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Monday, 20 May 2013 14:42

SASM2013: Scientific programme

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SASM2013 will take place from 24-27 November 2013 at Forever Resorts Warmbaths ( Please see our website (CONGRESSES>SASM2013) for details, abstract submission and registration. The theme for SASM2013 is “From Africa to the World: Trending Microbiology”. The Organizing Committee wants to put together “trendy”, modern programme, yet taking into account the traditional tracks at our previous conferences: Environmental Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Industrial Microbiology, Virology, Medical Microbiology, Plant Microbiology, Food Microbiology, and Virology. In order to achieve this, we would like to involve all SASM members at South African Universities, Research Institutions and various Industries and Service providers.

Friday, 03 May 2013 16:55

Visit the SASM2013 Conference Website

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The 18th Biennial Conference of the South African Society of Microbiology (SASM) will be held at Forever Resorts Warmbaths, Bela-Bela between 24 and 27 November 2013. “From Africa to the World: Trending Microbiology” is the motto of SASM 2013. Find out all about the SASM2013 conference on SASM's website.

Functional Metagenomics 2013

The International Society for Functional Metagenomics is pleased to announce that a dedicated website is now open for registration and submission of abstracts for the international conference:

Pretoria, South Africa

Details and registration forms can be found on

Thursday, 28 February 2013 18:13

Microbiology Conferences/Workshops 2013

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March 10 - 13, 2013   Annual Conference of the Assiociation for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM)
Bremen, Germany   Further information
Annual Conference of the Assiociation for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM) in collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Society for Microbiology (KNVM)

March 13 - 16, 2013   Systems Biology: Networks
Cold Spring Harbor, NY, USA   Further information
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Meeting. Forum for discussion of major themes in systems biology.

March 13 - 18, 2013   Host Response in Tuberculosis
Whistler, Canada   Further information
Keystone Symposium.

March 13 - 18, 2013   Tuberculosis: Understanding the Enemy
Whistler, Canada   Further information
Keystone Symposium.

March 25 - 28, 2013   SGM Spring Conference 2013
Manchester, UK   Further information
Society for General Microbiology spring 2013 conference in Manchester.
March 25 - 27, 2013   20th International Symposium on Alcohol Fuels (ISAF)
Stellenbosch, South Africa   Further information
Conference theme: Alcohol fuels enabling sustainable future development.

April 03 - 13, 2013   Advanced optical microscopy
Plymouth, UK   Further information
EMBO Practical Course

April 14 - 20, 2013   Metagenomics: From the Bench to Data Analysis
Heidelberg, Germany   Further information
EMBO Practical Course. The research area of Metagenomics is positioned at the intersection of many disciplines. Thus, the aim of this course is to provide an overview of the main aspects involved in metagenomics - from the bench to data analysis. By a balanced approach of lectures and practical session, not only a general background will be provided but also the tools employed in metagenomics as well as its relationship with other disciplines will be elucidated.

April 14 - 16, 2013   2013 49th Annual Scientific Meeting of the BSMM
Newcastle, UK   Further information
British Society for Medical Mycology Annual Meeting 2013.

April 23 - 23, 2013   SFAM Spring Meeting
Stratford upon Avon, UK   Further information
Society for Applied Microbiology 7th broadening microbiology horizons in biomedical science meeting focusing on clinical microbiology topics.

April 27 - 30, 2013   23rd European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Berlin, Germany   Further information
ECCMID 2013.

April 29 - May 2, 2013   35th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals
Portland, OR, USA   Further information
Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology.

May 01 - 04, 2013   New Model Systems for Linking Evolution and Ecology
Heidelberg, Germany   Further information
EMBO-EMBL Symposium. This meeting will present the latest advances with satellite systems, that is, species that are closely related to conventional genetic model organisms, and with entirely new models for evolutionary and ecological genetics and genomics. Special emphasis will be placed on the interaction between organisms as a basis for understanding ecological adaptation. If you want to bring a new species into the genomic era, this meeting is for you.

May 05 - 10, 2013   Viruses and Cells
Lucca, Italy   Further information
Gordon Research Conference. The 2013 Viruses and Cells Gordon Research Conference will address key questions in virology: viral infectious cycles, virus-cell interactions, the host immune response and viral immune evasion, pathogenesis, and the development of antiviral therapeutics and vaccines.

May 07 - 10, 2013   Perspectives for development of molecular and cellular biology
Bogota, Colombia   Further information
Topics include microbiology and food technology, microbiology, nanotechnology and environment, bioprocesses and industrial microbiology.

May 09 - 10, 2013   Genomics Research 2013
Boston, MA, USA   Further information
This conference will give an insight into the dynamic structure and modifications of DNA; the latest advancements in qPCR, applications of Next-Gen sequencing, the intricacies of epigenetics and the complex roles of miRNA and non-coding RNA will also be explored. As well as an array of international speakers and poster presentations, our exhibitors will display a repertoire of cutting edge research tools and delegates will have the opportunity to establish and renew global collaborations.

