Spotlight Meeting 2017



The students of the Marburg School of Microbiology, as well as the Graduate School of the Collaborative Research Center 766 at the University of Tübingen, welcome you to Marburg. This year‘s ‚Spotlight Meeting‘ is being held at the Max Planck Institute Marburg.

The Marburg School of Microbiology offers an internationally visible PhD programme with excellent research and training possibilities for young scientists. It is located at the Philipps-Universität Marburg and the study program is designed in close collaboration with the LOEWE Center for Synthetic Microbiology (SYNMIKRO) and the Collaborative Research Center 987.

The Collaborative Research Center 987 at Philipps-Universität Marburg comprises 17 research groups which contribute to scientic progress in all areas of modern microbiology, including Microbial Ecology and Physiology, Cellular and Molecular Microbiology, Microbial Biochemistry and Structural Biology and Systems and Synthetic Biology.

21 projects in which the scientists are investigating different aspects of the biology of the bacterial cell envelope are part of the Collaborative Research Center 766 at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. They are located throughout various departments of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University, the University Hospital and at the Max-Planck-Institute of Developmental Biology.






8:30 - 9:15   Registration
9:15 - 9:30                      Opening remarks by speakers of the Graduate Schools Marburg & Tübingen
Session 1 - „Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance“
9:30 - 10:00 Mariana G. Pinho
(Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal)
What controls the localization of cell wall synthesis in Staphylococcus aureus?
10:00 - 10:30 Isabelle Broutin
(Paris Descartes University, France)
RND eux pumps as bacterial resistance mechanisms: from the 3D structure to the understanding of the function
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
Session 2 - „Nucleotides and second messengers“
11:00 - 11:30 Vasili Hauryliuk
(Umeå University, Sweden)
The interface between (p)ppGpp signalling and RNA-protein interactions
11:30 - 12:00 Mathias Grün
(CEO, Jena Bioscience, Germany)
Meet the industry
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch break & „Meet the Prof“
Session 3 - „Prokaryotic macromolecular structures“
13:30 - 14:00 Tanmay Bharat
(University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
Structural biology in situ: oligomeric bacterial proteins on cells
14:00 - 14:30 Martin Pilhofer
(ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Bacterial cell-cell interactions mediated by contractile injection systems
14:30 - 15:00 Coffee break
Session 4 - „Metabolic engineering of bacteria“
15:00 - 15:30 Sven Panke
(ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Synthetic biology between directed evolution and forward design
15:30 - 16:00 Michael Bott
(Jülich Research Centre, Germany)
Biosensor-based screening for useful variants of an anaplerotic enzyme
16:00 - 15:15 Short break
Session 5 - „Interspecies interactions of prokaryots“
16:15 - 16:45

Amelia Elena Rotaru
(University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
Mutualistic interspecies interactions via direct electron transfer

16:45 - 17:15 Clara Belzer Netherlands
(Wageningen UR, Netherlands)
The microbiome and the quest for causality: The case of Akkermansia
17:15 - 17:30 Concluding remarks
by speakers of the Graduate Schools Marburg & Tübingen
17:30 - 19:00 Dinner & Postersession
19:00 - 20:00 „Meet the Editor“
20:00 Get together