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Monday, 10th June, 2024

12:00pm - 01:15pm → Arrival and registration

01:15pm - 01:30pm →  Welcome and opening remarks

01:30pm - 02:00pm → Opening talk : Isabel Gordo, ICG, "Natural Selection in the mammalian gut"

02:00pm - 05:30pm → Session 1: Evolutionary adaptation of host-microbe associations (Session organized and sponsored by CRC1182)

02:00pm - 02:30pm → Plenary session: Ellen Decaestecker, KU Leuven, "Hierarchical eco-evo-dynamics mediated by the gut microbiome"

02:30pm - 02:45pm → Francesco Comandatore, "Does the host regulate Wolbachia gene expression?"

02:45pm - 03:00pm → Tal Dagan, "Evolution of a domesticated symbiosis plasmid in the plant-associated Pantoea."

03:00pm - 03:15pm → Junchen Deng, "The long-term stability following extreme genome fragmentation in an ancient endosymbiont of planthoppers"

03:15pm - 03:45pm → Coffee break

03:45pm - 04:15pm → Plenary SessionMarjolein Bruijning, University of Amesterdam, "Selection for imprecise vertical microbiome transmission under variable environments"

04:15pm - 04:30pm → Charlotte Huyghe, "Gut microbiome dynamics and digestive adaptations in a cichlid adaptative radiation"

04:30pm - 04:45pm → Yaara Oppenheimer, "Exploring the dymanic interpaly of mobile genetic elements and their role in plant-microbial symbiosis"

04:45pm - 05:00pm → Francesca Pinton, "Photosymbiosis and immunity evolution: hints from acoel flatworms"

05:00pm - 05:15pm → Daniela Ramirez-Sanchez, " Characterization of the microRNA/target pairs involved in the symbiosis between Arabidopsis thaliana and Piriformospora indica"

05:15pm - 05:30pm → Emily Stevens, "Whitin-host competition sparks pathogens molecular evolution and perpetual microbiota dysbiosis"

05:30pm - 07:00pm → Poster session (odd numbers)

07:30pm → Dinner


Tuesday, 11th June 2024

09:00am - 12:30pm → Session 2: Ecological interactions within host-microbe symbiosis

09:00am - 09:30am → Plenary session: Olivia Roth, Kiel University, "Pregnant males and their role in microbiome & imune system development"

09:30am - 09:45am → João Barnabé, "Harnessing microbiota from wild legumes for drought-resilient crops: insights from the Iberian Peninsula"

09:45am - 10:00am → Jacobo de la Cuesta-Zuluaga, "Drug-induced alterations in community composition drives the loss of colonization resistance against Salmonella Typhimurium"

10:00am - 10:15am → Luis Franco, "Impact of crop rotation on microbial diversity in maize soil of Guatemala"

10:15am - 10:30am → Laura Glendinning, "Altitude-dependent agro-ecologies impact on microbiome diversity of scavenging indigenous chicken in Ethiopia"

10:30am - 11:00am → Coffee break

11:00am - 11:30am → Plenary Session: Sebastian Pfeilmeier, University of Amesterdam, "Significance of type-2 secretion systems in plant-associated Xanthomonas Bacteria: Microbiota dysbiosis and plant vascular infection"

11:30am - 11:45am → Nicola Kriefall, "The relative importance of host-associated vs. environmental microbes for mosquito larvae changes with diet"

11:45am - 12:00pm → Aditi Pandit, "Natural existing arbuscular mycorrhizal-bacterial biofilm associations and their functional behavior"

12:00pm - 12:15pm → Johana Rotterova, "Intraspecific variation in a syntrophic symbiosis between marine anaerobic ciliates and intrecellular methanogens"

12:15pm - 12:30pm → Camila Souza Beraldo, “The microbiota composition of an insect community is explained by species and seasonality differences but not habitat disturbance”

12:30pm - 02:00pm → Lunch

02:00pm - 03:00pm → Free time

03:30pm - 07:00pm → Social activity - Boat trip along Ria Formosa

Free dinner in town (participants organize their own dinner)


Wednesday, 12th June 2024

09:00am - 12:30pm → Session 3: Metabolic interactions within host-microbe symbiosis

09:00am - 09:30am → Plenary session: Markus Ralser, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, "The Molecular Landscape of Microbial Metal Ion Biology"

09:30am - 09:45am → Greta Bellinzona, "Harnessing structural predictions to understand host-symbiont dynamics: the strange case of Midichloria mitochondrii"

09:45am - 10:00am → Lena Best, "Metabolic modeling reveals aging-associated decline of host-microbiome metabolic interactions in mice"

10:00am - 10:15am → Sarela Garcia-Santamarina, “Emergence of community behaviors in the gut microbiota upon drug treatment”

10:15am - 10:30am → Ana Figueiredo, "The role of biliverdin reductase A in malaria"

10:30am - 11:00am → Coffee break

11:00am - 11:30am → Plenary Session: Michael Zimmermann, EMBL, "Identification of gut microbiota contribution to carcinogen metabolism and tumor development"

11:30am - 11:45am → Camila Fiori Pereira, "Unraveling metabolic exchange in a multipartite symbiosis"

