Scientific Programme

The 13th 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,
  • central in the programme each day: the online interactive poster session.

The scientific areas that will be covered are

  1.  Microbial communities,
  2.  Fermentation and metabolism,
  3.  Genetic and Genomics,
  4.  Host-Microbe Interactions and
  5.  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 contributed a review to the LAB13 special issue of FEMS Microbial Reviews, edited by Bas Teusink, Sylvain Moineau and Oscar Kuipers, which appeared in September 2020; these invited speakers will provide the most current updates on their exciting research. Plenary lectures will be followed by an on-stage discussion session.

Poster contributions in all areas of research on Lactic Acid Bacteria, especially on industrial applications, are encouraged.  We will create a professional interactive online environment for poster viewing, where each poster has its own breakout room - open during the entire conference to accommodate all time zones. Presenters are asked to upload their poster. Additionally, a two-minute poster flash can be uploaded online to promote the work.