5th Congress of European Microbiologists

The 5th Congress of European Microbiologists (FEMS) will be held in the interesting city of Leipzig from July 21-25, 2013. FEMS brings together 46 member societies from 36 European countries, including over thirty thousand microbiologists. This important microbiology Congress will provide an interesting forum for thousands of European and other international colleagues to appreciate the current state of the art in microbiology during numerous symposia and workshops led by prominent scientists in their field. The meeting will be a chance to discuss solutions to future challenges and to provide topical coverage of key disciplines. Special attention will also be given to young scientists by providing an important number of grants allowing them to attend the Congress.
Examples of key areas will be:
Biodiversity
Bioremediation
Biofilms in ecology and medicine
Clinical microbiology and pathogenesis
Eukaryotic microbes
Food microbiology
Microbial stress responses
Molecular microbiology and genomics
Veterinary microbiology
Virology
+ show speakers and program
SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2013

15:30-16:00 OPENING SESSION Welcome Addresses
16:00-16:50 INFECTIOUS CAUSES OF HUMAN CANCERS, Harald zur Hausen, Germany
16:50-17:40 EXPLOITING THE SYNTHETIC CAPACITY OF MICROBES FOR THE PRODUCTION OF NOVEL VALUE-ADDED BIOCHEMICALS, Kristala Jones Prather, USA
18:00 Networking in the Exhibition Area

MONDAY, JULY 22, 2013
THE QUANTITATIVE PROTEOME OF MICROBIAL CELLS AND ITS CONTROL
Rudolf Aebersold, Switzerland
09:30-12:00
Parallel Sessions
(Sessions will break 10:30 to 11:00 for a coffee break)

VIRAL ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION
Chairpersons: Christian Drosten, Germany
Albert Osterhaus, The Netherlands
To be advised
Christian Drosten, Germany
To be advised
Albert Osterhaus, The Netherlands
To be advised
Simone Sommer, Germany
To be advised
Derek Smith, UK

MICROBIAL FOOD SAFETY: TRENDS IN TRACING AND MONITORING PATHOGENS

Chairpersons: Jeffrey Hoorfar, Denmark
Jordan Kieran, Ireland
Biotracing: A new concept in food safety
Jordan Kieran, Ireland
Emerging issues in antibiotic resistance of pathogens in food production chains
Stefan Schwarz, Germany
Foodborne viruses: occurrence and prevention
Albert Bosch, Spain
Advanced detection, monitoring and surveillance technologies for foodborne pathogens
Jeffrey Hoorfar, Denmark

PROTEIN FOLDING AND SECRETION IN PROKARYOTES
Chairpersons: Axel Mogk, Germany
Harris Bernstein, USA
Rescuing aggregated proteins: mechanism of protein disaggregation
Axel Mogk, Germany
The mechanism of protein secretion by the autotransporter pathway
Harris Bernstein, USA
Type VI secretion dynamics within and between bacterial cells
John J. Mekalanos, USA
Structural biology of type IV secretion systems
Gabriel Waksman,UK

MICROBIOTA AND ANTIBIOTIC TREATMENT
Chairpersons: Dirk Haller, Germany
Barbara Stecher, Germany
Microbiome and inflammatory bowel disease
Dirk Haller, Germany
Pathogen and microbiota interaction
Barbara Stecher, Germany
Effects of early life antibiotics on developmental phenotypes
Martin J. Blaser, USA
Antibiotics, the intestinal microbiota and resistance to infection
Eric G. Pamer, USA

SURVIVAL AND REPLICATION IN VACUOLES
Chairpersons: Hubert Hilbi, Germany
John Brumell, Canada
Formation of a pathogen vacuole: The Legionella way
Hubert Hilbi, Germany
Association of rab gtpases with the Salmonella-containing vacuole
John Brumell, Canada
Chlamydia and the host cell: an intricate relationship
Dagmar Heuer, Germany
Getting into the outdoor, a Brucella task
Jean-Pierre Gorvel, France
CELL DIFFERENTIATION INCL. CYTOSKELETON
Chairpersons: Patrick Viollier, Switzerland
Nora Ausmees, Sweden
The asymmetric bacterial cell cycle: regulation and manipulation by bacteriophage
Patrick Viollier, Switzerland
Bugs with bones: a coiled coil cytoskeleton of streptomyces
Nora Ausmees, Sweden
The cell biology of peritrichous flagella
Daniel Kearns, USA
Mechanisms of spatial organization in bacteria
Martin Thanbichler, Germany
NOVEL BIOACTIVE COMPOUNDS
Chairpersons: Stefano Donadio, Italy
Rolf Müller, Germany
New bioactive compounds from actinobacteria
Stefano Donadio, Italy
Microbial biodiversity & synthetic biotechnology to idenify and develop anti-infectives
Rolf Müller, Germany
Antibacterial lipopeptides with novel mechanism of action or target binding mode
Heike Broetz-Oesterhelt, Germany
Evolutional marriage of biosynthetic clusters - inspiration for design of novel bioactive compounds
Lucie Najmanová, Czech Republic

