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

Congress details



Scientific programme

Preliminary Programme*

Sunday, 17 March 2019
15:00–15:15 Opening of the Conference & Welcome Adresses
15.15–16:00 Opening Lecture
Urs Jenal (Basel/CH)
16:00-16:45 VAAM Honorary Award
16:45-17:15 Coffee Break
17:15-17:30 Microbe of the Year
17:30-19:00 Plenary Session 1: Synthetic Microbiology and Secondary Metabolism
Bacterial Two-Component Systems as Sensors for Synthetic Biology Applications

Jeff Tabor (Houston, TX/US)
Engineering of non-ribosomal peptide synthetases: Better than nature?
Helge B. Bode (Frankfurt a. M./DE)
Metabolic coordination through metabolite-protein interactions
Uwe Sauer (Zürich/CH)
from 19:00 Welcome Reception
Monday, 18 March 2019
08:30–10:30 Short Lectures
10:30–11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:00 VAAM PhD Awards
12:00-12:45 Hans-Günter-Schlegel Lecture
Regine Kahmann (Marburg/DE)
12:45–13:45 Lunch Break
13:45–14:45 Plenary Session 2: Chemical Communication
Microbial symbioses as sources of evolutionary innovation in insects
Martin Kaltenpoth (Mainz/DE)
"Small Talk" - Chemical communication of entomopathogenic bacteria
Ralf Heermann (Martinsried/DE)
14:45-17:00 Poster Session 1
15:00-18:00 DFG Antragsberatung
17:00-19:00 Mini Symposia of the VAAM Special Groups
Tuesday, 19 March 2019
08:30–10:30 Short Lectures
10:30–11:00 Coffee Break
11:00–12:30 Plenary Session 3: Anaerobic Metabolism
Cable Bacteria connecting anaerobic and aerobic Worlds
Lars Peter Nielsen (Aarhus/DK)
Acetogens: New paradigms and perspectives for old bugs
Volker Müller (Frankfurt a. M./DE)
Gut Microbiota Metabolism during Health and Disease
Sebastian Winter (Dallas, TX/US)
12:30–14:15 Lunch Break
14:15–15:45 Plenary Session 4: Large Protein Complexes
Sonja-Verena Albers (Freiburg/DE)
Timothy Knowles (Birmingham/GB)
Are you stressed? Visualizing the molecular complexity of (p)ppGpp signaling pathways
Gert Bange (Marburg/DE)
15:45–18:00 Poster Session 2
16:00–17:30 Leibniz Research Cluster (LRC)
16:00-18:00 DFG Antragsberatung
18:00–19:00 VAAM Assembly
From ca. 20:00   Mixer party
Wednesday, 20 March 2019
09:00-11:00 Short Lectures
11:00–11:30 Coffee Break
11:30–11:45 VAAM Poster Awards

Plenary Session 5: Sensing and Signaling in Microorganisms
c-di-AMP signaling in Staphylococcus aureus: Why Staph needs it & what regulates it
Angelika Gründling (London/GB)
Shaping up and Responding: Color Vision and Light-Dependent Developmental Plasticity in Cyanobacteria
Beronda Montgomery (East Lansing, MI/US)
Light and stress sensing in fungi
Reinhard Fischer (Karlsruhe/DE)

13:15–13:30 Closing Remarks

*Please note that the programme is preliminary and may be subject to changes.