• Core Topics - General Sessions:
      Agriculture, soil, forest microbiology
      Environmental, marine, aquatic microbiology. Geomicrobiology
      Microbiology of food and animal feed
      Industrial microbiology
      Medical, veterinary and pharmaceutical microbiology
      Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy. Antimicrobial resistance
      Microbial physiology, genetics, evolution and adaptation
      BBB - Biodeterioration, Biodegratation, Bioremediation
      Biotechnologically relevant enzymes and proteins
      Microbial production of high-value products: drugs, chemicals, fuels, electricity...
      Methods and technology development

  • Some other hot topics: (not a comprehensive list)
      Analytical and imaging techniques
      Antimicrobial surfaces
      Antiseptics and disinfectants
      Attenuation of virulence as "antimicrobial" strategy
      Bacterial polymers: biosynthesis, modifications and applications
      Bacterial stress responses in biotechnological and environmental applications
      Bacterial toxins
      Biocontrol by bacteriophages
      Biosecurity and microbial forensics: awareness, prevention, preparedness, detection, response and recovery
      Cellular microbiology
      Exploiting fungi in bioremediation
      Going "single-molecule" and "single-cell": study of microbial biology using super-resolution techniques
      High-throughput (next-generation) sequencing: novel applications, pros and cons
      Interactions of microbial pathogens with host cells and processes
      Metagenomics: complex microbial communities (soil, human body, ocean water...)
      Microarrays in microbiology
      Microbe-metal interactions in the environment
      Microbial biosensors
      Microbial diversity: uncultivated microorganisms
      Microbial life of the rhizosphere (the below-ground parts of plants) and phyllosphere (the aerial parts of plants)
      "Microbial oceanography": dynamics of marine microbial communities and their global impact
      Microbial Source Tracking (MST) and water quality
      Microbial subversion or evasion of host cell pathways
      Microbial surfaces and envelopes
      Molecular mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance
      New antibiotics with no or weak selection for resistance and antibiotics alternatives
      Parasite biology
      Plant pathogens and the need of a global increase of food production: understanding the relationship between bacterial,
            viral and eukaryotic filamentous pathogens and their plant hosts
      Quantitative microbiology. Bioinformatics
      Quorum sensing
      Rapid microbiology of food-borne pathogens
      Simulation of the microbial micro-environment through modern micro-scale engineering
      Structural vaccinology: structure-based design of vaccines
      Synthetic (micro)biology and microbial engineering: technological developments and applications
      Systems (micro)biology
      The human microbiome: structure, function, and relevance in important human diseases
      Viral pathogenesis

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