Martin J. Blaser, M.D.
Henry Rutgers Chair of the Human Microbiome 
Professor of Medicine and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine – RWJMS
Director, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, Rutgers University

Title of keynote presentation: The two-edged sword of antibiotics: climate change in miniature 

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Mette Haubjerg Nikolajsen
Associate Professor, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen

Title of keynote presentation: Microbial Ecology in the Green Transition

Research interests:
My research centers on microbial interactions in natural systems and in particular focuses on bacterial-fungal interactions with plant roots. These interactions provide essential ecosystem services, and only by understanding these intimate interactions in detail can we aim modulate these systems for the benefit of society in a sustainable manner. We investigate these interactions across scales, spanning from in vitro systems and defined consortia to field experiments. To do this, we take an integrative approach combining genomics, transcriptomics and marker/reporter gene technologies with biochemical analyses and advanced microscopy for a holistic understanding of the microbial interactions in relation to environmental factors, and how they shape community structure and function.

My research focus on microbial interactions in natural systems, in particular associated with plant roots and fungal hyphae. These interactions provide essential ecosystem services, and only by understanding these interactions in detail can we aim for modulating them for the benefit of society in a sustainable manner. We investigate these interactions across scales, going from in vitro systems and defined consortia to field experiments, combining genomics, transcriptomics and marker/reporter gene technologies with biochemical analyses and advanced microscopy for a holistic understanding of the microbial interactions in relation to environmental factors, and how they shape community structure and function. From another angle, we work on using our knowledge on microbial ecology and function for hunting.

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Thea Kølsen Fisher
Copenhagen University: Professor i Public Health virusinfektioner og epidemier – NOH: Forskningschef Nordsjællands Hospital

Title of keynote presentation: SARS-coronavirus-2 origin tracing

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