12th Asian Symposium on Microbial Ecology

Welcome Message

Dear ASME members and colleagues,

ASME (Asian Symposium on Microbial Ecology) is back!!!!

Due to the spread of COVID-19, the ASME conference could not be held for the past 3 years. However, we decided to hold this year’s conference with the conviction COVID-19 will not prevent physical participation... ASME conference brings together scientists in the field of microbial ecology, with an average of around 400 international scientists representing all countries in Asia. We would link to cordially invite all of you to the 12th Asian Symposium on Microbial Ecology that will be held in Jeju Island Korea in April 17-19, 2022. Jeju Island is where 1st ASME was held. We are preparing for the ASME as a hybrid conference: on-site meeting for Korean participant and online for foreign participant only in the hope that all participants will be able to come to Jeju Island. Thus there is a hope that all ASME participants will hold a face-to-face conference. The Venue is Jeju Shinhwa World located 30 min from the Jeju International airport by public transportation.

We will be organizing six scientific session and three keynote lectures that covers not only the current microbial ecology researches. Please explore our website to learn more about the meeting, the venue, the scientific committee, the program, social events, and to receive information on how to register and submit abstracts. Opening of registration and submission of abstracts will start around the 1st of March, 2022.

A warm welcome to Korea in April.

Woo Jun Sul, Ph.D.

Woo Jun Sul, Ph.D.
Chairman, The 12th Asian Symposium on Microbial Ecology
Professor, Department of Systems Biotechnology
Chung-Ang University, Korea

General Information

Title 12th Asian Symposium on Microbial Ecology
Date April 17 (Sun) ~ 19 (Tue), 2022
Venue ShinHwa World, Jeju, Korea
Official language English
Organized by The Microbiological Society of Korea (MSK)
Japanese Society of Microbial Ecology (JSME)
Taiwan Society of Microbial Ecology (TSME)
Scientific session 1. Ecophysiology
2. Prebiotics and Probiotics
3. Living at the Extremes
4. Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry
5. Host-Microbe Interaction in Animal Science
6. Microbiome Engineering and Management for Sustainable Urban Water Cycle
Previous ASME 11th ASME in Taichung, Taiwan
10th ASME in Okinawa, Japan
9th ASME in Busan, Korea
8th ASME in Taipei, Taiwan
7th ASME in Tsuchiura, Japan
6th ASME in Seoul, Korea
5th ASME in Jhougli, Taiwan
4th ASME in Toyohashi, Japan
3rd ASME in Gwangju, Korea
2nd ASME in Ibaraki, Japan
1st AMSE in Jeju, Korea
Contact Tae Kwon Lee, Professor, Yonsei University, Korea
Email: tklee@yonsei.ac.kr

Organizing Committees

Groups administrating 12th ASME

Conference Chair

Woo Jun Sul, Professor, Chung-Ang University, Korea

Local Organizing Committee

Tae Kwon Lee, Professor, Yonsei University, Korea
Keun Je Yoo, Professor, Korea Maritime & Ocean University, Korea
Suk Hwan Yoon, Professor, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
Tatsuya Unno, Professor, Jeju National University, Korea
Se Hee Lee, Ph.D., World Institute of Kimchi, Korea
Ok-Sun Kim, Ph.D., Korea Polar Research Institute, Korea
Hyun Mi Jin, Ph.D., Nakdonggang National Institute of Biological Resources, Korea
Ahyoung Choi, Ph.D., Nakdonggang National Institute of Biological Resources, Korea
Soon-Kyeong Kwon, Professor, Gyeongsang National University, Korea
Man-Young Jung, Professor, Jeju National University, Korea
Hana Yi, Professor, Korea University, Korea
Hyo Jung Lee, Professor, Kunsan National University, Korea
Jong-Geol Kim, Professor, Wonkwang University, Korea
Kira Moon, Ph.D., Honam National Institute of Biological Resources, Korea
Seungdae Oh, Professor, Kyung Hee University, Korea
Min-Soo Kim, Professor, Chungnam National University, Korea
So-Jeong Kim, Ph.D., Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, Korea
Na-Ri Shin, Ph.D., Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Korea
Hyokwan Bae, Professor, Pusan National University, Korea