INNATE IMMUNITY
Chairpersons: Andreas Diefenbach, Germany
Mathias Hornef, Germany
Innate lymphoid cells in the defense against intestinal infections
Andreas Diefenbach, Germany
Intestinal epithelial cells as active players in host-microbe interaction
Mathias Hornef, Germany
Autophagy in host-pathogen interactions
Felix Randow, UK
Inflammasomes in intestinal homeostasis and inflammation
Till Strowig, Germany
Lunch Break

Parallel Sessions

Poster Discussion Group:
Antibiotic resistance
Poster Discussion Group:
Food microbiology

Poster Discussion Group:
Microbial evolution
13:00-14:00 SGM Workshop: YOUNG SCIENTIST SUPPORT FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND MAKING THE MOST OF CONFERENCES

Chairperson: Sara Burton, UK

Presenters: Sara Burton, UK,
Hilary M. Lappin-Scott, UK
14:30-17:00
Parallel Sessions
(Sessions will break 15:30 to 16:00 for a coffee break)

BACTERIA, CANCER AND OTHER PATHOTYPES
Chairpersons: Eric Oswald, France
Teresa Frisan, Sweden
To be advised
Eric Oswald, France
Do bacterial genotoxins contribute to cancer development?
Teresa Frisan, Sweden
Shigella disrupts the p53 pathway to prevent the apoptotic death of its replicative niche
Laurence Arbibe, France
Infection of myeloid angiogenic cells with Bartonella henselae results in increased pro-angiogenic potential
Fiona O'Rourke, Germany

It takes two to tango: Klebsiella oxytoca overgrowth and Tilivalline production are the key events during Antibiotic-Associated Hemorrhagic Colitis
Georg Schneditz, Austria
Immunosuppression, a fireball for persistent mycobacteria
Ranjana Srivastava, India

STRUCTURE BIOLOGY OF BACTERIAL ADHESINS AND MOLECULAR MACHINES
Chairpersons: Adrian Goldman, Finland
Thomas C. Marlovits, Austria
Trimeric autotransporter adhesins
Adrian Goldman, Finland
Three-dimensional model of Salmonella T3SS
Thomas C. Marlovits, Austria
Pilus biogenesis at the outer membrane of bacterial pathogens
Gabriel Waksman, UK
Regulating chain length of exported carbohydrates
James H. Naismith, UK

MICROBIAL ENZYMES FOR POLYMER MODIFICATION
Chairpersons: Wolfgang Zimmermann, Germany
Georg Guebitz, Austria
Degradation and modification of synthetic polymers by microbial enzymes
Wolfgang Zimmermann, Germany
Functional biomaterials made by microbial enzymes
Georg Guebitz, Austria
Degradation of aliphatic and aliphatic-aromatic co-polyesters by depolymerases from Roseateles depolymerans TB-87
Aamer Shah, Pakistan
The role of multi-copper enzymes (laccases) in biodegradation of plastic material
Or Press, Israel
Biodegradation profile of tannic acid by Aspergillus niger GH1 under submerged and solid-state fermentation.
Monica Chávez González, Mexico
Metagenomic discovery of novel lignocellulose-degrading enzymes from higher termite gut inhabiting microbes
Thidarat Nimchua, Thailand

THE ROLE OF EUROPEAN CULTURE COLLECTIONS (BIOLOGICAL RESOURCE CENTERS) IN UNDERPINNING WORLD-CLASS RESEARCH: SUPPLIERS OF AUTHENTIC MICROORGANISMS, SERVICE PROVIDERS AND REPOSITORIES FOR EX-SITU CONSERVATION
Organized by ECCO (European Culture Collections’ Organization)
Chairpersons: Daina Eze, Latvia
Joerg Overmann, Germany
Introduction: ECCO - biological diversity in safe hands. Facts and figures
Daina Eze, Latvia
Bioresources and their centers - challenges, approaches and future perspectives
Joerg Overmann, Germany
Where have all the microbes gone? Variations on a dismal issue
Erko Stackebrandt, Germany
The collection of microorganisms at the service of academia and industry: the Mycotheca Universitatis Taurinensis (MUT) experience
Cristina Varese, Italy
Strains and sequences: foremost resources in microbiological research
David Ruiz Arahal, Spain
Implementing best practices and validation of cryopreservation techniques for microorganisms
David Smith, UK
MIRRI. Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure project. A large net for micro-organisms
Erko Stackebrandt, Germany

