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First Luxembourg Microbiology Day

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Veröffentlicht am Freitag, den 12. Mai 2017

On 11 May, the Luxembourg Society for Microbiology (LSfM) organised its first national conference, the “1st Luxembourg Microbiology Day”.

It was an occasion for its members, as well as prospective members, to meet, present and discuss their research and the impacts on science, health and economy, as well as establish new collaborations.

Three talks opened the first part of the scientific program of the day. Prof. Paul Wilmes’ (LCSB) talk focused on the latest results in the field of microbiome research. The second talk of Dr. Guy Colling (National Natural History Museum), tackled the importance of microorganisms in museum collections. The first part of the scientific program was closed by the talk of Dr. Philippe Delfosse (LIST), who discussed the importance of learning how to work with microorganisms in order to use them for different agricultural activities and ensure a circular economy.

The second part of the scientific programme was dedicated to the LSfM members’ activities. 8 young researchers (4 PhD students and 4 Postdocs) presented their research during the 5-minute flash presentations. The 2 best presentations were rewarded: Linda Wampach and Dr. Anna Heintz-Buschart, both from the Eco-Systems Biology group, won the awards for the best oral presentation by PhD students and postdocs, respectively. The audience selected the talks, and the members of the board were not allowed to vote.

The day ended with the general assembly of the LSfM and the award ceremony for the “flash presentations”.

The aim of the Luxembourg Microbiology Day was to convey the spirit of the LSfM, that is, the promotion of scientific excellence and continuous exchange between the research sector and the economy in Luxembourg, all this in an environment favorable for collaborations.

The first Luxembourg Microbiology Day was a great success with over 70 participants from the society, which now counts 100 members. “This is significant for Luxembourg and reflects the critical mass of scientists already performing microbiological research in Luxembourg. Luxembourg is now poised to enhance its international visibility in Microbiology even further through the new synergies which will be catalysed by the society.”, said Prof. Paul Wilmes, Vice-President of the LSfM.

About the Luxembourg Microbiology Society

In 2016, the microbiology researchers in Luxembourg joined forces to create the Luxembourg Society for Microbiology (link). Microbiology is a field that is quickly growing, in Luxembourg as well as abroad. Several groups that conduct research on microbiology in Luxembourgish institutions, such as Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), the Laboratoire National de Santé (LNS), the Integrated BioBank of Luxembourg (IBBL) and the University of Luxembourg (UL), are proof.

The bacteria, the viruses and the microscopic mushrooms are continuously interacting with humans, be it the microorganisms living in our body – the famous microbiome and its ever increasing importance in medicine – or the microorganisms that work for us in the wastewater treatment plants and in the food industry (bakeries, breweries, dairy products). In addition, there are also the pathogen microorganisms that cause infections and are closely monitored by health institutions. It is clear that the growing interest in microbiology generates many clinical, commercial and industrial activities in Luxembourg.

For more information, please contact:

Dr Christian Penny, General secretary of LSfM

Tel: +352 661 332 988

E-mail : secretary@microbiology.lu