Symposium: Microbial communities associated with plants

Julia Vorholt, ETH Zürich, Department of Biology, Institute of Microbiology, Switzerland (Chair)

Philippe Vandenkoornhuyse, University Rennes, France

Sarah Lebeis, University of Tennessee, USA

Davide Bulgarelli, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK

NEW! Symposium: Cell membrane transport

Peter Pohl, Johannes Kepler University, Austria (Chair)

Martin Spiess, University of Basel, Switzerland

Hans-Georg Koch, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany

Eric Beitz, University of Kiel, Germany

Symposium: Marine microbial communities

Martin Polz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States (Chair)

Sinead Collins, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Joseph Christie-Oleza, University of Warwick, England, UK

Jan-Hendrick Hehemann, University of Bremen, Germany

Symposium: Host-microbiome interactions  (human-gut, sponge symbionts, plant microbiome)

Julian Marchesi, University of Cardiff/Imperial College London, United Kingdom (Chair)

Paul O'Toole, University College Cork, Ireland

Birgit Mitter, Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria

Detmer Sipkema, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

Symposium: Climate change: impact on polar and alpine microbiology

Carsten Suhr Jacobsen, Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, Denmark (Chair)

Alexandre Anesio, University of Bristol, England, UK

Tim Ulrich, University of Greifswald, Institute for Microbiology, Germany

Janet Jansson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, United States

Symposium: Bacteriophages

Grzegorz Wegrzyn, University of Gdansk, Poland (Chair)

Mikael Skurnik, University of Helsinki, Finland

Andrzej Gorski, Institue of Immunology and Experimental Therapy, Poland 

Maite Muniesa, University of Barcelona, Spain

Symposium: Epigenetics

Josep Casadesús, University of Sevilla, Spain (Chair)

Pascale Cossart, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

Martin Ackermann, ETH, Zürich, Switzerland

Sophie Helaine, Imperial College, London, UK

Symposium: Genomics and physiology of pathogenic yeasts

Carol Munro, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK (Chair)

Elizabeth Ballou, University of Birmingham, England, UK

Christophe d'Enfert, Institut Pasteur, France

Slavena Vylkova, Hans-Knöll-Institut, Germany

Symposium: AMR - Spread/Prevention

Dan Andersson, Uppsala University, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala, Sweden (Chair)

Craig MacLean, Oxford University, Department of Zoology, England, UK

Pamela Yeh, UCLA, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, United States

Ruth Massey, University of Bristol, England, UK

Symposium: Biofilms

Ute Römling, Karolinska Instititue, Sweden

Leo Eberl, University of Zürich, Switzerland

Joan Geoghegan, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Knut Drescher, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Germany

NEW! Symposium: Pathogenesis of tuberculosis 

Patrick Brennan, Colorado State University, United States (Chair)

Brian Robertson, Imperial College London, England, UK

Roland Brosch, Institut Pasteur, France

Lalita Ramakrishnan, Cambridge University, England, UK

Symposium: Host-pathogen interactions: Chronic and persistent infections

Diane Griffin, W. Harry Feinstone Dept Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, United States

Andrew M. Edwards, MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection, Imperial College London, England, UK

Anne O'Garra, The Francis Crick Institute, England, UK

Christian Perez, Interdisciplinary Center for Clinical Investigation University Hospital Wuerzburg, Germany

Symposium: Evolution and genome plasticity

Jose Penadés, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK (Chair)

Eduardo Rocha, Institute Pasteur, France

Jay Hinton, University of Liverpool, England, UK

Daniel J. Wilson, University of Oxford, England, UK

NEW! Symposium: Microscopy revolution (Cryo-EM as well as fluorescent live imaging)

Tâm Mignot, CNRS-Aix Marseille University, France (Chair)

Marcelo Nollmann, CBS-CNRS Montpellier, France

Ariane Briegel, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Rémi Fronzes, IECB, France

Symposium: What's in a name? Current approaches and future challenges in systematics" (ICSP-FEMS session)

Iain Sutcliffe, Northumbria University, England, UK (Chair)

Jongsik Chun, Department of Biological Sciences, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea

Marike Palmer, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Anne Willems, Ghent University, Belgium

Symposium: Linking Microbial Systematics and Ecology (Co-sponsored by Bergey's Manual Trust)

Brian Hedlund, University of Nevada, United States (Chair)

Svetlana Dedysh, Winogradsky Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia (Sponsored by Bergey's Manual Trust)

Holger Daims, Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science, University of Vienna, Austria

Andreas Brune, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Germany

Susumu Sakata, Institute for Geo-Resources and Environment, Geological Survey of Japan, Japan

Symposium: Archaea news about an old phylome

Sonja-Verena Albers, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Germany (Chair) 

Thorsten Allers, University of Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

Dina Grohmann, University of Regensburg, Germany

Mecky Pohlschröder, University of Pennsylvania, United States

Symposium: Spores in food

Mike Peck, Gut Health and Food Safety, Quadram Institute, England, UK (Chair)

Marjon Wells-Bennik, NIZO, The Netherlands

Frédéric Carlin, INRA, France

Stanley Brul, University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Symposium: Exotic new viruses, evolution

Jean-Michel Claverie, The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France (Chair)

George Shinn, Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, United States

Matthias Fischer, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg, Germany

Ricardo Flores Pedauyé, IBMCP – Valencia, Spain

Symposium: Exploiting bacteria for biomedical applications

Clare Taylor, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, UK (Chair)

Liz Sockett, University of Nottingham, England, UK

Sara Jabbari, University of Birmingham, England, UK 

Luis Angel Fernandez, Centro Nacional de Biotecnología, Spain