3rd International Conference on Biogas Microbiology (ICBM-3)

Biogas technology offers unique possibilities to tackle several environmental issues, i.e. energy production, waste treatment, and nutrient recycling. A complex microbial network is involved in the biogas production process, and knowledge on the genetics and physiology of these microorganisms and metabolic interactions in this network is essential for efficient and stable biogas production from waste sources. The Biogas Microbiology Conference offers a common ground for bioprocess engineers and microbiologists to share their knowledge, and gives the opportunity to discuss and focus on important recent developments in biogas microbiology.

This conference is the 3rd of a series of conferences on biogas microbiology (Leipzig, Germany in 2011, and Uppasala, Sweden in 2014). This year, it will be organized at Wageningen University since it has a long history in research on biogas processes, both considering microbiology and process technology.

Please be aware that there are fraudulent websites on the ICBM conference so make sure to only use links on this webpage for registration, abstract submission and hotel booking.

Organised by Laboratory of Microbiology, Wageningen UR

Mon 1 May 2017 00:00 until Wed 3 May 2017 23:59

Conference Themes

  1. Anaerobic reactors: Waste to gas
  2. Biogas from extreme environments
  3. New trends in biogas production
  4. Novel anaerobes
  5. Methane-omics
  6. Biogas from Nature
  7. Complex anaerobic communities (SIAM sessions)

Keynote Speakers


Korneel Rabaey is head of the Department of Biochemical and Microbial Technology at Ghent University in Belgium since September 2011. He is also honorary professor at The University of Queensland. His group focuses on the optimal management of microbial resources (Microbial Resource Management, MRM) that enables them to develop novel products and processes to improve our environment or human health in a sustainable way.

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Marta Carballa is Associate Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Her current research interests includes anaerobic (co-) digestion processes in which not only the technical aspect, but also the microbial community is analysed in order to relate the digestion functionality with the structure of the microbial community. She is interested in the identification and quantification of removal mechanisms of organic micropollutants in biological wastewater and sludge treatment processes.


Anna Schnürer is Professor at the Department of Microbiology at the SLU in Sweden. Her expertise lies in eco-physiology of anaerobes. She aims to find solutions for optimised gas production with higher yields and improved process stability in biogas reactors and strategies for reduced methane formation in natural environments. She combines research in both the laboratory and in industrial biogas processes as well as in methane formation processes in natural environments, such as the cow rumen, soil and sediments.


Paul Wilmes is Associate Professor of Systems Ecology at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine of the University of Luxembourg, where he heads the Eco-Systems Biology research group. Paul’s main research focus is on using Systems Biology approaches to unravel fundamental ecological relationships within and between microbial populations in situ. His group has developed appropriate wet- and dry-lab methodologies for carrying out systematic molecular measurements of microbial consortia over space and time. This allows for example to define lifestyle strategies of distinct populations and link these to genetic and functional traits. The same approaches allow the study of microbiome-host molecular interactions. In this context, his group has also recently developed a microfluidics-based in vitro model of the human-microbial gastrointestinal interface called HuMiX.


Yoichi Kamagata, is a senior scientist at the University of Tsukuba, Japan. Dr Kamagata’s accomplishments are unparalleled in the isolation, characterization, biochemistry and genomics of ecologically important but previously difficult to culture anaerobic microorganisms. His consistent efforts produced, among others, novel methods of coculturing and finding pitfalls with agar media, the first cultured representatives of two phyla, and physiological insight into anaerobic consortia function.


Rob Gunsalus is Professor in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the UCLA in USA. His current research addresses areas of microbial physiology, genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology. He studies how model bacteria and archaea coordinate cell metabolism to optimize growth and cell survival.


Alfons Stams holds a personal chair in Environmental Microbiology at Wageningen University. His research efforts are dedicated towards the physiology of anaerobic microorganisms and anaerobic microbial communities that play an important role in environmental biotechnological processes, such as wastewater treatment, soil remediation, production of chemical and biofuels, and recovery of metals. Main research lines are: 1) metabolic interactions between anaerobic bacteria and archaea, 2) microbial conversion of small molecules, 3) respiration with alternative electron acceptors, 4) isolation, characterization and application of novel anaerobes. Prof Stams is senior scientist within the Soehngen Institute of Anaerobic Microbiology (SIAM).

Organising committee

Caroline M. Plugge

Diana Z. Machado de Sousa

Cristina Gagliano

Peer H. A. Timmers

Francisca Maalcke-Luesken

Dainis Sudmalis

Karine Karigosyan

Contact committee:

Scientific committee

Servé Kengen

Alfons Stams

Korneel Rabaey

Philip Bond

Yoichi Kamagata

Paul Wilmes

Anna Schnürer

Robert Gunsalus

Willy Verstraete

Sabine Kleinsteuber

Marcell Nicolausz

Jan Liebetrau

Heribert Insam

Largus Angenent

Jan Dolfing

Bernhard Schink

Bo Svensson

Kornel Kovacs

Ralf Conrad

Irini Angelidaki

Mark van Loosdrecht

Mike Jetten

Théodore Bouchez

Simona Rosetti

Caroline Plugge

Diana Sousa

Francisca Maalcke-Luesken

Cristina Gagliano

Peer Timmers


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Special Issue in Microbial Biotechnology

We are happy to announce a special issue on "Microbiology of Biogas Production and Processes" in Microbial Biotechnology which is open for submissions!