10+1 iAMB Anniversary

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10+1 year anniversary of the Institute of Applied Microbiology

In 2011, we started as the Institute of Applied Microbiology at the RWTH Aachen University. A lot has happened since, and we would like to spend a day recollecting and reuniting. Please join us for the celebration of our 10+1 year anniversary on Friday, June 10th, 2022 . The celebration consists of a symposium in the morning, followed by an open lab at the Institute of Applied Microbiology, and a barbecue in the late afternoon.


Change Lecture Hall Symposium Ahornstraße

The lecture hall for the symposium at the Ahornstraße has been changed at short notice.

The symposium will take place in lecture hall AH IV and no longer in lecture hall AH V as previously indicated.


We are happy to have confirmed a number of former companions and scientific friends of the iAMB as speakers for the symposium. Next to the speakers from academia, we invited industrial partners to present their perspectives on advances of industrial microbiology.

Afterwards, we will have an open lab at the institute. Here, you will have the opportunity to visit our laboratories, learn more about our current research, and get in touch with companies supporting us for many years.

The day will end with a joint barbecue and biotechnologically produced cold drinks in a relaxed atmosphere.

When: June 10th, 2022; Start at 9.00 am

Where: RWTH Aachen University, Lecture hall AH IV, Ahornstraße 55, 52074 Aachen and iAMB facilities


Symposium (9.00 - 13.30)


Registration and coffee



Welcome address

Lars M. Blank
RWTH Aachen University


Greeting from the dean

Carsten Honerkamp
RWTH Aachen University


Keynote Lecture

Lars K. Nielsen
University of Queensland, Australia

Design to Learn, Learn to Design: the dual challenge of automated strain engineering


Talks by alumni

Miriam Rosenbaum

Rosenbaum Lab: Taking off with electron taxis

Nick Wierckx
Forschungszentrum Jülich

From zero to hero - 7 years of Ustilago research @iAMB and beyond

Birgitta Ebert
University of Queensland, Australia

Brewing plant-derived natural products with a yeast-based biomanufacturing platform


Coffee break


Microbiology applied in different sectors

Emad Elkhair
Al-Azhar University, Gaza

What microbiology can do for Gaza?

Jay D. Keasling
University of California, Berkeley, USA

Engineering polyketide synthases for production of commodity and specialty chemicals

Ezhil Subbian
String Bio, Bangalore, India

Redefining manufacturing: Value added products from greenhouse gases

Victor de Lorenzo
Centro Nacional de Biotecnología, Spain

Synthetic microbiology: from the Petri dish to planet Earth

Ulrich Schwaneberg
RWTH Aachen University

KnowVolution and CompassR teach us how to engineer organic solvent resistant hydrolases

Lars Lauterbach
RWTH Aachen University

Powering an artificial enzymatic cascade for fine chemicals synthesis with electrical energy


Closing remarks

Lars M. Blank
RWTH Aachen University


Open lunch

Open lab tours & company presentations (14:00 - 16:00)

Anniversary celebration (16:00 - open end)


Direction from the Ahornstraße to the iAMB (Footpath)

Maps direction Click to zoom

Start: Ahornstraße 55, 52074 Aachen // Building "Informatik der RWTH Aachen".

From the parking lot turn north to Halifaxstraße, then turn left into Ahornstraße

At the next intersection turn right into Siemensstraße

At the end of Siemensstraße turn right into Melatener Str. and cross the Pariser Ring over the bridge

Continue until you reach the Mensa Vita, then turn left onto Worringerweg and continue straight ahead to the Biologie Sammelbau 1

Destination: Worringerweg 1,52074 Aachen, Institute for Applied Microbiology