Preliminary Program

Monday, August 20, 2018

12:00 – 13:00



13:00 – 13:10

Welcome address

Environmental microbiomes

Chair: Thomas Schweder

13:10 – 15:10


Jörg Overmann, DSMZ, Braunschweig, Germany
The untapped microbial diversity
Ute Hentschel Humeida, GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany
Exploring microbial dark matter in sponge symbioses
Dan Distel, Ocean Genome Legacy Center, Northeastern University, Ipswich, MA, USA
Cellulose, Sulfur and Shipworms
Jill Petersen, University of Vienna, Austria
Chemosynthetic symbioses in marine bivalves – Getting to the bottom of microbe-host relationships

15:10 – 15:40

Coffee break


Key microorganisms

Chair: Rudi Amann

15:40 – 17:40


Meinhard Simon, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, University of Oldenburg, Germany
Ecological significance, biogeography and physiology of the Roseobacter group in pelagic systems
Christian Jogler, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
Planctomycetes after the paradigm shift more exciting than ever
Phillip Pope, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway
Marine community functions
Andre Scheffel, MPI Golm, Germany
Coccolithophorid polysaccharides


17:40 – 18:00

Coffee break


18:00 – 19:10


Eric Martens, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
Gut bacterial degradation of dietary fiber: terrestrial fruits and vegetables and genetic upgrades for marine algae


Public evening talk within the frame of the MIMAS2 symposium and as part of the lecture series “Molecular basics of life”
Chair: Thomas Schweder

19:10 – 21:30

Poster session / Cheese & Wine



Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Proteogenomics of marine polysaccharide utilization

Chair: Jan-Hendrik Hehemann

09:00 – 11:00


Bernhard Fuchs, Hanno Teeling, Rudi Amann, Bremen, Germany
Diversity and abundance of Flavobacteria after spring blooms and across transatlantic transects
Dörte Becher, University Greifswald, Germany
Metaproteomics of diatom driven spring blooms
Marie Zühlke, Frank Unfried, Thomas Schweder, University Greifswald, Germany
Functional proteomics of marine Flavobacteria as key degraders of algal-derived polysaccharides
Lukas Reisky, Marcus Bäumgen, Uwe Bornscheuer, University Greifswald, Germany
The ulvan utilization pathway of Formosa agariphila


11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

Proteogenomics of marine polysaccharide utilization

Chair: Uwe Bornscheuer

11:30 – 13:00


Jan-Hendrik Hehemann, MARUM, Bremen, Germany
Slow food or fast food?: Enzymatic degradation of algal
Carol Arnosti, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Selfish, sharing, and cheating bacteria: A new view of carbon cycling in the ocean
Mirjam Czjzek, Roscoff, France
Biochemical and functional dissection of carrageenan catabolism in marine heterotrophic bacteria


13:00 – 14:00


Chemosynthesis based ecosystems

Chair: Kathrin Riedel

14:00 – 16:00


Stefan Sievert, WHOI, MA, USA
Identifying Chemosynthetically Active Microbes and Measuring Primary Productivity at Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents
Stephanie Markert, IMaB, Greifswald, Germany
Marine thiotrophic symbioses - examined by physiological proteomics
Dimitri Kalenitchenko, Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway
Wood falls, ephemeral deep sea benthic ecosystem transformed by microbes that are ultra-rare in seawater
Klaus Jürgens, IOW
Oxygen minimum zones


16:00 – 16:30

Coffee break

Microbial interactions

Chair: Kathrin Riedel

16:30 – 18:10


Tjorven Hintzke, University of Greifswald, Germany
Physiological basis of the Riftia pachyptila symbiosis
Noa Barak-Gavish, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Bacterial virulence against an oceanic bloom-forming phytoplankter is mediated by algal DMSP
Emma Gibbin, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Carbon partitioning in the coral-dinoflagellate symbiosis during Pocillopora damicornis-Vibrio coralliilyticus infection
Nina Heinzmann, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany
Phages are a mortality factor of bacterial key groups during a spring bloom


18:10 – 18:30

Powertalks (5 minutes, 4 PowerPoint slides)



Conference dinner (Theater Café)



Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Marine microbial metabolic networks

Chair: Kathrin Riedel

09:00 – 09:30


Hans-Peter Grossart, IGB, Stechlin, Germany

Thorsten Dittmar, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, University of Oldenburg, Germany
Modelling the long-term fate of marine dissolved organic matter through a network of compounds and bacteria
Matthias Wietz, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, University of Oldenburg, Germany
Bacterial adaptations to the degradation of algal polysaccharide mixtures on cellular and community level


10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break

Microbial interactions

Chair: Rudi Amann

11:00 – 11:30


Mia Bengtsson, University Greifswald, Germany
Seagrass ecosystems…
Rebecca Case, University of Alberta, Canada
Bioactive and signaling compounds in mediating bacterial-algal symbiosis
Deniz Tasdemir, GEOMAR, Germany
Fungi interactions and natural compounds


12:30 – 13:30

Farewell coffee


End of Symposium