13-15 June 2022
The Carlsberg Academy
Europe/Copenhagen timezone

Aim of the meeting

Copenhagen was the birthplace of modern quantitative biology, with the University of Copenhagen as the home of Ole Maaløe’s laboratory. Maaløe and his colleagues made seminal discoveries on the control of bacterial growth as early as the 1950s. Their approach was refreshingly modern, integrating both analytical and quantitative thinking and experimentation. When the new era of molecular biology started in the mid-1970s, Ole Maaløe was again among the most highly regarded pioneers, attracting the world’s brightest minds for conferences and sabbaticals in Copenhagen. Since then, an explosion of molecular insights has occurred across the entire field of biology, starting in bacteria and yeast. For the past decade, quantitative microbial physiology has enjoyed an exciting renaissance, thanks to researchers from physics, engineering, and mathematics once again teaming up with biologists to discover fundamental principles underlying cellular function. In our view, the field has reached a favourable maturation point where the time is ripe to unite what was learned by the early pioneers with recent advances in molecular and quantitative biology to understand what the future may bring for this highly interdisciplinary field. We thus propose to bring together three generations of researchers who have brought about the major developments in each period of microbial physiology and molecular biology. The aim of the meeting is to support the burgeoning synergy of the international research community by illustrating historical as well as state-of-the-art integrated multidisciplinary approaches to understanding molecular and cellular strategies of unicellular life forms. We cannot envision a better place to achieve this goal than in Copenhagen, the cradle of quantitative microbial physiology.

The meeting is supported by Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Invited Speakers

  • Nathalie Balaban (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  • Shila Banerjee (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Bonnie Bassler* (Princeton University)
  • Tanneke den Blaauwen (University of Amsterdam)
  • Johan Elf (Uppsala University)
  • Susan Gottesman (National Cancer Institute, NIH)
  • Mathias Heinemann (University of Groningen)
  • Terence Hwa (UCSD)
  • Achilles Kapanidis (University of Oxford)
  • Tsutomu Katayama (Kyushu University)
  • Roberto Kolter (Harvard University)
  • Ákos Kovács (Technical University of Denmark)
  • Petra Levin (Washington University)
  • Gene-Wei Li (MIT)
  • Anders Løbner-Olesen (University of Copenhagen)
  • Bernhard Palsson (UCSD)
  • Søren Molin (Technical University of Denmark)
  • Steen Pedersen (University of Copenhagen)
  • Uwe Sauer (ETH Zürich)
  • Matt Scott (University of Waterloo)
  • Yuichi Wakamoto (University of Tokyo)

Special Guests

  • Tove Atlung
  • Steve Cooper
  • William Donachie*
  • Flemming Hansen
  • Elio Schaechter*
  • Conrad Woldringh
  • Arieh Zaritsky

and more...  (*TBC for virtual attendance)

Meeting organizers

  • Sine Lo Svenningsen, University of Copenhagen
  • Suckjoon Jun, UCSD
  • Namiko Mitarai, University of Copenhagen
  • Kim Sneppen, University of Copenhagen


The Carlsberg Academy
Gamle Carlsberg Vej 15 1799 Copenhagen V Denmark
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