3rd International Symposium on Microbial Lipids:
Model Organisms and Biodiversity
28-31 May 2014, Hamburg, Germany

[updated 11.02.2014]

Dear Reader,
in the past decades considerable progress in lipid research was achieved with so-called model organisms such as Escherichia coli, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Mus musculus, and Arabidopsis thaliana. These organisms were used to investigate the general und fundamental questions how lipids are biosynthesized and trafficked, how they form membrane structures and how they function on a molecular and cellular level. In addition, specialized functions of lipids, e.g. in pathogen/host interactions, were determined in several other organisms.

However, the use of only a few model organisms has some limitations for lipid research, i.e.
i) the model organisms were not selected for their universality regarding lipids, but for other reasons (fast growth, easy handling, availability of genetic tools), and
ii) growing E. coli and S. cerevisiae in axenic cultures does not reflect real life of organisms with the multiplicity of interactions between cells of different organisms.

Recent developments in genetics, lipidomics and other techniques enlarged the amount of eukaryotic and prokaryotic microbial species under investigation and broaden the basis of lipid data available for these organisms. Therefore, the aim of the workshop Microbial Lipids: Structure and Function of Cellular Surfaces is to bring together the knowledge about the classical model organisms with that about the diversity of microbial life.

The workshop will reflect lipid science on archea, cyanobacteria, chloroplasts, pathogenic and non-pathogenic eubacteria, yeasts, filamentous fungi, protists and algae. The workshop will also address the role of lipids in pathogen/host, and symbiotic and endosymbiotic interactions, as well as in complex communities (e.g. biofilms). The meeting of experts dealing with the whole microbial biodiversity will enable new perspectives on general and species-specific lipid functions as well as on the evolution of lipid structures.

This meeting continues a novel series of Euro Fed Lipid workshops on Microbial Lipids which took place before in Vienna, Austria 2010 and Bern, Switzerland 2012. It is now organised by the new Euro Fed Lipid division "Microbial Lipids".

On behalf of the Organizing Committee,

Dirk Warnecke

Sponsors, Sponsoring, Exhibition

[updated 04.07.2013]

The organisers offer three different packages to make your company visible in the framework of the congress.

Package 1 (Gold)
Package 2 (Silver)
Package 3 (Bronze)
Complimentary congress registrations
Additional representatives of the sponsor
25% discount for two persons
25% discount for one person
Company logo/link in all publications and on the congress webpage
Yes (cover placement)
Leaflet or information brochure in all congress bags. Insert to be produced by the sponsor.
Announcement of the sponsor during the official opening of the conference
Advertisement during breaks (presentation or video)
Advertisement banner in the poster exhibition
Opportunity to place a sponsors stand (2 x 1,5m) in the venue
Package cost (Subject to VAT for German companies. EU based companies please advise your VAT number). No tax for other companies.
2500 Euro
1500 Euro
500 Euro

Another option to support the congress is a donation. Euro Fed Lipid is licensed by German authorities to issue certificates making the donations tax deductible (in Germany only).

To confirm your package or for more options please contact the headquarters
Euro Fed Lipid
Varrentrappstr. 40-42
60486 Frankfurt, Germany
Phone: +49 69 7917 345
Fax +49 69 7917 564

Scientific Committee

[updated 30.08.2013]

  • Dirk Warnecke, Hamburg, Germany (Chair)
  • Günther Daum, Graz, Austria
  • Otto Holst, Borstel, Germany
  • Ivo Feussner, Göttingen, Germany
  • Sven Müller-Loennies, Borstel, Germany

  • Scientific Programme

    [updated 27.05.2014]

    Wednesday, 28 May 2014

    16:30-19:00Arrival and Registration

    19:00-Welcome Reception

    Thursday, 29 May 2014

    09:00-10:30Lipids of Yeasts and Fungi

    * Keynote Lecture: Andreas Conzelmann, Fribourg/CH: The Ceramide-centered View of Sphingolipid Metabolism in budding Yeast

    * Martin Fulda, Goettingen/DE: Intertwined Pathways of Fatty Acids in Yeast

    * Günther Daum, Graz/AT: Regulatory Link between Triacylglycerol and Steryl Ester Metabolism in the Yeast

    10:30-11:00Coffee Break



    14:00-15:15Lipids of Yeasts and Fungi

    * Keynote Lecture: Maurizio Del Poeta, New York/US: On Lipids, Membrane Stability and Fungal Virulence

    * Louise V. Michaelson, Harpenden/GB: The Role of Sphingolipid Long Chain Base Heterogeneity in Schizosaccharomyces pombe

