Montana State University is located at the world famous Yellowstone national park and fortunately specific microorganisms live and are studied there. That was a wonderful reason to visit the park and the variety of colors created by microorganisms in thermal waters was truly surprising. Also multicellular organisms like bisons and elks could be observed where the water was not that hot.

Egils Stalidzans was very happy to meet for the first time Cong Trinh and Friedrich Srienc, the authors of articles about improvement of E.coli strains. Those articles have been frequently demonstrated by Egils Stalidzans as success stories of model based design.

During the meeting the organizing committee was discussing the location of next event in 2019. Egils Stalidzans confirmed willingness of Latvia to organize the event in Riga in 2019 and the proposal was accepted.