Emerging microbial technologies conference

Conference date: 27th May 2022
Conference venue: X TU Delft

Microbes have for centuries been applied as ‘workhorses’ for food and chemical production, and have in past decennia gained increasing attention for their potential applications in the circular economy. Microbes are highly versatile biocatalysts and can make use of a wide range of substrates for their growth, including electricity, industrial off gases and wastewater. Applying these microbes do drive our next generation chemical production processes allows for the simultaneous reduction of our environmental footprint and the creation of circular economy.

Our goal

At the EMT-conference, we come together to keep discovering the possibilities for working together with nature’s tremendous realm of diversity and using mankind’s smart engineering tricks to make the world a better, cleaner and more sustainable place. We aim to bring together young and excited scientists and entrepreneurs at EMT to share a day full of new insights into the ways we can understand and use different types of microorganisms and cultivation strategies in combating some of our most pressing societal issues: depletion of fossil resources and climate change. We hope to provide a setting in which new, fruitful collaborations can spring and where people can leave full of inspiration and ideas. We believe that collaborations between industry, both well-established companies and/or new start-ups, and academia are the ones that will advance our field and really make a difference towards a carbon-neutral society.

Let’s interact, inspire and instigate change!


The EMT-conference is organized by three enthusiastic young scientist from academia and industry in collaboration with the study association S.V. LIFE from Delft University of Technology. Jules Rombouts obtained his PhD on mixed microbial community fermentation from Delft University of Technology and started Nature’s Principles after his PhD, on the pursuit of sustainable microbial L-lactic acid production. Martijn Diender finished his doctoral degree at Wageningen University and Research, in which he studied syngas-fermenting microorganisms. He recently obtained a VENI grant from the NWO talent programme to continue his work on carbon monoxide metabolism for heavy metal reduction. Maximilienne Allaart aims to couple syngas fermentation to microbial chain elongation in her doctoral work at Delft University of Technology in order to understand how to convert gaseous waste streams to value-added biochemicals. The EMT conference is supported by the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) with a Meeting Organizer Grant.