11:45am - 12:00pm → Elie Jami, "Systematic discovery of prokaryotic symbionts of ciliate protozoa in the rumen"

12:00pm - 12:15pm → Waldan Kwong, "Cell atlas of the honey bee (Apis mellifera) hindgut, a symbiotic organ"

12:15pm - 12:30pm → David Sannino, "Investigations into the metabolic interplay of Drosophila melanogaster and its microbiota"

12:30pm - 02:00pm → Lunch

02:00pm - 05:30pm → Session 4: From understanding to engineering microbiomes (Session organized and sponsored by NCCR Microbiomes)

02:00pm - 02:30pm → Plenary sessionVictor Carrion, Malaga University, "Unlocking the secrets of plant microbiomes"

02:30pm - 02:45pm → Mónica Cordeiro Louro, "Biofilm formation in multicellular gut microbiota communities"

02:45pm - 03:00pm → Grant Hughes, "Characterising the native resident Wolbachia strains of Anopheles mosquitoes and exploitation for malaria control"

03:00pm - 03:15pm → Martin Jahn, "Mapping the biogeography of the gut microbiome: from spatial ecology to disease resistance"

03:15pm - 03:30pm → Michael Knopp, "Microbial context-dependence in the evolution of antibiotic resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae"

03:30pm - 04:00pm → Coffee break

04:00pm - 04:30pm → Plenary SessionLuisa De Sordi, Sorbonne University, "Intestinal translocation of viruses in Chron’s Disease"

04:30pm - 04:45pm → Elena Matveishina, "GEMsembler: a package for comparing and combining ensemble of genome-scale metabolic models to study microbial metabolism"

04:45pm - 05:00pm → Marta Salvado Silva, "Evolutionary trajectories of gut bacteria determine intestinal colonization resistance"

05:00pm - 05:15pm →  Gonçalo Santos-Matos, " Competition Between Honeybee Gut Symbionts is Modulated by the Type 6 Secretion System"

05:30pm - 07:30pm → Poster session (even numbers)

07:30pm -02:00am → Conference dinner & party


Thursday, 13th June 2024

09:00am - 12:30pm →  Session 5: Mutualistic to pathogenic continuum in symbiosis

09:00am - 09:30am → Plenary session: Eduardo RochaInstitut Pasteur/CNRS, "Interaction networks of mobile genetic elements in bacteria: Who’s the symbiont of whom?"

09:30am - 09:45am →  Angela Xu, " Evolution of gut symbionts over a single lifespan can reduce host longevity"

09:45am - 10:00am →  Muhammad Bilal Haider, " Friend or Foe: Unravelling the genetic complexities of host control over beneficial microbes"

10:00am - 10:15am →  Ronja Krüsemer, "Creating a genetically tractable symbiosis: experimental symbiont replacement in grain pest beetles"

10:15am - 10:30am →  Brian Lazzaro, " Serratia marcescens uses anti-immune defenses to infect Drosophila melanogaster"

10:30am - 11:00am → Coffee break

11:00am - 11:30am → Plenary Session: Médéric DiardUniversity of Basel, "Steering pathogens within-host evolution"

11:30am - 11:45am →  Eglantine Mathieu-Begne, " If the door is locked, take another one: Evolution of alternative entrance points for a parasite"

11:45am - 12:00pm →  Claudia Pogoreutz, " The role of Endozoicomonas in marine animal hosts: The good, the bad, and the commensal"

12:00pm - 12:15pm →  Cintia Cansado Utrilla, " Commensal to pathogen transition in the mosquito gut"

12:15pm - 01:45pm → Lunch

13:45pm - 16:45pm →  Session 6: Microbes and host development and physiology

01:45pm - 02:15pm → Plenary Session: Pascale Vonaesch, University of Lausanne, "Deciphering the impact of Streptococcus salivarius on small intestinal inflammation in stunted children"

02:15pm - 02:30pm → Anna Zaidman-Rémy, "Eavesdropping on the intimate dialogue between an insect and its nutritional endosymbiont along key stages of their life together"

02:30pm - 02:45pm →  Jan Taubenheim, "Metazoan Transcriptional Responses to Microbiome Dynamics Reveal Species-Specific Adaptations"

02:45pm - 03:00pm → Adam Dobson, "Acetobacter modulate Drosophila lifespan and metabolism via gut-brain Tk-TkR99D signalling"

03:00pm - 03:30pm →  Coffee break

03:30pm - 03:45pm → Sílvia Henriques, "How diet-microbiome-host interactions remodel the fly metabolic landscape, appetite, and physiology"

03:45pm - 04:00pm → Sara Dendene, "Sinorhizobium meliloti FcrX coordinates cell cycle and division during freeliving growth and symbiosis through a ClpXP-dependent mechanism"

04:00pm - 04:15pm → Ayele Argaw Denboba, "Host-microbiota interactions: from the father's gut to the unborn child"

04:15pm - 04:45pm → Plenary Session: Nancy Moran, University of Texas at Austin, "Exploring microbial mysteries in the lives of insects"

04:45pm - 05:00pm → Poster Awards, Best Talk Awards and Closing remarks

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