Microbiology at the 2020 horizon
2020 Symposium and General Assembly of the Belgian Society for Microbiology
Our one-day annual symposium consists of invited speaker talks, offered oral presentations and a Honorary Lecture from an eminent microbiologist. It offers all early career and established microbiologists in Belgium a chance to meet and discuss science in a friendly atmosphere.

During our event, live presentations will be given by our invited and selected speakers. In addition, prerecorded flash presentations will be available in the
Virtual Video Gallery.
  • 9:00 - 11:20
    Welcome addresss by Prof. Eveline Peeters (VUB)
    Bacterial biofilms: linking bacterial growth, survival and multicellularity with second messengers as triggers and drivers
    Introduction by Prof. Laurence Van Melderen (ULB)
    Regine Hengge
    Institut für Biologie / Mikrobiologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany
    Engineering neo-metabolism towards bioproduction of new-to-nature molecules in Pseudomonas putida
    Introduction by Prof. Frank Delvigne (ULiège)
    Pablo Ivan Nikel
    The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
    Predicting antibiotic resistance
    Introduction by Françoise Van Bambeke (UCL)
    Roy Kishony
    Technion, Israël Institute of Technology
  • 11:20 - 11:40
    The 2020 General Assembly of the Belgian Society for Microbiology hosted by Prof. Eveline Peeters and Prof. Xavier Saelens
    Eveline Peeters
    Xavier Saelens
  • 13:00 - 14:15
    Selected Talks
  • Section A: General Microbiology - moderated by Prof. Jan Michiels (KULeuven)
    13:00 - 13:15: Caroline Servais (UNamur) - Position of the LPS translocation system in Brucella abortus

    13:15 - 13:30: Renske Vanraaphorst (UCLouvain) - Investigations into the condensation and segregation dynamics of the pneumococcal nucleoid

    13:30 - 13:45: Andrea Sass (UGent) - Small RNAs BdhR1 and BrrF and their role in regulating utilization of carbon sources and the TCA cycle in Burkholderia cenocepacia J2315

    13:45 - 14:00: Clémence Whiteway (VUB) - A novel phenotypic switch controls the virulence and the resistance of Acinetobacter baumannii

    14:00 - 14:15: Dorien Wilmaerts (KULeuven) - Correlating expression dynamics of DNA damage repair genes with persister awakening
  • Section B: Applied and Environmental Microbiology - moderated by Prof. Nico Boon (UGent)
    13:00 - 13:15: Kankana Kundu (UGent) - The struggle of microorganisms to degrade organic pollutants at low concentrations – an insight from proteomics and isotope fractionations

    13:15 - 13:30: Jasmine Heyse (UGent) - Rearing water microbiomes in white leg shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) larviculture assemble stochastically and are influenced by the microbiomes of live feed products

    13:30 - 13:45: Pablo Vargas (KULeuven) - Application of candidate Paenibacillus BCO suppresses hairy root disease infestation down to 6% in hydroponic tomato greenhouses

    13:45 - 14:00: Beatrice Roncero Ramos (ULiège) - Physiological performance under high salinity conditions of Nostoc commune from hot and cold deserts

    14:00 - 14:15: Janne Spanoghe (UAntwerpen) - Pioneering on purple photohydrogenotrophy for microbial protein production
  • Section C: Host-pathogen interactions - moderated by Prof. Paul Cos (UAntwerpen)
    13:00 - 13:15: Anandi Martin (UCLouvain) - Bacteriocins as potential therapeutic agent to combat drug resistant tuberculosis

    13:15 - 13:30: Anke Breine (VUB) - Targeting multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumanii to develop next-generation therapeutics

    13:30 - 13:45: Albert Ruiz-Sorribas (UCLouvain) - Antibiotic-antifungal combinatory pharmacodynamics against an in-vitro inter-kingdom three-species biofilm model in the context of orthopedic devices infection

    13:45 - 14:00: Evelien Vanderlinden (KULeuven) - In depth study of the carbohydrate-binding agents HHA, GNA and UDA as potent inhibitors of influenza A and B virus infection

    14:00 - 14:15: Ana Rodriguez (ULB) - Marine sponges Hymeniacidon perlevis and Halichondria panicea are reservoirs of antibiotic-producing bacteria against multi-drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus
  • 14:15 - 15:15
    BSM HONORARY LECTURE - The age of pandemics: how to prepare and how to respond
    Introduction by Prof. Xavier Saelens (UGent)
    Peter Piot
    London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
  • 15:15 - 15:25
    Announcement of prizes and concluding remarks
    Prof. Eveline Peeters (VUB)
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