Scientific Programme

The 14th Symposium programme will include:

14 invited plenary lectures providing overviews of state-of-the-art developments in five selected scientific areas,

3 short plenary lectures, selected from the abstracts, that cover the most recent advances in LAB research and poster flash sessions allowing selected authors to present an outline of their poster to the plenary audience.

Extensive time for poster sessions.

The scientific areas that will be covered are

[1] Microbial Communities,
[2] Genetics and Genomics,
[3] Fermentation and Metabolism, including the role of LABs in the fermentation of plant based proteins,
[4] Host-Microbe Interactions,
[5] Bacteriophages and Antimicrobials.

Leading scientists from outside the LAB-community have also been included in the Programme to cover important emerging fields.

Many keynote speakers will contribute to a review to the LAB14 special issue of FEMS Microbial Reviews, edited by Eddy Smid, Sarah Lebeer and Egon Bech-Hansen, which will be available in September 2023; these invited speakers will provide the most current updates on their exciting research. Plenary lectures will be followed by an on-stage discussion session.

Keynote Speaker

Prof. dr. Oscar Kuipers

University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Mode of action, mechanism of biosynthesis and engineering of antimicrobial peptides from LAB and beyond

Confirmed Speakers

Ahmad Zeidan PHD

Chr. Hansen, Denmark

From Genotype to Phenotype: Computational approaches for inferring microbial traits relevant to the food industry

Prof. dr. Birgitte Kallipolitis

University of Southern Denmark

Regulatory RNAs or on antimicrobial free fatty acids (to be determined)

Britt Koskella PHD

Associate Professor University of California USA

Presentation Title to be determined

Prof. Dr. Colin Hill

University College Cork, Ireland

After a century of nisin research – where are we now?

Giovanna Felis PHD

Associate Professor Universita di Verona, Italy

Biodiversity, taxonomy and the new era of LAB biotechnology

Prof. Dr. Maria Marco

UC Davis, USA

Extracellular electron transfer as a metabolic strategy of lactobacilli

Prof. Dr. Mark Turner

University of Queensland, Australia

Cyclic-di-AMP signalling in lactic acid bacteria

Prof. Dr. Sylvain Moineau

Universite Laval, Canada

LAB phages

Mohamed Abou Donia PHD

Associate Professor Princeton University, USA

Title to be determined

Prof. Dr. Frederic Leroy

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Title to be determined

Prof. Dr. Bert Poolman

University of Groningen, The Netherlands

The crowded cytoplasm

Prof. Dr. Jennifer Mahony

University College Cork, Ireland

Phage-host interactions of dairy streptococci

Dr. Sin-Hyeog Im


Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea

Effector molecules of LAB in immune stimulation in the GI tract

Poster contributions in all areas of research on Lactic Acid Bacteria, especially on industrial applications, are encouraged.