Newsletter June 2017


PhD on the gut microbiota of bumblebees: a treasure chest of biodiversity and functionality

The  public PhD defense of Jessy Praet will take place on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 17h00, at the Aula of Ghent University (Volderstraat 9, 9000 Gent).

Agar Art

The Belgian Society for Microbiology invites you to let your ‘microbial’ creativity free with “Agar Art” !

Take a break between your hard work, have some fun with agar plates, make your art !

Click here to discover some examples. Upload your pictures here on the BSM website (see below) (please add your name to the picture file).

Pictures can be uploaded here until 30th of September 2017.

The winning picture will receive the Belgian Agar Art Award 2017 price, will be featured 1 year long on the front page of our BSM website and will be promoted through our newsletter and our social media channels!

Judging Criteria:

1st place winner will be chosen by our judges based on the following:

– creativity/originality in technique, organism(s) used, and agar(s) used
– overall artistry of design
– presentation
– scientific accuracy of description
– appropriateness/accessibility of description for a general audience

Judges include : BSM board members

Winner Notification: Winners will be announced at the next Annual BSM meeting, on October 20th, 2017 in the Academy of Sciences at Brussels.

We are looking forward to see some cool pictures !

Please spread the news also to your colleagues and students !

Reminder : BSM Annual Meeting

Our 2017 annual meeting taking place on October 20, 2017 in Brussels (Academy Palace). Please note that this Symposium will occur earlier this year than the years before.

You are also invited to submit an abstract for your poster which can be discussed during the poster session. Please note that you have to assign your poster to one of the four sections.

The first author of the best abstracts (2 for each section) will be offered to make a short oral presentation. Contributions that are orally presented will be removed from the poster session. The best posters will receive a poster award.

Important dates:
15 July 2017: BSM membership and registration for the annual meeting: €25 
(thereafter €30 – on site €35) 
30 September 2017: Poster Abstract online submission deadline
13 October 2017: deadline online registration for annual meeting

The meeting (including coffee and lunch) is free for BSM members, though registration is mandatory.

Hoping to meet you during our next symposium !