Roundtables provide a flexible meeting option and should be very different in topic and organization to the invited or contributed sessions. The format provides an excellent opportunity for active, in-depth discussion and interaction. The Roundtable session should focus on a ‘hot topic’ at the forefront of microbial ecology or from a "cutting-edge" methodological point of view. The idea for the roundtable is to create a discussion by setting the stage for opposing or even controversial views. 

Roundtable Sessions at ISME17 are:

Animal models to translate human microbiome research into real-world applications
Organized by Timothy Johnson and Cindy Nakatsu, Purdue University, United States

Are electrons everywhere? Of course!
Organized by Sarah Glaven, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States

Big data integration in the era of quantitative microbial ecology
Organized by Paul Wilmes, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, and Tim Urich, University of Greifswald, Germany

Microbial chemical ecology: intra- and interspecies communication
Organized by Paolina Garbeva, NIOO-KNAW, the Netherlands, Ruth Schmidt, INRS - Institut Armand-Frappier, Canada, Dana Ulanova, Kochi University, Japan, Helge Bode, Biocentre, Germany and Lukas Wick, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany

On the road towards predicting microbial systems: Is modeling guiding the right way?
Organized by Florian Centler, Ulisses Nunes da Rocha and Denny Popp, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany 

Snot or not? Revisiting cave biofilms as model system in microbial ecology
Organized by Tillmann Lueders, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany and Deepak Kumaresan, Queens University of Belfast, United Kingdom

The Archaea-Eukaryote evolutionary pathway - Is the roadmap clear?
Organized by Chuanlun Zhang, Southern University of Science and Technology, China, Ruixin Zhu, Tongji University, China, and Li Huang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

The role of the plant microbiome in human health
Organized by Leo van Overbeek, Wageningen University, the Netherlands

The unculturable majority: Recent progress, knowledge gaps and challenges in cultivating environmental microorganisms
Organized by Fengping Wang, Shanghai JiaoTong University, China and Yoichi Kamagata, AIST, Japan

The Roundtable Sessions will take place on Monday evening, 13 August 2018.