Programme Committee

Bauke Oudega

Programme Chair

Bauke Oudega studied Chemistry at the University of Amsterdam. After his thesis on the Mode of Action, Structure and Function of Bacteriocin Cloacin DF13, defended at the VU University of Amsterdam, he studied the biosynthesis of Outer Membrane Proteins in the laboratory of Mary Jane Osborn in Connecticut, USA. Back in Amsterdam, he studied protein secretion pathways in Gram-negative bacteria, the structure and function of adhesive organelles (fimbriae) of intestinal bacteria causing diarrhea, inner membrane protein biosynthesis and the role of the bacterial SRP, as well as the structure and function of so-called autotransporter proteins. Besides a scientific career at the VU University (VUA, Amsterdam), he was vice-dean, and dean of the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences for many years as well as vice-rector of the VUA. He has been in the FEMS Board of Directors for 7 years, the last three years as President of FEMS. His current research interest is broad, but protein secretion pathways, structure function relationships of membrane proteins as well as secreted proteins and vaccin development are still in the center of his interests.


Hilary Lappin Scott

Organizing Chair

Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott is the elected President of FEMS, having been the elected President of the Society for General Microbiology (now the Microbiology Society) from 2009-2012 and President of the International Society for Microbial Ecology for two terms from 2006-2010.  She was the co-founder of the ISME Journal and a member of the International Board of the American Society for Microbiology.  Professor Lappin-Scott is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology alongside several other Fellowships.  Professor Lappin-Scott is a passionate supporter of equality, diversity and inclusion in science and research and works hard to support early career scientists.Her research interests are within the discipline of Microbial Ecology, including biofilm formation and control processes and the biodegradation of environmental, pollutants in soils.


Evelyn Doyle

Evelyn Doyle is an Associate Professor in University College Dublin, Ireland. She is currently Head of the School of Biology & Environmental Science in UCD and was formerly Associate Dean for Science (2017-2019) and was Head of Industrial Microbiology from 2002-2005. Evelyn is a long-time member of the Microbiology Society (UK and Ireland) where she was General Secretary (2013-2016), Scientific Meetings Officer (2011-2013), Deputy Scientific Meetings Officer (2009-2011) and Chair of the Irish Division (2006-2009) of the Microbiology Society. She was the Microbiology Society’s delegate on FEMS Council from 2013-2016.


Beate Averhoff

Beate Averhoff is Professor at the Faculty of Biosciences of the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She was educated as a microbiologist at the Georg-August-University, Göttingen, Germany in the department of Gerhard Gottschalk. After her PhD she was a postdoc with Nicolas Ornston at Yale University, New Haven, USA, supported by a DFG fellowship, followed by a post-doc with Ken Timmis at the German Research Center for Biotechnology, Braunschweig, Germany.  In 1992 she was appointed as group leader at the Institute of Microbiology at the Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany, where she received her Habilitation for “Microbiology” in 1998. From 2001 – 2004 she was an associate Professor at the Institute of Genetics of the Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany, before she moved to the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in 2006. In 2009 she was selected as treasurer of the German Society of General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM).  In 2010 she was elected as delegate of the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS). As member of the hessian SciMento project and as representative of the Womens Council of the Faculty of Biosciences at the Goethe University she is a dedicated mentor of many young female scientists. She supports microbiology by serving as editorial board member and editor of several journals. She has supervised 19 PhD students, 11 master students and 30 bachelor students.


Isabel Sá-Correia

Isabel Sá-Correia is Distinguished Full Professor of Biological Sciences and this area Coordinator at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), the School of Engineering, Science and Technology of Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal. She is the Director of the Biological Sciences area of the Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences (iBB), at IST.  A Chemical Engineering graduate, Prof Sá-Correia has a PhD degree in the field of Microbiology (Yeast Physiology) and, as Fulbright Visiting Assist. Prof., she carried out post-doctoral studies (Molecular Biology of Pseudomonas) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Medical Center, Chicago, USA. She is the President of the Portuguese Society of Microbiology and FEMS Council delegate. She was the mentor and advisor of 15 postdocs and 35 PhD theses. Prof. Sá-Correia research activities are in the fields of Molecular and Cellular Microbiology and Functional and Comparative Genomics  (yeasts and Gram-negative bacteria), with a focus on Microbial Responses and Resistance to Stress.


