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We are proud to announce the 1st Zing Bacterial Protein Secretion Conference will take place in November 2016. About 30% of the proteins synthesized by bacteria are transported across or integrated into cell membranes. Many of these secreted and membrane-associated proteins play critical roles in cell physiology, intracellular communication, promoting survival in specific environments, and pathogenesis. Bacteria use a remarkable diversity of pathways to transport proteins across or into membranes, some of which have come to light only very recently. The goal of this conference is to bring together investigators who study these different transport pathways to discuss important recent advances, to exchange ideas, and to identify common themes. A wide variety of topics will be covered, including the mechanisms of protein translocation across membranes, the assembly of translocation channels, the biogenesis of integral membrane proteins, the structural biology of transport machines, the regulation and energetics of transport reactions, and emerging transport phenomena. This conference will feature presentations by both established and early career investigators, and should be appropriate for both academic researchers and scientists in industry who are interested in developing novel antimicrobials or harnessing bacterial secretion pathways for biotechnological applications.