Scientific program

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Plenary lectures (in alphabetical order):

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Medical Biotechnology


The section is focused on the use of new biotechnological methods and tools in human medicine or other important areas of human health and disease. These new methods and tools can be used for diagnosis and treatment of diverse pathophysiological conditions (including cancer). They include classical monoclonal antibodies and second generation antibodies useful of targeting the diseased cells and an original novel approach to tumor therapy through mitochondria as a target of anti-tumor therapy.

Hybridoma technology, synthetic antibodies, antibody-drug conjugates, protein engineering of antibodies, interferon-gamma, diagnosis and treatment of cancer

Invited lectures:

Kateřina Rohlenová, Institute of Biotechnology, ASCR, Czech Republic: Electron transport chain disruption as a new strategy to suppress Her2high breast cancer

Jana Pěknicová, Institute of Biotechnology, ASCR, Czech Republic: Evaluating the quality of male sperm cells with monoclonal antibodies

Peter Šebo, Institute of Microbiology, ASCR, Czech Republic: Bordetella pertussis and its adenylate cyclase toxin: How it works and how to use it

Irena Adkins, Sotio, Czech Republic Immunogenic cell death in lung cancer immunotherapy

Pavla Postlerova, Institute of Biotechnology, ASCR, Czech Republic:  Monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies as tools for the study of proteins in the male reproductive tract

Tomáš Koval, Institute of Biotechnology, ASCR, Czech Republic:  Zinc-dependent 3'nucleases related to treatment of human diseases

Zora Nováková, Institute of Biotechnology, ASCR, Czech Republic:  Development of novel biologics for prostate cancer imaging

Petr Malý, Institute of Biotechnology, ASCR, Czech Republic:  Glycopeptide mimetics derived from albumin-binding domain scaffold as tools for induction of neutralizing antibodies against HIV-1 gp120 glycoprotein 

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology


The section is focused on biotechnological tools for pharmaceutical applications. The aim is to cover the advances in drug discovery and development based on the use of microbial biotechnology. Contributions on screening of biological activities of natural compounds and/or production of secondary or specialized metabolites (antibiotics, immunosuppressors, antitumors etc.) and bioactive peptides and proteins (enzymes, vaccines) by homologous and heterologous microbial hosts are especially welcome.  Advances in fermentation technology and strain improvement of classical or novel microbial production processes are acceptable if addressed to pharmaceutical applications, with a particular attention to the recombinant technologies and the integration of chemical and biological aspects in upstream and downstream processes. Co-cultivation approach and metagenomics tools to drug discovery are considered extremely appealing for the state of the art of this section. 

Secondary (specialized) metabolites, natural products, fermentation processes, recombinant proteins, pharmaceutical bioprocess design, co-cultivation, metagenomics

Invited lectures:

Vera Luginbühl, Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology, ZHAW, Switzerland: 5-Aminolevulinic acid in glioblastoma surgery and intracellular tumour targeting by a shiga toxin subunit B

Flavia Marinelli, Department of Biotechnology, University of Insubria, Italy:  Old and novel glycopeptide antibiotics: from product to gene and back

Yi He, College of Food Science and Engineering, Wuhan Polytechnic University, China:  Uncovering citrinin biosynthesis in Monascus ruber by reconstructing its biosynthetic pathway in the secondary host Aspergillus oryzae

Klara Stensvåg, University of Tromsoe, Norway: Marine antimicrobial compounds and their potential as lead compounds for novel antibiotics

Lukas Neutsch, ZHAW, Switzerland: The Sugar Code as a Door Opener at Resistant Uptake Barriers – Biotechnological Concepts for Glycotargeted Drug Delivery in Bladder Cancer

Michaela Rumlová, Department of Biotechnology, UCT Prague, Czech Republic: Assembly and disassembly of HIV-1 as a target for screening and rational design of anti-HIV-1 compounds

Yanchun Shao, Fusheng College of Food Science and Technology, Huazhong Agricultural University, China:Mrhda1 played important roles in the morphological development and pigment/citrinin production in Monascus ruber

Jan Masák, Department of Biotechnology, UCT Prague, Czech Republic: Biofilms of opportunistically pathogenic microorganisms and possibilities of their regulation

Microalgae Biotechnology


This session spans all aspects of microalgae biotechnology. Of particular interest are products from microalgae; microalgae for human and animal consumption, microalgae in novel foods and food supplements, microalgae as a source of fine chemicals; photobioreactors and other technologies for large-scale production of microalgal biomass; the methods of harvesting microalgae; downstream processing of algal biomass for product recovery; and the use of algae in environmental applications. Contributions on potential algal biofuels and biorefineries based on microalgae are particularly welcome.

