Programme 28 May

09:00 Registration, coffee/tea
09:45 Welcome en opening , short introductory film 'the making of Life2019'
09:52 Short introduction on suborganisation in the Dutch Life Sciences by the Round Table Life Sciences, advisory body of the NWO Science Domain
09:56 Introduction to the congress theme 'Communication in Life' by chair Aniek Ivens
10:05 Interview about exhibit "100 years Bionieuws in The Netherlands" with Anouck Vrouwe (exhibit builder) and Gert van Maanen (editor Bionieuws)
10:15 Keynote lecture prof. Iain Couzin (Max Planck Institute for Ornithology & University of Konstanz, Germany) - Collective Sensing and Decision-Making in Animal Groups: From Fish Schools to Primate Societies
11:00 Coffee/tea break
11:20 Track 1 Cellular chat – Talking to your neighbours: Bacterial communication (Chair: Dennis Claessen)

Introduction

Track 2 Communication from genes to an organism - Genes and Evolution

Introduction

Track 3 Perceive and respond - Microbiota-host interactions (Chairs: Judith Homberg and Bregje Wertheim)

Introduction

Track 4 The natural world in the Anthropocene, Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning - Ecology, the sience of the 21st century (Chair: Gerlinde De Deyn)

Introduction

Track 5 Pushing the boundaries: novel approaches in biological measurement and analysis - Evolution and Ecology (Chair: Rutger Hermsen)

Introduction

11:25

Track 1 Cellular chat – Talking to your neighbours: Bacterial communication (Chair: Dennis Claessen)

Bacterial nanotubes: conduits for intercellular molecular trafficking
Sigal Ben-Yehuda (The Hebrew University Jerusalem)

Track 2 Communication from genes to an organism - Genes and Evolution

Exploiting comparative functional genomics to understand cancer genome evolution
Duncan Odom (University of Cambridge)

Track 3 Perceive and respond - Microbiota-host interactions (Chairs: Judith Homberg and Bregje Wertheim)

Microbiomes: Driving and Driven Partners of Animal Hosts
Angela Douglas (Cornell University)

Track 4 The natural world in the Anthropocene, Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning - Ecology, the sience of the 21st century (Chair: Gerlinde De Deyn)

Ecology: THE science of the 21st century
Louise Vet (NIOO-KNAW)

Track 5 Pushing the boundaries: novel approaches in biological measurement and analysis - Evolution and Ecology (Chair: Rutger Hermsen)

Pushing the Boundaries: Single Nucleotide Mapping of the Locally Accessible Trait Space in Yeast Reveals Pareto Fronts that Constrain Initial Adaptation
Gavin Sherlock (Stanford University)

12:00

Track 1 Cellular chat – Talking to your neighbours: Bacterial communication (Chair: Dennis Claessen)

Opportunity to switch tracks

Track 2 Communication from genes to an organism - Genes and Evolution

Opportunity to switch tracks

Track 3 Perceive and respond - Microbiota-host interactions (Chairs: Judith Homberg and Bregje Wertheim)

Opportunity to switch tracks

Track 4 The natural world in the Anthropocene, Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning - Ecology, the sience of the 21st century (Chair: Gerlinde De Deyn)

Opportunity to switch tracks

Track 5 Pushing the boundaries: novel approaches in biological measurement and analysis - Evolution and Ecology (Chair: Rutger Hermsen)

Opportunity to switch tracks

12:05

Track 1 Cellular chat – Talking to your neighbours: Bacterial communication (Chair: Dennis Claessen)

Group chat or personal message: the role of diffusion in microbial interactions
Rinke van Tatenhove (VU Amsterdam)

Track 2 Communication from genes to an organism - Genes and Evolution

Leveraging genetic complexity of inbred populations for understanding eQTL complexity in Caenorhabditis elegans
Mark Sterken (Wageningen University & Research)

Track 3 Perceive and respond - Microbiota-host interactions (Chairs: Judith Homberg and Bregje Wertheim)

