Scope of the conference
The overall aim of the conference is to promote understanding of the complex microbial ecosystems that are present in the digestive tract of man and animals, and their interactions with the host. It is therefore of interest to those working to improve human and animal health and nutrition through dietary manipulation, and to any scientist concerned with the microbial ecology of the digestive tract and the interplay between microorganisms and their hosts.
Topics to be addressed will include
- Microbial diversity and functionality in health and disease
- Response of the gut microbiota to dietary change
- Microbial metabolism of dietary components
- Mechanisms of action of pro- and prebiotics
- Influence of the gut microbiota on host energy metabolism
- Microbial interactions with the immune system
- Application of meta-omics
About the conference
INRA-Rowett 2012 will be the 8th joint symposium on gut microbiology organized by l’Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Clermont-Ferrand/Theix, and the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, Aberdeen.
Originally planned as a biennial meeting of the microbiology groups of the two institutes, the conference has grown to attract 270-300 delegates, many from the US, Japan and Australasia.
The topics included in the conference embrace gut microbiology of all animals, particularly man but also farm animals, birds and fish, as well as related technologies used to study microbial ecology, genomics, metagenomic, and so on.
A few distinguished speakers are invited to give plenary lectures, but the emphasis of the meeting is to give less experienced scientists an opportunity to present their data alongside more experienced scientists. The scientific committee thus select oral presentations from the abstracts submitted according to both the theme and the speaker’s background.
Substantial amounts of time are devoted to poster sessions and workshops, the latter which aim to discuss the latest developments in various areas related to gut microbiology. An active social programme with a French flavour forms an integral part of the conference.