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The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center’s 16th annual Fall Symposium took place last week. More than 300 attendees came to the Center to listen and learn more about the theme of this year’s event, Macroinfluence of Microogranisms: Host-Microbe Interactions and Inspired Technologies.
The symposium highlighted animal and plant pathogens, commensal microorganisms, microbiome scale investigations as well as research on the plethora of important technologies that have spawned from the study of host-microbe interactions. This year’s event was very social on Twitter by using the hashtag #MacroOfMicro and having the ability to access a Social Media Directory.
Tweets came in as far as Norwich, UK, and Einbeck, Germany.
A new component to this year’s Fall Symposuim program was a dymanic panel discussion focused on “Communicating advances in science and technology to address grand challenges" moderated by Jim Carrington, president of the Danforth Center, during which social media was utilized to engage with the attendees and speakers by selecting potential questions for the panel to address with the hashtag #MacroOfMicroQ via Twitter.
Throughout the three day event poster viewings and vendors engaged with the attendees with the latest products and services available in this field.
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