May 12 - 18, 2013   Molecular Basis of Bacterial Infection: Contemporary Research Approaches
Hinxton, Cambridge, UK   Further information
Wellcome Advanced Course. This course will introduce participants to concepts and techniques used in studies on the molecular basis of bacterial infection, and their interaction with the host, with an emphasis on contemporary high-throughput approaches.

May 13 - 15, 2013   Biology and Pathology of the Malaria Parasite
Heidelberg, Germany   Further information
9th Annual BioMalPar-EVIMalaR Conference, sponsored by the European Virtual Institute of Malaria Research (EVIMalaR). The scientific aims of the network remain to address, in an integrated, collaborative manner, fundamental questions of the biology of the malaria parasite, its vector, and the disease, allowing optimal exploitation of the resulting knowledge to impact on public health.

May 15 - 17, 2013   Applied Bioinformatics and Public Health Microbiology 2013
Cambridge, UK   Further information
Wellcome Trust Scientific Conference. A multidisciplinary forum showcasing recent advances in sequencing and bioinformatics relevant to microbiology and virology, illustrating how these advances are being translated to meet the needs of public health.

May 16 - 19, 2013   ASMCUE: Blending Science and Education
Englewood, CO, USA   Further information
ASM Meeting. Environmental Microbiology, Phages and Tuberculosis, Metagenomic Approaches for Microbiome Association and Disease Etiology Discovery

May 18 - 21, 2013   ASM 113th General Meeting
Denver, CO, USA   Further information
ASM2013. 113th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology
May 20 - 25, 2013   Retroviruses
Cold Spring Harbor, NY, USA   Further information
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Meeting. Topics: Entry, Post-Entry, Integration, Reverse Transcription, Recombination, Viral RNA Synthesis and Trafficking, Assembly, Release, Viral Protein Structure, Pathogenesis, Animal Models, Host Factors, Antivirals

May 21 - 23, 2013   International Scientific Conference on Bacteriocins and Antimicrobial Peptides
Kosice, Slovakia   Further information
At BAMP2013 leading scientists from industry and academia will present and will discuss current advances in the research of bacteriocins and antimicrobial peptides. Key themes will be isolation, characterization, mechanism-of-action, food, clinical and veterinary applications of novel or already characterized bacteriocins produced by lactic or non-lactic acid bacteria.

May 25 - June 1, 2013   Molecular Approaches to Clinical Microbiology in Africa
Blantyre, Malawi   Further information
Wellcome Advanced Course. Genome-based techniques are revolutionising the routine practice of the identification and characterisation of pathogens, opening many new opportunities and challenges in all areas of clinical microbiology from routine diagnosis to basic research.
June 01 - 02, 2013   Computational Aspects Biomolecular NMR
West Dover, VT, USA   Further information
Gordon-Merck Research Seminar. Computional Aspects of Metabolomic NMR. The focus of this meeting is to discuss new contributions in computational Nuclear Magnetic Resonance to the growing field of metabolomics and applications of computationally intensive metabolomic NMR in systems biology, microbiology, toxicology, genomics, and medicine.

June 2 - 5, 2013   Functional Genomics
Zebra Lodge, Limpopo, South Africa   Further information
The International Society for Functional Metagenomics

June 02 - 07, 2013   Computational Aspects Biomolecular NMR
West Dover, VT, USA   Further information
Gordon Research Conference. Emerging methods at the intersection of experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and computational analysis and prediction. NMR is one of the more versatile methods for the investigation of biomolecular systems, whether these are proteins, nucleic acids, glycans, membranes, or functioning cellular systems.

June 09 - 13, 2013   12th Symposium on Bacterial Genetics and Ecology (BAGECO12)
Ljubljana, Slovenia   Further information
Recent years have brought us striking discoveries in the field of bacterial genetics and ecology that sprung from rapid advances in sequencing technologies and omics approaches, bioinformatics, microscopy and various analytical techniques.

June 10 - 14, 2013   Summer School in Bioinformatics
Cambridge, UK   Further information
Joint Wellcome Trust-EMBL-EBI Course. Organisers: Vicky Schneider-Gricar, Teresa Attwood, Francis Ouellette

June 10 - 12, 2013   Antimicrobial Drug Discovery Conference
Madrid, Spain   Further information
Main conference sessions include, new antimicrobials from nature, alternative strategies to treat or prevent microbial infections, structure-based drug design of novel antibacterials and novel targets and resistance mechanisms.