Communication in the dark
Paolina Garbeva (NIOO-KNAW)

Track 4 The natural world in the Anthropocene, Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning - Ecology, the sience of the 21st century (Chair: Gerlinde De Deyn)

Do we understand why insects are in decline?
Eelke Jongejans (Radboud University)

Track 5 Pushing the boundaries: novel approaches in biological measurement and analysis - Evolution and Ecology (Chair: Rutger Hermsen)

Real-time observation of modular evolution in the bacterial flagellar motor
Bertus Beaumont (Delft University of Technology)

12:20

Track 1 Cellular chat – Talking to your neighbours: Bacterial communication (Chair: Dennis Claessen)

Flotillin modulated membrane fluidity regulates bacterial peptidoglycan synthesis
Dirk-Jan Scheffers (University of Groningen)

Track 2 Communication from genes to an organism - Genes and Evolution

Drug-drug interactions from an evolutionary perspective
Coco van Boxtel (VU Amsterdam)

Track 3 Perceive and respond - Microbiota-host interactions (Chairs: Judith Homberg and Bregje Wertheim)

The root microbiome and plant immunity
Corné Pieterse (Utrecht University)

Track 4 The natural world in the Anthropocene, Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning - Ecology, the sience of the 21st century (Chair: Gerlinde De Deyn)

Neonicotinoids and fertilizers jointly structure freshwater macroinvertebrate communities
Henrik Barmentlo (Leiden University)

Track 5 Pushing the boundaries: novel approaches in biological measurement and analysis - Evolution and Ecology (Chair: Rutger Hermsen)

What if MacArthur & Wilson had used dated phylogenies?
Rampal Etienne (University of Groningen)

12:35

Track 1 Cellular chat – Talking to your neighbours: Bacterial communication (Chair: Dennis Claessen)

On the evolutionary origin of quorum sensing as a mechanism for collective sensing
Stefany Moreno-Gamez (University of Groningen)

Track 2 Communication from genes to an organism - Genes and Evolution

Unspinning the structural basis of the nucleosome as a communication hub
Clara van Emmerik (Utrecht University)

Track 3 Perceive and respond - Microbiota-host interactions (Chairs: Judith Homberg and Bregje Wertheim)

The effects of maternal serotonin levels on regulatory mechanisms controlling development and behavioral outcome in the offspring
Jocelien Olivier (University of Groningen)

Track 4 The natural world in the Anthropocene, Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning - Ecology, the sience of the 21st century (Chair: Gerlinde De Deyn)

Effective biodiversity restoration requires a landscape-level multi-stakeholder approach
David Kleijn (Wageningen University & Research)

Track 5 Pushing the boundaries: novel approaches in biological measurement and analysis - Evolution and Ecology (Chair: Rutger Hermsen)

CLImatic Manipulation of ECosystem Samples (CLIMECS): A novel setup for multi-stressor and extreme climatic event experiments
Oscar Franken (VU Amsterdam)

12:50 Lunch with poster session (1) and 'dare-to-ask wall'
13:15 Workshop 'Transform your research into news, a crash course science writing' and masterclasses Sigal Ben-Yehuda and Iain Couzin
14:15 Track 1 afternoon Cellular chat – Talking to your neighbours - Communication in multicellular systems (Chair: Kirsten Ten Tusscher)

Intro, welcome back

Track 2 afternoon Communication from genes to an organism - Genes and Development

Intro, welcome back

Track 3 afternoon Perceive and respond - Sensory perception of the environment and communication (Chairs: Aniko Korosi and Bregje Wertheim)

Intro, welcome back

Track 4 afternoon The natural world in the Anthropocene, Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning - Biodiversity in the Anthropocene (Chair: Erik Smets)

Intro, welcome back

Track 5 afternoon Pushing the boundaries: novel approaches in biological measurement and analysis - Modeling and Monitoring (Chair: Ruben Kok)

Intro, welcome back

14:20

Track 1 afternoon Cellular chat – Talking to your neighbours - Communication in multicellular systems (Chair: Kirsten Ten Tusscher)

