The Organizing Committee acknowledges the kind support from the following sponsors:

Company of Biologists

The Company of Biologists is a not-for-profit publishing organisation dedicated to supporting and inspiring the biological community.

We are run by distinguished practising scientists. We exist to profit science, not shareholders. We inspire new thinking and support the community of biologists.

The focus of our activities is:

  • publishing leading peer-reviewed journals
  • facilitating scientific meetings and communities
  • providing travel grants for young researchers
  • supporting and funding research societies

FEMS is made up of an active and diverse network of around 30,000 professionals who are committed to advancing microbiology for the benefit of society in the areas of health, energy, food, materials, and the environment. Set up in 1974, today we are a growing coalition of 56 Member Societies from 41 countries. Around half of those in our network are early career researchers, and others are business partners, scientists or campaigners.

Our commitment is to help support microbiologists do their work, promote the best in microbiology research and knowledge to the world, and bring microbiologists together to share that knowledge.

As a not-for-profit organization, we reinvest our revenues into supporting microbiologists throughout their career, publishing and promoting scientific research in our journals and organizing events to bring scientists together. Our Members are vitally important to our work, and we seek to support them do their work to jointly advance microbiology.


The Wenner-Gren Foundations (The Wenner-Gren Center Foundation for Scientific Research, The Axel Wenner-Gren Foundation for International Exchange of Scientists and The Foundation Wenner-Grenska Samfundet) support international scientific exchange through:

  1. supplying guest apartments at the Wenner-Gren Center in Stockholm;
  2. awarding fellowships to Swedish researchers who wish to go abroad, and to guest scientists who wish to visit Sweden;
  3. supporting visits by foreign guest lecturers;
  4. organizing international symposia;
  5. in other ways supporting the exchange of knowledge across borders.

The lunch on Wednesday is kindly sponsored by AAK.


The mingle food at the welcome reception on Wednesday is kindly sponsored by RISE Research Institutes of Sweden.


The lunch on Thursday is kindly sponsored by Lallemand.

Melt & Marble

The coffee break on Wednesday is kindly sponsored by Melt & Marble.

Chalmers AoA Energy

The travel costs of Prof Huimin Zhao are kindly sponsored by Chalmers Area of Advance Energy.


The awards of the best posters are kindly sponsored by the open-access journal Contact.