The Microbial Biotechnology section of the KNVM, associated to the Microbial Physiology Platform of the NBV, is excited to announce the MB4.0 Fall meeting, which will take place on Monday November 6th 2017 in Delft.

Venue: TU Delft sports and culture, Theater auditorium Mekelweg 10, building 38, TU Delft

Participants, and particularly junior participants, are strongly encouraged to bring posters to the fall meeting.



A registration fee of 30€ will be applied. The meeting is free of charge for master and bachelor students, as well as for members of the NBV or the KNVM. We strongly encourage the attendants to join our community and benefit from other advantages by becoming NBV or KNVM members. Click on the links to become a member of the NBV or the KNVM.

The registration fee will have to be paid in cash at the registration desk on the day of the fall meeting. 

Click here for a map to reach the venue.

A parking for cars is available nearby on the Van den Broekweg.

If you have questions, please contact Pascale Daran-Lapujade.


Program (download PDF)

9:30  – 10:00    Registration and coffee

10:00 - 10:10    Introduction Herwig Bachmann, NIZO/VU Amsterdam

10:10 - 10:40    Marcel Wubbolts, Corbion
Biotechnology at Corbion; towards the circular economy

10:40 - 11:00    Ruud Weusthuis, Wageningen University
Ethyl acetate production by the elusive alcohol acetyltransferase from yeasts 

11:00 - 11:20    Joyce Mulder, NIZO/University Groningen
Unleashing natural competence in Lactococcus lactis by induction of the competence regulator ComX

11:20 - 11:40    Karel Olavarria, TUD
Efficient Sugar2Plastic conversion: Homo PHB fermentation in E. coli

11:40- 12:10     Poster pitches

12:10 - 14:00    Lunch, poster session and networking

14:00 - 14:50    Guest lecture: Kevin Verstrepen, Leuven University, Belgium
Studying the yeasts of yesterday to generate the beer yeasts of tomorrow

14:50 - 15:20    Mike Jetten, Sebastian Luecker, Radboud University Nijmegen
Ecophysiology of new nitrogen cycle micro-organisms

15:20 - 15:40    Willi Gottstein, VU Amsterdam
Deriving flux distributions from metabolite time-courses using genome-scale  stoichiometric models

15:40 - 16:25    Coffee break and poster session

16:25 - 16:45    Hein Trip, Leiden University
Co-cultivation as an approach to wake up silent secondary metabolite gene clusters: a case study in Aspergillus niger

16:45 – 17:05    Peter Punt, Dutch DNA
Dutch DNA

17:05- 17:40     Closing lecture, Christophe Danelon, TUD
Bottom-up approach to a minimal cell

17:40                Drinks