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The 10th Beneficial Microbes Conference has come to an end. We would like to say a big thank you to all participants and exhibitors/media partners for taking part in this conference and making it the success that it was.

And our congratulations go to the winner of the Best Poster Award, Thibaut Maeyens (Department of Bioscience Engineering, University of Antwerp, Belgium) for his poster “Discovery of novel antimicrobial compounds by investigating the genetic potential of lactic acid bacteria”.

We're looking forward to meeting you again at the 11th Beneficial Microbes Conference in November 2025. Keep an eye on our social media platforms for the exact date and venue.

Click on the image below to view the book of abstracts, including the programme, and the abstracts of lectures and posters.


The science battle is a valued part of the Beneficial Microbes Conference series. The topic of this year’s battle was ‘The (non)-sense of commercial microbiome testing’. The video recording of the battle can be viewed here:

And continue with networking!

Advisory board

Conference chair

Prof. Koen Venema, Beneficial Microbes Consultancy, 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, Danone Nutricia Research, the Netherlands
Dr Gabriel Vinderola, Instituto de Lactología Industrial, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina


The series is an important meeting point for academia and industry providing a reference source for professionals who want to be updated on the advances in research on beneficial microbes (probiotics, prebiotics, postbiotics, synbiotics, fermented foods, …) for human and animal health across the lifespan. The conference promotes the creation of new initiatives for the customised application of beneficial microbes in food, feed, and healthcare in a networking environment.