Microbial Diversity 2021
Advances in Microbial Diversity

Virtual Event

December 14-15, 2021


December 14th, 2021

Welcome and Introduction from SIMTREA President, Prof. Luca Cocolin

Session I:
Systems biology, synthetic biology, ecology and integration of omics


  1. Bioinformatics and massive sequencing data analysis (Nicholas Bokulich, Department of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zürich, Switzerland)
  2. Systems biology for microbial interaction modeling (Bas Teusink, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  3. Genome-based taxonomy of unculturable bacteria in complex microbial communities (Rudolf Amann, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany)

Session II: Exploitation of microbial diversity (including culture collections)


  1. Fermented food (Maria Marco, UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology, 3200 Robert Mondavi Institute – South, University of California, Davis)
  2. Host - probiotic interactions (Sarah Lebeer, Department of Bioscience Engineering, University of Antwerp, Belgium)
  3. gcType: a high-quality type of strain genome database for microbial phylogenetic and functional research (Peter Vandamme, University of Ghent, Belgium)

December 15th, 2021

Session III: Interactions among microorganisms and with environmental matrices


  1. Microbial electrochemistry for resource recovery (Korneel Rabaey, Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology (CMET), University of Ghent)
  2. New sustainable applications in bioprocess engineering (Pascal Saikaly, Environmental Science and Engineering Division, KAUST)
  3. Bioremediation of petroleum-contaminated environments using microbial electrochemical systems (Federico Aulenta, Water Research Institute (IRSA) of the Italian National Research Council - CNR)

Session IV:
Microbial ecology and society, Mediterranean diversity hotspot as a case study


  1. Mediterranean microbial diversity as source of new biotechnological processes (Hadda Imene Ouzari, Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, University Tunis El Manar)
  2. Application of microbial diversity on soils restoration and biomasses recycling (Loubna El fels, Faculty of Sciences Semlalia, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco)
  3. Evolutionary engineering of multiple-stress resistant Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Petek Cakar, Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics, Istanbul Technical University)
  4. The role of the research in Mediterranean sustainable development (Marcello Scalisi, Mediterranean Universities Union - UNIMED)