BIOFILMS
Chairpersons: Inigo Lasa, Spain
Tim Tolker-Nielsen, Denmark
Control of Staphylococcus aureus biofilm development at RNA level
Inigo Lasa, Spain
Regulation of biofilm formation in pseudomonas and burkholderia species
Tim Tolker-Nielsen, Denmark
Living on the surface: Biofilm formation and surface motility of Bacillus subtilis
Akos T. Kovacs, Germany
Self-suppression of biofilm formation by an extracellular compound
Rakefet Schwarz, Israel
The SecA2-dependent protein secretion pathway in Listeria monocytogenes: Impact on biofilm formation and exoproteomic analysis of the secretome
Mickaël Desvaux, France
Formation of membrane vesicles in Pseudomonas putida DOT-T1E is a multiple stress response that increases cell surface hydrophobicity leading to biofilm formation
Hermann Heipieper, Germany

UNUSUAL ARCHAEA AND EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS
Chairpersons: Robert Gunsalus, USA
Elisaveta Bonch-Osmolovskaia, Russia
Diversity of cell envelops in archaea
Robert Gunsalus, USA
New metabolic types and phylogenetic groups of hyperthermophilic archaea
Elisaveta Bonch-Osmolovskaia, Russia

Novel hydrogen uptake active enzymes from a 464°C hydrothermal vent
Mirjam Perner, Germany
Ubiquity and high biodiversity but not predominance of ammonia-oxidizing archaea in terrestrial aquatic ecosystems
Leiliu Zhou, China
Rich microbial communities in and around a complex system of underwater springs in the Dead Sea
Stefan Häusler, Germany
Ferroplasma acidarmanus: a new sulfite transporter protein identified
Kristin Sellar, Grenada

MICROBE-INSECT INTERACTIONS
Chairpersons: Andreas Brune, Germany
Martin Kaltenpoth, Germany
A perfect drug deal: Evolution of symbiont-mediated antibiotic defense in solitary wasps
Martin Kaltenpoth, Germany
Evolutionary patterns in the symbiotic gut microbiota of termites and cockroaches
Andreas Brune, Germany
Exploring an ancient multi-partite fungus-farming symbiosis: the presence and role of gut microbiomes in fungus-growing termites
Michael Poulsen, Denmark
Bacterial symbiont-mediated RNA interference in insects (Microbe-insect interactions workshop) Paul Dyson, UK
Pathology survey and comparative genomics in the bacterial insect pathogen Xenorhabdus
Sophie Gaudriault, France

GLOBAL CONTROL IN BACTERIA

Chairpersons: Nassos Typas, Germany
Tobias Bollenbach, Austria
From systems microbiology to molecular mechanism
Nassos Typas, Germany
Bacterial responses to antibiotic combinations
Tobias Bollenbach, Austria
Signal integration by bacterial two-component systems
Victor Sourjik, Germany
Reciprocal Control between a Bacterium´s Regulatory System and the Modification Status of Its Lipopolysaccharide
Akinori Kato, Japan

Ecological divergence and long-term success of a bacterial pathogen involves continuing evolutionary modifications of global regulatory networks
Lars Jelsbak, Denmark

Architecture Linked to Functionality in Bacterial Lipid Rafts
Daniel Lopez, Germany
17:00-18:00
Keynote Presentation:
POLICY – SHOULD IT BE BASED ON FACT OR FICTION?
Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Adviser, European Commission


TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013
08:30-09:25
THE MICROBES WHO CAME IN FROM THE CO LD - MICROBIAL COMMUNITIES OF THE CHANGING ARCTIC
Antje Boetius, Germany
09:30-12:00
Parallel Sessions
(Sessions will break 10:30 to 11:00 for a coffee break)

MICROBIAL SYNERGISMS
Chairperson: Sören Molin, Denmark
Sabine Specht, Germany
Adaptive evolutionary strategies of Pseudomonas aeruginosa when establishing chronic infections in human airways
Sören Molin, Denmark
Parasitic helminths: bad or good guys
Sabine Specht, Germany
The pathogenesis of the novel emerging coronavirus EMC
Bart Haagmans, The Netherlands
The role of bacterial proteases in influenza virus pathogenesis
Eva Böttcher-Friebertshäuser, Germany

PLANT-MICROBE INTERACTIONS
Chairpersons: Eva Kondorosi, Hungary
Ulla Bonas, Germany
Plant controlled terminal bacteroid differentiation in Rhizobium-Legume symbiosis
Eva Kondorosi, Hungary
TAL and other type III effectors from the plant pathogen Xanthomonas
Ulla Bonas, Germany
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi: crucial players of the plant microbiome
Paola Bonfante, Italy
Septin-mediated plant tissue invasion by the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae
Nick Talbot, UK

YEAST AND FOOD MICROBIOLOGY
Chairpersons: Andriy Sibirny, Ukraine/Poland
Isabel Sa-Correia, Portugal
Genetic control, metabolic engineering and classic selection for construction of the robust riboflavin and flavin nucleotide producers in the flavinogenic yeast Candida famata (Candida flareri)
Andriy Sibirny, Ukraine/Poland
Toward a systems-level understanding of the responses and mechanisms of resistance to acetic acid in food spoilage yeasts
Isabel Sa-Correia, Portugal
Systems-level and evolutionary engineering approaches for generation of aromatic wine yeasts
Sylvie Dequin, France
Non-conventional yeasts – suitable biocatalysts for new biotechnological products
Gotthard Kunze, Germany