    * Jean-Marc Nicaud, Jouy-en-Josas, France, Ricinoleic Acid Production in Y. lipolytica

    15:15-15:45Coffee Break

    15:45-17:00Pathogens Take up and Metabolize Host Lipids
    * Keynote Lecture: Cherilyn Elwell, San Francisco/US: Chlamydia coopts host lipid transport systems to establish an onsite sphingomyelin synthesis factory

    * Jiangwei Yao, Memphis/US: Endogenous Phosphatidylethanolamine Synthesis using Fatty Acids made from FASII is Required for Chlamydia trachomatis Replication

    * Charles Rock, Memphis/US: Gram-positive Pathogens Utilize a Fatty Acid Kinase to Acquire Host Fatty Acids

    17:15-Poster, Wine & Cheese

    Friday, 30 May 2014

    09:15-10:30Lipids of Yeasts and Fungi

    * Keynote Lecture: Howard Riezman, Geneva/CH: Control of Lipid Homeostasis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

    * P. Griac, Ivanka pri Dunaji, Slovakia, The role of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Pdr16p in Protection against Azole Antifungals

    * Birgit Ploier, Graz/AT: Identification of Ayr1p as Novel Triacylglycerol Lipase in the Yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae

    10:30-11:00Coffee Break

    11:00-12:30Lipids of Algae

    * Keynote Lecture:Christoph Benning, East Lansing/US: Microalgal Metabolism of Triacylglycerols in Response to Changes in the Metabolic Status of the Cell

    * Keynote Lecture: Olga Sayanova, Harpenden/GB: Metabolic Engineering of Microalgae to produce High Value Lipids

    * Richard Haslam, Harpenden/GB: The Impact of Nitrogen Depletion on the Lipids of Lobosphaera incisa


    14:00-15:15Lipids of Algae/ Lipids of Cyanobacteria and Chloroplasts

    * Yongua Li-Beisson, St. Paul lez Durance/FR: Dissecting Oil Metabolism in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii using Genetic and Lipidomic Approaches

    * Jennifer Popko, Göttingen/DE: Engineering Triacylglycerol Synthesis in the Diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum

    * Keynote Lecture: Hiroyuki Ohta, Tokyo/JP: Evolutionary Implications of Glycolipid Biosyntheis in Cyanobacteria and Chloroplasts

    15:15-15:30Coffee Break

    15:45-17:00Lipids of Cyanobacteria and Chloroplasts

    * Keynote Lecture: Iris Maldener, Tübingen/DE: Filamentous Cyanobacteria use a Type 1 Secretion System to export Glycolipids during Cell Differentiation

    * Ivo Feussner, Göttingen/DE: Structural Basis for the Formation of a Bis-allylic Hydroperoxide by a Cyanobacterial Lipoxygenase

    * Lars Wörmer, Bremen/DE: Cyanobacterial Heterocyst Glycolipids and their Application as Biomarkers in Modern and Ancient Ecosystems

    17:00-17:15Coffee Break

    17:15-18:15Lipids of Archae and Bacteria

    * Keynote Lecture: Laura Villanueva, Texel/NL: Archaeal membrane lipids: Diversity, biochemical and evolutionary implications

    Miriam Sollich, Bremen/DE: Spatial Microbial Community Structure of a Shallow-water Hydrothermal System

    19:00-Barbecue at the shore of the river Elbe (weather permitting)

    Saturday, 31 May 2014

    09:00-10:30Lipids of Bacteria

    * Keynote Lecture: Katarzyna Duda, Borstel/DE: Structure - Function Relationships of Lipid-containing Molecules of certain Bacteria

    * Kirill Lagutin, Lower Hutt/NZ: Unusual Phosphoglycolipids from Extremophilic Bacteria

    * Christian Sohlenkamp, Cuernavaca/MX: A bifunctional Acyltransferase is responsible for Ornithine Lipid Synthesis in Serratia proteamaculans

    10:30-11:00Coffee Break

    11:00-12:30Lipids of Bacteria

    * Georg Hölzl, Bonn/DE: Lipid Response of Agrobacterium and Mesorhizobium to Phosphate Deprivation

    * Meriyem Aktas, Bochum/DE: Enzymatic Properties of Agrobacterium tumefaciens Phosphatidylcholine Biosynthesis Enzymes

    * Dominik Schwudke, Borstel/DE: Application of Shotgun Lipidomics for the Characterization of Mycobacterial Cell Wall Lipids

    * Andrew D. MacKenzie, Wellington/NZ: 31P NMR Analysis of Bacterial Phospholipids

