • Ambur Staab (Salt Lake City, USA)
    Poster presentation: Characterization of halophyte rhizosphere microbiomes at Great Salt Lake, Utah

The prize award ceremony: (left to right) Mark Coleman, Bindy Datson, Götz Haferburg, Uri Neri, Noor-ul-Huda Ghori, Ambur Staab, and Aharon Oren


The winner of the travel grant Ambur Staab (USA)


The winner of the best poster presentation Uri Neri (Israel)

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