Target Audience

Congress Objectives

Pre-Congress Workshop


Poster Guidelines

The Setting

Social Activities



Patrons & Exhibitors


The Anaerobe Society of the Americas (ASA) hosts ANAEROBE 2024, July 8-11, 2024 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI USA.


ANAEROBE 2024 will address both the clinical and microbiological aspects of anaerobes, as related to human diseases, animal diseases, and environmental conditions. Mixing theory and practical applications, the Congress will consist of invited speakers, oral presentations, and poster presentations, representing work by researchers from over 30 countries.

The Congress will consist of:

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ANAEROBE 2024 registration is still open!! The Meeting Only option is available. Banquet tickets are no longer available. Discounts for 2024 ASA Members and Students. Pre-Congress Workshops are extra.

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Target Audience
Researchers, clinicians, laboratory technologists, and students from around the world are invited to attend and participate in this Congress to engage in presentations, exchanges, and dialogue on issues related to the study of anaerobes.

Congress Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the latest developments in the field of anaerobic research.
  • Apply new recommendations in the diagnosis, screening, treatment, and prevention of clostridial, obstetric and gynecological, periodontal, intestinal, and other anaerobic infections.
  • Incorporate better utilization of the microbiology laboratory into the delivery of patient care.


Pre-Congress Workshops -- July 8, 2024
We are offering two full day Pre-Congress Workshops on Monday, July 8:

    Workshop 1: Anaerobic Identification and Susceptibility Testing Workshop.
    Instructor: Laura M. Cox, PhD, Harvard University

    Techniques for identifying anaerobes based on phenotypic characteristics will be presented. These methods will include appearance on gram-stain, growth on selective media, susceptibility to special potency antibiotic disks, preformed enzyme reactions, and classical biochemical reactions. Use of MALDI-TOF for identification of anaerobes will be discussed and demonstrated. The Anaerobe Educator software program will be used to present test reactions and to allow for active audience participation in the identification of organisms. Susceptibility testing methods, including agar dilution, broth microdilution, and Etest will be discussed. Participants will identify 15 unknown organisms using techniques presented in the workshop. The morning session will be lecture/discussion based and the afternoon will have hands-on demonstrations.

    Workshop 2: Examining Anaerobes in the Microbiome: Metagenomic and Culture Approaches.
    Instructors: Anna Seekatz, PhD, Clemson University
    Casey M. Theriot, PhD, North Carolina State University
    Evan S. Snitkin, PhD, University of Michigan

    The microbiota, composed of trillions of bacteria, fungi, and viruses, colonize all living animals and can influence health and disease. Advances in multi-omics technology have increased our ability to interrogate these important interactions. This course will provide didactical instruction and foundational knowledge on microbiome study design, manipulation via microbiota transplants and antibiotic therapy, sequencing and analysis, and metabolomics. It will also cover approaches for cultivating, isolating, and identifying diverse bacteria within the microbiome. The course will include clinically relevant examples and aims to increase a student's fluency with microbiome terminology and their familiarity with publicly available resources. Appropriate for students, postdocs, faculty, and clinical researchers interested in microbiome research.

    New for 2024 will be the format of the afternoon practicum. As in the past, there will be an basic hands-on computer session which will familiarize participants with the use of command line tools and the use of software for the analysis of microbial sequence data, with a focus on analyzing 16S gene amplicon data. For students who have taken the course in the past, or those who provide demonstration of familiarity with command line tools and packages such as R, there will be a more advanced session which will demonstrate the tools available for genomic epidemiology and analysis of metagenomic data. There will be also an optional tour of the microbiome core at the University of Michigan which will demonstrate the use of anaerobic and micro-oxic cultivation systems and the generation of microbiology DNA sequence and MALDI-TOF data.

Hotel Accommodations
The ANAEROBE 2024 Congress has a very few hotel rooms left at The Graduate Ann Arbor, a short 5-minute walk to the Congress meeting space at the Michigan League on the University of Michigan campus. The academic-inspired hotel offers comfy rooms, with complimentary wireless internet, fitness center, and bike rentals. Valet parking is available, with unlimited in and out privileges, for $35 per night. Our special discounted room rate is $229+tax per night for King and Double Queen bed rooms. Email to inquire about availability.

Poster Presentation Guidelines
Poster presentations will be divided in to three presentation sessions. Your Poster Session assignment will be specified by email, and Board Location will be identified in the Abstract Book. Posters will be mounted on tack boards. Poster space is limited to a width of 4 feet (122 cm) wide and 3 feet (91 cm) high. Congress will supply push pins and number cards. Additional Poster Instructions

The Setting
Ann Arbor is a bustling university town, with a walkable downtown, culinary hotspots, world-class arts and culture, and numerous outdoor activities. Buses frequently run to Detroitif you want to visit the Detroit Inssitute of Arts, the Motown Museum, or catch a Detroit Tigers baseball game, as they take on the Cleveland Guardians and the Los Angeles Dodgers. For more information about Ann Arbor, visit the web site:

Social & Networking Activities

A major benefit of ANAEROBE 2024, is the opportunity to network with anaerobic researchers from around the world. The Anaerobe Congresses have an outstanding track record in facilitating collaborative research projects that have produced results presented at later Anaerobe Congresses and other scientific conferences and publications. Opportunities include:

    Monday, July 8 -- Keynote Address Reception & Buffett Dinner
    Following the Keynote Address on Monday evening, delegates are invited to a Reception & Buffett Dinner. One drink ticket is included with Full Package registrations.

    Tuesday & Thursday, July 9 & 11 -- Lunches
    On Tuesday & Thursday, lunches will be provided to coincide with Satellite Symposia or Exhibitor interactions.

    Wednesday, July 10 -- Experience Ann Arbor
    Wednesday afternoon has been set aside for delegates to experience the local area, with a variety of activities, including visiting local museums and the Gerald Ford Presidential Library, food & drink sampling, roaming the 105-year old Farmers Market, and paddling down the Huron River. Details will be detailed in the Pre-Congress Information Packet to be emailed to registered attendees before the Congress.

    Thursday, July 11 -- Congress Reception & Banquet
    The ANAEROBE 2024
    Congress will conclude with a Congress Reception & Banquet following the Poster Session II. This evening will include a reception and a plated 3-course dinner. Tickets are no longer available for the banquet. Over dessert, Congress awards will be presented, including The Finegold Award for Best Abstract, the Young Investigator's Awards, and the Lifetime Achievement Award. We will also celebrate the careers of members who have passed since we last met.

Air Travel: Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) is approximately 25 miles from the University of Michigan (UM). It is served by 17 airlines with direct service from 37 domestic and 19 international destinations, including Asia, Canada, Europe, and Mexico. Delta Airlines is offering up to 10% off published domestic fares and up to 25% off international fares. Use Promotion Code: NY38H. The discount is valid for on-line reservations at or by calling the Delta Airlines No-Fee Group Desk: 800-328.1111.

Airport Transportation: The Michigan Flyer offers bus service to the UM Transit Center for $15 (one-way) and $25 (round trip), if purchased on-line at, or $18 each way if paid on the bus. The Graduate Hotel is a 10-minute walk. Other options will be detailed in the Pre-Congress Information Packet to be emailed to registered attendees before the Congress.

Parking: There are two parking structures within .3 miles of the Michigan League. Open 24 hours, rates are $1.20 per hour. In addition, there is street parking, maximum 3 hours for $2.20 per hour.

is being planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). No continuing education units will be issued for the Congress.

Patrons & Exhibitors
ANAEROBE 2024 offers sponsorship and exhibit opportunities to industry. For information, contact ASA:

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