The 14th Symposium programme can be found here and 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
 Microbial Communities,
 Genetics and Genomics,
 Fermentation and Metabolism, including the role of LABs in the fermentation of plant based proteins,
 Host-Microbe Interactions,
 Bacteriophages and Antimicrobials.
Leading scientists from outside the LAB-community have also been included in the Programme to cover important emerging fields.
These invited speakers will provide the most current updates on their exciting research. Plenary lectures will be followed by an on-stage discussion session.
Prof. dr. Oscar Kuipers
Oscar Kuipers is Professor in Molecular Genetics and heads the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Groningen since 1999. He was trained in molecular biology and biochemistry and moved to the direction of molecular genetics and synthetic biology after his PhD. Central topics in his research are the development of novel antimicrobials by synthetic biology approaches, studying population heterogeneity and bistability of clonal bacterial populations at the single cell level, physiology and applications of lactic acid bacteria, and bacterial gene regulation and genomics. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the European Academy of Microbiology.
Mode of action, mechanism of biosynthesis and engineering of antimicrobial peptides from LAB and beyond
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)
Prof. Dr. Colin Hill
University College Cork, Ireland
After a century of nisin research – where are we now?
Dr. Dominique Holtappels
Postdoctoral researcher University of California, Berkeley, USA
Drivers of bacteriophage host range and their consequences from an eco-evolutionary and biotechnological perspective
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
Mohamed Abou Donia PHD
Associate Professor Princeton University, USA
Small-molecule-mediated interactions in the human microbiome
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
MICALIS-INRAE , France
The bacterial chatbox: what the message?
Poster contributions in all areas of research on Lactic Acid Bacteria, especially on industrial applications, are encouraged.