Emerging applications of microbes

3-4 June 2019, Leuven, Belgium
Registration until
Monday, 20 May, 2019
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Emerging applications of microbes

We are pleased to announce the first edition of the VIB Conference ‘Emerging applications of microbes’. This international conference will take place June 3rd-4th 2019 in the beautiful historic city of Leuven. 

We will welcome a range of world leaders from academia and industry who will discuss the latest applications and technological developments in the field of microbiology. With session topics such as metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, industrial biotechnology as well as microbial communities, we aim to provide you with a platform to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow researchers.

In addition to the scientific program with plenary talks and poster sessions, there will be ample opportunities to network and discuss collaborations during the breaks, reception and conference dinner.

Organizing committee

Kevin Verstrepen, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Patrick Van Dijck, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Jan Michiels, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Jeroen Raes, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Johan Thevelein, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Karin Voordeckers, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Alain Goossens, VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology
Han Remaut, VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology
Nico Callewaert, VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology
Evy Vierstraete, Science Events Manager, VIB, BE

Confirmed speakers

Jens Nielsen

Chalmers University, SE

Jef Boeke


Christina Smolke

Stanford, US

Morten Sommer

DTU and Novo Nordisk, DK

Emily Balskus

Harvard, US

Jack Pronk

TU Delft, NL

Angela E. Douglas

Cornell University, US

Dan Jarosz

Stanford, US

Marjan Mey

Ghent University, BE

Francesca Ceroni

imperial College London, UK

Karen Polizzi

Imperial College, UK

Eric Alm


Arturo Casadevall

Johns Hopkins, US

Narendra Maheshri

Organism Engineer, Ginkgo Bioworks, US

Sam Possemiers

CEO Prodigest, BE

Maria Teresa Teixeira

CNRS · Laboratoire de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire des Eucaryotes, FR

David Berry

University of Vienna, AT

The full list of attendees will be available on 27-05-2019 until 18-06-2019.
This list will only be available for registered attendees of the event.


The full list of abstracts will be available on 27-05-2019 until 18-06-2019.
Only registered attendees can download abstracts.


KU Leuven
Promotion & Jubileumzaal

Naamsestraat 22
3000 Leuven

In case you want to cancel your registration, please send a request to conferences@vib.be.
All notifications received 2 months before the start of the event, get refunded for 100% minus an administrative fee of 50 euro.
All notifications received between 1 and 2 months before the start of the event, get refunded for 50% minus an administrative fee of  50 euro.
Cancellations requests received less than 1 month before the start of the event won't be refunded.
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Public transport

The venue is easy to reach from the Leuven train station, it will take you 15 min. to walk. The national railway company of Belgium is called NMBS.

Leuven Railway station
Martelarenplein 16
3000 Leuven

More info

Travel by car

Parking Sint Jacob

3000 Leuven

Parking Ladeuze

Monseigneur Ladeuzeplein 9-17
3000 Leuven

Parking Erasmusplein

Herbert Hooverplein
3000 Leuven

Travel by plane

Brussels airport
1930 Zaventem

More info


La Royale
Martelarenplein 6, 3000 Leuven
Reservations: info@laroyale.be

Hotel New Damshire
Schapenstraat 1, 3000 Leuven
Reservations: reservations@hotelnewdamshire.be

Novotel Leuven Centrum
Vuurkruisenlaan 4, 3000 Leuven
Reservations: h3153@accor.com

Hotel Binnenhof
Maria Theresiastraat 65, 3000 Leuven
Reservations: info@hotelbinnenhof.be

IBIS Leuven Centrum
Brusselsestraat 52, 3000 Leuven
Reservations: H1457-RE@accor.com