Scientific Program

Program at a Glance

*Updated as of May 10, 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. Sarah Gurr, Exeter University, Exeter, UK

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

Panel Discussion:

Theme: “Science communication as an antidote to misinformation”
Prof. Jeffrey Almond, The Sir William Dunn School, University of Oxford, UK
Dr. Stephanie Kivlin, University of Tennessee, USA
Prof. Marion Koopmans, Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Bridging Sessions

Bridging Session 1: Microbiomes and virome in the Anthropocene
VIR: Prof. Li Deng, Institute of Virology, Neuherberg, Germany
BAM: Prof. Nicola Segata, Principal Investigator at the CIBIO Department of the University of Trento | Principal Investigator at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, 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
BAM: Prof. Yousef Abu Kwaik, University of Louisville College of Medicine, USA
MEM: Assoc. Prof. Chris Wong, China, 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)

Workshop: Virus Discovery and Virome Studies
Dr. Darren Obbard, The University of Edinburgh, UK

Workshop: Antiviral immunity
Dr. Tineke Cantaert, Institut Pasteur, Cambodia

Workshop: Mechanisms of Replication and Assembly
Assist. Prof. Aartjan te Velthuis, Princeton, USA

Workshop: Virus Evolution and Emergence
Dr. Sebastian Lequime, Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Workshop: Pathogenesis of Viral Diseases
Speaker TBC

Workshop: Novel Approaches to Virus Control
Dr. Jelke Fros, Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands

Workshop: Sex Differences in Virus-Host Interaction
Prof. Sabra Klein, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA

Workshop: Determinants of Host Range
Dr. Ben Longdon, College of Life and Environmental Sciences University of Exeter, UK

Workshop: Virus Dynamics in Reservoir Hosts
Dr. Michelle Wille, School of Life and Environmental Sciences and School of Medical Sciences, The University of Sydney, Australia

Workshop: Antiviral drug resistance and immune evasion
Dr. Jesse Bloom, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA

Workshops - Bacteriology & Applied Microbiology (BAM)

Workshop: Host-Pathogen Interactions
Prof. Melanie Blokesch, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Prof. Willbert Bitter, Amsterdam UMC, Netherlands

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

Workshop: Microbial Communities and Microbiomes
Dr. Marnix Medema, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
Prof. Pieter Dorrestein, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, San Diego, USA

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

Workshop: Gene Expression, Gene Regulation and Development
Prof. Didier Mazel, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
Prof. Jörg Vogel, HZI, Wuerzburg, Germany

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

Workshop: Microbial Evolution and Diversity
Prof. Willem van Schaik, University of Birmingham, UK

Workshop: New Insights into phage bacteria interactions
Prof. Bas E. Dutilh, Microverse Cluster, Friedrich Schiller University Jena | Theoretical Biology and Bioinformatics, Germany

Workshop: Microbial Biotechnology and Applied Microbiology
Speaker TBC

Workshop: Extremophiles and Archaea
Prof. Sonja Albers (Germany)
Prof. Uri Gophna, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Workshop: Food Microbiology
Prof. Alison Mather, Quadram Institute, UK

Workshop: Frontiers in Bacterial Structural Biology
Assoc. Prof. Meindert H. Lamers, LUMC, Co-Director NeCEN, Leiden, Netherlands

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

5) Culture Collection Accreditation
Dr. Paulo Henrique de Holanda Veloso Júnior, Department of Cell Biology, Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Brasília, Brazil

Workshop: Toxicogenic Fungi: Biology and Taxonomy ICFM-Taxonomy of Aspergillus and Penicillium
1) Mycotoxigentic Fungi and Climate Change
Dr. Angel Medina Vaya, Reader in Food Mycology, Acting Director of Environment and Agrifood | Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute, UK

2) Mycotoxigenic Fungi in Nigeria
Prof. Chibundu N. Ezekiel, Babcock University, Ilishan Remo, Nigeria

3) Lecture Title TBC
Dr. Wayne Michael Jurick II, Food Quality Laboratory Research Plant Pathologist, USA

4) Lecture Title TBC
Prof. Markus Schmidt-Heydt, Max Rubner-Institut | MRI · Department of Safety and Quality of Fruits and Vegetables, Germany

Workshop: Oomycetes as Biocontrol Agents and Parasites
Dr. Michiel Kasteel, Laboratory of Phytopathology, Department of Plant Sciences, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands
Dr. Javier Dieguez Uribeondo, Department of Mycology, Real Jardín Botánico – CSIC, Madrid, Spain

Workshop: Advanced Life Cell Imaging
1) Live Cell Imaging and the Mode of Action of Antifungal Components
Prof. Gero Steinberg, University of Exeter, Director of the Bioimaging Centre, UK

2) Lecture Title TBC
Prof. Stanley Brul, Faculty of Science Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

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
Speaker TBC

3) A Novel Mycovirus in Malassezia
Giuseppe Ianiri, Università degli Studi del Molise, Italy

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

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

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

Workshop: Eukaryotic Anti-Microbial Resistance
1) Malaria resistance – need to decide on names
Prof. Raymond St. Leger, University of Maryland, Entomology Department, USA

2) Dermatophytes in India
Dr. Anuradha Chowdhary, Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, University of Delhi, India

3) The Successful Global Spread of Azole Resistance in Aspergillus Fumigatus; Accidental or Inevitable?
Assist, Prof. Eveline Snelders, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands

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

2) Soil and Climate Change
Prof. Eiko Kuramae, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Netherlands

3) Plastic Degradation
Dr. Caroline de Tender, University of Gent, Belgium

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 18, 2022

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