Annual Conference 2019
of the Association for General and Applied Microbiology

Jahrestagung 2019 der Vereinigung für Allgemeine und Angewandte Mikrobiologie
17 – 20 March 2019 • Mainz, Germany

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Welcome to Mainz

Many roads lead to Mainz. By train you reach the city at the refurbished Main Station. It is not only an architectural jewel, but at the time of its construction it was also Europe’s largest. Thanks to its central situation in the Rhine-Main Region, its proximity to Frankfurt Airport and its good motorway links, the State Capital of Rhineland-Palatinate is an interesting location for commerce and industry, and as a congress venue. Mainz on the Rhine is both a reality and a promise. The river is a waterway bustling with shipping and the vital nerve of the metropolis of Rhinehessen. The congress and event venues, Rhinegold Hall and Electoral Palace, are located on its bank alongside the baroque State

Government buildings and the city hall, a listed building designed in the 1970s by the worldrenowned architect Arne Jacobsen. Visitors sense the relaxed character of the city during a stroll along the embankment promenade. And that at any time of the year, but best of all from spring to autumn, when the people of Mainz and their guests saunter along here, filling the benches and the green open spaces, or sunbathing on the Rhine beaches. Many of the amenities for playing and the passengers from the Rhine ships disembark here to enjoy one of the wine terraces or beer gardens. They admire one of the loveliest city panoramas on Europe’s longest river. And get an inkling of savoir vivre made in Mainz – which also includes Mainz pleasure of celebrating: during the traditional carnival season in February with Carnival meetings and masquerades, the great St. John’s Night Festival in July in honour of the famous Mainz inventor Johannes Gutenberg with live music and an artist’s market or the Wine Fair in the middle of the City Park and Rose Garden. 

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About Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
With around 31,500 students from over 120 nations, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is one of the largest and most diverse universities in Germany. JGU unites almost all academic disciplines under one roof with its University Medical Center, its Academy of Arts and School of Music and the Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics and Cultural Studies in Germersheim. In over 150 institutes and clinics, 4,400 academics, 560 of whom are professors, teach and carry out research. With 75 fields of study and more than 260 degree courses, JGU offers an extraordinarily broad range of courses.

As the only German university of its size, nearly all of the institutions of JGU are located on one single campus near the city center, which is also home to four partner institutes involved in top-level non-university research: the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPI-C), the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P), the Helmholtz Institute Mainz (HIM) and the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB). The campus of the University Medical Center is only about a kilometer away and both Mainz Leibniz Association institutions – the Institute of European History (IEG) and the Roman-Germanic Central Museum (RGZM) – are located slightly further away in the inner city. In addition to this, many local businesses also carry out research, making Mainz a uniquely dynamic research hub.

World-Wide Recognition as a Research-Driven University
JGU enjoys global eminence as a research-driven university. Its main core research areas are particle and hadron physics, the materials sciences and translational medicine, while its most outstanding research achievements in the humanities have been attained in fields of American studies and historical cultural studies. Successes in the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments have confirmed JGU's academic status. In 2012, the research network Precision Physics, Fundamental Interactions and Structure of Matter (PRISMA) was recognized as a cluster of excellence and the financing of the Materials Science in Mainz (MAINZ) Graduate School of Excellence was extended. Moreover, excellent placings in national and international rankings as well as numerous other honors and awards demonstrate just how successful Mainz-based researchers and academics are.

Another attribute of JGU is its research-oriented teaching – which incorporates research-based topics in the curricula early on. Similar emphasis is placed on promoting and mentoring young research talents. JGU also considers the exchange of knowledge with society as one of its key duties. As an open university, JGU offers the populace a unique portfolio of information dissemination concepts that extend far beyond the scope of standard popular academic formats. Through its system of university governance, JGU makes sure that its members participate in the strategic planning and that outstanding academics get involved.

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz was originally founded in 1477 and today still strives to emulate the innovational spirit of its namesake. The promotion and introduction of new ideas, the use of knowledge to improve people’s lives and encourage them to overcome the many boundaries they encounter daily – these are the underlying ambitions of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

The Gutenberg Spirit: Moving Minds – Crossing Boundaries

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