MiCom 2014 4th International Conference on Microbial Communication

Organization: Jena School for Microbial Communication

Venue: Rosensäle

Location: Jena, Germany

Event Date/Time: Mar 31, 2014 / 8:00 am - (GMT +1:00 hours) End Date/Time: Apr 03, 2014 / 6:00 pm - (GMT +1:00 hours)
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 02, 2014 Time: 12:00:00(GMT +1:00 hours)
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Microorganisms possibly form the largest communication networks amongst all organisms on the planet. They have a huge impact in the continuum of the biosystem in terms of cooperative and competitive relationships between species or the co-occurrence of them in various environments, ultimately affecting the functioning of the all existing ecosystems. A manifold of mechanisms, signals and molecules participate in these processes and play an important role in coexistence of microbes and with higher organims.

Exploring the microbial world and understanding the interactions within microbes and higher organisms, and the potential implication on the ecology are the aim of MiCom. This includes various types of interactions with mutual or harmful influence on hosts; molecular mechanisms using specific signal, effector or antimicrobial molecules; and the diverse habitats they share. In addition to this, most recent technologies that are currently used for such research topic are considered.

Thus, MiCom addresses most important aspects of microbial interactions, all captured by five special sections within MiCom. We invite all PhD students conducting research on related fields to share their findings.



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Jena School for Microbial Communication

Conference Speakers

Prof. Martin Ackermann

Professor of Molecular Microbial Ecology at ETH Zurich (Switzerland)


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Additional Information

The programme will be structured in  encompassing five topics in microbial communication. Each session will be introduced by a followed by selected talks given by PhD students. Between the sessions there will be coffee breaks and sponsor exhibitions.

The sessions are:


As speakers we are happy to welcome:


Poster Sessions

We will have a poster session for each of the five topics of our conference. PhD students will have the possibility to give a short poster presentation during the poster sessions.


Have you always had the impression that the coffee breaks during a conference are too short to address all your questions to the invited Professors or to exchange your ideas with other participants? Then it is time for you to take part in one of our Meet the Expert workshops during the longer breaks. They will provide you a great opportunity for personal contact with highly experienced researchers for discussions in small groups about recent scientific topics and with a lot of time for your questions. Take the chance to find out about current methods and get inspirations for your own research project.

Conference Dinner

As a highlight of our four-day scientific journey we want to invite you to the conference dinner in Jena, to have a delightful meal with all the other participants and invited speakers.

Social Events

The city of Jena lives on a combination of its rich historical and intellectual past, attractive landscape, innovative international research and industry, and youthful student life. To become acquainted with Jena we offer a package of different activities such as hiking, city tour and pub crawls. Besides the experience of Jena's scientific and cultural highlights, these activities will give you the opportunity to get in contact with other PhD students.