Scientific Programme

The 14th Symposium programme will include:

14 invited plenary lectures providing overviews of state-of-the-art developments in five selected scientific areas,

3 short plenary lectures, selected from the abstracts, that cover the most recent advances in LAB research and poster flash sessions allowing selected authors to present an outline of their poster to the plenary audience.

Extensive time for poster sessions.


The scientific areas that will be covered are

Microbial communities,

Fermentation and metabolism,

Genetic and Genomics,

Host-Microbe Interactions and

Bacteriophage and antimicrobials.

Leading scientists from outside the LAB-community have also been included in the Programme to cover important emerging fields.

Many keynote speakers will contribute to a review to the LAB14 special issue of FEMS Microbial Reviews, edited by Eddy Smid, Sarah Lebeer and Egon Bech-Hansen, which will be available in September 2023; these invited speakers will provide the most current updates on their exciting research. Plenary lectures will be followed by an on-stage discussion session.


Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Oscar Kuipers (University of Groningen, The Netherlands): Mode of action, mechanism of biosynthesis and engineering of antimicrobial peptides from LAB and beyond

Ahmad Zeidan (Chr. Hansen, Denmark): From Geontype to Phenotype: Computational approaches for inferring microbial traits relevant to the food industry

Birgitte Kallipolitis (University of Southern Denmark): Regulatory RNAs or on antimicrobial free fatty acids (to be determined)

Britt Koskella (University of California USA): Title to be determined

Colin Hill (University College Cork, Ireland): After a century of nisin research – where are we now?

Giovanna Felis (Universita di Verona, Italy):  Biodiversity, taxonomy and the new era of LAB biotechnology

Maria Marco (UC Davis, USA): Extracellular electron transfer as a metabolic strategy of lactobacilli

Mark Turner (University of Queensland, Australia): Cyclic-di-AMP signalling in lactic acid bacteria

Sylvain Moineau ( Universite Laval, Canada):  LAB phages

Mohamed Abou Donia (Princeton University, USA): Title to be determined

Frederic Leroy (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgoum): Title to be determined

Bert Poolman (University of Groningen, The Netherlands): The crowded cytoplasm

Jennifer Mahony ( University College Cork, Ireland):Phage-host interactions of dairy streptococci



Poster contributions in all areas of research on Lactic Acid Bacteria, especially on industrial applications, are encouraged.