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Ecology meets Technology

9th - 11th May 2022


Dear colleagues, dear ‘Biofilmers’

It is our great pleasure to invite you all to the beautiful city of Leipzig, Germany, for the upcoming Biofilms10 conference, which will take place from 9th – 11th May 2022. This is the 10th meeting of the series, which was initiated by Prof. Hans-Curt Flemming in Vienna in 2004. The conference is renowned for its broad, non-clinical scope, and has brought together biofilm researchers from all over the world ever since.

A key focus of Biofilms 10 will be on the role biofilms play in the environment and biofilm applications but also on tool development for biofilm investigation as well as biofilm modelling. We are also planning a special session on emerging fields in biofilm research.

After nearly 2 years of pandemic restrictions we are looking forward to welcome you all in person here in Leipzig!

Prof. Katja Bühler & Prof. Markus Weitere

Photo CLSM images of Tolypothrix sp. and Pseudomonas sp. dual-species biofilm
Photo: Mahir Bozan, UFZ

Main Topics

  • Biofilm Ecology
  • Biofilm Applications
  • Biofilm Modelling
  • Biofilm Analysis - Tool Development
  • Emerging Fields in Biofilm Research



Important Dates

  • 15th October 2021: Open abstract submission
  • 15th February 2022: Closing abstract submission (we extend the deadline by 4 weeks)
  • 1st March 2022: Confirmation of abstract acceptance
  • 15th February 2022: Registration opening


Speakers

Beyenal Source: Homepage Washington State University
Prof. Beyenal is working in the field of electrochemically active biofilms, applying them as catalysts to convert chemical energy to electrical energy or to convert carbon dioxide to biofuels or commodity chemicals. He specially focusses on interspecies electron transfer.

Title Biofilms 10 presentation:
Electrochemically active biofilms

Gescher Source: Homepage TU Hamburg-Harburg Prof. Gescher is investigating the electron transfer in electroactive biofilms on anode and cathode surfaces. Moreover, he is using cathodes for the direct supply of hydrogentrophic biofilms with hydrogen. The aim is to understand the metabolic limitations within applied biofilms and to use this knowledge to develop strategies for reaching the highest space-time-yields possible.

Title Biofilms 10 presentation:
Productive biofilms on electrode surfaces

Jan-Ulrich Kreft Source: Homepage Jan-Ulrich Kreft Prof. Kreft’s research interests revolve around the interactions between microbes as well as microbes and macrobes. He is prone to compare biofilms with well-mixed systems and individual-based models with other mathematical models such as ordinary or partial differential equation models. He is most happy if models explain observations in natural environments for the right reasons.

Title Biofilms 10 presentation:
Mathematical modelling of biofilms: what have we learnt?


Ingmar Riedel-Kruse Source: Homepage Ingmar Riedel-Kruse Prof. Riedel-Kruse uses synthetic biology, optogenetics, and biophysics to engineer multi-cellular bacterial systems while quantitatively controlling and modeling their morphology, patterning, and dynamics. Applications include living materials, green chemistry and energy production, and build-to-understand platforms for infectious diseases and evolution.

Title Biofilms 10 presentation:
Engineering bacterial multicellularity with synthetic adhesins for green applications

Mark van Loosdrecht Source: Homepage TU Delft
Prof. van Loosdrecht is active in the area of Microbial Ecology and it’s application in the design of new processes for wastewater treatment and waste-to-product processes. His research has a focus on biofilm processes, conversion of nitrogen compounds and phosphate and microbial polymer production. The research has led to several processes that are applied worldwide.

Title Biofilms 10 presentation:
Engineering biofilm morphology and development of the Nereda technology for wastewater treatment

Anna Maria Romani Cornet My main research focuses on understanding the microbial communities - especially those developing in biofilms as hot spots for organic matter cycling-, microbial interactions and functioning, and their relationship to environmental factors (i.e., water availability, temperature, nutrients, organic matter quality, pollution) acting as enhancers/limiting/filters/thresholds to their function.

Title Biofilms 10 presentation:
Biofilm ecology: structure, dynamics, actors and factors in a stress world

Ahmed Tlili Source: Homepage Ahmed Tlili Dr. Tlili is active in the field of microbial community ecotoxicology. He specifically uses freshwater biofilms to examine the mechanisms underlying toxicity of pollutants at the community level and to explore adaptive and toxicological response pathways to stressors as well as the potential consequences for populations, communities and ecosystems.

Title Biofilms 10 presentation:
How important are aquatic biofilms to assess ecotoxicological effects?

Michael Wagner Source: KIT Dr. Wagner is an expert for the application and improvement of imaging methods for biofilm systems at the micro-, meso- and macroscale; mainly fluorescence microscopy and optical coherence tomography are applied. Furthermore, digital image evaluation for biofilm structure description and the correlation of structural data with the cultivation conditions as well as biofilm system performance is in focus of his research.

Title Biofilms 10 presentation:
Biofilm imaging and its changes within the last decades