EXPERIMENTAL EVOLUTION
Chairpersons: Dominique Schneider, France
Olivier Tenaillon, France
Genome evolution in a long-term experiment with escherichia coli
Dominique Schneider, France
The molecular diversity of convergent evolution in escherichia coli
Olivier Tenaillon, France
The genetic basis of adaptation of escherichia coli evolving with macrophages
Isabel Gordo, Portugal
Evolution of antibiotic hypersensitivity
Victoria Lazar, Hungary

NEW INSIGHTS INTO FUNCTIONAL AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY OF FUNGI THROUGH COMPARATIVE GENOMICS
Chairpersons: Angel T. Martinez, Spain
David Hibbet, USA
Basidiomycete peroxidase evolution (a survey based on sequenced genomes of ten wood-rotting fungi)
Angel T. Martinez, Spain
Evolution of complex morphologies in Agaricomycetes: a comparative genomic perspective
David Hibbet, USA
Exploring the genome diversity of mycorrhizal fungi to understand the evolution and functioning of symbiosis
Emmanuelle Morin, France
Multiple tiers of diversity and evolvability in fungal genomes
Jason C. Slot, USA

TICK-BORNE AND ZOONOTIC PATHOGENS
Chairperson: Snorre Stuen, Norway
Friederike von Loewenich, Germany
Anaplasma phagocytophilum - A pathogen with multiple hosts
Snorre Stuen, Norway
Molecular characterization of A. phagocytophilum strains
Friederike von Loewenich, Germany
How important is Babesiosis in Europe?
Anetta Zintl, Ireland
How do deal with an acute Q fever outbreak under field conditions
Regina Eibach, Germany

MARINE MICROBIAL COMMUNITIES
Chairpersons: Lars Peter Nielsen, Denmark
Ulrich Stingl, Saudi Arabia
To be advised
Lars Peter Nielsen, Denmark

Microbial ecology of the red sea
Ulrich Stingl, Saudi Arabia
Microbial communities in hypersaline basins of the Mediterranean
Daniele Daffonchio, Italy
Microbial communities associated with marine snow/aggregates
Mirjana Najdek-Dragic, Croatia

SMALL REGULATORY RNAs
Chairpersons: Gerhart Wagner, Sweden
Carin Vanderpool, USA
Bacterial sRNAs regulating transcription factors: mechanistic aspects and regulatory properties
Gerhart Wagner, Sweden
Small RNAs with important roles in metabolic regulation
Carin Vanderpool, USA
Interplay between sRNAs and proteins - The post-transcriptional regulation of catabolic genes in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Elisabeth Sonnleitner, Austria
Regulatory RNAs in Cyanobacteria
Wolfgang Hess, Germany
12:00-13:00
Lunch Break
FEMS Young Scientist Grantees Reception
(By Invitation Only)
12:30-14:30
Poster Discussion Group:
Microbial communities
12:30-14:30
Poster Discussion Group:
Biotechnology
14:30-17:00
Parallel Sessions
(Sessions will break 15:30 to 16:00 for a coffee break)

BACTERIAL TOXINS, ANTITOXINS AND MODULINS
Chairpersons: Klaus Aktories, Germany
Juliane Bubeck Wardenburg, USA
Clostridium diffiicile toxins
Klaus Aktories, Germany
Staphylococcus aureus alpha toxin
Juliane Bubeck Wardenburg, USA
Helicobacter pylori VacA causes autophagy and apoptosis through Low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein-1 ( LRP-1)
Toshiya Hirayama, Japan
The type III effector EspL of EPEC: RIPping through the host inflammatory response
Sabrina Mühlen, Australia
Chaperone-mediated control of toxin-antitoxins in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Pierre Genevaux, France
The Legionella pneumophila Dot/Icm-secreted effector PlcC/CegC1 together with PlcA and PlcB promotes virulence and belongs to a novel zinc metallophospholipase C family
Antje Flieger, Germany

MICROBIAL INTERACTIONS AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Chairpersons: Shimshon Belkin, Israel
Birgit Sattler, Austria
Some like it hotter: microbial populations of desert plants
Shimshon Belkin, Israel
Englacial systems as refugium of microorganisms and their non-invasive investigation
Birgit Sattler, Austria
Evolution of Life in Three Dimensional Modeling
Elena Pikuta, USA
Synergistic effects of global climate change and oil pollution on estuarine sediment bacterial communities
Newton Gomes, Portugal
Bacterial Genome Replication at Subzero Temperatures in Permafrost
Max Häggblom, USA

