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.

Organizing committee

Kevin Verstrepen, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Patrick Van Dijck, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Jan Michiels, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Jeroen Raes, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Johan Thevelein, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Karin Voordeckers, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Alain Goossens, VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology
Han Remaut, VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology
Nico Callewaert, VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology
Evy Vierstraete, Science Events Manager, VIB, BE



  • Abstract deadline: 1 April 2018
  • Early Bird: 22 April 2019
  • Late Registration: 20 May 2019





  • Jens Nielsen - Chalmers University, SE
  • Jef Boeke - NYU, US
  • Christina Smolke - Stanford, US
  • Morten Sommer - DTU and Novo Nordisk, DK
  • Emily Balskus - Harvard, US
  • Jack Pronk - TU Delft, NL
  • Angela E. Douglas - Cornell University, US
  • Dan Jarosz -Stanford, US
  • Marjan Mey - Ghent University, BE
  • Francesca Ceroni - imperial College London, UK
  • Karen Polizzi - Imperial College, UK
  • Eric Alm - MIT, US
  • Arturo Casadevall - Johns Hopkins, US
  • Narendra Maheshri - Organism Engineer, Ginkgo Bioworks, US
  • Sam Possemiers - CEO Prodigest, BE
  • Maria Teresa Teixeira - CNRS · Laboratoire de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire des Eucaryotes, FR
  • David Berry - University of Vienna, AT

Event Details


Monday, June 3, 2019 - Tuesday, June 4, 2019


KU Leuven, Promotion & Jubileumzaal, Naamsestraat 22, 3000 Leuven


More info via the official website.

FLANDERS.BIO MEMBER BENEFIT: members receive a 15% reduction on the registration fee. Please contact us to obtain the reduction code.

2019-06-03 08:45:00 2019-06-04 17:30:00 Europe/Brussels Emerging Applications of Microbes KU Leuven, Promotion & Jubileumzaal, Naamsestraat 22, 3000 Leuven

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For any further information about this event, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Communications Coordinator

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Sielke Brugge

Communications Coordinator

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