Workshop 2 on Emergent Technologies to Deliver Antibacterials into Biofilms, held at the University of Ghent, Belgium, is organized by the H2020 DelNAM project. This event will take place on the 18th and 19th of November 2019.

Call for Submissions

We are looking for researchers and PhD students willing to share their research on the topics that will be covered in each session (see the programme below). If you are interested please submit your abstract for oral or poster presentation. Outstanding abstracts will be selected for oral presentantions if that is your preference. Good luck! For more information please refer to the Abstract Submission section at the bottom of this page.



8:30 – 9:30am



Welcome Session

Session on Biofilms and Resistance Mechanisms

9:30 – 10am

Reduced susceptibility in biofilms: implications for treatment and possible solutions

Tom Coenye (Ghent University)

10 – 10:30am

Methods of biofilm formation and attempts for their control

Manuel Simões (University of Porto)

10:30 – 10:45am

A new strategy to fight catheter-associated urinary tract infections using a natural polymer based-coating

Bruna Costa (I3S - Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde)

10:45 – 11:15am

Coffee Break

11:15 – 11:45am

Nanotechnology-based antimicrobials and delivery systems for biofilm-infection control

Hennie Van Der Mei (University of Groningen)

11:45 – 12am

Antimicrobial Peptide-Polyelectrolye Complexes to Prevent Bacterial Infections of Titanium Medical Implants

Cédric Vranckx (Université catholique de Louvain)

12 – 12:15am

Performance assessment of antifouling peptide coating for reducing bacterial attachment using a parallel plate flow cell

Patrícia Alves (Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto)

12:15am – 1:30pm


Session on Phages

1:30 – 2pm

Biofilm dynamic architecture in response to antibiotics

Knut Drescher (Max Planck Institute)

2 – 2:15pm

Antibiotic combination therapies against Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms

Anna Lauxen (Universty of Groningen)

2:15 – 2:30pm

The Stapylococcus epidermidis biofilm matrix acts as a decoy against phage predation

Luís Melo (CEB - Centre of Biological Engineering of the University of Minho)

2:30 – 3pm

Exploiting phages and derived enzymes in biofilm control

Joana Azeredo (University of Minho)

3 – 3:30pm

Coffee Break

Session on Science Valorisation and Communication

3:30 – 4pm

Academic research valorisation: the Trince case

Stephan Stremersch (Ghent University)

4 – 4:30pm

All eyes on science communication

Karen Peynshaert (Ghent University)


Session on Nanoparticle Delivery Strategies

9 – 10:45am

Bacteria-derived vesicles as carriers for antibiotics

Gregor Fuhrmann (Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research)

9:30 – 10am

Medical devices endowed with antimicrobial performances

Carmen Alvarez-Lorenzo (University of Santiago de Compostela)

10 – 10:15am

Supramolecular dendrimers for biomedical applications

Dinesh Dhumal (Marseille University)

10:15 – 10:45am

Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:15am

Delivery of oligonucleotides into bacteria by liposomes

Rita S. Santos (Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto)

11:15 – 11:30am

Technologies for delivery of antibiotic agents: Specificity of liposomal antibiotic delivery towards Gram-negative bacteria

Rosa Catania (University of Nottingham)

11:30 – 11:45am

Interaction of lipoplexes with gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria: Towards delivery of nucleic acid mimics

Sara Pereira (Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto)

11:45am – 1pm


Session on Physical Delivery Strategies

1 – 1:30pm

Ultrasound and microbubble-mediated treatment of Staphylococcus aureus biofilm infections

Klazina Kooiman (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

1:30 – 2pm

Improving antibiotics’ penetration and efficiency for treating biofilm infections by laser-induced vapor nanobubbles

Kevin Braeckmans (University of Ghent)

2 – 2:15pm

Metallic copper rapidly inactivates the metal-resistant Cupriavidus metallidurans

Laurens Maertens (SCK-CEN & UNamur)

2:15 – 2:45pm

Coffee Break

Session on New Directions for Antibiotics

2:45 – 3:15pm

Development of oligonucleotide antimicrobials against emerging bacterial infections

