The programme will include keynote lectures and sessions with invited lectures and oral presentations selected from the submitted abstracts. The programme will also include a poster session.

Main Symposium Topics

  • Microbes – indispensable players on the winemaking team;
  • Microbes within their environment: (i) Coping with the changing environment; (ii) Role of microbes in sustaining ecosystems health;
  • Recruiting microbes in food and industrial processes;
  • In pursuit for improving human health: Power of vaccines, probiotics and antibiotics;
  • Microbes observed with the omics glasses.


Preliminary programme


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Arrival of participants and accommodation
14:00 – 16:00 Registration
15:30 – 16:00 Opening ceremony

FEMS presentation

16:00 – 17:10 Opening Session
16:00 – 16:35 IL1 M. Radman (France): Making Use of The Microbial Gene Pool in Health, Environment and Industry
16:35 – 17:10 IL2 B. Nidetzky (Austria): Biotransformations of Sugars for Industrial Applications
17:10 – 17:30 Coffee break
17:30 – 19:20 Session 1: Microbes – Indispensable Players on The Winemaking Team
17:30 – 18:05 IL3 J. Guzzo (France): New Winemaking Approaches to Optimize Malolactic Fermentation by Oenococcus oeni
18:05 – 18:40 IL4 T. Szemes (United Kingdom): How Can Next Generation Sequencing Help in Winemaking Process
18:40 – 19:00 OP1 J. Topić Božič (Slovenia): Modulation of Pinot Noir Wine Colour by Yeast Selection
19:00 – 19:20 OP2 R. A. Adesida (Slovenia): Exploration of Biocontrol Yeasts as Alternative Biofungicide in Viticulture
20:00 Welcome Reception (sponsored by Podravka)

Thursday, May 16, 2019

09:00 – 10:35 Session 2: Microbes within Their Environment: i) Role of Microbes in Sustaining the Health of Ecosystems
09:00 – 09:35 IL5 F. Martin-Laurent (France): Role of Microbes in Sustaining the Health of Soil Ecosystems
09:35 – 09:55 OP3 B. Vasiljević (Serbia): Beneficial Microorganisms: From Novel Enzymes and Bioactive Molecules to Bioremediation Potential
09:55 – 10:15 OP4 A. Pacholak (Poland): Biological Removal of Azole Anti‑Fungal Agents by Environmental Bacteria
10:15 – 10:35 OP5 Y. Vystavna (Czech Republic): Soil Microbial Responses in Degradation of Pharmaceuticals
10:35 – 11:05 Coffee break
11:05 – 12:45 Session 3: Microbes Observed with the ˝omics˝ Glasses
11:05 – 11:40 IL6 K. Vlahoviček (Croatia): Functional Profiling of Microbial Communities: Translational Optimization as a Biomarker
11:40 – 12:15 IL7 B. Stres (Slovenia): Assembly of Draft Genomes from the Whole-Genome, Shot-Gun Metagenome and Metatranscriptome Sequencing Projects Reveals the Power of Strain Diversity of Microbes
12:15 – 12:35 OP6 H. Nait M’Barek (Morocco): Microbial Psychology Overview: Possible Connection between Associative Learning and Bacterial Non-Coding RNA
12:35 – 12:45 SL1 Eppendorf Austria GmbH, P. Müller (Austria): Basics of Liquid Handling
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch break (optional)
14:00 – 18:00 Session 4: Recruiting Microbes for Food and Industrial Processes
14:00 – 14:35 IL8 R. Kourist (Austria): Photobiocatalytic Whole-Cell Biotransformations
14:35 – 15:10 IL9 M. G. Steiger (Austria): Powerful Transporters for Organic Acid Production with Microorganims
15:10 – 15:30 OP7 I. Drienovská (Austria): Selective Oxidation of Borneol by Recombinant Plant-Derived Dehydrogenases
15:30 – 15:50 OP8 M. Lozančić (Croatia): Scw4 and Scw10 as New Potential Platforms for Yeast Cell Surface Expression Systems
15:50 – 16:00 SL2 m2p-labs GmbH, S. Blum (Germany): Microbial Research – High-Throughput Micro Fermentations
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 16:40 SL3 Sartorius Croatia – Libra Elektronik, M. Bagović (Croatia): Bioreactors – power for advanced process development
16:40 – 17:00 OP9 J. Trček (Slovenia): Acetic Acid Bacteria: EPS Production, Genome Stability and Tolerance to Acetic Acid, Citric Acid and Antibiotics
17:00 – 17:20 OP10 L. Djokić (Serbia): Discovery of Novel Biocatalysts from Streptomycetes
17:20 – 17:40 OP11 L. Espina (United Kingdom): Microbial Cultivation Approaches to Enhance Antibiotic Discovery
17:40 – 18:00 OP12 E. P. Hernandez Ortega (the Netherlands): Thiamine Pyrophosphate Riboswitch as a Molecular Tool in Lactococcus lactis
18:00 – 20:00 Poster Session

