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Emerging Applications of Microbes

3-4 JUNE 2019, LEUVEN, BELGIUM
Campaign image - Emerging Applications of Microbes
Poster session - Leuven
Poster session - Leuven
Restaurant De Hoorn
Restaurant De Hoorn
Leuven by air
Leuven by air
University hall venue - Leuven
University hall venue - Leuven
Sponsor booths - Leuven
Sponsor booths - Leuven
Muntstraat - Leuven
Muntstraat - Leuven
Grote Markt - Leuven
Grote Markt - Leuven
Grote Markt - Leuven
Grote Markt - Leuven
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.

The best two posters will be rewarded with a poster prize made possible by Nature Reviews Microbiology! The deadline for the abstracts was 1 April.

The best four abstracts were given a short talk slot in the plenary program.

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Confirmed speakers

Marjan De Mey
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Marjan De Mey

Marjan De Mey

Metabolic Engineering of Microorganisms (MEMO) group, Centre for Synthetic Biology (CSB), Ghent University, BE
Maria Teresa Teixeira
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Maria Teresa Teixeira

Maria Teresa Teixeira

CNRS, Sorbonne Université, PSL Research University, Laboratory of Molecular and Cell Biology of Eukaryotes, Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique, FR
David Berry
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David Berry

David Berry

Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science, University of Vienna, AT
Sara Mitri
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Sara Mitri

Sara Mitri

Department of Fundamental Microbiology, University of Lausanne, CH

Program

Day 1 - Monday, 03 June, 2019

08:45
09:15
Registration & coffee
09:15
09:20
Welcome
Session 1: Industrial biotechnology/metabolic engineering
09:20
09:55
Systems Biology of Yeast Metabolism
09:55
10:30
Yeast-based ethanol production: improving product yield and robustness by metabolic engineering

Jack Pronk

Department of Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology, NL
10:30
11:00
Coffee break
11:00
11:35
Rapid engineering of microbes using the Ginkgo Foundry and Codebase
11:35
12:10
Development of an oral Live Biotherapeutic Product for IBD: exploiting microbiome expertise to accelerate clinical development
12:10
12:45
The place to be for metabolic engineering: the ER
12:45
13:00
Selected Talk: Design and Synthesis of RNA Thermoregulators to Control Metabolic Flux in the Production of Essential Metabolites and Therapeutic Molecules
13:00
13:45
Lunch
13:45
14:45
Poster session - Odd numbers
Session 2: Synthetic biology
14:45
15:20
Re-engineering of the yeast secretory system for biopharmaceutical protein production
15:20
15:55
Development of synthetic biology tools to investigate cellular burden in bacteria and engineer more robust gene expression
15:55
16:10
Selected Talk: Engineering bugs for the discovery of new drugs against diseases caused by protein misfolding and aggregation
16:10
16:15
Sponsored talk: Expand Your Possibilities with ZEISS
16:15
16:45
Coffee break & Meet the Editor session
16:45
17:20
An orthogonal synthetic biology toolbox for the optimisation of microbial cell factories

Marjan De Mey

Metabolic Engineering of Microorganisms (MEMO) group, Centre for Synthetic Biology (CSB), Ghent University, BE
17:20
17:55
Genetically-encoded biosensors for bioprocess development

Karen Polizzi

Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, UK
17:55
18:55
Reception
19:00
19:45
Guided tour to the De Hoorn (for conference participants)
20:00
22:30
Conference dinner @ De Hoorn

Day 2 - Tuesday, 04 June, 2019

08:45
09:15
Coffee
Session 3: Microbial communities/ host-pathogen interactions
09:20
09:55
Quantitative, population-level microbiome monitoring - the Flemish Gut Flora project
09:55
10:30
Exploring microbial communities using single-cell isotope probing

David Berry

Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science, University of Vienna, AT
10:30
11:00
Coffee break
11:00
11:35
Insect Microbiomes: Biomedical model and target for insect pest control
11:35
12:10
Using a four-species synthetic bacterial community to degrade industrial oils

Sara Mitri

Department of Fundamental Microbiology, University of Lausanne, CH
12:10
12:25
Selected Talk: Asthma prevention and increased gut microbiota resilience: a new probiotic application for Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1?
12:25
13:15
Lunch
13:15
14:15
Poster session - Even numbers
Session 4: Novel approaches
14:15
14:50
Using microbes to map drivers of phenotypic change: within and between species
14:50
15:25
Solar panels on yeast: Inorganic biohybrids for enhanced photochemical production
15:25
15:40
Selected Talk: Broadening the Host-Specificity of MAGE
15:40
16:10
Coffee break
16:10
16:45
How telomeres control cell proliferation: lessons from budding yeast

Maria Teresa Teixeira

CNRS, Sorbonne Université, PSL Research University, Laboratory of Molecular and Cell Biology of Eukaryotes, Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique, FR
16:45
17:20
Elucidating and controlling heterogeneity in fermentations
17:20
17:55
The Dark Matter Project
17:20
17:55
Closing remarks

Organizing committee

Abstracts

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

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.