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About the Symposium

This 2.5 day symposium will provide a forum for scientists from chemistry, immunology and glycobiology to discuss recent advances in our understanding and the opportunities for shaping glycan mediated immune responses.

Keynote lectures from world leaders addressing major topics in glycoimmunology will provide the framework for a large number of short lectures and flash presentations together with a poster session showcasing recent achievements from major European research groups active in the field.

This symposium will give especially younger pre-doctoral and early postdoctoral investigators the opportunity to discuss their research with a large audience of specialists.

The following topics will be covered in the program:

  • Glycoconjugate vaccines
  • Glycan based immunotherapy
  • Host pathogen interactions
  • Synthesis of glycan antigens
  • Glycomimetics



Keynote Speakers

Yvette van Kooyk
VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, NL
“Glycosylation and suppressive immune circuits in the tumour microenvironment”

Peter Seeberger
Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Golm, DE
“A Medicinal Chemistry Approach to Develop Semi-Synthetic Glycoconjugate Vaccines Against Bacteria”

Francesco Berti
GSK Vaccines Sienna, IT
“Recent trends in the design and development of carbohydrate-based conjugate vaccines”

Antonio Molinaro
Università of Naples Federico II, IT
“Microbial cell wall glycoconjugates and elicitation/suppression of eukaryotic innate immunity”

Alexander Titz
Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland – HIPS Saarbrücken, DE
“Carbohydrate-binding Proteins as Targets for Anti-Infectives and Diagnostics: ESKAPE pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa and its Lectins”

Kurt Drickamer
Imperial College London, UK
“Rapid evolution of glycan-binding receptors that distinguish host and pathogens sugars”

Max Crispin
University of Southampton, UK
“Antibody glycoforms: Immune recruitment and suppression”


Scientific Advisory Committee

Yvette van Kooyk, VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, NL
Anna Bernardi, University of Milan, IT
Franck Fieschi
, Université Grenoble Alpes, FR
Niels Reichardt, CIC biomaGUNE, SP


Local Organizing Committee

Niels Reichardt
Cristina Díez