Recent years have brought us striking discoveries in the field of bacterial genetics and ecology that sprung from rapid advances in sequencing technologies and “omics” approaches, bioinformatics, microscopy and various analytical techniques. These advances allowed us to gather vast amounts of data, marvel over the remarkable diversity of microbial communities, culture previously unculturable organisms and discover novel ecosystem functions. These rapid developments now call for critical evaluation of the vast knowledge obtained and for hypothesis-driven research that will lead to novel concepts and connections and will be addressed during the meeting on Bacterial Genetics and Ecology (BAGECO). We are pleased to welcome some of the most renowned scientists in this field to give presentations on recent advances in prokaryotic evolution and horizontal gene transfer; sociomicrobiology and microbial community networking; microbial interactions with eukaryotic hosts; drivers of microbial community diversity and ecological outcomes; beneficial microbes; and microbial responses to anthropogenic impacts and biotechnological advances that may alleviate them.

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