Microbes and their Viruses – 2019

The Conference aims at providing platform to discuss advances in our knowledge on the distribution of microbes and their viruses across diverse environments, their influence on the ecosystems in which they live and their impact on human health, agriculture, culinary traditions and industry.  The conference will provide an excellent opportunity for students and scientists to meet and interact with experts from all over the world, to exchange ideas and develop new relationships.


Congress Chair:
David Prangishvili, Institute Pasteur, Paris, France
Organizing committee:
Niels-Kåre Birkeland, University of Bergen, Norway
Nina Chanishvili, George Eliava Institute of Bacteriophage, Microbiology & Virology, Tbilisi, Georgia 
Paata Imnadze, National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, Tbilisi, Georgia
Ekaterine Jaini, George Eliava Institute of Bacteriophage, Microbiology & Virology, Tbilisi, Georgia 
Mzia Kutateladze, George Eliava Institute of Bacteriophage, Microbiology & Virology, Tbilisi, Georgia 
Hovik Panosyan, Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia
Eliora Ron, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel



The sessions will be held on September, 22-25 and cover the following topics:

    Clinical Microbiology and Epidemiology

   Bacteriophages and their Medical Applications

    Microbial Biotechnology

     Microbial Ecosystems and Microbiomes


The special workshop will be held on September, 26-27 “New Trends in Extremophile Research and Biotechnology

Workshop: “New Trends in Extremophile Research and Biotechnology 

The central theme of the workshop is the extremophilic microorganisms, the protein products of which can be suitable for various industrial and biotechnological applications.

The workshop talks will cover key areas of ecology, diversity, biotechnological aspects, adaptations and viruses of extremophiles. The main objective of the workshop is to stimulate new understandings of the role extremophile microbes in ecosystems and in the development of human technologies. Participation of MSc and Ph.D. students is encouraged.

The conference is organized by the Eliava Institute of Bacteriophage, Microbiology and Virology, Tbilisi, the Tbilisi Regional Hub of the Academia Europaea, the Georgian Association for General and Applied Microbiology, the University of Bergen and Yerevan State University.

The prominent scientist representing leading world research centers will chair and deliver the lectures.

Jeremy BARR, Australia
Nils-Kåre BIRKELAND, Norway
Harald BRUSSOW, Switzerland
Laurent DEBARBIEUX, France
Wen Jun LI, China
Hovik PANOSYAN, Armenia
Jean-Paul PIRNAY, Belgium
David PRANGISHVILI, France/Georgia
Peter SHOENHEIT, Germany

The meeting place, Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, is located in the area full of natural beauty spots and rich cultural heritage, at the border of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. We are looking forward to meeting you in Tbilisi!

The conference opening and sessions will be held at the George Eliava Institute of Bacteriophage, Microbiology & Virology, Gotua street 3, 0160, Tbilisi

To learn about the direct flights to Tbilisi, please, check the following websites:



The nearest hotels to the conference site are:

  • Ameri Plaza Tbilisi
  • Tbilotel
  • Holiday Inn
  • Best Western Hotel
  • Amadeus Hotel


Since September is a busy touristic season we recommend you to book your flights and hotels beforehand.

Registration fees:

  Early Bird Deadline Registration Deadline Late registration Deadline
Students 150€  

July 1, 2019


200€ August 1,  2019 250€  September 1, 2019
Academics 300€ 350€ 400€
Company representatives 400€ 450€ 500€

(maximum 100 attendees are allowed; early expression of interest is advised)


All registered participants fees include: congress materials, admittance to the scientific sessions, coffee breaks, lunches, and welcome reception.


If you are interested in the following events, please check in the registration form:

  • Galla dinner (ticket price 35 €)
  • Excursion to Kakheti region (Wine tour) (ticket price 30 €)


Registration fees to be paid to the following account:

For EUR transfer

Intermediary: DEUTSCHE BANK AG




Beneficiary bank:  HEAD OFFICE SWIFT: TBCBGE22



Bank account:      GE96 TB79 1183 6120 1000 02

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