Microbiology at the 2020 horizon
2020 Symposium and General Assembly of the Belgian Society for Microbiology
Welcome
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.
Agenda
  • 9:00 - 11:20
    OPENING PLENARY SESSION
    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)
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    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)
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    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)
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    Roy Kishony
    Technion, Israël Institute of Technology
  • 11:20 - 11:40
    BSM GENERAL ASSEMBLY
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    The 2020 General Assembly of the Belgian Society for Microbiology hosted by Prof. Eveline Peeters and Prof. Xavier Saelens
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    Eveline Peeters
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    Xavier Saelens
  • 13:00 - 14:15
    PARALLEL SESSIONS
    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)
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    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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