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.

Organisation alternates between Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.

For the latest information, please go to https://wasserchemie.ebi.kit.edu/index.php

(main image attribution: Didier Descouens)

October 2021 in Germany

Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

THE COURSE

Advanced Biofilm Course

The most up-to-date info can be found here: https://www.biofilms9.kit.edu/index.php

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.

If you are interested at the history of this course, please check the following website.

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. A windows computer (with OneNote) is needed during the course. We can provide a Surface Pro 4. Here you can find the flyer 2019 and program 2019.

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

The most up-to-date info can be found here: https://www.biofilms9.kit.edu/index.php

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

LOCATION

The course will be held in online this year.

More info can be found here.

BROCHURES
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  (Main organiser 2021)
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
michael wagner@kit edu

Prof. Harald Horn (Main organiser 2021)
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
horn@kit.edu

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

Dr. Cristian Picioreanu (Main organiser 2019)

REGISTER

Register for the Advanced Biofilm Course

The most up-to-date info can be found here: https://www.biofilms9.kit.edu/index.php

If you have any question, please email to: Michael Wagner

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