View the programme day by day or at a glance, explore the session formats, and find out what sessions are inviting abstracts.

Plenary Speakers and Lwoff-Awardee

Plenary Speakers

Rita Colwell, University of Maryland
Julia Vorholt, ETH Zürich
Jorge E. Galan, Yale University
Carmen Buchrieser, Institut Pasteur, Editor-in-Chief of microLife
Paul Lehner, University of Cambridge
Kenneth Timmis, University of Braunschweig, FEMS-Lwoff Awardee

FEMS2023 - Preliminary Programme


Day 1

Sunday, 9th July 2023


Day 2

Monday, 10th July 2023

A person speaking at a congress

Day 3

Tuesday, 11th July 2023

community corners

Day 4

Wednesday, 12th July 2023


Day 5

Thursday, 13th Jul 2023


Full Programme

Please note that this is a preliminary version.

Session Formats

The FEMS2023 scientific program will be presented in live, on-site sessions.

Plenary lectures
These sessions focus on a broad area of the microbial sciences with high-level, leaders in the field. At the Opening Ceremony, one of the plenary lectures is the FEMS-Lwoff lecture. Plenary lectures at the opening ceremony will be 50 minutes, plenary lectures in the mornings of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be 45 minutes.

FEMS-Lwoff lecture
The FEMS-Lwoff Award for Achievements in Microbiology rewards those that create high quality knowledge that helps to solve today’s societal problems around microbiology. The winner of this award will give a prize lecture at the Opening Ceremony.

These 2 hour sessions address an important issue or research on a particular microbiology subject, with a diversity of knowledge and/or points of view presented by several speakers. The format can be a round table or presentations by multiple speakers. Speakers will be available to take questions from the audience.

Offered Talks Session
Offered Talks Sessions (OTS) are selected from abstracts for a relatively small group, focus on the technology-methods and skills in a particular field of microbiology. The OTS chairs are senior scientists in this field and will select presenters and a co-chair, can present their research, and lead discussions about the presented research. A presentation in this session is 12 min. + 3 min discussion.

Poster Flash Presentations
In a Poster Flash Presentation, each presentation is 3 minutes, with 2 minutes for discussion.

Poster Viewing
Accepted abstracts are scheduled into poster sessions and displayed in the Poster Hall. Attendees may visit the Poster Hall throughout the Congress.

Poster Networking
During the Poster Networking, participants can meet with presenters of accepted abstracts at their poster in the Poster Hall.

Special Event
These 2 hour sessions address an important issue or research on a particular subject, with a diversity of knowledge and/or points of view presented by several speakers. Speakers will be available to take questions from the audience.

Flash Presentations and Offered Talks Sessions

We invite abstract submitters to submit their abstract in one of the main topics listed below. If selected for an oral presentation, the submitter can be invited to either a Flash Presentation in one of the main topics, or an Offered Talk in one of the below mentioned titles. If selected for a poster presentation, the submitter will be invited to present their poster in one of the main topics.

Main topics

  • Environmental Microbiology & Ecology
  • Biotechnology & Synthetic Microbiology 
  • Food Microbiology 
  • Infection Biology & Pathogens 
  • Infectious Diseases 
  • Taxonomy & Systematics
  • Genetics/Genomics
  • Virology
  • Microbiology Education & Profession
  • Molecular Microbiology & Biochemistry 

Offered Talks Sessions

  • Antimicrobial Resistance: Environmental and Medical Aspects
  • DGHM Workshop: Eukaryotic Pathogens
  • DGHM Workshop: Genome-based Pathogen Diagnosis 
  • Diagnosis and Clinical Microbiology
  • Extreme Environments
  • FEMS Education Working Group Workshop: Education and Professional Development 
  • Fungal Biology and Chemistry
  • GfV Workshop: Immunity Against Phages 
  • GfV Workshop: Virology
  • ICSP Workshop Surveying the Phylogenomic Landscape: The Impact of Novel Methodologies on Prokaryotic Systematics
  • Industrial Microbiology and Bioeconomy
  • KNVM Workshop: Early Life Gut Microbiome Development
  • Metabolic Networks
  • Microbial Ecology Workshop: Microorganisms in Sustainable Agriculture
  • Microbial Pathogens and the Microbiota in the Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Microbiome: Recent Developments and Model Systems
  • Mikrobiokosmos Workshop: Microbial Life Under Climate Change
  • Protein Turnover and Secretion
  • Single Cell Infection and Imaging
  • Synthetic Microbiology
  • Viruses: Structural Biology and 3D Imaging?
  • Yeast Strategies to Resist Relevant Stresses in Bioindustries