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EMBO Practical Course

Breathless microbes: Techniques and theory in anaerobic microbiology

24 – 28 July 2017 | Wageningen, Netherlands

  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 May 2017
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 May 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 22 May 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 12 June 2017

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About the Practical Course

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Anaerobic microbiology is a key research field to address present and future challenges in industry and society. Anaerobic microbes turn waste products into biogas and biofuels, they are responsible for many steps in the elemental C-, N- and S-cycles and they form the human and animal’s gut microbiomes. In this Practical Course we will acquaint you with relevant theoretical background on the topic but, most importantly, hands-on experiments with high and low tech equipment. Our objective is that participants of this course will be able to implement anaerobic microbiology techniques to laboratories that have not previously been working with anaerobes.

About EMBO Courses and Workshops

EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timelines, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be from the underrepresented gender).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 May 2017
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 May 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 22 May 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 12 June 2017



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation in double room
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee breaks)
  • Course dinner


After your acceptance to the course has been confirmed by the organisers, you will receive an email with the payment details.

Selection criteria

Preference will be given to PhD students and postdocs who will be able to apply anaerobic techniques to their currently running project. Along with the abstract students should submit a CV, a motivation letter clearly stating previous experience and relevance of the workshop for their future career prospects and a letter of reference.

Abstract criteria

The abstract should describe your current research project, or a prospective future research project applying anoxic techniques. The maximum word count is 200 words.

Poster specification

The poster should be portrait format and adequately sized (e.g. A0 format, 841 x 1189 mm or 33.1 x 46.8 in).



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Laboratory of Microbiology,

Wageningen University,

Stippeneng 4,

Helix, building number 124,

6708 WE Wageningen,

The Netherlands

Website: click here

The Laboratory of Microbiology (website) is engaged in research and education in biotransformations and interactions of microorganisms. The Laboratory of Microbiology was established close to 100 years ago and has developed a long-standing expertise on bacteria, archaea and viruses. There is a strong emphasis on anaerobic prokaryotes because of their novel and unique properties, their relevance for various industrial application areas, and the developed anaerobic expertise and infrastructure.

The theoretical part of the workshop will take place at Impulse, Stippeneng 2, Building 115, 6708 WE Wageningen, The Netherlands (website)


Hof van Wageningen

Lawickse Allee 9

6701 AN Wageningen

The Netherlands

The rooms will be booked from Sunday 23 July until Saturday 29 July.

Students will share double hotel rooms.


Check the website shown below for information and directions inside the Wageningen University campus and travel instructions from major airports.

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About the Area

The Netherlands are well known for their biking culture. We will transfer between the accommodation, the course venue and Wageningen city center by rental bike. If you are unable to ride a bicycle please let us know so we can organize other means of transportation.

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