Emerging Applications of Microbes (2nd edition)

We are pleased to announce the second edition of the VIB Conference ‘Emerging Applications of Microbes’. This international conference will take place December 7th-8th 2022 in the beautiful historic city of Leuven.

The field of microbiology is moving exceptionally fast, in part because it can take full advantage of the new developments in microscopy, computational biology, synthetic biology, biomaterials, and single-cell technologies.

The new breakthroughs and technologies in microbiology not only allow a better basic understanding of microbes and life in general, they also open new routes in applied and industrial microbiology. This conference is specifically aimed at the links between the newest knowledge and applications.

We aim to provide you with a platform to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow researchers with session topics such as:

  • Applications in agriculture/in mitigation of climate change
  • New tech for microbial synthetic biology/ or applications
  • Applications in Human Health
  • Microorganism as a source of novel biomaterials
  • Applications in circular economy

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Poster information:

Format: A0 (841 x 1189 mm / 33.1 x 46.8 in), portrait orientation.


  • Travel Grant deadline: 14 September 2022
  • Early Bird: 28 October 2022
  • Late Registration: 23 November 2022
  • Abstract deadline: 5 October 2022

Find out more here: Emerging Applications of Microbes (2nd edition).


  • Irina Borodina, DTU BIOSUSTAIN, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, DK

  • Arpita Bose, Washington University in St. Louis, US

  • Patrick Boyle, Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc., US

  • Andy Goodman, Microbial Pathogenesis, Yale School of Medicine, US

  • Sofie Goormachtig, VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, BE

  • Huifeng Jiang, Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, CN

  • Shafeer Kalathil, Northumbria University, UK

  • Joel Kreps, The Every Company, US

  • Rob Lavigne, Laboratory of Gene Technology, KU Leuven, BE

  • Alrik Los, Head of Strain Development, Biotalys, BE

  • Filip Meysman, Uantwerpen, BE

  • Kiran Patil, MRC Toxicology Unit, University of Cambridge, UK

  • Jos Raaijmakers, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) & Leiden University, NL

  • Birgitte Regenberg, University of Copenhagen, DK

  • Verena Siewers, Chalmers University Of Technology, SE

  • Christina Smolke, Stanford University / Bioengineering / Antheia, US

  • Claudia Vickers, Eden Brew / Queensland University of Technology, AU

  • Sibylle Vonesch, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology, BE

Emerging Applications of Microbes (2nd edition)



KU Leuven, Promotion and Jubileumzaal, Naamsestraat 22
3000 Leuven, Belgium
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