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Overview

Pseudomonas species attract scientists from all disciplines of life sciences. The taxa are a remarkable example of metabolic versatility, with an extraordinary ability to colonize a wide range of biotic and abiotic niches that range from aquatic habitats, soil, and plants to animals and humans. The International Biennial Pseudomonas Conference inaugurated 37 years ago (1986), aims at promoting and consolidating academic, clinical, industrial, and social collaborations among all scientists across multiple Pseudomonas research disciplines. The 19th edition of the conference will take place in September 2024 in Copenhagen, Denmark—a hub of Pseudomonas aficionados with a long tradition of researching this bacterial genus at multiple levels and applications. The organizing committee looks forward to the upcoming Pseudomonas conference that, in the spirit of this meeting series, will strive to provide broad coverage of various Pseudomonas species and their role in fundamental and applied research while fostering the active participation of both young and established researchers from across the globe.

About Copenhagen: It would be easy to be charmed by Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. Copenhagen Airport is just 15 minutes from the city center, and the Scandic Copenhagen Hotel where the conference will take place—it's easy to get around the city on foot, by metro, by bus or by bike. Copenhagen is a clean, safe, and relaxed city, home to some leading groups in Pseudomonas research and cozy cafés, shops, and some of the best restaurants in Scandinavia. Winding alleys, pioneering architecture, and exciting attractions perfectly blend old and new.

Copenhagen is a frontrunner in adopting sustainable solutions, and the city has one of the world's most ambitious climate policies. Bold urban planning and architectural masterpieces surround Copenhagen’s historic buildings. And in case you fancy gastronomical experiences, you won't be stuck for options after your meetings. A whopping 39 Michelin stars were awarded to Denmark in 2022-24 in Copenhagen.

  • Pablo I. Nikel (chair) · DTU Biosustain, Denmark
  • Susanne Häußler (co-chair) · Rigshospitalet, Denmark
  • Kalai Mathee (co-chair) · Florida International University, USA
     

Local organizing committee:

  • Thomas Bjarnsholt, Costerton Biofilm Center, Denmark
  • Oana Ciofu, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Lars Jelsbak, DTU Bioengineering, Denmark
  • Søren Molin, DTU Biosustain, Denmark
  • Daniel C. Volke, DTU Biosustain, Denmark
     

International Organizing Committee:

  • Lars Dietrich, Columbia University, NY, USA
  • Joanna Goldberg, Emory University School of Medicine, GA, USA
  • Kim Hardie, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  • Maia Kivisaar, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
  • Sang Yup Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, Korea
  • Jacob Malone, John Innes Center, Norwich, UK
  • Skorn Mongkulsuk, Mahidol University, Salaya, Thailand
  • Varsha Singh, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK
  • Gloria Soberón-Chavez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Mexico
  • Vittorio Venturi, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Trieste, Italy
  • Marvin Whiteley, Georgia Institute of Technology, GA, USA
  • Daniel Pletzer, University of Otago, New Zealand

 

COVID-19 Mitigation statement for Microbiology Society events

As part of the preparations for Microbiology Society events due to be held in 2024, the Microbiology Society Council has further discussed the implementation of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 mitigations and has agreed the following:

Personal responsibility:

Attendance at any Microbiology Society event is a personal choice, and Council expects delegates to take personal responsibility for their actions to minimise the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

Ventilation:

The Microbiology Society will continue to work with venues to seek assurance that these are adequately ventilated.

Vaccination and pre-event testing:

We strongly urge all delegates to ensure they are as fully vaccinated as practicable, which we recognise will depend on their age and home country, and to test before travelling to any of our events. Delegates should not attend if they test positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection. In addition, should they wish to, delegates should feel comfortable wearing a mask in any of our venues. 

Mask usage and lateral flow tests:

A limited number of masks (FFP3) and lateral flow tests will be available upon request at all Microbiology Society events should any delegates wish to use them. However, these will not be routinely supplied.