Microalgae; bioproducts; biofuels; biorefineries; production of algal biomass; downstream processing; environmental applications of microalgae

Invited lectures:

Kateřina Bišová, Institute of Microbiology, ASCR, Czech Republic:  Microalgae grown in stable isotopes

Tomas Branyik, Department of Biotechnology, UCT Prague, Czech Republic:  Influence of inorganic salt precipitates on autoflocculation of microalgae

Maria Barbosa, Wageningen University, Netherlands:Title will be specified

Cristina Gonzalez, IMDEA Energy Institute, Spain: Identifying knowledge gaps for an efficient anaerobic digestion of microalgae biomass

Shigeyuki Kawano, University of Tokyo, Japan: Endopolyploidy, fragmentation and reconstitution of chromosomes by the heavy-ion beam irradiation in Parachlorella kessleri

Environmental Biotechnology


The section is focused on the study and use of biological systems for remediation of contaminated environments - land, air and water. The aim is to show recent development and achievements in the use of biotechnological tools such as engineered microbial consortia or task-specific application of strains and enzymes for environmental protection. Special attention will be paid to material and energy recovery from waste and wastewater in accordance with principles of circular economy.

Anaerobic digestion, biorefineries, circular economy, environmental protection, waste valorisation.

Invited lectures:

Irini Angelidaki, TU Lyngby, Denmark: Recent advances in biogas-omics as emerging tools for improving the biogas process

Tommaso Lotti, Politechnico di Milano, Italy: Physico-chemical characterization of EPS-based biomaterial recovered from anammox granular sludge

Fernando Fermoso, Instituto de la Grasa Sevilla, Spain: Olive Mill Solid Waste Biorafinery: Comparative of thermal pre-treatments for phenols recovery and biomethanization

Jan Bartáček, UCT Prague, Czech Republic: Separate carbon and nutrients removal from sewage: Making the concept reality

Vojtěch Kouba, UCT Prague, Czech Republic:  Adaptation of anammox to low temperature in response to cold shock

Jana Zábranská, UCT Prague, Czech Republic: Biotechnology of nutrient removal from waste water by autotrophic denitrification with sulfides from biogas

Food and Agriculture Biotechnology


The Food and Agriculture Biotechnology session will focus on sustainable food production (raw materials, processing, packaging, storage); food quality/safety and food adulteration. Presentations are welcome on the detection and control of spoilage and pathogenic microorganisms; development and applications of novel enzymes; functional foods with new and improved properties; nutritional supplements with value added output traits; development of food and agricultural products with new properties by genetic engineering. A particular area of interest is application of biotechnology in agriculture.

food production, quality, safety, adulteration, control of pathogenic microorganisms, novel enzymes, functional foods, nutritional supplements, genetic engineering, biotechnology in agriculture

Invited lectures:

Pavel Dostálek, Department of Biotechnology, UCT Prague, Czech Republic: Enhancing brewing yeast performance

Lars Fieseler, Institute of Food and Beverage Innovation, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland: Bacteriophages for the control of pathogenic bacteria

Iveta Bernátová, Institute of Normal and Pathological Physiology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, SlovakiaBeneficial cardiovascular effects of (-)epicatechin-containing foods

Daniela Šmogrovičová, Institute of Biotechnology, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia: Yeast for production of alcohol free beer

Šárka Horáčková, Department of Dairy, Fat and Cosmetics, UCT Prague, Czech Republic: Probiotic effect of microorganisms

Francesca Berini, University of Insubria, Italy: Chitinases from metagenome as pest biocontrol agents

He Huang, Nanjing Tech University, China: Bio-production of lipid nutrition chemicals: polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin K2

Yves Briers, Laboratory of Applied Biotechnology, Ghent University, Belgium: Synthetic biology of designer endolysins

Emilio Montesinos, Center for Innovation and Development in Plant Health, Institute of Food and Agricultural Technology, University of Girona, Spain:  Antimicrobial and defence elicitor peptides in plant disease control

Steven Hagens, Micreos Food Safety, The Netherlands: The application of bacteriophages in food

Susanne Miescher Schwenninger, Institute of Food and Beverage Innovation, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland: Antifungal lactic acid bacteria in food fermentations

Antonio Vicente, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal: Moderate Electric Fields application as a biotechnological tool in food processing

Marilena Budroni, Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Sassari, Sassari, Italy: Microbial innovation for microbreweries

Deliang Wang, China National Research Institute of Food and Fermentation Industries, Beijing, China: Complete genome sequence of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens B15 isolated from grape skin, a strain of strong inhibitory activity against fungi

Fusheng Chen, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China: Recent researches of Monascus  spp. and their metabolites in China

Gabriella Kun-Farkas, Szent István University, Budapest, Hungary: Effect of various factors on the buffering capacity of wort



The section is focused on searching new ways how to process different kinds of waste and to obtain valuable compounds such as biofuels, bioplastics building blocks and others with the help of microorganisms. Contributions describing emerging processes combining physico-chemical waste pre-treatment with biological process like syngas production followed with gas fermentation or biomass fractionalization with microbial production/catalysis are especially welcome. Also advances and/or blindspots of “established“ utilization of second generation feedstocks including synthetic biology approaches for improvement of microbial skills, application of new generation enzymes for release of fermentable compounds from the complex material and original ideas how to overcome current bottlenecks are equally welcome.