Friday, May 17, 2019

09:00 – 10:15 Session 5: Microbes within Their Environment: ii) Coping with the Changing Environment
09:00 – 09:35 IL10 M. Schmitt-Jansen (Germany): Responses of Microbial Communities to a Complex Changing Environment
09:35 – 09:55 OP13 M. Milaković (Croatia): Effects of Wastewater Pollution on the Antibiotic Resistance Gene Pool and Bacterial Communities in the Sediments of the Sava River, Croatia
09:55 – 10:15 OP14 I. Sviličić Petrić (Croatia): Effect of the Extreme Shifts in Water Regime within Intermittent River Krčić on the Survival of Microbial Mat Community
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 – 12:50 Panel: “Competition, Collaboration and Teamwork in Academic-Industry Partnerships: Climbing a Mountain or Smooth-Sailing Journey?”
10:45 – 11:10 PL1 K. Venema (the Netherlands): The Carbohydrate Competence Centre – an International Public Private Partnership to Move Science and Application Forward
11:10 – 11:35 PL2 R. Kourist (Austria): PhotoBioCat – Light Driven Sustainable Biocatalysis Training Network
11:35 – 12:00 PL3 B. Nidetzky (Austria): ACIB – Next Generation Bioproduction
12:00 – 12:25 PL4 B. Šantek (Croatia): BioProCro and Bioprospecting of Adriatic Sea
12:25 – 12:50 PL5 A. Leboš Pavunc (Croatia): Service Learning Project in Microbiology – a New Avenue Being Explored by the Croatian Microbiological Society and Its Partners
10:00 – 15:00 MicroFair
15:30 – 20:00 Excursion (optional)
21:00 Symposium dinner (optional)

Saturday, May 18, 2019

09:00 – 12:55 Session 6: In Pursuit of Improving Human Health: Power of Vaccines, Probiotics and Antibiotics
09:00 – 09:35 IL11 S. Jonjić (Croatia): Pathogenesis of Congenital CMV Infection of Central Nervous System
09:35 – 10:10 IL12 Z. C. Kayacan (Turkey): Vaccine Opposition Costs a Lot to the Individual and to the Society
10:10 – 10:30 OP15 L. Galgóczy (Hungary): First Insights into Potential Molecular Targets of Neosartorya (Aspergillus) fischeri Antifungal Protein (NFAP)
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 11:35 IL13 K. Venema (the Netherlands): The Role of the Gut Microbiota in Health and Disease – How to Study This?
11:35 – 11:55 OP16 M. Starčič Erjavec (Slovenia): Conjugation-Based “Kill” – “Anti-Kill” Antimicrobial System – Proof of Principle
11:55 – 12:15 OP17 J. Hernandez-Valdes (the Netherlands): Selection of Lactococcus lactis Cells as Amino Acid-Production Factories to Enhance Flavor Formation
12:15 – 12:35 OP18 A. Cebeci (Turkey): Modulation of Gut Microbiota Using Different Diets
12:35 Closing words


Organised by Croatian Microbiological Society, Czechoslovak Society for Microbiology, Croatian Society of Biotechnology, Croatian Society of Viticulture and Enology, Hungarian Society for Microbiology, Slovenian Microbiological Society, Serbian Society for Microbiology, Turkish Society of Microbiology.
Under the auspices of Međimurje County.
Supported by Croatian academy of Engineering, European Biotechnology Thematic Network Association (EBTNA), Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb, Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS), Hrvatska elektroprivreda (HEP), The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) and Municipality of Sveti Martin na Muri.