International Organizing Committee

Chang-Ping Yu, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Shiue-Lin Li, TungHai University, Taiwan
Shir-Ly Huang, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Yuki Morono, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Japan
Satoshi Okabe, Hokkaido University, Japan

Executive Advisors

Shiu-Mei Liu, National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan
Kazuhiro Kogure, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Scientific Program

Poster Session

Thank you for participating in 12th ASME. Information regarding virtual poster presentations is provided below. Please remember that all poster presenters are required to register for the conference. For questions, contact Prof. Tae Kwon Lee at tklee@yonsei.ac.kr.

Since this is a hybrid conference, all posters will be displayed on our virtual platform. Each presenter must upload their poster to the Poster Portal whether they are presenting virtually or in person.

Guidelines for Virtual Poster Presenters

Upload Poster Presentations

Each material must be submitted together to "msk@msk.or.kr" until April 8. Please write the subject of the email as "Poster submission (Name of Presenter)".

Poster (required) - PDF format (max size of 30MB)
Voice record (required) - you can upload a 3-5 min voice record with a commentary about your poster.

Guidelines for In-Person Poster Presenters (Only for on-site participants)

Poster Hall Location

Poster Boards will be on display in the Landing Volume C (Jeju ShinHwa World ), and will be available for viewing from 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM.

Poster Setup and Removal

You will be assigned a poster number. Be sure to have your poster in place by 9:00 AM, Monday. Posters can be removed starting at 01:00 PM, Tuesday and must be removed by 04:00 PM. Any posters remaining after that time will be discarded.

Poster Session Times

Poster Sessions with Authors are scheduled at 05:40 PM – 06:30 PM, Monday, April 18, 2022. Please plan to be available to answer questions about your poster during this time.

Poster Board Parameters:

In-Person Poster boards are 2.5 m tall by 1.0 m wide. Your poster should fit within those dimensions. All poster presenters are encouraged to include their poster board number and email address on their poster. The surface will be a smooth-metal board. Tapes will be provided to hang posters. No other supplies will be available.

The ASME Student Poster Award

The “ASME Student Poster Award” is reserved for students or postdocs who are the first and presenting author on a submitted poster presentation. During ASME2022, outstanding posters will be chosen for each scientific session. Winning posters will be displayed in an online poster sessions.

The ASME Comment Award

In order to enhance the network of presenters and ASME participants in the online poster session, we would like to choose the winners from among the comments written by the participants. During ASME2022, the most impressive comments will be chosen for each scientific session. The winner will receive a prize of KRW 100,000.

Venue and Accommodation





· ShinhwaWorld. Jeju, Korea
· Address: 38 Sinhwayeoksa-ro 304 beon-gil, Andeok-myeon Seogwipo-si, Jeju, Korea
· All conference activities will take place on the meeting Room of convention center in the Shinhwa World


The organizing committee of the 12th ASME has secured the special reduced rates for accommodation in the conference venue. Jeju Shinhwa World is home to the island’s largest premium hotel and resort complex, boasting more than 2,000 diverse guest rooms. Comprising four distinct hotels and resorts nestled in the heart of Jeju’s unique gotjawal forest, the complex also features a theme park, water park, myriad dining and shopping opportunities, and a convention center, creating a new and exciting paradigm in Jeju tourism. Reservations with special prices be made by a promotion link (SinHwa World Room Reservation).

· Room stay available from April 15th to April 22nd.
· Room reservation link activation period: March 11th to April 12th.

Abstract Submission

We would like to receive your abstracts! Abstract submission is now open. If you would like to take part in 12th ASME and wish to be considered for an oral or a poster presentation, please use the link below to submit your abstract. If you are attending ASME from abroad, please fill out the abstract template and submit it directly to the office (msk@msk.or.kr).