BIOFILM-BASED INFECTIONS IN THE HOSPITAL ENVIRONMENT
Chairpersons: Gianfranco Donelli, Italy
Paul Stoodley, UK
Biofilm-based infections in long-term care settings
Gianfranco Donelli, Italy
Biofilm-based osteoarticular implant infections
Paul Stoodley, UK
Response of commensal Staphylococci to sub-lethal concentrations of skin antimicrobial peptides
Marc G.J. Feuilloley, France
Host-pathogen interactions during a catheter-associated urinary tract infection analysed by metaproteomics
Christian Lassek, Germany
Identification of Legionella spp. from hospital water systems in Palestine
Dina Bitar, Palestinian Authority

THE EXPANDING THREAT OF EXTENDED SPECTRUM BETA-LACTAMASES
Organized by EAM/EMF (European Academy of Microbiology / European Microbiology Forum)
Chairpersons: Philippe Sansonetti, France
Tone Tønjum, Norway
EAM thriving for excellence in microbiology in Europe, and introduction of the symposium
Philippe Sansonetti, France
Genetics and epidemiology of ESBLs
Marek Gniadkowski, Poland
Genetics and epidemiology of carbapenemases
Neil Woodford, UK
Round table: What do we do about the situation and how can we, as microbiologists and as FEMS, assist in combating this threat?
Environmental reservoirs of ESBLs, transmission, ecology, epidemiomogy
Hilary M Lappin-Scott, UK
Bernhard Schink, Germany
Jean-Claude Piffarretti, Switzerland
Genetics, transmission, etc.
Tone Tønjum, Norway
Eliora Ron, Israel
Joerg Hacker
Philippe Sansonetti, France
Summary and conclusion
Joerg Hacker

BIOCHEMISTRY OF ANAEROBES
Chairpersons: Matthias Boll, Germany
Ines Cardoso Pereira, Portugal
Dearomatizing Aryl-CoA reductases: key enzmyes in the anaerobic degradation of aromatic compounds
Matthias Boll, Germany
New insights into dissimilatory sulfur metabolism
Ines Cardoso Pereira, Portugal
Identification of chloroform reductive dehalogenase in Desulfitobacterium
Siyan Zhao, Singapore
Corrinoid auxotrophy in the anaerobic obligate organohalide respiring Dehalobacter restrictus
Aamani Rupakula, Switzerland
Is Oligotropha carboxidovorans a true electrotroph in biocathodic systems?
Ariadna Vilar-Sanz, Spain

NEW PERSPECTIVES IN BIOENERGY
Chairperson: Liisa Viikari, Finland
Maurizio Bettiga, Sweden
New insight into fungal cellulases
Liisa Viikari, Finland
Robust yeast strains as prerequisite for feasible biofuels production from renewable biomass resources
Maurizio Bettiga, Sweden
The way of labelled volatile fatty acids in the anaerobic digestion process of biogas reactors
Babett Arnold, Germany
Cyanobaceria as a vehicle for alternative fuel production
Galyna Kufryk, USA
Microalgal Biomass for Bioenergy: Assessment of growth of a native microalga- Botrydiopsis arhiza under native environmental conditions in a semi-continuous Photobioreactor
Umarah Mubeen, Pakistan

MICROBIAL POPULATIONS AND COMMUNITIES: MODELLING TODAY'S DATA
Chairpersons: Jan Kreft, UK
Ferdi L. Hellweger, USA
Individual-based modelling of microbial interactions in chemostats, biofilms, and guts
Jan Kreft, UK
Agent-based simulation of individual yeast cells supports fitness benefit of heterogeneous, age-correlated stress resistance
Ferdi L. Hellweger, USA
Trophic Interaction and Emergence of Self-Organized Bacterial Consortia on Hydrated Rough Surfaces
Gang Wang, Switzerland
Comparative genomics to improve bacterial metabolic networks reconstruction and functional modeling
Marco Fondi, Italy
Microbial Analysis and Predictive Modeling in the The DOE Systems Biology Knowledgebase
Paramvir Dehal, USA
Quorum sensing regulated dispersal behaviour
Burkhard Hense, Germany

BACTERIAL STORAGE MATERIAL (PHA, SULFUR, POLYPHOSPHATES)
Chairpersons: Christiane Dahl, Germany
Jasmina Nikodinovic, Serbia
Sulfur globules: news about the first recognized inclusions in bacteria
Christiane Dahl, Germany
Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA): From waste treatment to biomedical applications
Jasmina Nikodinovic, Serbia
PHB Granule Formation, Attachement of PHB to the Nucleoid and Relationship of PHB and Polyphosphate Metabolism
Dieter Jendrossek, Germany
Improvement of poly-b-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) production by an Azotobacter vinelandii mutant (OPNA) using a multistage fermentation process
Carlos Peña, Mexico
Mutations in an exopolyphosphatase gene causes cell size changes in Bdellovibrio Bacteriovorus
Sarah Basford, UK

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013
08:30-09:25
TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF IN PHYLLOSPHERE MICROBIOLOGY
Johan Leveau, USA
09:30-12:00
Parallel Sessions
(Sessions will break 10:30 to 11:00 for a coffee break)

