23.06.2014 The Perfect Slime

The IWA Conference "The Perfect Slime" will take place from 10th  to 12th of September 2014 at the University of Duisburg-Essen on Campus Essen.

This conference is addressed to anyone with interest in biofilms, their composition and function.

For any further information please visit the conferences homepage: http://www.eps-perfect-slime-iwa.de/


16.04.2014 Biofilm Centre Annual Report 2013

The Biofilm Centre proudly presents the Biofilm Centre Annual Report 2013!

GDCh Kolloquium Wintersemester 2012/13 Ortsverband Essen-Duisburg Festkolloquium zum 65. Geburtstag von Prof. Hans-Curt Flemming

Moderation und Laudatio:
Prof. Torsten Schmidt
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Prof. Hans W. Ingensiep, Universität Duisburg-Essen:
"Wie ticken Naturwissenschaftler?"
[video] [pdf]

Dr. Radtke

Dr. Schmuck

Prof. Hans-Curt Flemming:
„Nachrichten aus dem Urschleim"
[video] [pdf]

Anschließend: geselliges Beisammensein
06.02.2013, 17 Uhr c.t.
S07 S00 D07

05.10.2012 Molecular biology of Archaea 3 Conference


Title of meeting: MBA3, Molecular Biology of Archaea III

Organisers: Sonja-Verena Albers, Bettina Siebers and Finn Werner

Date: July 2nd-4th, 2012

Venue: Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg


Members of the Archaea represent the third domain of life on planet Earth. This conference – the third of its kind - brought together leading experts from across the globe reporting on recent progress in our understanding of these fascinating organisms. The meeting was kick-started by Mark Young setting the bar very high with a keynote address about the ‘Lessons learned from archaeal viruses’. Over the following three days the speakers managed very well to keep up the exceptional high quality of science. Main topics of MBA3 dealt with the structural and molecular biology of DNA replication and repair, genome structure and stability, the structure and function of transcription and translation machineries, regulation of gene expression, ubiquitinylation and export of proteins, systems biology, defence mechanisms, evolution of Archaea and their role in the origin of the eukaryotic cell. In addition to the scientific portfolio of the two previous meetings and to widen its reach, MBA3 included presentations about micro- and environmental biology, and archaeal physiology and metabolism. A total of 39 speakers (36% female), invited as well as shortlisted from submitted abstracts presented cutting edge research.

The remarkable Karl Stetter gave unforgettable keynote addresses ‘A brief history of thermophilic life’ that was followed by standing ovations and seemingly never-ending thunderous applause! Prof. Stetter is now retired, but together with his close friend and collaborator Wolfram Zillig he is possibly the most important and influential archaeal microbiologist. Apart from his outstanding scientific contributions he told the ‘story’ of the discovery and characterisation of hyperthermophilic life forms peppered with entertaining anecdotes from the fieldwork, in his very own special manner! He ended his address on a concerned note pointing out that the highly specialised fermentation facility for hyperthermophilic Archaea at the University of Regensburg is threatened by extinction since modernisation plans of the campus do not take the facility and the custom built (and very expensive) equipment into account. Us scientists in the field have to rally together, in order to ensure that the facility can and will be continued.

This meeting was such a success because it encompassed a high level of detail yet a broad spectrum of interests: We learned from single molecule studies of transcription factors to entire ecosystems surrounding deep–sea hydrothermal vents. MBA3 attracted the largest number of participants in this series so far with a strong continental European contingent, establishing this meeting firmly as the European equivalent of the highly reputed but (mainly) US-based Gordon conference on Archaea. The conference was attended by 134 participants – 75 graduates, 59 non-graduates. In total 68 males and 66 females participated. In addition to the speaker sessions 56 posters were presented. Two poster prizes were awarded to Tessa Quax (Pasteur Institute, France) and Adit Naor (Tel Aviv University, Israel) for outstanding research (kindly sponsored by Molecular Microbiology). The two previous meetings were organised as Biochemical Society Focussed Meetings, whereas MBA3 was financially supported by the Max Planck Gesellschaft (MPG) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The proceedings will be published in a Special Issue of the Biochemical Society Transactions. The next meeting, MBA4, is planned at the Pasteur Institute in Paris (France) in summer 2014.