Extended Submit your Abstract before April 1, 2022

Abstract Template Download

The ASME Young Scientist Award

The “ASME Young Scientist Award” recognizes early career microbial ecologists who have made significant contributions to this field. A total of nine winners will be selected. The selected Young Scientist will receive a prize of KRW 200,000, and will be given the opportunity to present at the award session.

The deadline for submitting your abstract is 25 March 2022.

Please make sure to refer to the guidelines of abstract submission below.

Participants who would like to present an oral or poster presentation must submit an abstract for consideration by the scientific program committee. Authors must strictly adhere to the instructions, otherwise abstracts cannot be considered for presentation.

Guidelines for the preparation of abstracts:

1. All abstracts must be in English.
2. Please do not use abbreviations or references.
3. The abstract title must be in lower case letters.
4. Abstracts should not exceed 1500 letters.
5. Abstract category - please select 1 category under which the abstract is to be reviewed after consulting the list of topics
6. Abstracts should be as informative as possible and should use the following structured format (please include these elements, but do not formally state them): Background and aims, methods, results, conclusions


Registration extended before April 1, 2022

Registration Template Download

* If you are attending ASME from abroad, please fill out the registration template and submit it directly to the office (msk@msk.or.kr).

* If you want a remittance rather than a card payment for registration fees, you can check this document(download) for detailed payment methods.

Category Registration Fee
Onsite attendance Regular Participant KRW 250,000
Student (including Pos-doc) KRW 150,000
Online attendance
(Overseas participant only)
Regular Participant KRW 120,000
Student (including Pos-doc) KRW 60,000

* If you want to participate in on-site among those registered through online participation (if COVID-19 situation gets better than now), you can pay the difference in registration fee on the registration desk on-site.

Travel Information

Formalities for entering Korea

Passengers allowed to enter

Korean nationals, ABTC / APEC CARD, holder of Residence card / Overseas Korean resident card, holder of a valid Korean visa (including K-ETA for those of eligible nationals etc)

COVID-19 PCR negative certificate

Korea Visa Portal K-ETA portal

If you are vaccinated,

Quarantine Exemption

From March 21, entrants who are fully vaccinated will be exempted from quarantine when they arrive in Korea, if their vaccine status is already registered in Korea. Those who have been vaccinated abroad and did not register their vaccine status in Korea will be exempted from April 1.
* A person is fully vaccinated if they got their 2nd shot (1st for Jansen) within 180 days and or if they received their 3rd shot (no time limit after the booster shot)

Entrants must register in advance their PCR certificate, vaccination certificate, and quarantine exemption certificate on the immigration system before the entry starting from March 21.

* Even if vaccination is completed overseas, if their vaccine is already registered in Korea and is confirmed through Q-CODE in Korea, their vaccine status is considered to be registered in Korea.
* Pre-register system is automatically linked to the COOV system


All entrants still need to conduct three Covid-19 tests:

PCR test within 48hrs before boarding
PCR test on the first day after entry
On the 6th to 7th days after entry (simplified to taking a rapid antigen testing (RAT) starting from March 10.)

If you are not vaccinated,

Conditions for Short-Term Visitors (non-residents)

Non-vaccinated foreign nationals who are short-term visitors in Korea, or Korean nationals and/or foreign residents whose place of residence is deemed not suitable for quarantine, will serve the 7 days quarantine at a designated government facility at their own cost (KRW 1,050,000 per person). Quarantine facilities are randomly assigned and cannot be changed for personal reasons.
The Consent for Isolation must be completed and submitted to the airlines.
Visitors will be tested automatically at their quarantine facility.
Transportation from the airport to the government facility is provided.
They shall download the latest version of 'Self Diagnosis' prior to entry in Korea and conduct self-diagnosis twice a day. You will also receive a phone call from the KCDA everyday to check on your status.
Packages of food and other necessities will be provided to you.

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