Advanced Course

Advanced Biofilm Course

Course description

The Advanced Biofilm Course was organised for the first time in 2005. The aim of the course is to explore given biofilms with different methods to gain information about their structure and function. The course aims to teach major tools used in biofilm research: biofilm imaging, microsensor techniques and mathematical modelling.

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8-13 October 2018

Department of River Ecology, Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research – UFZ, Magdeburg, Germany

THE COURSE

Advanced Biofilm Course

In 2005, within the EC project PHOBIA, the idea came up to offer a course with theoretical and practical basics in biofilm research comprising an innovative approach. The aim of the course is to explore given biofilms with different methods to gain information about their structure and function. The course aims to teach major tools used in biofilm research: biofilm imaging, microsensor techniques and mathematical modelling.

Programme

Lectures are mainly scheduled in the mornings. In the afternoon, practical sessions on microscopy, sensors and modelling are planned. The course is a hands-on course. Attendees should feel free to communicate to the organisers whether their personal samples could be analysed or not. It is required to bring your own laptop computer.
Flyer 2018

Who should attend?

The course is intended for scientists (PhD students and post-doctoral researchers) in microbiology, environmental technology, bioengineering and related areas, who are going to use this combined approach for characterisation of their own microbial biofilms.

There is a maximum classroom capacity. You are therefore required to submit a CV including a description of your project and research interests with your registration. If we receive more registrations than there are places available, the course board will make a selection based on the documents you submitted.

PROGRAMME

Topics

Cultivation of Biofilms

  • growth devices and reactors
  • processes (e.g. substrate metabolism)
  • development (e.g. growth and decay)

Microsensors

  • measuring substrate gradients, diffusion and reaction kinetics
  • theoretical and practical aspects of micro-environmental analyses

Biofilm imaging

  • microscopic imaging with fluorescence microscopy
  • theory and application of optical sectioning at the microsale by means of confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM)
  • theory and application of optical sectioning at the mesoscale by means of optical coherence tomography (OCT)

Digital image analysis and quantification of CLSM and OCT data sets

Theory and practice of Biofilm modeling

  • biofilm modelling principles, building blocks and applications
  • computer practice with 1-d, 2-d and 3-d models (COMSOL Multiphysics)

More details can be found at: http://www.biofilms.bt.tudelft.nl

The flyer for the 2018 course can be found here

The final detailed programme will be made available ca. 2 weeks before the course.

LOCATION

Department of River Ecology
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental
Research – UFZ
Brueckstrasse 3A
391 1 4 Magdeburg
Germany

http://www.ufz.de/

FEE

Course fee:

The course fee is 750 € (includes 19% VAT) and covers course materials as well as lunch, coffee, tea breaks, and 1 workshop dinner. Participants are in charge of arranging and financing their travel and accommodation in connection with the course.

Please note that the application deadline is August 15st, 2018. The confirmation of acceptance will be on September 1st, 2018. The number of participants is limited to 16.

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ORGANISATION

Organisation:

The following partners contribute to the organization of the course:

Prof. Michael Kühl
University of Copenhagen
mkuhl@bio.ku.dk

Dr. Michael Wagner
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
horn@kit.edu

Prof. Harald Horn
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
horn@kit.edu

Dr. Thomas R. Neu
UFZ Magdeburg
thomas.neu@ufz.de

Dr. Cristian Picioreanu
Delft University of Technology
c.picioreanu@tudelft.nl

REGISTER

Register for the Advanced Biofilm Course

Please register to send an email to thomas.neu@ufz.de. It is required to include your CV and a motivation letter (max. 1/2 page) as a single PDF.

Application deadline:
August 15th, 2018

Confirmation of acceptance:
September 1st, 2018

To provide a high-value course, including hands-on practice and demonstrations, the number of participants is limited to 16.

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