Ecology of Soil Microorganisms
Microbes as Important Drivers of Soil Processes
27.4. - 1.5. 2011, Prague, Czech Republic
Scientific Topics / Sessions
Scientific commitee
Contact and further information
FEMS Microbiology Ecology thematic issue
Local Organizing Committee
Important dates
Abstract Submission
Meeting Attendance Support for Young Scientists
Conference website
Invited Speakers
Social program
Conference Programme
Information for Presenters
We welcome you to the conference Ecology of Soil Microorganisms to be held in spring 2011 in Prague. The conference is planned as an interdisciplinary platform where data from different experts can be linked and new strategies for further research topics can be defined. This includes questions addressing microbial communities and (meta)genomes in soils and their role in soil quality and soil health. An important link will be made to metaproteomics and particularly enzymology, which is crucial to unravel what the measured rates of microbial processes tell us about the cycling of elements and organic matter as a whole. Another issue of the conference will be dedicated to mycology, which is still underrepresented in microbial ecology, despite the tremendous importance of fungi in all terrestrial ecosystems. Overall the conference should help to build up a conceptual framework that incorporates not only the diversity of microorganisms, but also their functions and properties of their abiotic environments. Our aim is to bring experts from all these disciplines to a meeting where all can benefit from interaction. The meeting in spring 2011 in Prague will be therefore a good opportunity to take the next step into the future of microbial ecology where complex understanding of microbial processes will follow the complex understanding of microbial biodiversity.
Scientific Topics / Sessions
1. Microbial Nutrient Cycling and Biogeochemistry
2. Soil Organic Matter Decomposition and Enzymes in the Soil Environment: From Molecules to Communities
3. Fungi in the Soil Microbial Community: Symbioses, Competition, Antagonism
4. Interaction among Micro- and Macroorganisms in Soils
5. Microbes in the Changing Environment: Global Climate Change and Soils under Human Impact
6. Agricultural Soils: Biodiversity and Functioning
7. Microbial Diversity and Processes in Forest Soils
8. Microbial Biodegradation Processes
9. Methods in Soil Microbial Ecology: Challenges and Limitations
Scientific commitee
Petr Baldrian (Czech Republic)
Lynne Boddy (United Kingdom)
Dana Elhottova (Czech Republic)
Jan Dirk van Elsas (The Netherlands)
Martin Hofrichter (Germany)
Heribert Insam (Austria)
Paolo Nannipieri (Italy)
Michael Schloter (Germany)

Contact and further information
To join the mailing list for further correspondence (circulars, programme, etc.), please send an e-mail with the subject "mailing list" and your name and institution to: info @ soilmicrobes . org

Direct contact to organizers:
Petr Baldrian, Institute of Microbiology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Videnska 1083, 14220 Prague 4, Czech Republic
Phone: +420723770570, +420241062315
Fax: +420241062384
info @ soilmicrobes . org
baldrian @ biomed . cas . cz
The organizers thank all the sponsors of the conference for their contributions. Potential sponsors may stil contact Dr. Petr Baldrian,  e-mail:

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Prague, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, in the end of April, when tourists can hardly choose between the visit of hundreds of Prague historical monuments and the parks full of blossoming trees. The history of science in Prague goes back into the Middle Ages. In 1348, the oldest university in Central Europe, Charles University was founded in Prague. In the 20th century, Prague is connected with the name of Albert Einstein who spent several years of his creative life there and with the name of the Nobel Prize winner, Jaroslav Heyrovsky, the founder of polarography.

The meeting will take place in TOP HOTEL**** Conference Centre, Prague, Blazimska 1781/4, Prague 4. The venue is accessible by local transport – 10 minutes ride by bus No. 115 from the underground station “Chodov” to the station “Městský archiv”. Transfer from other conference hotels will not be provided!

Please note that the conference venue has changed to accommodate the expected number of participants.

FEMS Microbiology Ecology thematic issue
FEMS Microbiology Ecology will publish a thematic issue on the Ecology of Soil Microorganisms. The issue guest  editors Petr Baldrian, Michael Schloter and James I. Prosser invite you to contribute manuscripts. Submission of manuscripts is now open on the journal's website. Authors submitting manuscripts should clearly state in their covering letter that their article is for the „Ecology of Soil Microorganisms“ thematic issue.