Michael Mcarthur (Procarta biosystems, UK)

3:15 – 3:45pm

Sideromycins : Natural and bioinspired siderophore-antibiotic Trojan horse conjugates against pathogenic bacteria

Gaëtan Mislin (University of Strasbourg)

3:45 – 4:15pm

Engineering phage particles to deliver genetic payload to the microbiome

Eligo Bioscience

4:15 – 5:15pm

Challenges of in vivo translation

Paul Cos (University of Antwerp)

7pm Social Event: GRUUT (visit with tasting of 3 beers and some appetizers)


Venue: Het Pand.

Address: Onderbergen 1, 9000 Ghent, Belgium.

Room: rector Vermeylen.

Travel and Accomodation

How to get to Ghent, Belgium


By Plane

The nearest airport is the national airport of Belgium, Brussels Airport, in Zaventem (Brussel-Nationaal-Luchthaven), about 50Km away (recommended).

Alternatively, you can fly to the Brussels South Charleroi Airport, in South Brussels, about 110Km away.

By Train

From the National airport of Belgium, Brussels Airport, to Ghent (recommended)

The easiest way is to take the train at the airport to Ghent (stop: Ghent-Sint-Pieters station).
We recommend taking a direct train, direction Knokke (get off at Gent-Sin-Pieters), which takes 54 min.

Alternatively, there is another direct train with terminus at Gent-Sin-Pieters, but it takes longer (1h23min).

TRAIN STOP: Gent-Sint-Pieters

You can check train timetables and buy tickets online HERE.

By Bus

From the Brussels South Charleroi Airport to Ghent

The best way to travel from Brussels South Charleroi Airport to Ghent is by taking the bus. You can buy your tickets HERE.

The bus stop is located in front of the terminal building of the airport and you must get off at the next stop, Gent-Sint-Pieters Station.

BUS STOP: Gent - Station Sint-Pieters (Sint-Denijslaan / kiss & ride zone)

By Tram (recommended)

From Gent-Sint-Pieters Station to the Venue (Het Pand)

The fastest way to get to the Venue is by taking the Tramline 1 (direction Korenmarkt - Get off at Korenmarkt) or Tramline 2 (direction Melle Leeuw - Get off at Oude Houtlei).

You can check tram timetables and buy tickets online HERE.

Where to Stay


Hotel ibis Gent Centrum St Baafs Kathedraal ***

Situated just 7 min from the venue by foot.
ADDRESS: Limburgstraat 2, 9000 Gent, Belgium
CONTACT: +32 9 233 00 00

Hotel ibis Gent Centrum Opera **

Situated just 7 min from the venue by foot.
ADDRESS: Nederkouter 24, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
CONTACT: +32 9 233 00 00

Hotel Monasterium PoortAckere ***

Situated just 4 min from the venue by foot.
ADDRESS: Oude Houtlei 56, Elisabethbegijnhof-Papegaai, 9000 Gent, Belgium
CONTACT: +32 9 269 22 10


Registrations open from the 13th July to the 1st November.
Registrations are free of charge.
You can choose whether you want to attend both days (18th-19th November) of the event or just one of the two.
Please also select whether you wish to take part in the free of charge social event on the 19th November at GRUUT (visit with tasting of 3 beers and some appetizers).

Registrations are closed.

Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission open from the 13th July to the 14th October. To present your work at the Workshop you must be registered in the event.
Abstracts must be writen in English. Please refer to the Abstract Rules and the Abstract Template files for Submission Rules.

Registrations are closed.

Contact Information

Ine Lentacker

Ghent University
Laboratory for General Biochemistry and Physical Pharmacy
Ottergemsesteenweg 460
9000 Gent

PHONE: +32 9 264 8078

Stefaan C. De Smedt

Ghent University
Laboratory for General Biochemistry and Physical Pharmacy
Ottergemsesteenweg 460
9000 Gent

PHONE: +32 9 264 8076