Hydrocarbon degradation in oil reservoirs and aquifers

Coronavirus: Conference is cancelled/deferred!

Due to the developing situation with Coronavirus outbreak, we have to cancel the conference. We are aiming at rescheduling later this year.


If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ali Akbari: Ali.akbari@uni-due.de

Conference aims and scope

Biodegradation is one of the most important in situ processes determining the quality of oil in conventional and unconventional reservoirs or hydrocarbon attenuation in contaminated aquifers. Moreover, microbial processes such as methanogenesis, sulfate reduction, and biofilm formation have significant direct or indirect impacts on oil recovery. Despite these effects, there is yet a significant gap of knowledge about the activity and dynamics of microbial communities in oil reservoirs and hydrocarbon contaminated sites. The topics of interest include but are not limited to mechanisms of anaerobic biodegradation of hydrocarbons, ecology of hydrocarbon degrading microbial communities, food webs and nutrient recycling, degradation processes and controlling environmental factors, and identity-function relationships in microbial communities. This conference is expected to provide better insights into the ecology of oil-degrading microbial communities and develop future research directions in the field.


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Conference Description & practical informations

This conference will address the latest research and future research needs in the area of petroleum microbiology by bringing together leading experts in the field to discuss the latest findings and future research directions.

The conference venue is in the Salvador-Allende-Haus located in Oer-Erkenschwick, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. The conference is planned for three days and shall produce a large extent of interaction between the participants. The conference talks are categorised in two sections as microbiology and biochemistry of anaerobic hydrocarbon degradation and the ecology of hydrocarbon and oil degradation. Invited talk, contributing talk, and poster sessions are planned.

 We invite participants to submit abstracts for contributed talks (15 min) and posters.

  • Conference fees: registration fee is 350 € for regular participants and 250 € for students. This includes the full costs for accommodation, meals, coffee breaks and the conference dinner.
  • A limited number of student travel grants is available. Students shall apply for support indicating their interest in the registration form.
  • Registration and abstract submission will be open from March 2020. Deadline for registration and abstract submission is April 1st 2020.

Invited talks


Session A

Microbiology and biochemistry of
anaerobic hydrocarbon degradation

Session B

Microbial ecology of hydrocarbon and
oil degradation

Rainer Meckenstock 

University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Ian Head

Newcastle University, UK

Joel Kostka

Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Nicolas Tsesmetzis
Shell Exploration & Production, USA

Michail Yakimov

Institute for Coastal Marine Environment IAMC-CNR, Italy

Ji-Dong Gu
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Peter N Golyshin

Bangor University, UK

Mike Manefield

University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia

Bo-Zhong Mu
East China Univ. of Sci. &Technol., China
Ali Akbari
University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Hans Heider
University of Marburg, Germany

Verena Brauer

University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Elizabeth Edwards
University of Toronto, Canada 


Matthias Boll

Albert-Ludwigs-University, Germany

Tillmann Lüders

University of Bayreuth, Germany

András Táncsics
Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary

Lisa Gieg

University of Calgary, Canada





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Salvador-Allende-Haus, Oer-Erkenschwick, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Transport from a close by train station to the conference venue will be provided. More information will be provided in close future.

Registration & Abstract Submission

Registration is now closed due to Coronavirus outbreak.

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Prof. Dr. Rainer Meckenstock

Mikro Mitarbeiter Meckenstock

Dr. Ali Akbari

Mikro Mitarbeiter Akbari Ali