Small things: promoting or preventing a big problem? 7th Thesinge Biofilm Meeting (October 1 - 2, 2018)

Small things: promoting or preventing a big problem?

When?     October 1 - 2, 2018
Where?    Thesinge, a picturesque rural village, 9 km north of the city of Groningen, The Netherlands

Hosted by the rural village community of Thesinge, the Thesinge biofilm meetings have provided a unique scientific forum for a small, select group of maximally 100 people active in the field, collected for two days "away from it all" to focus formally and informally on biofilms, with emphasis on biofilms in dentistry and on biomaterials implants and medical devices.

Thesinge biofilm meetings seek to provide open, provocative discourse to stimulate thinking and creative approaches in a friendly, family-style atmosphere. There are no proceedings, only an abstract/program book, and active exchange.

What’s it about?

Biofilms cause ~65% of all human infections and are especially troublesome when adhered on the surfaces of oral tissues, biomaterial implants and devices. During the meeting, all aspects of mechanisms of biofilm formation, their prevention and materials aspects will be discussed from a multidisciplinary perspective without any boundaries. The theme this year therefore centers around the question of how such small things, like microbes, can create such a big problem since the development of mankind, and whether even smaller, nanoscopic things can really help us to control them and prevent biomaterial-associated infection. In short: is nanotechnology really useful for biofilm control?

Objectives/goals :

All participants are asked to contribute intellectual and other creative input to inspiring new information, new ideas, new approaches and new expertise to participants, but to always address the meeting’s focus question in their final slide.

Symposium format:

Informal single-track sessions with participation limited to 100 people. Emphasis is on exchange and discussion, and the program is set up such that we try to allow as many participants as possible to give a presentation. The floor is open!

The meeting starts with a brief introduction to the importance on the impact of small things on the big problem of biomaterial-associated infection by Henk Busscher (W.J. Kolff Institute, University Medical Center and University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands) and includes keynote presentations by three authoritative scientists in the field:

Dr. Jens Moeller , Institute of Translational Medicine, Laboratory of Applied Mechanobiology, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland “Interaction between materials, immune cells, tissue and bacteria in infectious biofilm formation”.

Dr. Rikke Louise Meyer, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, Aarhus University,Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark “Materials and microorganisms in biofilm formation”.

Dr. Vince Rotello, Department of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA “Control biofilms using nanotechnology-based methods”.


We distinguish three different types of scheduled presentations and off-the-floor presentations by participants:

Selected lectures: Participants selected by the organizers invited to give 20-min lectures
Mini lectures: Participants selected by the organizers invited to give 10-min lectures
Off-the-floor: Opportunities for 5-min “hot topic” or “point-counterpoint” off-the-floor-addresses at the close of each day under the stimulating leadership of David Grainger.

In order to participate, please use the attached application form or download it from:

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**Applicants are accepted as symposium participants on a “first come, first served” basis**

Admission will be definitely closed after 100 participants are registered.

Only a limited number of participants from one institution will be allowed.

**Meeting sponsors are welcomed with complementary attendee registrations**

Those attending should plan to arrive in Groningen, NL (about 2.5 hour train ride from Amsterdam-Schiphol airport), by Monday morning, October 1, 9.00h at the latest for meeting-arranged transport to Thesinge, outside of the city of Groningen.

The meeting ends Tuesday afternoon, October 2 at 17.15 h with pre-arranged transportation back to Groningen at 17.30 h.

Housing possibilities, registration and on-site schedule details will be provided in future correspondence to attendees.

This symposium is sponsored by: The W.J. Kolff Institute (University of Groningen),

On behalf of the 7th Thesinge organizing committee and the citizens of Thesinge:

Henny van der Mei
David Grainger
Henk Busscher

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