Day 1: 30th of June

15.00 – 16.30

Arrival / Registration / Poster Setup / Networking

16.30 – 16.40

Welcome Talk

Prof. Tom Gilbert [UCPH]

16.40 – 17.30

Introductory Keynote: The Holobiont Imperative – Why We Have to Rethink (Our) Nature

Prof. Thomas Bosch [Kiel Life Science Center]

17.30 – 18.30

Moderated discussion with audience / Q&A:
"Life, the Holobiont, and Everything"

Assoc. Prof. Antton Alberdi [University of Copenhagen] (Moderator), Prof. Thomas Bosch [Kiel Life Science Center], Prof. Monica Medina [Pennsylvania State University] 

18.30 – 20.30

Welcome Reception

Day 2: 1st of July  
Sessions 1 & 2

8.00 – 9.00

Coffee and Networking

9.00 – 9.35

Devices and Materials for Sampling/Manipulating the Human Microbiome

Prof. Anja Boijsen [Technical University of Denmark]

9.35 – 10.10

Plasmid Dynamics and Maturation of the Infant Gut Microbiome

Prof. Søren Sørensen [University of Copenhagen]

10.10 – 10.20

Metabolic Microbiome-Host Interactions and its Role in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Jan Taubenheim [University Kiel/University Hospital Kiel]

10.20 – 10.30

SFB: Screening Metagenomic Data for an Ancient Human Symbiont

Asst. Prof. Luisa W. Hugerth [Uppsala University]

10.30 – 11.00


11.00 – 11.30

Gut Microbiome Plasticity and Human Adaptability under Ecological Change

Assoc. Prof Rachel Carmody [Harvard University]

11.30 – 12.00

The Hologenome Beyond Biology - an Arctic Indigenous Perspective on the Holobiont

Assoc. Prof. Aviaja Hauptmann [University of Greenland]

12.00 – 12.10

Saliva Shotgun Metagenomics Reveal Insights into Diversity and Function of Oral Microbiome in Pregnancy

Anusha Thakkutte Antony [Uppsala University]

12.10 – 12.20

Building the World’s Largest Plasmid-Host and Phage-Host Interaction Atlas Using Proximity Ligation Sequencing

Prof. Ivan Liachko [Phase Genomics]

12.20 – 12.30

From Starting Cultures to Gut Health: The Importance of Lactic Acid Bacteria in the Life of Mongolian Pastoralists

Dr. Alexander Hübner [Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology]

12.30 – 13.20

Lunch (Provided)

13.20 – 13.55

Engineering Algal Microbiomes for Sustainable Food and Feed Production

Prof. Lone Gram [Technical University of Denmark]

13.55 – 14.30

Rewilding Plant Microbiomes

Prof. Jos Raaijmakers [Netherlands Institute of Ecology]

14.30 – 14.40

Trait-Based Study Predicts Glycerol/Diol Dehydrates as a Key Function of the Gut Microbiota of Hindgut-Fermenting Carnivores

Prof. Clarissa Schwab [Aarhus University]

14.40 – 14.50

Enterosignatures of the Pig Gut Microbiota

Dr. Ioanna-Theoni Vourlaki [Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology]

14.50 – 15.00

Co-diversification of an Intestinal Mycoplasma and Atlantic Salmon

Dr. Jacob Agerbo Rasmussen [University of Copenhagen]

15.00 – 15.10

Soil Microbiome Histories Impact Plant-Microbiome Interactions and Plant Phenotypes under Drought-Stress

Dr. Nichole Ginnan [Pennsylvania State University]

15.10 – 15.40


15.40 – 16.05

Insects (and their Microbiome) as Food and Feed – Challenges and Solutions

Assoc. Prof. Simon Bahrndorff [Aalborg University]

16.05 – 16.25

Crop Drought Resilience in the Era of Hologenomics

Asst. Prof. Chris Barnes [Aarhus University]

16.25 – 16.35

Analysis of Variability Through the Relative Site Frequency Spectrum (rSFS): Applications to Host-Microbiota Interactions

Dr. Sebastian E. Ramos-Osins [Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics]

16.35 – 16.45

Nematode Holobiont – Role of Microbes in Nematode Suppression and Protection

Dr. Olivera Topalovic [University of Copenhagen]

16.45 – 16.55

Genome-Resolved Metagenomic Analysis of the Gut Microbiome in Reared House Fly Larvae (Musca domestica)

Asmus Toftkær Muurmann [Aalborg University]

16.55 – 17.05

Long-read Metagenomics of Shanghai Pet Dogs Enables the Retrieval of Hundreds of Bacterial Species as High-Quality MAGs

Dr. Anna Cusco [Fudan University]