BACTERIAL/BACTERIAL COINFECTIONS
Chairperson: Sven Bergström, Sweden
Birgitta Henriques Normark, Sweden
Impact of Bacterial Coinfections during Malaria
Sven Bergström, Sweden
Pneumococcal-viral co-infections
Birgitta Henriques Normark, Sweden
Oral biofilms in situ: composition, interaction and complications
Annette Moter, Germany
Bacterial interactions in the CF lung
Máire Callaghan, Ireland

SINGLE-CELL TECHNIQUES IN MICROBIOLOGY
Chairpersons: Andreas Schmid, Germany
Michael Konopka, USA
Single-cell analysis reveals faster growth of isolated microbes compared to populations
Andreas Schmid, Germany
Single-cell methods for studying utilization of C1 compounds
Michael Konopka, USA
Single cell expression profiling - new insights into biology
Mikael Kubista, Czech Republic/Sweden
Using single-cell microtechnologies to improve productivity of Pichia pastoris
Christopher Love, USA

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY
Chairpersons: György Pósfai, Hungary
Eriko Takano, The Netherlands
Streamlined-genome E. Coli is characterized by lower complexity, higher genetic stability, and increased productivity
György Pósfai, Hungary
Towards Biotechnology 2.0: Synthetic biology of bioactive molecules
Eriko Takano, The Netherlands
Producing highly modified peptides by synthetic biology approaches
Oscar Kuipers, The Netherlands
De-constructing / re-constructing the regulatory logic of environmental bacteria
Victor de Lorenzo, Spain

LIFE OF PROTEINS FROM BIRTH TO DEATH
Chairpersons: Uwe Völker, Germany
Jan Maarten van Dijl, The Netherlands
An OMICs impression of the adaptation of Bacillus subtilis to high osmolarity
Uwe Völker, Germany
Life and death of extracytoplasmic proteins in Bacillus subtilis
Jan Maarten van Dijl, The Netherlands
You are not alone: Many proteins are part of complexes
Joerg Stülke, Germany
Mechanisms of folding and quality control of proteins in the bacterial cytosol
Bernd Bukau, Germany

MICROBIAL TOXINS AND MODULATION OF HOST CELLULAR FACTORS
Chairpersons: Steffen Backert, Ireland
Peter Sebo, Czech Republic
Interplay of Helicobacter pylori toxin VacA and other pathogenicity-related factors in targeting host cell signalling
Steffen Backert, Ireland
Fooling phagocytes and delivering T cell vaccines: The ‘yin and yang’ of action of Bordetella adenylate cyclase toxin
Peter Sebo, Czech Republic
Expression of the small GTPase RhoB - a cytoprotective host cell response to clostridial glucosylating toxins and other bacterial toxins
Harald Genth, Germany
Carcinogenic properties of the bacterial cytolethal distending toxin
Teresa Frisan, Sweden

JORGEN LEHMANN AND GERHARD DOMAGK SYMPOSIUM ON MYCOBACTERIUM TUBERCULOSIS
Chairpersons: Roland J. Koerner, UK
Ulrich Schaible, Germany
The Lung as Battlefield for Host-Pathogen-Interactions in Tuberculosis
Ulrich Schaible, Germany
Out of control: Transmission of multidrug resistant M. tuberculosis strains
Stefan Niemann, Germany
Metallobiology of host-pathogen interactions in tuberculosis
Olivier Neyrolles, France
Biomarkers and the search for new TB vaccines
Hazel Dockrell, UK

PALEOVIROLOGY - ENDOGENOUS VIRUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF ANCIENT VIRAL INFECTIONS
Chairpersons: Cedric Feschotte, USA
Harmit Malik, USA
Viral contributions to host genome evolution and regulatory innovation
Cedric Feschotte, USA
Paleovirology: inferring ancient viruses by their action on host genes
Harmit Malik, USA
Deciphering viral macroevolution from animal genome sequence data
Aris Katzourakis, UK
Syncytins: from ancestral infectious retroviruses to bona fide genes involved in placentation
Anne Dupressoir, France
12:00-13:00
Lunch Break
12:30-14:00
Parallel Sessions

Round Table: THE ‘DUAL USE’ PROBLEM IN MICROBIOLOGY
Chairperson: Jean-Claude Piffaretti, Switzerland

Poster Discussion Group:
Metabolism control

Poster Discussion Group:
Environmental microbiology

CHANCES AND LIMITS OF ‘BIOENERGY’
Chairperson: Bernhard Schink, Germany
14:30-17:00
Parallel Sessions
(Sessions will break 15:30 to 16:00 for a coffee break)