    * Closing Remarks

    12:30-14:00Lunch, Departure


    Size of Poster Walls is 85 cm width and 120 cm height

    Claire Price, Swansea/GB: Characterisation of Alk1, a potential CYP52 from Candida albicans

    Amrah Weijn, Utrecht/NL: The Effect of Butanol on the Yeast Lipidome

    Kirill Lagutin, Wellington/NZ: Novel Lipids as Chemotaxonomic Markers for the Class Thermomicrobia

    Ivana Schneedorferová, Ceske Budejovice/CZ: High Potential of Chromera velia to become an Oleaginous Alga

    Ann-Kristin Diederich, Munich/DE: Accumulation of MGlcDAG in Enterococcus faecalis induces Upregulation of Cell Surface Membrane Lipoproteins

    Anna Grygier, Pozna/PL: Analysis of Production Capacity Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids by Geotrichum candidum

    Nodumo N. Zulu, Göttingen/DE: Impact of High Temperature and Carbon Dioxide Levels on Growth and Triacylglyceride (TAG) Accumulation in Phaeodactylum tricornutum

    Nicolas Gisch, Borstel/DE: Lipoteichoic Acids of S. pneumoniae and S. oralis - Genomic Prediction Meets Structural Analysis

    Iwona Komaniecka, Lublin/PL: Structure of Unique Lipid A Isolated from Bradyrhizobium japonicum lipopolysaccharide

    Heike Siegler, Göttingen/DE: Elucidating Glycerolipid Metabolism in Lobosphaera incisa

    Franziska Waldow, Borstel/DE: In-depth Analysis of the Membrane Phospholipid Composition of E. coli KPM Strains with Genetically Engineered Lipopolysaccharide Structure

    Pengfei Kong, Berlin/DE: Biogenesis of Phosphatidylinositol and CDP-diacylglycerol in Toxoplasma gondii

    Barbara Petschacher, Graz/AT: Sterol Specificity of Homologous and Heterologous Acyltransferases Expressed in S. cerevisiae

    Samuel Furse, Utrecht/NL: Understanding the Physical Impact of n-butanol on Lipid Behaviour in E. coli

    Richard Geider, Colchester/GB: Lipid Accumulation and Fatty Acid Component of the Marine Diatom Thalassiosira weissflogii in Response to Environmental Factors

    Gonzalo V. Gomez-Saez, Bremen/DE: Contributions of Chemoautotrophy to Total Primary Production in a Shallow Hydrothermal Vent off Dominica Island: Insights from Stable Isotope Probing of Lipid Biomarkers

    Florence Schubotz, Bremen/DE: The Role of Amino- and Glycolipids in Anaerobic Environments

    Andrew D. MacKenzie, Wellington/NZ: Diacylserinophospholipids from Verrucomicrobia

    Mario Sandoval-Calderon, Cuernavaca/MX: Membrane Biosynthesis and Remodelling in Streptomyces coelicolor

    Petra Weber, Bern/CH: Complementation of Cardiolipin Synthase (CS) Deficient Yeast with Non-Homologous CS from Trypanosoma brucei

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    [updated 08.04.2014]

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    Lectures and Posters: 23 April 2014


    [updated 02.12.2013]

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    [updated 29.11.2013]


    until 25 April 2014 after 25 April 2014
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    Cancellation Policy

    Cancellations received on or before 25 April 2014 will be refunded minus a 30 Euro processing fee.
    After that date until 16 May 2014, the processing fee raises to 100 Euro. There will be no refund for cancellations after 16 May 2014 or No-Shows. Substitute participants can be named anytime without costs.

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    The Venue/Accommodation

    [updated 04.09.2013]

    The congress takes place at the
    Biocenter Klein Flottbek and Botanical Garden
    Ohnhorststr. 18
    22609 Hamburg
    station to leave S-Bahn line 1: "Klein-Flottbek/ Botanischer Garten"



    Ibis A hotel contingent has been reserved at the
    Ibis Hotel Alsterring
    Pappelallee 61
    22089 Hamburg
    Phone: +49/40/65/8020 Fax: +49/40/65/26603 H3282@accor.com

    Single Room: 80 Euro per Night
    Double Room: 100 Euro per Night
    breakfast included

    Please refer the the Euro Fed Lipid contingent to get the mentioned price

    From station "Hasselbrook" take S-Bahn line S1 direction "Wedel". 12 stations to "Klein Flottbeck"