Whole-organism clone-tracing using single-cell sequencing
Alexander van Oudenaarden (Hubrecht Institute)

Track 2 afternoon Communication from genes to an organism - Genes and Development

From planarians to African spiny mice: why do some animals regenerate tissues and others don’t?
Kerstin Bartscherer (Hubrecht Institute)

Track 3 afternoon Perceive and respond - Sensory perception of the environment and communication (Chairs: Aniko Korosi and Bregje Wertheim)

How being with others modulates individual behaviour and physiology
Jean-Christophe Billeter (University of Groningen)

Track 4 afternoon The natural world in the Anthropocene, Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning - Biodiversity in the Anthropocene (Chair: Erik Smets)

Coevolution in the Anthropocene: The Complexity of Nature in a Rapidly Changing World
John Kress (Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Washington)

Track 5 afternoon Pushing the boundaries: novel approaches in biological measurement and analysis - Modeling and Monitoring (Chair: Ruben Kok)

Beyond deep learning: From millions of DNA reads to detailed mechanistic insight into transcription factor function
Harmen Bussemaker (Columbia University, New York)

14:55

Track 1 afternoon Cellular chat – Talking to your neighbours - Communication in multicellular systems (Chair: Kirsten Ten Tusscher)

Opportunity to switch track

Track 2 afternoon Communication from genes to an organism - Genes and Development

Opportunity to switch track

Track 3 afternoon Perceive and respond - Sensory perception of the environment and communication (Chairs: Aniko Korosi and Bregje Wertheim)

Opportunity to switch track

Track 4 afternoon The natural world in the Anthropocene, Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning - Biodiversity in the Anthropocene (Chair: Erik Smets)

Opportunity to switch track

Track 5 afternoon Pushing the boundaries: novel approaches in biological measurement and analysis - Modeling and Monitoring (Chair: Ruben Kok)

Opportunity to switch track

15:00

Track 1 afternoon Cellular chat – Talking to your neighbours - Communication in multicellular systems (Chair: Kirsten Ten Tusscher)

Single-cell dynamics of growth and homeostasis in intestinal organoids
Guizela Huelsz-Prince (AMOLF)

Track 2 afternoon Communication from genes to an organism - Genes and Development

Single-cell transcriptomics reveals gene expression dynamics of human fetal kidney development
Mazène Hochane (Leiden University)

Track 3 afternoon Perceive and respond - Sensory perception of the environment and communication (Chairs: Aniko Korosi and Bregje Wertheim)

Animal vocal communication
Marc Naguib (Wageningen University & Research)

Track 4 afternoon The natural world in the Anthropocene, Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning - Biodiversity in the Anthropocene (Chair: Erik Smets)

Grassland biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in the Anthrpocene
Yann Hautier (Utrecht University)

Track 5 afternoon Pushing the boundaries: novel approaches in biological measurement and analysis - Modeling and Monitoring (Chair: Ruben Kok)

Mechanistic analyses and Monte Carlo simulations provide insight into communication along DNA during mismatch repair
Joyce Lebbink (Erasmus MC)

15:15

Track 1 afternoon Cellular chat – Talking to your neighbours - Communication in multicellular systems (Chair: Kirsten Ten Tusscher)

Self-organised dynamic spatial patterns in small populations of communicating cells
Yiteng Dang (Delft University of Technology)

Track 2 afternoon Communication from genes to an organism - Genes and Development

In vitro capture and characterization of embryonic rosette-stage pluripotency, a novel naïve-primed pluripotency intermediate
Derk ten Berge (Erasmus MC)

Track 3 afternoon Perceive and respond - Sensory perception of the environment and communication (Chairs: Aniko Korosi and Bregje Wertheim)

Photoreceptors guide plant developmental plasticity: how to perform at high planting densities
Ronald Pierik (Utrecht University)

Track 4 afternoon The natural world in the Anthropocene, Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning - Biodiversity in the Anthropocene (Chair: Erik Smets)