June 11 - 13, 2013   International Scientific Conference on Probiotics and Prebiotics IPC2013
Kosice, Slovakia   Further information
At IPC2013 leading scientists present and discuss current advances in the research of probiotics and prebiotics. New scientific evidences that support or question the efficacy of already existing or prospective substances and applications will be conferred. In addition novel strains, controversial but scientifically solid ideas, approaches and visions presented as well.

June 12 - 12, 2013   Probiotics, Prebiotics, and the Host Microbiome: The Science of Translation
New York, NY, USA   Further information
Explore research and policy strategies to translate scientific knowledge on the convergence of the microbiome, prebiotics, probiotics, and host physiology into nutritional and therapeutic applications for inflammation, obesity, diabetes, gastrointestinal disease, and malnutrition.

June 16 - 26, 2013   Electron Microscopy and Stereology in Cell Biology
Heidelberg, Germany   Further information
EMBO Practical Course. The aim of this course is to teach cutting-edge EM techniques for Cell Biologists on a high theoretical and practical level.

June 17 - 20, 2013   63rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists
Ottawa, Canada   Further information
Canadian Society of Microbiologists. The CSM 2013 Ottawa Conference. Themes:Genomics, Systems Biology and Evolution of Microorganisms, Host-Pathogen Interaction, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Molecular Genetics

June 17 - 19, 2013   CRISPR: evolution, mechanisms and infection
St Andrews, UK   Further information
Biochemical Society conference.

June 19 - 28, 2013   Functional Genomics and Systems Biology
Hinxton, Cambridge, UK   Further information
Wellcome Advanced Course. This intensive laboratory and computer-based training course introduces participants to a wide range of post-genome techniques including practical experience in performing RNAi experiments, expression profiling using the latest platforms, yeast 2-hybrid analyses and hands on experience with sample preparation procedures for Illumina high throughput sequencing.

June 23 - 27, 2013   Systems Biology of Infection Symposium
Ticino, Switzerland   Further information
This international conference will focus on concepts and methodologies in Systems Biology of Infection, offering the unique opportunity for researchers at all levels to discuss the latest topics in this rapidly emerging field.

June 24 - 29, 2013   Fission yeast: Pombe 2013
London, UK   Further information
EMBO Conference Series

June 25 - 27, 2013   Whole Transcriptome Data Analysis
Heidelberg, Germany   Further information
EMBL Advanced Course. This is an introductory course with biologists as intended audience in mind. However basic knowledge of microarray technology and massively parallel sequencing (MPS) are desirable.

June 25 - 27, 2013   Integrating omic approaches to host-pathogen interactions
Liverpool, UK   Further information
EMBO Workshop

June 25 - 29, 2013   In Silico Systems Biology
Cambridge, UK   Further information
Joint EMBL-EBI-Wellcome Trust Course. Systems biology is now an established and fundamental field in life sciences. It has facilitated the move from the identification of molecular parts lists for living organisms towards integrating information from different omics-based approaches with our knowledge on the underlying biochemical mechanisms, to generate and test new hypotheses about how biological systems work. This joint EMBL-EBI-Wellcome Trust course will combine lectures on modelling approaches, led discussions to identify the key challenges, opportunities and bottlenecks, and practical sessions on network analysis and network-based modelling.

June 26 - 27, 2013   Swiss Society for Microbiology Annual Congress
Interlaken, Switzerland   Further information
Annual Congress 2013 of the SSM. Swiss Society for Microbiology.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 21:29

Functional Metagenomics Conference

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The International Society for Functional Metagenomics is pleased to announce the second conference on


to be held near Pretoria, South Africa in June 2013.



2nd June 2013 to 5th June 2013


  • Scheduled arrivals, Sunday 2nd June, am.
  • Welcome and Plenary Lecture, evening of Sunday 2nd June
  • Lecture Program; Monday 3rd - Wednesday 5th am.
  • Departures: Wednesday 5th pm.

Travel: Most of the world’s major airlines have regular scheduled flights to Johannesburg’s modern O.R. Thambo International Airport.

: Zebra Lodge, Limpopo is sited about 80km north of Johannesburg’s O.R. Thambo Airport in spectacular African thornveld.
The meeting will offer an all-inclusive package (airport transfers, registration fees, 3 night’s accommodation, all meals, gala dinner, internet, some beverages and a ‘Big 5’ game drive)


Scientific Content:
This meeting aims to bring together the leading researchers in the field of ‘functional genomics’.  The program will include the latest technical and theoretical developments in the fields of metatransciptomics and metagenomic gene discovery, with clinical, industrial, and environmental applications.

Other activities:
For conference registrants wishing to arrive early or stay longer, we can provide contact details for the conference venue and travel agents who can assist with other tourist activities.

