Emerging Applications of Microbes

3-4 June 2019, Leuven, Belgium
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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. 

The field of microbiology is moving exceptionally fast, in part because it can take full advantage of the new developments in microscopy, computational biology, synthetic biology, lab-on-chip approaches and single-cell technologies. 

The new breakthroughs and technologies in microbiology do not only allow a better basic understanding of microbes and life in general, they also  open new routes in applied and industrial microbiology.  This conference is specifically aimed at the links between the newest knowledge and applications. We aim to provide you with a platform to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow researchers with session topics such as:

  • metabolic engineering
  • synthetic biology
  • industrial biotechnology
  • microbial communities

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.

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.

Information for poster submissions:

The format for your poster should be: A0 (841 x 1189 mm / 33.1 x 46.8 in), portrait orientation

Confirmed speakers

Jens Nielsen

Chalmers University, SE

Jef Boeke

NYU Langone Health, US

Christina Smolke

Stanford, US

Morten Sommer

DTU Biosustain, DK

Jack Pronk

TU Delft, NL

Angela E. Douglas

Cornell University, US

Dan Jarosz

Stanford University, US

Marjan De Mey

Ghent University, BE

Francesca Ceroni

imperial College London, UK

Karen Polizzi

Imperial College London, UK

Eric Alm

MIT, US

Arturo Casadevall

Johns Hopkins, US

Narendra Maheshri

Organism Engineer, Ginkgo Bioworks, US

Sam Possemiers

Managing Director ProDigest BVBA, BE

Maria Teresa Teixeira

CNRS, Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique, Laboratoire de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire des Eucaryotes, FR

David Berry

University of Vienna, AT

Alain Goossens

VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems biology, BE
Submit an abstract
Emerging applications of microbes

The best abstracts will be selected for a short talk in the plenary program. You do not have to register before submitting your abstract. 

Abstract submission closing date
Monday, 1 April, 2019
Submit abstract

Day 1 - 3 June 2019

Monday, 3 June, 2019
08:45 - 09:15
Registration & coffee
09:15 - 09:20
Welcome
Session 1: Industrial biotechnology/metabolic engineering
09:20 - 09:55
Metabolic engineering of yeast for production of fuels and chemicals
Jens Nielsen
Chalmers University, SE
09:55 - 10:30
Yeast-based ethanol production: improving product yield and robustness by metabolic engineering
Jack Pronk
TU Delft, NL
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 11:35
Narendra Maheshri
Organism Engineer, Ginkgo Bioworks, US
11:35 - 12:10
Development of an oral Live Biotherapeutic Product for IBD: exploiting microbiome expertise to accelerate clinical development
Sam Possemiers
Managing Director ProDigest BVBA, BE
12:10 - 12:45
Alain Goossens
VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems biology, BE
12:45 - 13:00
Presenter selected from abstracts
13:00 - 13:45
Lunch
13:45 - 14:45
Poster session
Session 2: Synthetic biology
14:45 - 15:20
Christina Smolke
Stanford, US
15:20 - 15:55
Development of synthetic biology tools to investigate cellular burden in bacteria and engineer more robust gene expression
Francesca Ceroni
imperial College London, UK
15:55 - 16:10
Presenter selected from abstracts
16:10 - 16:40
Coffee break
16:40 - 17:15
Marjan De Mey
Ghent University, BE
17:15 - 17:50
Genetically-encoded biosensors for bioprocess development
Karen Polizzi
Imperial College London, UK
17:50 - 18:25
The Dark Matter Project
Jef Boeke
NYU Langone Health, US
18:25 - 19:30
Reception
20:30 - 22:30
Conference dinner @ Faculty Club

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

Day 2 - 4 June 2019

Tuesday, 4 June, 2019
08:45 - 09:15
Coffee
Session 3: Microbial communities/ host-pathogen interactions
09:20 - 09:55
Eric Alm
MIT, US
09:55 - 10:30
Exploring microbial communities using single-cell isotope probing
David Berry
University of Vienna, AT
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 11:35
Insect Microbiomes: Biomedical model and target for insect pest control
Angela E. Douglas
Cornell University, US
11:35 - 12:10
Arturo Casadevall
Johns Hopkins, US
12:10 - 12:25
Presenter selected from abstracts
12:25 - 13:15
Lunch
13:15 - 14:15
Poster session
Session 4: Novel approaches
14:15 - 14:50
Using microbes to map drivers of phenotypic change: within and between species
Dan Jarosz
Stanford University, US
14:50 - 15:25
Presenter TBA
15:25 - 15:40
Presenter selected from abstracts
15:40 - 16:10
Coffee break
16:10 - 16:45
How telomeres control cell proliferation: lessons from budding yeast
Maria Teresa Teixeira
CNRS, Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique, Laboratoire de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire des Eucaryotes, FR
16:45 - 17:20
Using synthetic biology to manage bacteria
Morten Sommer
DTU Biosustain, DK
17:20 - 17:30
Closing remarks

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

Attendees

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.

Abstracts

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

Venue

KU Leuven Promotion & Jubileumzaal
Naamsestraat 22
3000 Leuven
Belgium

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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

Sint-Jacobsplein
3000 Leuven

Parking Ladeuze

Monseigneur Ladeuzeplein 9-17
3000 Leuven

Parking Erasmusplein

Herbert Hooverplein
3000 Leuven

Travel by plane

Brussels airport
A201
1930 Zaventem

More info

Housing

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