Amazon species facing global change
Hans ter Steege (Naturalis Biodiversity Center)

Track 5 afternoon Pushing the boundaries: novel approaches in biological measurement and analysis - Modeling and Monitoring (Chair: Ruben Kok)

Predictive modelling and machine learning towards understanding of molecular communication
Aalt van Dijk (Wageningen University & Research)

15:30

Track 1 afternoon Cellular chat – Talking to your neighbours - Communication in multicellular systems (Chair: Kirsten Ten Tusscher)

Signalling dynamics in the control of vertebrate mesoderm segmentation
Katharina Sonnen (Hubrecht Institute)

Track 2 afternoon Communication from genes to an organism - Genes and Development

Understanding the function of binucleated polyploid cells in the C. elegans intestine
Mathilde Galli (Hubrecht Institute)

Track 3 afternoon Perceive and respond - Sensory perception of the environment and communication (Chairs: Aniko Korosi and Bregje Wertheim)

Evolution of communication signals in a multisensory world
Wouter Halfwerk (VU Amsterdam)

Track 4 afternoon The natural world in the Anthropocene, Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning - Biodiversity in the Anthropocene (Chair: Erik Smets)

Innovative forest monitoring in support of climate change mitigation
Niki de Sy (Wageningen University & Research)

Track 5 afternoon Pushing the boundaries: novel approaches in biological measurement and analysis - Modeling and Monitoring (Chair: Ruben Kok)

Continuous monitoring of biomolecules by particle mobility sensing with single-molecule resolution
Junhong Yan (Eindhoven University of Technology)

15:45

Track 1 afternoon Cellular chat – Talking to your neighbours - Communication in multicellular systems (Chair: Kirsten Ten Tusscher)

Host-virus communication via extracellular vesicles
Esther Nolte-‘t Hoen (Utrecht University)

Track 2 afternoon Communication from genes to an organism - Genes and Development

An ancient satellite repeat controls gene expression and embryonic development in Aedes aegypti through a highly conserved piRNA
Rebecca Halbach (Radboud UMC)

Track 3 afternoon Perceive and respond - Sensory perception of the environment and communication (Chairs: Aniko Korosi and Bregje Wertheim)

Evolution of sexual communication through species interactions
Astrid Groot (University of Amsterdam)

Track 4 afternoon The natural world in the Anthropocene, Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning - Biodiversity in the Anthropocene (Chair: Erik Smets)

With a little help from our friends: how specialized long-distance migratory birds inform us with great specificity about our rapidly changing planet
Theunis Piersma (RUG)

Track 5 afternoon Pushing the boundaries: novel approaches in biological measurement and analysis - Modeling and Monitoring (Chair: Ruben Kok)

How biomimetic sensors, augmented reality and robotics can help to understand animal behavior
Ralph Simon (VU Amsterdam)

16:00

Track 1 afternoon Cellular chat – Talking to your neighbours - Communication in multicellular systems (Chair: Kirsten Ten Tusscher)

Wrap-up day 1, discussion

Track 2 afternoon Communication from genes to an organism - Genes and Development

Wrap-up day 1, discussion

Track 3 afternoon Perceive and respond - Sensory perception of the environment and communication (Chairs: Aniko Korosi and Bregje Wertheim)

Wrap-up day 1, discussion

Track 4 afternoon The natural world in the Anthropocene, Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning - Biodiversity in the Anthropocene (Chair: Erik Smets)

Wrap-up day 1, discussion

Track 5 afternoon Pushing the boundaries: novel approaches in biological measurement and analysis - Modeling and Monitoring (Chair: Ruben Kok)

Wrap-up day 1, discussion

16:10 Break
16:30 Plenary conclusion of the track sessions and introduction to the following session by chair Aniek Ivens
16:40 Plenary session Framing and Science Communication by experts Sarah Gagestein and Martijn van Calmthout
17:40 Socializing / spare time
18:00 Dinner
19:30 Social programme related to the lifesciences - tbd
20:30 Social programme: Celebrating Life - music , drinks
22:30 End day 1