Emerging Microbes in a Changing World

Welcome to Interlaken
Dear Colleagues.
We are very pleased to welcome you to the 71st Annual Assembly of the Swiss Society for Microbiology in Interlaken. The conference will take place in the Congress Centre Kursaal Interlaken, which for many of you is already familiar. We hope you will enjoy not only the scientific programme, but also the fascinating environment of the lovely city of Interlaken situated between the lakes of Thun and Brienz.
“Emerging Microbes in a Changing World” is the general motto we have chosen for this Congress. In our increasingly globalized world human activity has disturbed the environment in an unprecedented extent. Large scale human migration, rapidly progressing urbanization, almost free global trade, exposure to animals, and climatic changes contribute to the continuous (re-)emergence of novel microbes that pose challenges to human health, agriculture, and the environment. Understanding the mechanisms underlying the emergence of potentially dangerous infectious agents and their impact on human society and nature is essential for a viable future. Microbiologists from all disciplines are at the forefront in our efforts to meet these novel challenges. The Congress will highlight the latest progress in research on the epidemiology, molecular biology, and disease potential of emerging viruses, bacteria and fungi. The meeting will unite international experts in the field of emerging microbes and zoonotic pathogens with Swiss basic scientists and clinicians working on all aspects in fundamental, translational, human and veterinary medical, as well as environmental microbiology. The motto of the Congress will be highlighted by four plenary sessions with emphasis on virology, and parallel sessions for each section, with invited speakers and oral presentations chosen from abstracts. The Swiss Yeast Meeting will be organized in addition by the mycology section. Poster sessions will round up the scientific activities and support networking. An SSM and poster awards are waiting for their winners! We wish you an enjoyable and exciting Annual Assembly 2013 and are looking forward to meet you in Interlaken.

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Swiss Society for Microbiology
Annual Assembly 2013
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
08:30 – 10:30 Registration & Poster set-up
10:30 – 10:40 Welcome and Introduction Monika Engels & Stefan Kunz
10:40 – 12:00 Plenary Session I
chaired by Mathias Ackermann & Volker Thiel
10:40 – 11:20 Virus reservoirs: ecological investigations to understand virus emergence
Christian Drosten, D - Bonn
11:20 – 12:00 Schmallenberg virus
Wim van der Poel, NL - Wageningen
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch, Technical Exhibition, Poster Session (12:30 – 13:30 medical)
Parallel Sessions 1 - 4
13:30 – 15:30 Session 1 – Virology – Viruses as cell pirates
chaired by Matthias Schweizer & Silke Stertz
13:30 – 14:00 Host factors supporting uncoating of adenovirus and rhinovirus
Urs Greber, CH - University of Zurich
14:00 – 14:30 Dissecting the entry route of Paramyxovirus
Philipp Plattet, CH - University of Berne
14:30 – 15:00 New insights into the replication and pathogenesis of hepatitis C virus
Darius Moradpour, CH - UNIL / CHUV Lausanne
15:00 – 15:30 2 short oral presentations selected from Abstracts
13:30 – 15:30 Session 2 – General Microbiology
chaired by Thomas Egli & Jan van der Meer
13:30 – 14:00 Living in a very dilute place: Single-cell analyses of activity and
physiological state of marine bacteria
Josep Gasol, E – Institute of Marine Sciences, CSIC, Barcelona
14:00 – 14:30 Microbial uranium reduction: a tale of two products
Rizlan Bernier-Latmani, CH - EPFL, Lausanne
14:30 – 15:30 4 short oral presentations selected from Abstracts
13:30 – 15:30 Session 3 - Medical Microbiology – Emerging resistance
chaired by Hans H. Siegrist & Jacques Bille
13:30 – 14:00 Carbapenemases
Patrice Nordmann, F- Paris
14:00 – 14:15 Anresis - new aspects
Andreas Kronenberg, CH - Bern
14:15 – 14:30 SAC-EUCAST
Reinhard Zbinden, CH - University of Zurich
14:30 – 15:30 4 short oral presentations selected from Abstracts
Swiss Society for Microbiology
Annual Assembly 2013
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
13:30 – 15:30 Session 4 - Applied Microbiology
chaired by Linda Thöny-Meyer & Manfred Zinn
13:30 – 14:00 Screening of a B. subtilis library with nL-reactor technology
Sven Panke, CH - ETH Zurich
14:00 – 14:30 Made by Evolution: Bacteriophages Provide Cool Tools
for Detection and Control of their Pathogenic Hosts
Martin Loessner, CH - ETH Zurich
14:30 – 15:30 4 short oral presentations selected from Abstracts
15:30 – 16:50 Poster Viewing, Technical Exhibition, Coffee
15:45 – 16:45 Satellite Symposium
16:50 – 17:30 Plenary Session II
chaired by Marine Collart
Particle Genetics: treating every cell as unique
Gaël Yvert, ENS Lyon
17:45 Annual Assembly of the SSM
19.30 Apéritif and Banquet
Swiss Society for Microbiology
Annual Assembly 2013

