Dear colleagues and friends,
Dear members of the Microbial Community,
We are pleased to welcome you to Mainz, the state capital of Rhineland Palatine. Colleagues from the two major universities in the state, Mainz and Kaiserslautern, are organising this 2019 annual conference. This is among the many efforts to intensify the interaction of microbiologists at both locations as we share a strong interest in microbial signaling.
Over three decades ago, the German branch of the ASM held one of its first conferences in Mainz with 311 scientists attending. We hope that the number of attendees this year will exceed that number at least fourfold.
Mainz is located within the heart of Europe and has a long-standing connection to viticulture. It is one out of worldwide ten Great Wine Capitals, which share a key economic and cultural asset: their internationally renowned wine regions. People in Rhineland Palatine are open-minded and outgoing. They also like to enjoy food and drinks, especially the “three W”: Weck” (bread rolls), “Worscht” (sausage) and “Woi” (wine). We hope you will be able to taste it as well during the conference.
With our very best wishes
Nicole Frankenberg-Dinkel, Eckhard Thines and Gottfried Unden