    Intercity A second contingent ia availabe at the Intercity Hotel Altona, located directly at the ICE train station Altona.
    Paul Nevermann Platz 17, 22765 Hamburg
    Phone +49 40 38034-0
    Fax +49 40 38034-999
    hamburg-altona@intercityhotel.de Single Room: 128 Euro (looking at the station) or 138 Euro looking at the street.
    Refer to code "Euro Fed Lipid 280513"
    From station "Altona" take S-Bahn line S1 direction "Wedel". 3 stations to "Klein Flottbeck"

    Few rooms at 91,97 ¤ are available at the Mercure Hotel Hamburg am Volkspark, Albert-Einstein Ring 2, 22761 Hamburg, Phone +49 40 899 520, Fax +49 40 899 52 333, h1659@accor.com
    Please refer to the contingent "Microbial Lipids"

    Motel One offers rooms for 79 Euro excluding breakfast:
    Motel One Hamburg-Altona
    Kieler Straße 171, 22525 Hamburg
    Phone: +49 (40) 897 20 69-16, Fax: +49 (40) 897 20 69-10
    Please refer to the contingent "Microbial Lipids"

    Map of the S-Bahn in Hamburg

    The city of Hamburg maintains a hotel accommodation service, that you can reach here:
    It is recommended to chose a hotel close to a station of S-Bahn line 1

    Travel Information:

    Arrival by air:
    With more than 170,000 flights and around 12 million passengers per year, state-of-the-art Hamburg Airport is served by many German and foreign airlines. Almost all large German cities and European metropolises are accessible within between one and three hours. Non-stop intercontinental services, for example with the Asia hub Dubai (Emirates Airlines) and the America hub New York (Continental Airlines, Emirates Airlines) open Hamburg to the world. The Airport Express reaches the city centre from the airport's location in Fuhlsbüttel within 20 minutes and a rapid transit S-Bahn.

    Arrival by rail:
    With its four long-distance rail stations - Hauptbahnhof (centre), Dammtor (centre), Altona (west) and Harburg (south) - Hamburg is perfectly embedded in the European high-speed train network. Descend at Hauptbahnhof or Altona and change to S-Bahn line 1

    With Hamburg as the main rail hub for Northern Germany, all the main cities in Germany can be reached within a few hours (e.g. Munich in 6 hours, Stuttgart in 5 hours, Cologne in 4 hours, Frankfurt in 3 hours) and so can the Northern European metropolises of Copenhagen and Stockholm.

    Arrival by car:
    Hamburg is also a north German hub for road traffic. Both south Germany and Scandinavia can be quickly reached from the Hamburg metropolitan region by the A7 motorway, while the A1 (Lübeck-Bremen-The Ruhr) links Hamburg with the Baltic and West Germany, the A24 leads to Berlin and Eastern Europe and the A23 (towards Heide) directly to the North Sea.


    [updated 04.07.2013]

    (text cited from http://english.hamburg.de)
    The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, one of the 16 states of the federation, is the second largest city in Germany with its 1.7 million inhabitants. In this sense, it is a city as well as a state. Hamburg has 2,302 bridges - more than Venice and Amsterdam combined. With over 90 consulates, Hamburg is second only to New York City.
    Autor Marcus Meissner, Wikipedia
    Hafen Hamburg
    Vwpolonia75 (Jens K. Müller)
    Flowing through Hamburg, the Elbe river joins the Hanseatic city to the North Sea. There are numerous ways to explore, including sightseeing boat tours and casual strolls along the banks of the river. Boat sightseeing trips of the harbour are particularly popular, with most departing from the jetties at Landungsbrücken. Even with the HVV-ferry can a visitor travel across to the opposite shore.
    On the Reeperbahn, Hamburg's red-light district rubs shoulders with restaurants, bars, theatres and nightclubs. The street's nightlife has something for everyone and is the first stop for every nightowl. If you were to visit this Hamburg neighbourhood during the day, you would find a rather quiet street with a few shops, and you would perhaps wonder why there were so many closed doors. But when it gets dark, St. Pauli springs to life: neon signs flashing everywhere in competition.
    Source Wikipedia, Author LiangHH
    Source Wikipedia, Holger.Ellgaard
    Since its opening in 2000, The Miniatur Wunderland has become one of the tourist highlights of the Hanseatic city. The world's largest model railroad system is a must see for every Hamburg visitor. The Miniatur Wunderland is the largest model railway system in the world. Visitors can admire different countries and even an airport in miniature. Up until now the sections Hamburg, Harz, Austria, America and Scandinavia are completed. There are also open construction sites, so the visitors can observe and understand the construction.


    [updated 09.05.2014]

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