waste processing, biofuels, bioplastics, green chemicals, biomass fractionalization, bioprocess design

Invited lectures:

Henk Noorman, Delft University of Technology, Netherland: Syngas fermentation design for hybrid biorefineries

Suzanne Zibek, Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology, Germany: How to convert lignocellulose to biosurfactants within a biorefinery

Spiros Agathos, Bioengineering Laboratory, Catholic University Louvain, Belgium: The phototroph biorefinery: emerging microalgae in the bioeconomy

Danilo Porro, Paola Branduardi Department of Biotechnology and Bioscience, University of Milano, Italy: Leveraging yeast potential for the valorization of biomasses into valuable bioproducts

Ana Lopez-Contreras, Wageningen University, Netherlands: Production of fuels from Macroalgae

Volha Shapaval, Achim Kohler, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway: Use of high-throughput FTIR spectroscopy to monitoring of microorganisms producing lipids, pigments  and biofuels within a biorefinery

Stanislav Obruča, Institute of Food Science and Biotechnology, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic: Use of biorefinery concept to bacterial production of polyhydroxy-alkanoates

Petra Patáková, Department of Biotechnology, UCT Prague, Czech Republic: Microbial production of required metabolites in plant/animal biorefinery 

Jan Kolek, Department of Biotechnology, UCT Prague, Czech Republic: Gene expression of sporulation factors in Clostridium beijerinckii during solventogenesis

Karel Sedlář, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic: Genome mining for biorefinery use

Maria Catarina Marques Dias de Almeida, Technical University of Lisboa, Portugal: Bench-scale production of polyhydroxyalkanoates and other valuable biomaterials from xylose-rich lignocellulosic hydrolysates

Jianan Zhang, Tsinghua University, China: The new perspective on butanol fermentation by microorganism consortia to extend substrate utilization and fermentation environment

Alena Kubatova, University of North Dakota, USA: Comprehensive Characterization of Lignin and its Degradation Products: Approaches and Challenges

Volha Shapaval, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway: Vibrational spectroscopy for monitoring lipogenesis in microbial cells

Jianping Yu, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA: Ethylene production from cyanobacteria

Industrial Biotechnology


This session focuses on the identification and control of key process parameters which affect cell growth, metabolism, productivity or product quality, as a satisfactory level of process understanding is considered as key to an industrial process design. Contributions related to technologies and methods utilizing bacteria, yeast, algae or mammalian cells as host organisms and focusing on the identification of key process parameters such as high throughput screening and related statistical (multivariate) data analysis are very welcome. Relevant to this session are also contributions which discuss the development of upstream process models in support of a most optimal process control strategy and/or optimization of processes, covering both fed-batch as well continuous operation. This session also covers synthetic biology approaches paving the way for the development of processes for products which up to now could not be economically synthesized in large amounts neither by making use of chemical nor biological technologies.

process parameters identification, high throughput screening, mathematical modeling and statistical data analysis, optimal process control strategy, cell metabolism and media optimization, synthetic biology

Invited lectures:

Aleš Prell, Institute of Microbiology, ASCR, Czech Republic: USP and DSP projects of the Biotechnological Pilot Plant - the Institute of Microbiology CAS

Cleo Kontoravdi, Department of Chemical Engineerig, Imperial College London, Great Britain: Model-driven process design for improved antibody glycosylation

Beat Christen, Institute of Molecular Systems Biology, ETH Zürich, Switzerland: Systems and synthetic biology approaches to accelerate bio-systems engineering (working title)

Sandra Cortes, Synthelis, Grenoble, France: Cell Free Expression for difficult to express proteins (working title)

Astrid Weninger, TU Graz, Austria: CRISPR/Cas9 for biotechnological advances

Michel Schalk, Firmenich SA, Switzerland: White Biotechnology for the Production of Flavor and Fragrance ingredients

Lukáš Franke, Contipro, Czech Republic: Optimization of microbial hyaluronic acid fermentation by metabolomic approach

Christoph Kiziak, Lonza AG, Visp, Switzerland: Pichia pastoris for recombinant production of novel binding scaffolds

Michael Sokolov, ETH Zurich, Switzerland: Statistical analysis and optimization of cell cultures

Atul Mohindra, Lonza Slough, Great Britain: Development of a cell culture process platform

Miroslav Šoóš, Department of Chemical Engineering, UCT Prague, Czech Republic: Model driven optimization of glyco pattern of mAb (working title)

Jochen Sieck, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany: Medium and Process Development for Next-Generation Perfusion Processes

Verena Looser, Zürich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW, Wädenswil, Switzerland: Using a systematic approach to accelerate bioprocess development: methanol-free manufacturing with Pichia pastoris

Poster presentations

All registered participants can submit a poster for the conference. As long as criteria of scientific and formal quality are met, contributions to the poster session are open to any biotechnology research topic beyond the main scope of the lectures.




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