KNVM/NVMM SCIENTIFIC SPRING MEETING 2012
Place: Papendal, Netherlands
The spring meeting of the two Dutch Microbiological Societies (NVMM & KNVM) will be held on April 17 & 18 2012 in Papendal. Last year was a very special year, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Dutch Society of Microbiology, now the Royal Dutch society for Microbiology (KNVM). Last year we had over a 1000 visitors at Papendal; lets try and equal that this year.
This year we have again a two-day program with on day one a plenary session with renowed national and international speakers. Also during the rest of the program many invited speakers from all over the world will join us at Papendal. The general theme of this year is sustainability. Microbes make up most of the biodiversity on Earth, and microorganisms are of critical importance for the cycling of nutrients, the degradation of various compounds, and the global climate. Knowledge of this helps us to develop strategies to utilise our natural resources in a long term sustainable manner. Also within, patient care and treatment options sustainability is a theme that we encounter more and more. Three plenary speakers have already confirmed their presence; Prof. J. Huisman from the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics in Amsterdam will talk on microbes in the environment. Prof. G. McFadden of the University of Florida, USA, will explore how viruses from the environment can be used to treat cancer. Prof. F. Baquero, MD, PhD, Ramón y Cajal University Hospital, will talk on sustainability of antibiotic efficacy: from containment to restorative approaches. One other excellent speaker will complete this morning session.
Throughout the program you will find seminars and symposia addressing the area of microbiologically from basic research to clinical applications.
As always, several prices will be awarded, both from NVMM and KNVM, so even You can be awarded. On the next page you will find more information on the prizes and remember to nominate your PhD students or Postdocs. To make the meeting even more interesting for young scientists, the Stichting
Antonie van Leeuwenhoek will again sponsor all presenting PhD students with grants.