Deadline for submission is December 5, 2010. All submissions must be prepared following the authors guidelines and submitted via the journals submission system. FEMS Microbiology Ecology is published by the Federation of European Microbiological Societies and belongs to the leading journals in the field of microbial ecology (Impact factor 3.586 in 2009). More information about the journal including its aims and scope, instructions for authors and a gateway for online submission can be found at the journals homepage:

For more information about submission to the thematic issue, please contact Petr Baldrian
(baldrian @ biomed . cas . cz)

Local Organizing Committee
Petr Baldrian (Institute of Microbiology, Prague) - head
Tomáš Cajthaml, Alica Chroňáková, Dana Elhottová, Jiří Gabriel, Milan Gryndler, Václav Krištůfek, Markéta Marečková, František Nerud, Martin Pospíšek, Hana Šantrůčková, Miloslav Šimek, Vendula Valášková
Important dates
Registration opens October, 2010
Abstract submission December 5, 2010
Young Scientist Grants Application       December 5, 2010
Submission to FEMS Microbiology Ecology thematic issue December 5, 2010
Paper acceptance acknowledgement      December 15, 2010
Selection of contributed oral presentations   January 10, 2011
Early bird registration deadline  January 25, 2011
Final programme announcement    March, 2011
Conference    April 27-May 1, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Registration, Opening, Keynote Lecture, Welcome Reception
Thursday, April 28, 2011   Sessions, Poster Session 1
Friday, April 29, 2011  Sessions, Poster Session 2
Saturday, April 30, 2011 Sessions, Gala Dinner
Sunday, May 1, 2011 
Sessions, Keynote Lecture, Closing

Abstract Submission
Abstracts of poster presentations may be submitted until March 8, 2011. Please submit a new abstract or modify your submitted abstract through the online registration gateway. If you are not yet registered, go to "Submit new registration". If already registered, please log-in through the form at the top-right corner of this website. Each conference participant can offer one abstract to be considered for oral or poster presentation. Authors will be notified about abstract acceptance by March 10, 2011
To promote the interaction among soil microbial ecologists, there will be no parallel sessions. As a consequence,  participation is limited to 450 people. Early registration is thus encouraged. Conference fee will cover participation at all sessions, conference materials (programme and book of abstracts), lunches, coffee/tea during the conference and the welcome reception. Registration, excursions and the gala dinner can be booked through the conference website.

Submit new registration here
. Only submission of abstracts of POSTER presentation is possible now.  Abstract must be submitted at latest until March 8, 2011. Please note that there is a limit of one presentation per one presenting author. If you need any help, please contact organizers

After submitting your registration, you will be still able to CHANGE your registration DETAILS, to submit / change your ABSTRACT or to make your PAYMENTS by credit card. To do this, please log in at the top-right corner of this website.

Cancellation and refund: Please note that your registration is binding. Cancellations need to be made in writing and will be accepted by February 15, 2011. An administrative fee of CZK 650 ( EUR 25.00 approx.) will be deducted. Fees will be due in full after the above deadlines or in the event of non-attendance.

All fees are payable and wire transfers has to be made in Czech Crowns (CZK) only. The prefered method of payment is by credit card. The payment system uses the most secure on-line system currently available and is accesible after your registration via login with your unique registration number and personal password.  Since the actual exchange rate may change during the year, the conference fee  was calculated using the rate 1 EUR = 26 CZK.

When using wire-transfer please remit to:
Bank: Česká spořitelna a.s., Account #: 434096329/0800, IBAN: CZ67 0800 0000 0004 3409 6329, SWIFT: GIBACZPX
Bank address: Masarykovo nam. 35/4, Ricany, 251 01, Czech Republic
Account holder: Biologicals s.r.o., Sramkova 315, Ricany, 251 01, Czech Republic
Address: Please add your your name and registration number (107XXXXX) for  your payment identification.
All bank transfer fees MUST be paid by the participant (bank code OUR)

Meeting Attendance Support for Young Scientists
FEMS Young Scientist Meeting Grants
The Organising Committee has secured a limited number of FEMS meeting attendance grants for young scientists, which will be used to support the attendance of microbiologists younger than the age of 36. The applicant should be a working microbiologist and a presenting author of a contribution. Application form can be downloaded in PDF (acrobat; 37 Kb) or DOC (word; 62 Kb) format from the FEMS web-site. Applicants should carefully read FEMS guidelines for grants application and check their eligibility before applying for a grant. Young scientists meeting grants will be awarded up to a maximum value of 400 EUR per participant. This grant is intended to be used to partly cover the registration fee, accommodation and travel costs.

