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Date: 18th – 19th June 2018 
Place: Corinthia Hotel Budapest, Hungary

The 40th International Congress of the Society for Microbial Ecology and Diseases – SOMED 2018 CONGRESS will be held during 18th  - 19st June 2018 in BudapestHungary.

The mission of SOMED 2018 CONGRESS is to present scientific achievements and research advances in the field of human microbial ecology and role of the microbes in health and disease. SOMED 2018 Congress provides a comprehensive scientific forum to all stakeholders from this field. The Congress is also a networking event for scientists, researchers and technology providers. The conference will also provide a platform for scientific exchange and discussion between delegates from worldwide academia and industry.

The main topic of the SOMED 2018 Congress is
„The role of microbiota in health and disease across the spectrum of issues“.

Philippe Gerard IPC

Philippe Gerard, Director of research, French National Institute for Agricultural Research - INRA, France 

Title of presentation: "Role of the gut microbiota in liver diseases. Evidence from germ-free animal models"

Wilhelm Holzapfel IPC

Wilhelm HolzapfelProfessor at Handong Global University, South Korea
President, International Committee on Food Microbiology and Hygiene (ICFMH)

Title of presentation: "Special functions of the gut microbiome in support of a healthy host"


Susan Joyce IPC

Susan Joyce, School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology; And Faculty and Funded Investigator APC Microbiome Institute, Ireland

Title of presentation: "Microbial bile acid modification – perspectives in health and disease"

Shingeru Kamiya IPC

Shigeru Kamiya, Department of Infectious Diseases, Kyorin University School of Medicine, Japan

Title of presentation: "Helicobacter pylori and indigenous microbiota"

Boris Shenderov

Boris A. Shenderov, Director of Moscow State Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology

Title of presentation: "Microbiota-host mitochondria crosstalk in the human health and diseases"

Helena Tlaskalova-Hogenova IPC

Helena Tlaskalová-Hogenová, professor of Immunology of Charles University, in Prague, Czech Republic

Tite of presentation: "TBD"

Eugenia Bezirtzoglou IPC

Eugenia Bezirtzoglou, Full Professor in Microbiology at Democritus University of Thrace, Department of Food Science and Technology, Greece

Title of presentatipon: "Functional Dairy Foods and Microbiota Modulation"


Alojz Bomba

Alojz Bomba, Head of Institute of Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Medicine of Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Skovakia
President of 40th SOMED CONGRESS

Title of presentation: "Potentiated Probiotics in Gut Microbiota Modulation"



Goal of the SOMED 2018 Congress is to further develop the understanding of the complexity of microbial ecology in relation to diseases, and to explore how to transform research findings to practical tools and applications in order to promote health and prevent disease.

The SOMED 2018 Congress is a unique opportunity to exchange scientific knowledge to explain the role of microbial ecology in health and disease and to initiate international cooperation between scientists and institutions working in the field. Special focus will be on the creation of opportunity for young scientist to present their research achievements. The Young Scientist Award and the Best Poster Award of SOMED 2018 CONGRESS will be awarded to outstanding young scientists, who are at the beginning of their career and who conduct basic or applied research in the field of microbiota and disease. The presenting author is under the age of 35.

40th SOMED2018 is part of the 12th IPC2018 and has the same organising secretariat. You can submit your oral or poster presentation via the registration portal after your registration:

Abstract submission deadline:
30th April 2018

(if your Organisation/University requires abstract acceptation before payment, please contact

Abstract acceptance notification:
15th May 2018

Poster abstract submission deadline is postponed to:
31st May 2018

Sending ready posters in printing quality-PDF to be printed and mounted by organiser(free of charge):
31st May 2018


Budapest will offer you also excellent cultural and social program during your stay.
For further information visit the congress website  
or contact the Organizing Secretariat of the SOMED 2018 CONGRESS:

phone:   +421 948 027 101

Registration fees:

290€  - SOMED congress only
190€  - SOMED congress student fee*
90€    - SOMED congress-the price is valid for IPC2018 conference participants only
Special for SOMED Congress participants: free entry for IPC2018 on the 19th of June 2018

*ONLY for participants attending university or institute of higher education as student and are under the age of 28 at the conference start date


  • Alojz Bomba - President of the SOMED 2018 CONGRESS, Slovakia 
  • Eugenia Bezirtzoglou - President of the SOMED, Greece
  • Elissa Bertazzoni, Minelli Italy 
  • Helena Tlaskalová-Hogenová, Czech Republic
  • Nadiya Boyko, Ukraine
  • Raina Fichorova, USA
  • Pavol Jarčuška, Slovakia 
  • Shigeru Kamiya, Japan 
  • Veronica Lazar, Romania 
  • Tore Midtvedt, Sweden
  • Wilhelm Holzapfel, South Korea


  • Alojz Bomba - President of the SOMED2018 CONGRESS Slovakia 
  • Monika Kvaková - Executive Director Slovakia
  • Ľuboš Ambro Slovakia
  • Izabela Bertková Slovakia 
  • Oľga Cisková Slovakia 
  • Ladislav Strojný Slovakia 
  • Mária Suváková Slovakia 
  • Monika Vaňková Slovakia 
  • Norbert Bomba Slovakia

Registration portal is the same for both SOMED2018 and IPC2018

Kind reminder that SOMED members and other participants to the SOMED 2018 Congress have to update their Society registration fees (regular membership 40 €/student membership 20 €).
Alternatively , SOMED fees payment should be possible to the SOMED treasurer on site at the Congress