The Microbiology Society Council will continue to monitor the situation and update these mitigations as required.

 

 

Further information will be announced in the build up to the meeting on our social media channels and you can follow us on Twitter @MicrobioSoc using the hashtag #Pseudomonas2024

Image credit: Maria Gracia Alvan, Òscar Puiggené & Filippo Federici

A short history of the Pseudomonas conferences

Pseudomonads are a topic that attracts researchers from all over the life sciences: these bacteria are nutritionally versatile and colonize various animated and inanimate niches, ranging from aquatic habitats, soil, and plants to animals and humans. The conference was inaugurated some 37 years ago to promote academic and social collaborations among all scientists in the research fields of Pseudomonas. This genus contains human, animal, and plant pathogens and biocontrol agents. Pseudomonas putida, for instance, is exploited for metabolic engineering and synthetic biology, and this bacterium has also been the workhorse for synthesizing compounds in pharmaceutics and agriculture. Pseudomonas aeruginosa causes debilitating outcomes in humans, including blindness and death. The intrinsic and emerging antibiotic resistance confounds the ability to eradicate or control P. aeruginosa infections. In plants, Pseudomonas syringae can cause devastating diseases that can destroy crops such as tomatoes by releasing plant toxins. Interestingly, certain Pseudomonas fluorescens and Pseudomonas putida strains can be used to protect the roots of plants against fungi such as Fusarium and Pythium. Thus, the Pseudomonas conferences have become a venue for researchers from many disciplines who usually will not meet each other during their academic careers.

The Pseudomonas conferences are among the few regular events solely organized by individuals and not by any institution. Initially held as an EMBO workshop in 1986 and chaired by Ken Timmis, the Pseudomonas conferences have become a recurring biannual event hosted by a dedicated Pseudomonas researcher and his local team. Many, but not all, conferences were supported by learned societies. Conference proceedings have been published as monographs, or – more often – topics emerging at the conferences were presented as primary research papers in Special Issues, e.g., FEMS Microbiology Letters or Environmental Microbiology. Biotechnologists, plant pathologists, structural and molecular biologists, geneticists and biochemists, environmental and clinical microbiologists, clinicians, metabolic engineers and primary and applied researchers came together because they shared their common interest in having pseudomonads as their primary subject. This is the spirit that we will keep in the current edition of the Pseudomonas Conference in Copenhagen, 2024.

Programme

The programme will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

Registration

Registration for International Biennial Pseudomonas Conference is now open.

Microbiology Society members get heavily subsidised registration fees for Annual Conference, Focused Meetings and other Society events – both online and in-person. Join now to enjoy these discounts and many other opportunities that are designed for microbiologists at all stages of their career.

All speakers and poster presenters will be attending in-person.

Early bird discounted rates close on 15 April 2024, 23:59 (midnight) BST.

Ticket Early bird Full Price 
Microbiology Society Full member –
for those with an academic or professional interest in microbiology.
€750 €850

Microbiology Society Student member -
for those registered for a higher degree / studying at undergraduate level.

€425 €470

Microbiology Society Concessionary member – for those with an academic or professional interest in microbiology earning less than £35,000 (or equivalent) per year.

€660 €700
Non-member  €1,130 €1,225

Registration confirmation 

Upon registration, you should receive an automated confirmation email. Please contact [email protected] after 24 hours, this has not been received. 

Visa applications

If you need a letter of invitation for a visa application, we will be happy to supply this after we have received full payment. To find out if you need a visa to visit the Denmark, please visit the “Visit Denmark” website.

Please note that all conference delegates are responsible for their own travel and visa arrangements; the Microbiology Society will not take any responsibility for travel or visa problems.

Payment information

All registration fees must be paid in full BEFORE arrival at the conference. Any outstanding registration fees must be paid before admittance will be granted to the conference.

Cancellations

Refunds are not provided. However, substitutions of attendees can be made at any time before the event by contacting [email protected].

