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The registration for the 10th Beneficial Microbes Conference is open. Profit from a reduced fee until 1 September 2023.


The 10th Beneficial Microbes Conference announces its full programme. It can be downloaded HERE.

The scientific programme is under the control of the Advisory Board. High-quality speakers, ample time for discussions, and every opportunity to establish rewarding connections are values the Beneficial Microbes Conference series wants to uphold.


The conference

The 10th Beneficial Microbes Conference will provide an overview of the latest scientific results and future developments related to prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics and their importance to human and animal health across the lifespan. Topics include but are not limited to the gut microbiome, the gut-brain axis, the microbiome beyond the gut, and more.

The 10th Beneficial Microbes Conference features:
  • Plenary lectures & parallel sessions
  • The science battle
  • Poster sessions
  • A commercial exhibition, presenting products and services related to prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics

The power of networking

The 10th Beneficial Microbes Conference is a networking event par excellence, the common theme being 'HOW CAN WE LEARN FROM EACH OTHER?'. The conference aims to bring together scientists with different expertise with the possibility of cross‐fertilizing each other and developing new views and applications for prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics in food, feed, and human and animal health. Take part and experience the power of networking!

Target audience

Interested attendees include basic and translational research scientists, nutritionists, dietitians, physicians, students, policy makers, and key opinion leaders with an interest in prebotics, probiotics, and postbiotics.

Advisory board

Conference chair

Prof. Koen Venema, Beneficial Microbes Consultancy and University of Maastricht, the Netherlands

Advisory board

Dr Frédérique Chaucheyras-Durand, Lallemand, France
Dr Maria Carmen Collado, Department of Food Biotechnology, Spanish National Research Council (IATA-CSIC), Spain
Prof. Richard Ducatelle, Department of Pathology, Bacteriology and Poultry Diseases, Ghent University, Belgium
Dr Sabrina Green, Department of Biosystems, KU Leuven, Belgium
Dr Emily Hollister, Microbiome Consultant, USA
Prof. Michiel Kleerebezem, Host-Microbe Interactomics, Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands
Prof. Sarah Lebeer, Department of Bioengineering, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Dr Thomas D. Leser, Human Health Innovation, Chr Hansen A/S, Denmark
Dr Jiro Nakayama, Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Kyushu University, Japan
Dr Arthur Ouwehand, IFF, Finland
Dr Guus Roeselers, Nutricia Research, the Netherlands
Dr Gabriel Vinderola, Instituto de Lactología Industrial, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina


Interested participants from universities, research institutes and industry are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts for posters. Particularly students/young scientists are encouraged to submit abstracts.

Important deadlines

  • Submission deadline for oral presentations: 1 April 2023 Expired!
  • Submission deadline for poster presentations: 1 October 2023

Rules for submission

  • Abstracts must be sent to: BMC[at]bastiaanse-communication.com
  • Abstracts must be submitted in Microsoft Word and shall not exceed 400 words.
  • The title of the abstract should clearly define the work presented
  • Don’t forget to mention the names of the authors (limited to max. 10) and their affiliation(s).
  • The Advisory Board will determine whether the abstract will be accepted for a poster presentation.
  • Submission of an abstract acknowledges the author’s acceptance for the abstract to be published in the book of abstracts.
  • Presenting authors must be registered and paid participants.

Poster presentation

The 10th Beneficial Microbes Conference has established the Best Poster Award to honour a conference participant for the presentation of a poster. The winner of the Best Poster Award will be selected by voting for the poster that the delegates believe to be the best in its content and layout.

Posters will be displayed throughout the conference. In addition, Poster Tours will be organized. Presenting authors are requested to be available at their poster during these tours. Poster size: A0 portrait (841 mm x 1189 mm). Appropriate means of affixing the poster to the poster board will be supplied on site.

Speed presentations

A few poster abstracts will be selected for brief oral presentations (‘speed presentations’).


The 10th Beneficial Microbes Conference offers various business opportunities, including sponsoring and exhibiting. Parallel to the conference a commercial exhibition will be organised with presentations of products and services related to prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics. Participants of the conference have ample opportunity to visit the exhibition during the various breaks.

