On 11 May 2017, the Luxembourg Society for Microbiology (LSfM) held its first national conference at the Laboratoire national de santé in Dudelange. The “First Luxembourg Microbiology Day” was a great success and the occasion for its members to meet, present their activities, discuss the impact on science, health and the economy, as well as to establish new synergies.
“Microbiology is a flourishing sector in Luxembourg and abroad. It was stimulating to see the 70 participants, coming from fields as different as healthcare, ecology, academia and industry, exchange ideas and knowledge. The high rate of participation at the first Luxembourg Microbiology Day reflects the need for local actors to interact and ideally coordinate their actions”, comments Conny Mathay, LSfM’s Board Member and IBBL’s Biospecimen Processing Team Leader.
Three speakers opened the scientific programme on the agenda. First, Prof Paul Wilmes from the University of Luxembourg focused on the latest results in microbiome research. Second, Dr Guy Colling from the National Museum of Natural History highlighted the importance of microorganisms in museum collections. Third, Dr Philippe Delfosse from the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology closed the first discussion session by exploring the use of microorganisms in agriculture to ensure circular economy.
The second part of the agenda was dedicated to the LSfM members’ activities. Eight young researchers competed in pitching their research projects in just 5 minutes. Linda Wampach and Dr Anna Heintz-Buschart, both from the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine, were selected by the audience and rewarded for their oral presentations.
The inaugural conference concluded with LSfM’s general assembly.
The Luxembourg Society for Microbiology was founded in 2016 in an effort to to consolidate the activities in the field of microbiology on the national level. The founding institutes are the Luxembourg Institute of Health, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, the Laboratoire National de Santé, the University of Luxembourg and the Integrated BioBank of Luxembourg.