Abstracts & Posters

The abstract submission for the International Biennial Pseudomonas Conference is now open. 

Submit abstract now

 

Submissions close on 18 April 2024 at 10:00 BST.

Abstracts are welcome for any of the following topics:

  • Omics and Regulation
  • Antimicrobial Tolerance and Therapeutics
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Metabolism and Physiology
  • Engineering and Applications of Pseudomonas Species
  • Evolution and Coevolution
  • Ecology and Sustainability
  • Multispecies Interactions

Both members and non-members of the Microbiology Society are welcome to submit an abstract for the meeting. All offered oral presentations, and posters will be selected from the abstracts submitted. Once submissions are closed, they will be reviewed by the organising committee and submitters will be notified of the outcome directly.

By submitting an abstract to this meeting, you are indicating to the session organisers your commitment to attend the event.

Abstract Guidance

Abstracts must be a maximum of 250 words. The Society has produced a guide to give delegates some tips on how to write a great abstract, which can be downloaded below:

How-to-write-a-great-abstract.pdf

 

Please note that the abstract is the only information session organisers use when deciding whether to accept your work for presentation as an offered oral or poster. If accepted, it will also be published in the abstract book for the meeting – so think carefully about what needs to be included.

Venue, Accommodation & Travel

The conference will take place at the Grand Ball & Amalienborg Rooms | Scandic Copenhagen Hotel.

Find the google map here.

The Scandic Copenhagen Hotel is located at Vester Søgade 6, DK-1601, Copenhagen V, Denmark.

Scandic Copenhagen Hotel is a contemporary hotel with impressive views of the Lakes and Copenhagen skyline. The hotel is within walking distance from the railway station, metro, city hall, and famous Tivoli Gardens.

Directions

• 300 m to Copenhagen Vesterport Station

• 500 m to Copenhagen Central Station (train and metro)

• 12 km to Copenhagen Airport

Accommodation

Scandic Copenhagen Hotel offers a limited number of rooms with breakfast at a discount for conference delegates for the nights of 1st to 4th September 2024. Please use the booking code BFIR010924. This code is only valid until the 1st of August 2024, and the room can be canceled on or before the 19th of August 2024.

The following rates have been secured at the Scandic Copenhagen Hotel:
  • Standard Single room : Kr 1,345 per room with breakfast per night
  • Standard Twin room : Kr 1,395 per room with breakfast per night
  • Superior / Family room : Kr 1,495 per room with breakfast per night

If you have any questions or need assistance with accommodation arrangements, please email the Scandic Copenhagen Hotel reservation team at [email protected]. They will be happy to assist you with any inquiries.

Reservations: [email protected]
Telephone number: +45 33143535
Grants and Prizes

Society Events Grant

Applications for the Society Events Grant to support members attending International Biennial Pseudomonas Conference will open on 8 May 2024 for two weeks and close on  22 May 2024 (midnight GMT).

Grants will act as contribution towards registration, travel, and accommodation expenses only.

Eligibility requirements:

Eligible membership categories:

Full Member

Full Concessionary Member

Postgraduate Student Members

Undergraduate Student Members

Minimum membership period required:

A minimum membership period of one year and two consecutive membership payments is required (Postgraduate and Undergraduate student members with three-year memberships will also need to have held membership for a period of one year).

Please read all information carefully on the Society Events Grant page before submitting an application for funding.

Stipend Travel Grants

Student and concessionary (postdoc) members presenting at the conference are eligible for travel grants. If you want to apply for such a stipend, please indicate so during abstract submission.

Eligibility requirements:

Eligible membership categories:

Microbiology Society Student member

for those registered for a higher degree / studying at undergraduate level.

Microbiology Society Concessionary member

for those with an academic or professional interest in microbiology earning less than £35,000 (or equivalent) per year.

 

 

 

Exhibition & Sponsorship

Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities are available for this conference. For more information, please get in touch with [email protected].