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.
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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.
If you are interested at the history of this course, please check the following website.
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.
The program can be downloaded here.
Cultivation of Biofilms
- growth devices and reactors
- processes (e.g. substrate metabolism)
- development (e.g. growth and decay)
- measuring substrate gradients, diffusion and reaction kinetics
- theoretical and practical aspects of micro-environmental analyses
- 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 course fee is €800,- for PhD-students and €1000,- for industrial participants (includes 19% VAT for both). It 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 19th, 2019. The confirmation of acceptance will be on done before September 6th, 2019. The number of participants is limited to 21.
The following partners contribute to the organization of the course:
Prof. Michael Kühl
University of Copenhagen
Prof. Harald Horn (Main organiser 2020)
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Dr. Thomas R. Neu
Dr. Cristian Picioreanu (Main organiser 2019)
Delft University of Technologyy
Register for the Advanced Biofilm Course
Please register to send an email to C.Picioreanu@tudelft.nl. It is required to include your CV and a motivation letter (max. 1/2 page) as a single PDF.
August 19th, 2019
Confirmation of acceptance:
A.s.a.p. but at least before September 6th, 2019
To provide a high-value course, including hands-on practice and demonstrations, the number of participants is limited to 20.