Welcome to Cyano2017

2nd Early Career Researcher Symposium on Cyanobacteria

— Düsseldorf, Germany


The symposium was initiated by the ‘Vereinigung für Allgemeine und Angewandte Mikrobiologie’ (VAAM) in 2016 and is solely organized by students. The event’s aim is to provide a platform for early career researchers (ECR) (Master’s students, PhD students, young PostDocs) interested in cyanobacteria to discuss their research. The symposium will also include a number of keynote lectures by invited guests.
All ECRs are encouraged to register with an abstract for either a poster presentation or a talk (15 min + 5 min discussion) through our online form until .
There is no registration fee, however, we may ask for a small contribution to our expenses for the BBQ of 10-20€. Furthermore, we are happy to announce that a travel grant is available to all VAAM members. For information on travel to and housing in Düsseldorf please refer to the Housing and Travel section. For further questions don’t hesitate to contact Fabian and Nic.


Keynote Speaker

Dipl. Biol. Andreas Leimbach (Microbial Genomic Plasticity - WWU Münster)
Dr. Pia Lindberg (Microbial Chemistry - Uppsala University)
Prof. Dr. Jörg Nickelsen (Molecular Plant Science - LMU Munich)
Prof. Dr. Matias Zurbriggen (Synthetic Biology - HHU Düsseldorf)

Online Registration


Time Session
12:00 – 14:00 Registration & Poster Mounting
14:00 – 14:15 Welcome Remarks
14:15 – 15:15 Cyanobacteria ECRs meet Industry
w/ Algenol, CellDeg, and Aquila Biolabs
15:15 – 15:45 Break
15:45 – 16:15 Resource Allocation During Photoautotrophic Growth of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 - Tomas Zavrel
16:15 – 16:45 A Minimal Model of Phototrophic Growth for Cyanobacterial Proteome Allocation - Marjan Faizi
16:45 – 17:15 Acclimation of Oxygenic Photosynthesis to Iron Starvation Is Controlled by the sRNA IsaR1 - Jens Georg
17:15 – 17:30 Break
17:30 – 18:30 Biogenesis of Cyanobacterial Thylakoid Membranes - Prof. Dr. Jörg Nickelsen
18:30 – 20:00 Poster Session

Time Session
09:00 – 09:30 pSHDY: An Optimized Expression Platform for Fluorescence-Based Reporter Systems in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 - Anna Behle
09:30 – 10:00 Designer Protein Assemblies for Molecular Scaffolding - Eric Young
10:00 – 11:00 Open Science - The Future of Science? - Dipl. Biol. Andreas Leimbach
11:00 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:00 Investigation of Phospho-Proteome Network in Synechocystis 6803: The Slr0148 Case-Study - Martina Angeleri
12:00 – 12:30 Towards Understanding More Complex Cyanobacterial Circadian Clocks - Biochemical Characterization of Non-Standard Kai Proteins - Anika Wiegard
12:30 – 13:00 The Remarkable Robustness of the Cyanobacterial Circadian Clock - Joris Paijmans
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 – 16:00 Botanical Garden Tour by Prof. Dr. Peter Westhoff
16:00 – 16:30 The Putative PAINs Nostotrebin 6 and Derivatives from Nostoc sp. Inhibit the Trypanosomal Cysteine Protease Rhodesain - Ronja Kossack
16:30 – 17:00 Bacteria Made Out of Plastic: PHB Production in Cyanobacteria - Moritz Koch
17:00 – 18:00 Metabolic Engineering of Cyanobacteria for Generation of Terpenoid Products - Dr. Pia Lindberg
18:00 – 19:00 Poster Session
19:00 – 22:00 Social Event - BBQ

Time Session
09:00 – 10:00 Synthetic Biology: Perspectives and Applications of a Multidisciplinary Field - Matias Zurbriggen
10:00 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:00 Does the Glycine Cleavage System Form a Multiprotein Complex in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803? - Maria Wittmiß
11:00 – 11:30 Cyanobacteria and Climate Change – Community Structures in Bavarian Lakes - Franziska Bauer
11:30 – 12:00 Compatible Solute Breakdown During Salt Acclimation in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 - Friedrich Kirsch
12:00 – 12:15 Break
12:15 – 12:30 Concluding Remarks
12:30 – 15:00 Workshop on Future of Cyanobacterial Research

Housing and Travel


For detailed direction information, please visit the HHU’s travel information website. There you will find detailed description depending on your arrival with car, train, or plane. The conference will take place in lecture hall 6B, which is in building 26.11 of the biology department. The location can be found in the map below or in the campus map.


Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf


If you are looking for a hotel, any hotel in downtown Düsseldorf will be suitable for you as they connect with U73 and U79 directly to the university. Hotels close to campus are Haus Mooren, Novum Hotel Flora, HK Hotel Düsseldorf, or the B&B Hotel Düsseldorf. Other options are AirBnB’s in Unterbilk, Bilk, or Wersten.

Warning: Never listen to locals when considering a hotel. We normally don’t know which ones are good.

Organizing Committee

Fabian Brandenburg — Institute of Plant Biochemistry
Nicolas Schmelling — Institute of Synthetic Microbiology
Dr. Marion Eisenhut — Institute of Plant Biochemistry
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Ilka M. Axmann — Institute of Synthetic Microbiology