Program at a Glance

*Updated as of March 11, 2022
**Program remains subject to change.

IUMS Committees and the congress organizers are working together to build an exciting congress program. It will be covering the fields of:

  • Virology (VIR)
  • Bacteriology & Applied Microbiology (BAM)
  • Mycology & Eukaryotic Microbiology (MEM)

To review the scientific program and the confirmed speakers, please click on the drop-down menu below:

Keynote Speakers:

Opening Ceremony & Plenary 1: Climate Change and Microbial Life
Prof. Sara Gurr, Exeter University, Exeter, UK

Plenary 2: Complex Systems, Disturbances and Disruption
Prof. Stuart Kaufmann, University of Pennsylvania, Institute for Systems Biology, Philadelphia, USA

Bridging Sessions

Bridging Session 1: Microbiomes and virome in the Antropocene
BAM: Prof. Nicola Segata, University of Trento, Italy
MEM: Prof. Stephanie Kivlin, University of Tenessee, Knoxville, USA

Bridging Session 2: Innate Immunity First-Line Defense Against Viruses, Bacteria and Fungi
VIR: Dr. Sonja Best, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAD, NIH, USA
BAM: Prof. Suzan Rooijakkers, UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands
MEM: Prof. Mihai Netea, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Bridging Session 3: Return After a Period of Absence: Dormancy, Persistence and Relapse
MEM: Prof. Chris Wong, University of Macau, China

Bridging Session 4: The Development of Resistance: Host-Pathogen Arms Race
VIR: Prof. Graciela Andrei, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium
BAM: Prof. Kimberly Kline, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
MEM: Prof. Pablo Antonio Chong Aguirre, Centro de Investigaciones Biotecnológicas del Ecuador, Guiayaqil, Ecuador

Bridging Session 5: Emerging Diseases in “One health” Context
VIR: Prof. Lin Fa Wang, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
BAM: Prof. Ulrich Dobrindt, University of Muenster – Germany
MEM: Prof. Francois Balloux, University College London Genetics Institute, London, UK

Workshops - Virology (VIR)

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Workshops - Bacteriology & Applied Microbiology (BAM)

Workshop: Host-Pathogen Interactions
Prof. Melanie Blokesch, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Workshop: Plant-Microbe Interactions
Dr. Roeland Berendsen, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands
Dr. Silke Robatzek, LMU, Munich, Germany

Workshop: Microbial Communities and Microbiomes
Dr. Marnix Medema, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
Prof. Pieter Dorrestein, UCSD, USA

Workshop: Human Microbiome and Health
Prof. Itzik Mizrahi, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel

Workshop: Frontiers in Bacterial Structural Biology
Prof. Ariane Briegel, Leiden University, the Netherlands

Workshop: Antimicrobials and Antimicrobial Resistance
Prof. Gilles van Wezel, Leiden University, the Netherlands

Workshop: Microbial Evolution and Diversity
Speaker TBC

Workshop: New Insights into phage bacteria interactions
Prof. Bas Dutilh, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany

Workshop: Microbial Biotechnology and Applied Microbiology
Prof. Satoshi Okabe, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

Workshop: Extremophiles and Archaea
Prof. Uri Gophna, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Workshop: Gene Expression, Gene Regulation and Development
Prof. Didier Mazel, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

Workshop: Food Microbiology
Speakers TBC

Workshops - Mycology & Eukaryotic Microbiology (MEM)

Workshop: Importance of data management for sustainable futures
1) Culture collections and sustainable development goals: WFCC’s catalyst role
Dr. Ipek Kurtböke, WFCC, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

2) DCM GCM and 10K Type Strain Sequencing Project
Dr. Linhuan Wu, World Data Center of Microorganisms, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China

3) Databasing Systems for the Management of Biological Data
Prof. Vincent A. Robert, Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, Utrecht, the Netherlands

4) List of Prokaryotic Names with Standing and Nomenclature
Dr. Markus Göker, Braunschweig, Germany

5) Culture collections and the Nagoya Protocol
Dr. Amber Hartman Scholtz, Braunschweig, Leibniz Institute DSMZ -German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures, Germany

Workshop: Toxicogenic Fungi: Biology and Taxonomy ICFM-Taxonomy of Aspergillus and Penicillium
Mycotoxigenic Fungi in Nigeria
Prof. Chibundu N. Ezekiel, Babcock University, Ilishan Remo, Nigeria

Workshop: Oomycetes as Biocontrol Agents and Parasites
Speaker TBC

Workshop: Advanced Life Cell Imaging
Speaker TBC

Workshop: Mycoviruses
1) Mycoviruses in Aspergillus Fumigatus
Dr. Ioly Kotta-Loizou, Imperial College, London, UK

2) First Mycovirus with an Extracellular Life Phase in Sclerotina Scleroti
Prof. Daohong Jiang, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China

Workshop: Skin Neglected Tropical Diseases
Mycetoma in the Environment
Prof. Ahmed Fahal, University of Khartoum, Sudan

Workshop: Chromoblastomycosis
Prof. Flavio Queiroz-Telles, Hospital de Clinicas, Department of Public Health, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

Workshop: Leishmaniasis/Scabies
Dr. Michael Marks, LSHTM, Hospital for Tropical Diseases, University College London Hospital, UK

Workshop: Eukaryotic Anti-Microbial Resistance
Speaker TBC

Workshop: Mycobiomes
Gut Mycobiome
Prof. René van den Wijngaard, ATytgat Institute for Liver and Intestinal Research, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Amsterdam UMC, the Netherlands

To find more on how you can contribute to the scientific program with your research, please follow the link below and check the guidelines for submitting your abstract.

Abstract Submission
Abstract Submission Deadline:  April 6, 2022

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