Reasons why becoming a sponsor/exhibitor is a good marketing strategy:

  • Communicate your message to a highly qualified scientific and expert audience
  • Increase visibility in focused markets
  • Highlight your company’s expertise
  • Generate new sales leads
  • Network with specialists
  • Build new partnerships
  • Find out about new research being undertaken

You can download the brochure with the various business opportunities HERE.

Registration fees

The fee includes the book of abstracts, lunch, coffee/tea, and drinks/snacks as announced in the timetable. The registration fee does not include hotel accommodation.

According to EU legislation, the services in respect of admission to cultural, artistic, sporting, scientific, educational, entertainment or similar events, are subjected to the VAT (Value Added Tax) of the place where the event actually takes place. As the event will take place in the Netherlands, the service invoiced to you is subjected to Dutch VAT (21%). See, in this regard, articles 53 and 54 of Council Directive 2006/112/EC.


Students 1,2



Special 3

Early Bird Fee Expired!
registered AND paid before 1 July 2023

€ 435

€ 645

€ 785

€ 475

 Fee Expired!
registered AND paid before 1 September 2023

€ 435

€ 745

€ 885

€ 475

registered AND paid before 27 November 2023

€ 435

€ 845

€ 985

€ 475

  1. Bachelor, Master and PhD students only; postdocs are not considered 'students'.
  2. Registration will only be accepted if the Conference Registration Form is accompanied by (i) a proof of studentship and (ii) an abstract for a poster presentation; otherwise, registration will be denied.
  3. Every paying participant (except for registered students) may be accompanied by one participant for the special registration fee, provided that the following conditions are met: (i) the paying participant and the accompanying participant are employed with the same company/organisation at the same location; and (ii) the paying participant and the accompanying participant register and pay (with ONE invoice) at the same time.

Cancellation policy

Refunds, minus € 250 administrative charge, will be made for cancellations received up to 15 October 2023. Cancellations are only valid if notice is received in writing. For cancellations made after 15 October 2023, no refunds will be paid. However, a participant may designate a substitute delegate.

Venue and hotel accommodation


The 10th Beneficial Microbes Conference will take place at Hotel Casa Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Thanks to the hotel’s unique location near the Amstel Station, the whole city is at your feet.

Amsterdam provides all you need for an unforgettable getaway. The 17th century historical atmosphere combined with the mentality of a modern metropolis creates a friendly and relaxed environment. The city has the highest museum density in the world and is home to cultural highlights, such as the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Hermitage Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum with Rembrandt’s world-famous Nightwatch. Other well-known places of interest in Amsterdam are the Palace on the Dam, the Artis Zoo, Jewish Historical Museum and the Rembrandt House.

Address details

Hotel Casa Amsterdam
Eerste Ringdijkstraat 4
1097 BC Amsterdam
the Netherlands
T +31 20 6651171


Hotel accommodation

Participants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements. Hotel Casa Amsterdam offers a discount of the regular rate for conference participants (add promotional code: BMC2023); you can book HERE.

Please note: November is a very busy period in Amsterdam, so you are advised to book early to secure your accommodation.

Alert! Be Aware of Housing Scams
Accommodation bookings should be made via the web link above or directly by yourself. Please note: you may be approached by agencies offering the booking of hotel accommodation. This is a scam. We have no agreement with any agency.

Conference history

The Beneficial Microbes Conference series started in 2008. During the years, it has become an important meeting point for academia and industry providing a reference source for professionals who want to be updated on the advances in prebiotic, probiotic, and postbiotic research for human and animal health across the lifespan.

At the previous conference in 2022, a panel debate titled ‘Postbiotics, definition and scope’ was held. The aim of this panel was to advance the discussion about postbiotics in the aftermath of some published disagreement about the definition of postbiotics produced and published by ISAPP. The debaters included Prof. Seppo Salminen and Dr Gabriel Vinderola, both members of the board of directors of ISAPP and co-authors of the ISAPP postbiotics definition, supporting the ISAPP definition, and Prof. Lorenzo Morelli (in attendance virtually) and Dr Guus Roeselers challenging the ISAPP definition. The debate consisted of 15-minute opening arguments on both sides, followed by an open discussion guided by the conference chair, Prof. Koen Venema. For those interested, the videorecording of the debate can be viewed here.

For those interested, the book of abstracts from the last 4 conferences can be downloaded by clicking on the relevant image below.