The deadline for application as well as abstract submission is December 5, 2010. Notifications on the acceptance/rejection of applications will be sent by e-mail, not later than January 10, 2011. Applications for fellowships should be sent to the following address or e-mail:

Petr Baldrian, Institute of Microbiology of the ASCR, v.v.i., Videnska 1083, 14220 Praha 4, Czech Republic, e-mail: baldrian @ biomed . cas . cz.

US Young Scientist Travel Award
The Enzymes in the Environment Research Coordination Network will support air travel (up to $1250 per awardee) for 2-3 young scientists to present enzyme-related research. To qualify for a Young Scientist Grant the applicant must be:
    * an undergraduate, graduate student, or post doc at a US institution
    * the senior author on a poster or volunteered oral presentation related to enzymes in the environment.

The candidate must prepare the following and send these as attachment in one email (in Subject Line of email put “EMT –  US Travel Grant”) to
    * One-page vita file as pdf;
    * A brief description of recent and current research program (1-pg max, pdf file);
    * A copy of your submitted abstract;
    * Send one signed letter as pdf from your supervisor with a recommendation and verification that you are a student or post doc (this can be emailed directly from the reference).

The application, vita, and research statement are due by 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time USA, December 5, 2010. Awardees will be notified before January 15, 2011. All inquires about this award program and application process should be directly to Dr. Matt Wallenstein (

Conference website
NEW General information - how to get there, maps, programme
List of posters, poster session schedule, poster size and other instruction
Preliminary programme
Meeting flyer
Invited Speakers
Christa Schleper (Austria) keynote: „Ammonia oxidizing archaea in soils: New discovery of an old group”
Jan Dirk van Elsas, (The Netherlands) keynote: „Soil fungi provide hospitable niches for soil bacteria - mechanisms and concepts“

Erland Baath (Sweden), Petr Baldrian (Czech Republic), Lynne Boddy  (United Kingdom), Tomas Cajthaml(Czech Republic), Dana Elhottova (Czech Republic), Marta Goberna  (Spain), Martin Hofrichter  (Germany), Heribert Insam  (Austria), Matthias Kästner (Germany), George Kowalchuk  (The Netherlands), Bjorn Lindahl  (Sweden), Paolo Nannipieri  (Italy), Laurent Philippot  (France), James I. Prosser  (United Kingdom), Kathrin Riedel  (Germany), Giancarlo Renella  (Italy), Michael Schloter  (Germany), Heike Schmitt  (The Netherlands), Marc-André Selosse  (France), Angela Sessitsch  (Austria), Kornelia Smalla  (Germany), Soren Sorensen  (Denmark), Christoph Tebbe (Germany), Tim Urich  (Austria), Hakan Wallander  (Sweden), Matt Wallenstein  (USA), Elizabeth Wellington  (United Kingdom), Donald Zak  (USA), Martin Zobel  (Estonia)
Social program
Gala dinner will take place in a very historical location, the Prague Castle, Rudolph‘s foundry – Vikarka on Saturday, April 30. Price of the ticket is 1850 CZK (71 EUR approx.).
Since the actual exchange rate may change during the year, the ticket price  was calculated using the rate 1 EUR = 26 CZK.

Conference rates for accomodation from 27/04/2011 to 01/05/2011 were negotiated by the organiser in the following hotels:

TOP HOTEL Praha**** - conference venue, Blazimska 1781/4, Praha 4 (50 EUR / 63 EUR / 80 EUR per single / double / triple room per night)
Corinthia Towers****, Kongresova 1, Praha 4 (100 EUR+10% value added tax per night per room, single or double)
Novotel Praha Wenceslas Square****, Katerinska 38, Praha 2 (125 EUR per night per room, single or double)
Century Old Town****, Na Porici 7, Praha 1 (125 EUR per night per room, single or double)
Ibis Praha Malá Strana***, Plzenska 14, Praha 5 (70 EUR per night per room, single or double)
Ibis Praha Wenceslas Square***, Katerinska 36, Praha 2 (80 EUR per night per room, single or double)
Ibis Praha Old Town***, Na Porici 5, Praha 1 (90 EUR per night per room, single or double)

Prices include breakfast.
There is a limited block of rooms available at these rates and the organisers thus recommend early booking. Booking at conference rates is only available for conference participants booking using conference-specific forms. Access to these forms will be e-mailed to all registered participants within the registration confirmation letter. Please check the cancellation conditions indicated in the forms before booking your accomodation!

Conference Programme
NEW Final programme can be found here
NEW General information - how to get there, maps, programme
NEW List of posters, poster session schedule, poster size and other instruction
Information for Presenters
Poster dimensions should not exceed 90 cm (width) x 150 cm (height)