BIOIMAGING IN BACTERIA
Chairpersons: Kenn Gerdes, UK
Jan Rupp, Germany
Epigenetic control of bacterial persistence by (P)PPGPP
Kenn Gerdes, UK
Lifetime imaging of Chlamydia metabolism and ist crosstalk with the host cell
Jan Rupp, Germany
Single cell profiling of cereulide toxin producing Bacillus cereus
Elrike Frenzel, Austria
Chlamydial developmental stages and inclusions revealed by electron cryotomography
Martin Pilhofer, USA
Molecular authentication of the phage carrier state in Salmonella Typhimurium
Abram Aertsen, Belgium

UNCONVENTIONAL ANTIINFECTIVA: ECO-EVO DRUGS, VIRULENCE BLOCKERS, AND NEW TARGETS
Chairperson: Fernando Baquero, Spain
Andrew J. Roe, UK
Eco-Evo drugs
Fernando Baquero, Spain
Antivirulence compounds that send pathogenic Escherichia Coli on an "acid trip"
Andrew J. Roe, UK
Repurposing the antimycotic drug flucytosine for suppression of Pseudomonas aeruginosa pathogenicity
Paolo Visca, Italy

Characterization of strong antibacterial activity exhibited by nodule specific plant peptides
Gergely Maróti, Hungary
Surface functionalized sulfur nanoparticles escape the glutathione reductase mediated elemental sulfur detoxification system in fungi
Samrat Roy Choudhury, India

BACTERIAL CELL DIFFERENTIATION
Chairpersons: Dirk Schüler, Germany
Enrique Flores, Spain
Making microbial magnets: molecular genetics and cell biology of magnetosome synthesis in bacteria
Dirk Schüler, Germany
Heterocyst differentiation and intercellular molecular exchange in filamentous cyanobacteria
Enrique Flores, Spain
A new type of outer membrane vesicles produced by the Gram-negative bacterium Shewanella vesiculosa M7T: implications for DNA content
Elena Mercade, Spain
Spore wall synthesis by the Streptomyces spore wall synthesizing complex SSSC
Guenther Muth, Germany
Microfabrication meets Microbiology: Curvature and Lipid Composition as a Mechanism for Biomolecule Localisation in Bacterial Cells
Lars Renner, Germany
Substrate availability guides peptidoglycan synthesis
Dirk-Jan Scheffers, The Netherlands

HARNESSING UNTAPPED RESOURCES TO ENHANCE MICROBIOLOGY EDUCATION ACROSS EUROPE
Chairperson: Joanna Verran, UK
Microbiology education: resources, requirements, and a role for FEMS?
Joanna Verran, UK
Let's get practical – how the Society for General Microbiology supports practical microbiology in the lab and beyond
Dariel Burdass
Development and use of electronic virtual lab resources for teaching
Sara Burton, UK
Educational Bachelor and Master symposia in The Netherlands
Loek Van Alphen, The Netherlands
Developing a standard for BSc and MSc in Microbiology education across Europe: A FEMS initiative
Alexander Netrusov, Russia
Microbiology education in Armenia: Novel subjects, innovative approaches and development of international cooperation
Armen Trchounian, Armenia
The Education and Communication Group of the Spanish Society for Microbiology: A meeting point for academic microbiologists, students and the general public
Antonio Ventosa, Spain

APPLICATION OF PHAGES
Chairpersons: Ian J. Molineux, USA
Rob Lavigne, Belgium
Phage therapy of naturally occurring mastitis in dairy cows
Ian J. Molineux, USA
Bacteriophages as a source of novel antibacterials and discovery of new antibacterial targets
Rob Lavigne, Belgium
Phage therapy experiment for staphylococcal lung infection
Jumpei Uchiyama, Japan

Bacteriophages of an epidemic strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa are highly active in the cystic fibrosis lung and drive diversification in a model biofilm system
Craig Winstanley, UK

Biofunctional nanoparticles based on bacteriophage T4
Marko Virta, Finland

Round Table: ENVIRONMENTAL PROTEOMICS
Organized by Waters
Chairpersons: Jana Seifert, Germany
Martin von Bergen, Germany
Speakers: Robert L. Hettich, USA
Katharina Riedel, Germany
Oliver Kohlbacher, Germany
Manuel Ferrer, Spain

FUNGAL DEGRADATION OF MICROPOLLUTANTS
Chairpersons: Tomas Cajthaml, Czech Republic
Philippe Corvini, Switzerland
Biodegradation of endocrine disrupting compounds by ligninolytic fungi: mechanisms involved in the degradation
Tomas Cajthaml, Czech Republic
Nanomaterial-immobilized laccases to take on the micropollutant challenge in wastewater
Philippe Corvini, Switzerland
Hidden hazard of superficial waters: degradation of EDCs and PPCPs by fungal enzymes
Federica Spina, Italy
Bio-inspired entrapped laccases for clean-up of micropollutants in wastewater
Ines Ardao, Belgium
Fungal tools to eliminate endocrine disruption
Grit Kabiersch, Finland

in silico studies for assessing the efficiency of ligninolytic enzymes of wild basidiomycetes fungi in PAH biodegradation
Muthukumarasamy Eyini, India
17:00-17:30
Bacterial nucleoid evolution and global gene regulation
Charles Dorman, Ireland

THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2013
08:30-09:25
ELECTRON BIFURCATION - A NEW PARADIGM IN MICROBIAL ENERGY METABOLISM
Wolfgang Buckel, Germany
09:30-12:00
Parallel Sessions
(Sessions will break 10:30 to 11:00 for a coffee break)

MICROBIAL SYSTEMS ECOLOGY
Chairpersons: Annelie Wendeberg, Germany
Antonis Chatzinotas, Germany
Microbial cooperation at hydrocarbon contaminated sites
Annelie Wendeberg, Germany
Microbial model systems and ecological theory
Antonis Chatzinotas, Germany
Developing and applying ecological theories for Microbial Resource Management
Nico Boon, Belgium
A global resource for microbial species co-occurrence from environmental sequence data
Samuel Chaffron, Belgium

A PROTEOMICS VIEW AT PATHOGENICITY
Chairpersons: Michael Hecker, Germany
Eliora Ron, Israel
A proteomic view of pathogenicity of Staphylococcus aureus
Michael Hecker, Germany
Functional genomic avenue to colisepticemia
Eliora Ron, Israel
High throughput methods to quantify bacterial proteomes
Rudolf Aebersold, Switzerland
Lessons from Bordetella pertussis proteomics
Gülay Özcengiz, Turkey

Joint FEMS-ESCMID Symposium: ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE
Chairpersons: Elisabeth Nagy, Hungary
Patrice Nordmann, France
Antibiotic resistance problems in anaerobes
Elisabeth Nagy, Hungary
Carbapenemases in Enterobacteriacae; in the middle of the storm what shall be done now?
Patrice Nordmann, France
Antibiotic resistance spread in the Eastern Europe
Akos Toth, Hungary
The Alphabet of Mec in Staphyloccus sp.; MecA et al.
Frederic Laurent, France

REGULATION OF GENE UPTAKE/CRISPR
Chairpersons: Wolf-Dietrich Hardt, Switzerland
Luciano Marraffini, USA
Genetic change: cause or consequence of Salmonella virulence?
Wolf-Dietrich Hardt, Switzerland
To be advised
Luciano Marraffini, USA
The adaptive immune CRISPR-CAS system: from genome defense to rna-programmable genome rewriting
Emmanuelle Charpentier, Sweden
Phylogenomic networks reveal mechanisms for gene acquisition during microbial evolution
Tal Dagan, Germany

METABOLISM MEETS VIRULENCE
Chairpersons: Wolfgang Eisenreich, Germany
Jay Hinton, UK
Isotopologue profiling of bacterial metabolism under complex conditions
Wolfgang Eisenreich, Germany
Lag phase is a distinct growth phase that prepares Salmonella for exponential growth and involves transient metal accumulation
Jay Hinton, UK
Metabolic features of of Protochlamydia amoebophila elementary bodies - a link between activity and infectivity
Matthias Horn, Austria
Escherichia coli metabolism during colonization of the mouse gut
Paul S. Cohen, USA

SIGNALLING
Chairpersons: Kirsten Jung, Germany
Karina Xavier, Portugal
Tight control of receptor copy number by translation elongation factor EF-P
Kirsten Jung, Germany
Regulation of the AI-2 quorum sensing signal
Karina Xavier, Portugal
Acetyl phosphate regulates bacterial protein acetylation
Alan Wolfe, USA
Cyclic DI-GMP: a regulatory maestro that orchestrates gene expression
Chris Waters, USA

SOIL METAGENOMICS
Chairperson: Jan Dirk van Elsas, The Netherlands
Ines Mandic-Mulec, Slovenia
Metagenomics-based analysis of the response of soil communities to chitin and pH alteration
Jan Dirk van Elsas, The Netherlands
Metagenomics fulfills its promise: discovery of a novel acidobacterial laccase
Ines Mandic-Mulec, Slovenia
Managing microbial communities for finding new enzymes and sequentially reconstruct genomes from complex metagenomes
Pascal Simonet, France
Permafrost thaw mediated changes in microbial ecology of arctic soils
Neslihan Tas, USA

EPIGENETIC ALTERATIONS INDUCED BY PATHOGENIC MICROBES (VIRUSES)
Chairpersons: Janos Minarovits, Hungary
Steven Offenbacher, USA
Microbe induced epigenetic changes
Janos Minarovits, Hungary
Epigenetic reprogramming of host cells by Campylobacter rectus
Steven Offenbacher, USA
Epigenetic changes in virus-induced human cancer
Zdenko Herceg, France
Induction of epigenetic alterations by microbe infection - the major pathway to some human cancers
Toshikazu Ushijima, Japan
12:00-13:15
Closing Lecture: Lwoff Award followed by Awards and Closing Ceremony



21 Jul - 25 Jul 2013
Leipzig
Germany
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