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Parallel Sessions 5 - 7
08:30 – 10:30 Session 5 – Virology – Virus offense – host defense
chaired by Christian Griot & Stephen Leib
08:30 – 09:00 The impact of cell to cell transmission in HIV infection
Alexandra Trkola, CH - University of Zurich
09:00 – 09:30 Two viruses, one cell: competitive conditioning of the host cell
by adeno-associated virus and its helpervirus
Cornel Fraefel, CH - Vetsuisse Zurich
09:30 – 10:00 Enterovirus diversity and acquisition of new phenotypic characteristics
Caroline Tapparel, CH - HUG / UNIGE Geneva
10:00 – 10:15 Classical swine fever virus subverts innate immune
activation by cell-type-specific actions of Npro and Erns
Nicolas Ruggli, CH – IVI, Mittelhäusern
10:15 – 10:30 short oral presentation selected from Abstracts
08:30 – 10:30 Session 6 – General Microbiology
chaired by Jan van der Meer & Thomas Egli
08:30 – 09:00 Functional analysis of the Candidatus Burkholderia kirkii genome:
Insights into the nature of an obligate leaf nodule symbiosis
Aurelien Carlier, CH – University of Zurich
09:00 – 09:30 The many facets of cyclic-di-GMP
Urs Jenal, CH – Biocenter, University of Basel
09:30 – 10:30 4 short oral presentations selected from Abstracts
08:30 – 10:30 Session 7 –Medical Microbiology – Emerging pathogens
chaired by Gilbert Greub & Laurent Kaiser
08:30 – 09:00 Zoonotic infections transmitted by ticks
Benoît Jaulhac, F - Strasbourg
09:00 – 09:15 Neoehrlichiosis, an emerging tick-borne disease. Or not?
Guido Bloemberg, CH – Zurich
09:15 – 09.30 Lessons from the national Center on tick-borne infections
Olivier Peter, CH – Sion
09:30 – 10:30 4 short oral presentations selected from Abstracts
10:30 – 11:00 Technical Exhibition, Coffee
11:00 – 12:20 Plenary Session III
chaired by Gilbert Greub & Thomas Egli
11:00 – 11:40 Studies on bacteriophage and phage-endolysins for the control of pathogenic bacteria
Aidan Coffey, IE - Cork
11:40 – 12:20 The many faces of extracellular electron transfer: life at the microbe-mineral interface
Ken Nealson, USA - Pasadena, CA
12:20 – 14:15 Lunch, Technical Exhibition, Poster Session (12.30 – 13.30 non-medical)
Swiss Society for Microbiology
Annual Assembly 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
13:00 – 14:00 Satellite Symposium COPAN Italia s.p.a.
14:15 – 15:00 Plenary Session IV
chaired by Otto Haller and Dominique Sanglard
14:15 – 14:55 Giant viruses
Bernard La Scola, F - Marseille
14:55 – 15:35 The origins of virulence
Arturo Casadevall, USA - New York
15:45 SSM Award and Poster Awards
16:15 Closure
Swiss Society for Microbiology
Annual Assembly 2013

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Swiss Yeast Meeting 2013
08.30 – 11:45 Session I
chaired by Françoise Stutz
08:30 – 09:00 The ins and outs of quiescence in yeast
Claudio De Virgilio, CH – University of Fribourg
09:00 – 09:30 Interorganelle communication: a Molecular Hug between the ER and the Mitochondria
Benoît Kornmann, CH – ETH Zurich
09:30 – 10:00 Activation and targeting of the eukaryotic ribosome
Panse Vikram, CH – ETH Zurich
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 – 11:00 Regulation of vacuole size and number of vacuoles as a function of their contents
Andreas Mayer, CH – University of Lausanne
11:00 – 11:45 3 short oral presentations selected from Abstracts
11:45 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 14:45 Session II
chaired by Martine Collart
12:30 – 13:00 Regulation of transport from the Golgi to the plasma membrane
Anne Spang, CH - Biozentrum Basel
13:00 – 13:30 Telomeric transcription, telomere length regulation and
retrotransposon silencing in Schizosaccharomyces pombe
Claus Azzalin, CH-ETH Zurich
13:30 – 14:15 3 short oral presentations selected from Abstracts
14:15 - 14:45 TOR kinase complexes and their regulation of growth
Robbie Loewith, CH – University of Geneva

26 Jun - 27 Jun 2013
Interlaken
Switzerland
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