TU Delft
Advanced Biofilm Course, 12th edition, 9-14 October 2017, Helsingør, Denmark

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Course history

This biofilm course evolved from the European project PHOBIA (a resounding acronym for nothing more than Phototrophic Biofilms and Applications).  In that project phototrophic biofilms were studied by a variety of methods and by a network of (micro)biologists, chemists and engineers from different European countries: The Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Italy and Denmark.

As a logical continuation of our common passion for the study of biofilms and with the aim to spread the valuable specific knowledge existing in each group in a unified way, we decided in 2005 to teach together a small biofilm course.  The first course was a success and we then tried to repeat the experience almost every year.  It is not a commercial course, so we will probably keep doing this as long as we feel excited about it.

The course took place in:

2005 - Magdeburg, Germany, organized by Thomas Neu

2006 - Delft, The Netherlands, organized by Cristian Picioreanu

2007 - München, Germany, organized by Harald Horn

2008 - Helsingør, Denmark, organized by Michael Kühl

2010 - Magdeburg, Germany, organized by Thomas Neu

2011 - Delft, The Netherlands, organized by Cristian Picioreanu

2012 - Karlsruhe, Germany, organized by Harald Horn

2013 - Helsingĝr, Denmark, organized by Michael Kühl

2014 - Magdeburg, Germany, organized by Thomas Neu

2015 - Delft, The Netherlands, organized by Cristian Picioreanu

2016 - Karlsruhe, Germany, organized by Harald Horn / Michael Wagner

2017 - Helsingĝr, Denmark, organized by Michael Kühl

The first ABC in Magdeburg.

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More photos from ABC can be found here.

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Course scope

The aim of this course is to teach three major approaches in microbial biofilm research:

1. Laser scanning microscopy

2. Microsensor techniques

3. Mathematical modelling

The course is intended for PhD students and post-doc researchers in microbiology, biotechnology, environmental engineering and related areas, who are going to use this powerful combined approach for the characterization of microbial biofilms.

An example of work combining all these techniques can be found in Matsumoto et al. (2010) "Microbial community structure in autotrophic nitrifying granules characterized by experimental and simulation analyses", Environmental Microbiology, 12 (1), 192-206.  You can download a PDF of this paper here.

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Key topics

The course topics include:

- Biofilm growth devices and reactors   (H. Horn)

- Biofilm processes and development    (C. Picioreanu)

- Microsensors and measurement of gradients, diffusion and kinetics   (M. Kuhl)

- Theory and practical aspects of microenvironmental analysis   (M. Kuhl)

- Theory and application of laser scanning microscopy  (Th. Neu)

- Digital image analysis for quantification of 3d data   (Th. Neu)

- Theory and practice of biofilm modelling   (C. Picioreanu)

The basic idea of the course is to explore a given biofilm, via microsensor measurements and laser scanning microscopy, then to model the data recorded from the same biofilm sample.

Each topic is exposed by a series of lectures (usually in the morning sessions, 8:30-12:00), then followed by practice (in the afternoon sessions, 13:30-17:30).

Updated:  October 21, 2016 - by Cristian Picioreanu