Symposium 'Magical Microbes'

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Students, Employees
14-10-2019 from 13:00 to 17:30
Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Gent
Prof. Korneel Rabaey
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Top speakers from Australia and Belgium discussing how magic microbes are.

Phil Hugenholtz (University of Queensland) is visiting Ghent University. He is world renowned for his contributions to microbial ecology and taxonomy. He will give a lecture at the symposium 'magical microbes'.

The symposium

Microorganisms are pivotal for many processes both in natural and engineered systems. They support our digestion, clean up waste streams, impact our health and supply us with products and food.

Increasingly we realise how incredibly diverse the microbial world is, in terms of functions and in terms of species.

In this species, we have the honour to host top speakers from Australia and Belgium discussing how magic microbes are, and how the enormous diversity discovered in the past years due to the advent of new technologies forces us to reconsider their whole classification.


13.00 Registration

13.30 – 13.40: Introduction, Korneel Rabaey

13.40 – 14:10: Ramon Ganigué, Ghent University - Made by nature & perfected by nurture: the role of microbial ecology in the engineering of waste-to-product bio-processes

14.10 – 14.40: Aurélie Crabbe, Ghent University - Magic tricks of the lung microbiota

14:40 – 15:10: Nico Boon, Ghent University - The engineered microbiome: how to construct and manage microbial communities

Coffee break

15:30 – 16:00: Jeroen Raes, KULeuven and VIB - Quantitative gut microbiome studies: consequences for disease markers and targets

16:00 – 16:30: Sarah Lebeer, UAntwerpen - Lactobacilli: magical microbes!

16:30 – 17:30: Phil Hugenholtz, The University of Queensland - A sustainable microbial taxonomy in the age of big data



Places are limited to 100. First come, first serve.