: The meeting will be hosted by the University of Pretoria and organised by a local organising committee chaired by Professor Don Cowan, Director of the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics.  For further information and expressions of interest, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information on the International Society for Functional Metagenomics, please contact Professor Trevor Charles                  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Registrations will open in February 2013

Tuesday, 04 December 2012 12:21

SASM 2013 - 18th Biennial Congress

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The Biorefinery for Food, Fuel and Materials symposium, for a sustainable development of a Biobased Economy, will be held on 7-10 April 2013 in Wageningen, The Netherlands.

In the symposium on Biorefinery for Food, Fuel and Materials 2013 (BFF2013) the whole biorefinery value chain is considered, from where biomass cultivation is linked with biomass processing steps to the individual applications and recycling of resources to reduce the overall footprint. The symposium also unites stakeholders from agro, food, chemical, fuel and energy sectors with a common interest within the biorefinery chains.

Biobased chemicals, materials, biofuels and energy

Production of non-food components, such as chemicals, materials, biofuels and energy, from biomass is often considered to compete with food production with respect to land, water and scarce resources. Biorefinery is the key technology in the separation of the components of biomass for their own application. From this basis biorefinery offers the potential to use the biomass for both food and non-food production.


Biorefineries advanced the use of biomass, but due to the oversupply of raw materials in our food chains in the past, there was no strong driver to improve the efficiency in using biomass. The increased request in food and non-food applications calls for a change in attitude in the interaction between food and non-food chains.

We invite you - researchers, industries and users - to forward the discussion on the development of biorefineries during the symposium on Biorefinery for Food, Fuel and Materials 2013 (BFF2013). The special challenge for the discussion is how food and non-food applications can further benefit from each other. Two times more products from biomass with two times less impact for the environment is the driver for this discussion.

Registration costs and provision

Full feeStudent fee
Before 1 March 2013: 575 euro 375 euro
After 1 March 2013: 675 euro 475 euro
Excursions: 50 euro

The registration fees include

  • access to the conference
  • delegates pack containing the abstracts book
  • lunches and refreshments during the conference
  • social program and the conference dinner
  • use of board rooms for satellite meetings (only after consulting the secretariat)

Grant support is offered to a limited amount of PhD students for part of the conference fee. To apply for this, a letter of motivation can be send to the Secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). PhD students that successfully apply for the grant pay a reduced symposium fee of 250 euros.

Accompanying persons are welcome. Please contact the Secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to discuss possibilities.


Payment is only possible by Ideal or Credit Card on the registration site.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations should be sent to the Secretariat only in a written form by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Until 1 March 2013: No cancellations fees will be applied
From 1 March - 1 April 2013: cancellation fees are 50%
After 1 April: No refund


Biorefinery for Food, Fuel and Materials 2013 (BFF2013) is organised by Wageningen UR in cooperation with INRA, France.

Organizing committee:
Johan Sanders (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Ton van Boxtel (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Marieke Bruins (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Ben Langelaan (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Michael O'Donohue (INRA, France)
Hedy Wessels (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)

Local scientific committee:
Rene Wijffels (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Johan Sanders (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Ton van Boxtel (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Marieke Bruins (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Michael O'Donohue (INRA, France)
Atze-Jan van der Goot (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Anita Linnemann (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Rene van Ree (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
David Strik (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)

International scientific committee:
Hans Reith (ECN, The Netherlands)
Michel Eppink (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Ludo Diels (VITO, Belgium)
Axel Kraft (Frauenhofer, Germany)
Connie Philips (Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Canada)
Michael O'Donohue (INRA, France)
Bruce Dale (Michigan State University, United States)
Maria Barbosa (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Wim Soetaert (Ghent University, Belgium)
Huug De Vries (IATE/INRA, France)
Lilia Ahrné (SIK, Sweden)
Jean Francois Jenck (AlgoSource Technologies, France)

Venue and Hotel

Hof van Wageningen
Lawickse Allee 9
6701 AN Wageningen


Hotel: Hof van Wageningen has 140 rooms in option for 'BFF2013' at the location of the symposium. When you are booking a room in this hotel, please mention 'BFF2013' with your booking. Reservations can only be made by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The price per night for a single room is €75,- a double room is €92,50; including breakfast, tax not included.

Sunday, 11 November 2012 11:26

Upcoming Yeast Conferences

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Meetings that may be of interest to the yeast community are listed below:

20th Annual Southeastern Regional Yeast Meeting (SERYM)
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham AL
March 8 - 10, 2013

British Yeast Group Meeting
British Yeast Group Meeting - BYG2013
Nottingham, UK
March 20 - 22, 2013

30th International Specialised Symposium on Yeast (ISSY)
Stara Lesna, Slovakia
June 18 - 22, 2013

Yeast 2013
YEAST 2013: 26th International Conference on Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology
Frankfurt University, Frankfurt, Germany
August 29 - September 3, 2013

Yeast Genetics & Molecular Biology Meeting
University of Washington, Seattle WA
July 29 - August 3, 2014

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