Genomics has profoundly changed our way of conducting research in microbiology. The power of high–throughput DNA sequencing technologies, in particular the recent development of next generation sequencing allows researchers now to address an increasingly diverse range of biological problems. The scale and efficiency of sequence-based analyses that can now be achieved is providing unprecedented progress in diverse areas that range from the analyses of genomes to related disciplines such as transcriptional profiling - or protein - nucleic acid interaction studies: Population and metagenomics studies can now be conducted in an unprecedented large scale, regulatory processes can be studied genome-wide under hundreds of different conditions. The genome wide study of the interaction of DNA or RNA with proteins brings completely new insight into regulatory processes and even single cell analyses become now possible. The many diverse applications of next–generation sequencing and the importance of the insights that are being gained through these methods are very exiting and challenging. It is the perfect time to come together and exchange new knowledge and technologies in this area.
Thus the conference on "Microbiology after the genomics revolution - Genomes 2014" will be an appropriate and timely occasion to offer an outstanding discussion forum for the best international researchers in all fields of cutting edge microbiology research to discuss newly discovered aspects of microbiology.