17.05 – 17.15

Microbiome Dynamics Across the Lifespan of Australian Angus Cattle

Dr. Thibault Legrand [CSIRO]

17.15 – 18.00

Panel Discussion: Multi’omics and the Future of Sustainable Agrisciences

Assoc. Prof. Morten Limborg [University of Copenhagen] (Moderator), Prof. Lone Gram [Technical University of Denmark], Dr. Stinus Lindgreen [Radikale Venstre], Prof. Claus Felby [Novonordisk Foundation]

18.00 – 19.45

Poster Session

(Drinks and Light Snacks Provided)

Day 3: 2nd of July
Sessions 3 & 4

8.00 – 9.00

Coffee and Networking

9.00 – 9.35

Eco-Evo-Devo Drivers of Microbial Assemblage Dynamics in Tropical Marine Holobionts

Prof. Monica Medina [Pennsylvania State University]

9.35 – 10.10

Keep One Another Close: The Importance of Wildlife-Microbe Symbioses in a Changing World

Assoc. Prof. Kevin Kohl [University of Pittsburgh]

10.10 – 10.20

Gut Microbiome Characteristics are Associated with Conservation Practices and Host Genetic Diversity in a Wild Vertebrate Species

Dr. Sarah F. Worsley [University of East Anglia]

10.20 – 10.30

Pleistocene Reindeer Dental Calculus as a Source for Ancient Oral, Rumen and Dietary Flora

Dr. Jaelle Brealey [Norwegian Institute for Nature Research]

10.30 – 11.00


11.00 – 11.30

Temporal Hologenomics: A New Approach in Biodiversity Research, Conservation and Evolutionary Biology

Assoc. Prof. Katerina Guschanski [University of Edinburgh]

11.30 – 11.55

The Hologenomics of Invasion Biology

Senior Scientist Cornelia Jaspers [Technical University of Denmark]

11.55 – 12.05

ASG Project: First Insights about Microbial-Rich Sponge Metagenomes

Dr. Camilla Santos [Wellcome Sanger Institute]

12.05 – 12.15

The Role of Microbial Symbiosis in Insular Adaptation: A Hologenomic Approach

Prof. Laura Baldo [University of Barcelona]

12.15 – 12.25

A Comprehensive Investigation of Woolly Mammoth Remains Associated Microbes

Dr. Benjamin Guinet [Swedish Museum of Natural History]

12.25 – 13.15

Lunch (provided)

13.15 – 13.55

Population Theory for the Hologenome and the Assembly of Holobionts

Prof. Joan Roughgarden [University of Hawaii]

13.55 – 14.30

Spatial Genomics of Microbiota Interactions Inspired by Genome Architecture Mapping

Prof. Ana Pombo [Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine]

14.30 – 15.05

Intertwining Plasmids, Microbial Interactions and Adaptations to Gut Environments

Prof. Itzik Mizrahi [Ben Gurion University]

15.05 – 15.30


15.30 – 15.50

Unveiling Animal-Microbiota Interactions Through the Study of Metabolic Capacities of Microbial Genomes and Metabolite Exchange Capabilities of Microbiomes

Assoc. Prof. Antton Alberdi [University of Copenhagen] 

15.50 – 16.10

Exploring Evolutionary Host-Microbiota Interactions Across Vertebrates Using Gut-On-a-Chip

Asst. Prof. Ostaizka Aizpurua [University of Copenhagen]

16.10 – 16.30

Epigenetic Control of the Gut Microbiome

Assoc. Prof. Morten Limborg [University of Copenhagen]

16.30 – 16.40

Deep Viral Metagenomics Reveals Dynamic Changes in Mobile Element Interaction Networks Following Intestinal Microbiota Transplantation

Dr. Benjamin Auch [Phase Genomics]

16.40 – 16.50

Holo-omic Workflow Utilizing Network Analysis Reveals Compositional Bistability Between Rumen Microbiomes

Carl Mathias Kobel [Norwegian University of Life Sciences]

16.50 – 17.00

Advancements in Applying Zebrafish as a Model Organism in Hologenomics

Eiríkur Andri Thormar [University of Copenhagen]

17.00 – 17.10

Spatially Resolved Multi-omic Landscape of the Animal Gut Microbiome

Dr. Bryan Wang [University of Copenhagen]

17.10 – 17.55

Closing Keynote: Winds of Change - Breathing a New Disciplinary Matrix into Biology

Prof. Seth Bordenstein [Director Penn State University Microbiome Center]

17.55 – 18.00

Conference Wrap Up


The Applied Hologenomics Conference 2024 received funding from the Novo Nordisk Foundation and the DNRF