SFAM - Summer Conference

The Summer Conference 2013 will take place at the Hilton Cardiff Hotel, Cardiff, UK on Monday 1 July - Thursday 4 July 2013.

The Summer Conference this year will have the following themes:

Lactic acid bacteria and Bifidobacterium

A varied scientific and social programme, across 4 venues in Cardiff

During the day on Monday 1 July there will be a workshop for students to attend. More information on this coming soon!

The meeting officially starts with the Journal of Applied Microbiology Lecture on the evening of Monday 1 July, taking place at the National Museum Cardiff. We are delighted to hold the reception following the Lecture in the Museum's galleries displaying French Impressionist paintings, sculpture and ceramics, Welsh landscapes and historic art.

After the Lecture on Monday evening the Quiz Night will take place at the KuKu Club, Park Plaza, Cardiff (very close to the Hilton Cardiff and on the way back from the National Museum). With wall lights from Lebanon, hanging lanterns from Morocco, colourful candle-lit copper tables and low-slung seating the Kuku Club offers a very exotic location for this great fun quiz.

The Trade Show will take place during the day and into the evening of Tuesday 2 July with wine, a competition and prizes to be won.

The Conference Dinner will be held in Cardiff Castle, a spectacular medieval castle and Victorian architecture Gothic revival mansion, transformed from a Norman keep erected over a Roman fort. Spaces at the dinner are limited to 100 this year so book early!
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Programme for Summer Conference 2013

1st - 4th July 2013
The Hilton Cardiff Hotel, Cardiff, Wales

Monday 1st July 2013

11:00 – 17:00 Workshop session

18:00 – 19:00 Journal of Applied Microbiology Inaugural Annual Lecture
Peter Setlow, University of Connecticut, USA

19:00 – 20:00 Drinks reception and buffet

20:30 – 22:30 Quiz

Tuesday 2nd July 2013

Session 1 Lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacterium

Chair: Louise Fielding

09:00 – 09:35 Genomics Based Insight in Starter Bacteria
Todd R Klaenhammer, NCSU Raleigh USA

09:35 – 10:10 Synthetic Approaches in Engineering Antimicrobial Peptides in Lactococci
Oscar Kuipers, Groningen University, The Netherlands

10:45 – 11:05 Tea and coffee and trade show

11:05 – 11:40 New Insights in Viral Protection in Lactic Acid Bacteria
Sylvain Moineau, Laval University, Québec, Canada

11:40 – 12:15 Pangenomics of Paradigm Probiotics
Willem M de Vos, Wageningen University, Netherlands

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch, trade show and posters

Session 2 Lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacterium

Chair Willem M de Vos

13:15 – 13:50 Growth and Physiology of Bifidobacteria
Luc de Vuyst, Brussels University BE, Belgium

13:50 – 14:25 Functional Genomics of Bifidobacteria for Health
Douwe van Sinderen UCC, Cork, IE

14:25 – 14:45 Tea and coffee and trade show

14:45 – 15:20

15:20 – 15.55 Bifidobacteria in Early Life
Jan Knol, Laboratory of Microbiology, Wageningen University, Netherlands

Targeting Bifidobacteria with Prebiotic Substrates - State of the Art
Glenn Gibson, Reading, UK

16:00 – 17.00 Attended Poster Session

17:00 – 18:00 Student session

17:00 – 19:30 Trade show with wine and a competition

Wednesday 3rd July 2013

Session 3 Actinobacteria

Chair: Samantha Law

09:00 – 09:35 Bergey’s taxonomic outline of the actinobacteria
William B. Whitman, University of Georgia, Athens, USA

09:35 – 10:10 Evolution of sporulating actinomycetes
Gilles van Wezel, Leiden University, The Netherlands

10:10 – 10:45 Ecology and evolution of obligate marine actinobacteria belonging to the genus Salinispora

10:45 – 11:05 Tea and posters

11.05 - 11.40 Actinobacteria from extreme habitats: New opportunities for drug discovery
Michael Goodfellow, Newcastle University, UK

11:40 – 12:15
Central metabolism in the evolution and diversification of natural product biosynthetic pathways
Francisco Barona-Gomez, Laboratorio Nacional de Genómica para le Biodiversidad, Irapuato, Mexico

12.15 – 13.15

Session 4 Lunch and posters


Chair Mike Goodfellow

13:15 – 13:50 Diversity of nitrogen-fixing actinobacteria associated with root nodules of crop plants
Martha Trujillo, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain

13:50 – 14:25 Leaf-cutting ants and their actinomycetes
Matthew Hutchings, University of East Anglia, UK

14:30 – 15:30 Student presentations

15:30 – 16:00 Tea, coffee and posters

SfAM Award Lectures

Chair: Martin Adams

16:00 – 16:05 Introduction to the New Lecturer Research Grant

Martin Adams

16:05 – 16:40 SfAM New Lecturers Research Grant Lecture


16:40 – 16:45 Introduction to the WH Pierce Prize

Martin Adams

16:45 – 17:20 WH Pierce Prize Lecture


17:30 – 18:00 Annual General Meeting

19:00 onwards Drinks reception and conference dinner

Thursday 4th July 2013

Session 5 Actinobacteria (cont)

Chair: Martin Adams

09:00 – 09:35 Genome mining to understand and manipulate antibiotic production in actinomycetes
Mervyn Bibb, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

09:35 – 10:10 Applications of phage integrases in streptomycetes and beyond
Maggie Smith, University of York, UK

10:10 – 10:40 Tea and coffee

10:40 – 11:15 Biology of plant pathogenic streptomycetes
Dawn Bignell, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

11:15 – 11:50 Secrets from the genomes of human pathogenic streptomycetes
Paul Hoskisson, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

1 Jul - 4 Jul 2013
United Kingdom
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