Jim Prosser

Jim Prosser is Professor in Environmental Microbiology in the School of Biological Sciences at Aberdeen University, where he holds a Personal Chair, following a BSc in Microbiology at Queen Elizabeth College, London University (1972) and a PhD (1975) and postdoctoral research at Liverpool University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Society of Biology and the American Academy of Microbiology and was awarded an OBE for services to Environmental Science in 2013. He has an Honorary Degree from the University of Ljubljana and is a Director of NCIMB Ltd. His research focuses on the ecophysiology, diversity and ecosystem function of soil microorganisms, including ammonia oxidisers, which play a central in the global nitrogen cycle. He has demonstrated the role of pH and ammonia supply on ammonia oxidisers, the influence of community composition on ecosystem function, including nitrous oxide emissions, and the implications for nitrogen fertiliser strategies.


Michael Sauer

Michael SAUER is Assistant Professor at the Department of Biotechnology of BOKU -University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria. He is a biotechnologist by training (diploma in biotechnology @Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - ETH, Zürich) and holds a doctoral degree in biochemistry (@University of Vienna). He obtained his venia docendi in the subject “industrial microbiology” (@BOKU). Dr. Sauer is heading a research group aiming at microbial production of base chemicals from renewable resources and he is heading the CD Laboratory for Biotechnology of Glycerol. Metabolic engineering and bioprocess engineering are combined to provide microbial processes of industrial relevance. A special focus is on the characterization and optimization of natural producers, thus employing natural diversity. A second line of research is dedicated to understand molecular transport mechanisms across membranes. Transport is central for metabolism, but our understanding of it is still scarce.


Nicole Fischer

Nicole Fischer is a Professor of Molecular and Diagnostic Virology at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. Her research interests are within basic research to understand the mechanism of viral persistence and viral-induced pathogenesis. In particular, her lab is interested in how epigenetic changes contribute to the persistence and pathogenesis of human polyomaviruses. Her lab also focusses on translational research: to identify/ develop novel antivirals against human polyomaviruses and to develop high throughput sequencing as a tool for detection and discovery of viruses. Nicole received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Saarland University, Germany. She performed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley in the lab of Dr. Karsten Weis. Before returning to Germany, she worked as an Assistant Specialist with Joseph DeRisi and Don Ganem, University of California, San Francisco where she developed and applied unbiased high throughput approaches to detect and discover viruses in diagnostic samples.


Rossana Coda

University Researcher and Adjunct Professor in Food Microbiology at the Department of Food and Nutrition at the University of Helsinki, Rossana Coda has been working in the field of food fermentation for 15 years, in the context of several academic and industrial projects. Her educational background include a PhD in “Microbiology, Health and Chemistry of Food” at the University of Bari, Italy, focusing on biotechnological applications of lactic acid bacteria. During her career, she has been working in different research environments with a focus on bio-production, engaging with several stakeholders. Her research interests encompass the study of food microbiota and the use of microbial metabolism to transform food matrices, to produce traditional or innovative food. Her goal is to create novel bioprocesses to contribute to sustainable transformation and solutions for the agro-food resources.


Wolf-Dietrich Hardt

Wolf-Dietrich Hardt (ETH Zurich) is Full Professor of Microbiology at the Institute of Microbiology of the department of Biology at ETH Zürich. He is internationally recognized for his work on Salmonella typhimurium infection biology. Since 1995, he has studied the pathogen’s evolution, its virulence factors, host cell manipulation and the triggering of invasion via the SPI-1 type III secretion system. In the past few years, the research has focused on in vivo infection biology employing mouse models for deciphering persisters, the transfer of antibiotic resistance plasmids and phages, pathogen-microbiota interactions and mucosal immune responses during the acute Salmonella infection.


Carianne Buurmeijer

FEMS Representative

Carianne Buurmeijer is a Project Manager Events and Communication at the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (Delft, the Netherlands). She is passionate about gearing events and communications towards one goal: connecting people and ideas. Before her affiliation with FEMS, Carianne has been a (communications) professional in utilities, energy and medical branches.