Bilbao, Spain 13th - 15th of September 2022

A HoloFood Innovation Action conference | Palacio Euskalduna | #AHC2022

Conference Scope

Host-microbe interactions under the microscope

Understanding host-microbiota interactions is increasingly recognised as an essential step to improve the efficacy and efficiency of applied biological processes within medicine, agriculture and nature conservation. As such, the joint study of eukaryotic hosts and their associated microbial communities using molecular tools, namely hologenomics, holds the promise to contribute towards addressing some of the global challenges in the 21st Century. 

The objective of the 1st Applied HoloGenomics conference is to highlight key discoveries and novel approaches that aim at understanding the interactions of plant and animal hosts with their associated microbial communities, which could be directly or potentially applied into management and practice.

In brief this conference will aim to cover these three key questions: 

  • What are the current uses of hologenomics?
  • What societal and industrial needs of the 21st century could be addressed through hologenomic approaches?
  • How can hologenomics be used to link basic and applied research questions?

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Key Themes

HoloGenomic Solutions for 21st century challenges
Human Health 
Agriculture and Food Production
Biodiversity and Conservation
Methodological Breakthroughs

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Abstract Submission deadline: 01 May 2022
Attendance Registration Deadline: 15th June 2022

Scientific and Social Programme

Final Scientific Schedule under preparation. 
Please check back as we update this section

The social programme is still under preparation!
Plans include gastronomical highlights of the region! Stay tuned! 

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Confirmed Speakers

Phil Pope
Associate Professor

Faculty of Biosciences, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway

"Our group uses multi-omic tools to deconvolute the intimate genetic and physiological relationship between the host animal, its environment and its microbiome."

Lone Gram

Department of Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Technical University of Denmark

"Lone studies and uses bacterial interactions and bacteria-host-interactions, and is especially interested in the role of microbial secondary metabolites in shaping microbiomes and microbe-host-interactions"

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Sarah R. Bordenstein
Senior Research Specialist

Director of Discover the Microbes Within! The Wolbachia Project
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN USA

"Phage and bacterial genomics focused on animal-symbiont-phage interactions; discovery-based science education at the college and pre-college levels"

Ana Pombo

Max Delbrück Centre for Molecular Medicine, Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology, Berlin,

"Ana Pombo investigates mechanisms that regulate 3D genome folding and gene expression during mammalian development and in disease. She has developed Genome Architecture Mapping, a method that reconstructs chromosome structures from sequencing of randomly orientated nuclear slices."

Rob Dunn

Center for Evolutionary Hologenomics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark and Dept. of Applied Ecology, North Carolina State University, USA

"I am interested in community ecology, specifically the history and future of the relationships between humans and the rest of life"

Seth Borthenstein

Centennial Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology
Associate Director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology, and Inflammation
Director of the Vanderbilt Microbiome Innovation Center
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA

"Intimate and facultative animal-microbe symbioses as targets and agents of change, including phylosymbiosis, speciation, reproductive parasitism, and human microbiome variation"

Lars Hestbjerg Hansen

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen, DK 

"Microbial genetics and microbiomes in plant and human health, with a particular taste for genetic parasites such as bacteriophages plasmids and IS elements"

Scientific Committee

Tom Gilbert

Center for Evolutionary HoloGenomics, 
University of Copenhagen,

Antton Alberdi

Associate Professor,
Center for Evolutionary HoloGenomics, 
University of Copenhagen,

Morten Limborg

Associate Professor,
Center for Evolutionary HoloGenomics, 
University of Copenhagen,

Melanie Parejo

Postdoctoral Researcher,
Applied Genomics and Bioinformatics, University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU, Spain

Andone Estonba

Applied Genomics and Bioinformatics, University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU, Spain

Lorna Richardson

Microbiome Resources Co-ordinator, 
Finn team: Microbiome Informatics, EMBL-EBI, UK

Mette Dines Cantor

Senior Research Scientist,
R&D - New Assay Platform, Chr. Hansen A/S, Denmark

Jürgen Zentek

Department of Veterinary Medicine, Institute of Animal Nutrition, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Michael D. Martin

Department of Natural History, University Museum, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway

Phillip Pope

Associate Professor, 
Faculty of Biosciences, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway

Eli Grindflek

Research Director,
Norsvin, Norway

Yolanda Sanz

National Research Council (CSIC), Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA-CSIC), Spain

Iratxe Zarraonaindia

Research Associate, 
Applied Genomics and Bioinformatics, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Spain & Ikerbasque, Basque Foundation for Science, Spain

Lars Hestbjerg Hansen

Deapartment of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Abstract and registration information

Abstracts are limited to 300 words max.
Abstract submission deadline is the 1st of May 2022. 

The scientific committee is seeking abstracts that are targeted to the main themes described in the conference scope and specifically with a hologenomic angle in focus. Abstracts are subject to rejection if they are deemed out of conference scope.

By submitting an abstract you agree to attend the conference in-person and present your work, regardless of the format assigned (oral or poster). We are aware that circumstances can be unpredictable and if your travel circumstances change due to the COVID-19 pandemic please contact us as soon as possible. 

The organisers reserve the right to decline any submitted abstracts that lack scientific content or merit, or submitted abstracts that merely announce the availability of a resource or service.

Click here to submit your abstract.

All accepted abstracts will be scheduled either as an oral or poster presentation at the discretion of the Scientific Committee. If oral presentation slots exceed the number of oral presentation slots, authors should be prepared to present a poster if their abstract is not selected for an oral presentation.

Our aim is to create an engaging and open community for presenters from all career levels.

After the abstract submission deadline (May 1st 2022) is over the scientific committee will evaluate your submission and be in touch with you by the end of May. 

Successful abstracts will be made public exactly as submitted on the conference website as well as on the HoloFood website. The submitting author may make corrections and revisions by the end of May 2022.

Oral presentations will be recorded and made available for online viewing during the conference.

Yes - please also register for attendance to the conference. The deadline for registering to the conference is June 15th 2022. 
Registrations are required whether you intend to be there in person or attend virtually. 

Click here to register your attendance (virtual or in-person).

We understand that things are unpredictable at the moment.
If you unable to attend please contact us as soon as possible!

Refunds of the Social evening event will be available until August 31st with a cancellation charge.
No refunds will be available after the 1st of September.
Cancellation policies can also be found in our dedicated page under 'Cancellation Policies'
Please stay tuned for updates on the conference as we evaluate travel situations closer to the conference. 

Useful information

The program has been designed to cover both a wide range of fundamental and applied themes within hologenomics research, and incorporate panel discussions about the future possibilities and needs of industry and society.

We aim at identifying opportunities and hurdles of the still nascent field of hologenomics, and thus not only welcome researchers and industrial stakeholders actively implementing hologenomic approaches, but also invite relevant players that recognise hologenomics as an opportunity to improve the performance of their current scientific practices.

We are pleased to welcome guest speakers at the forefront of their fields, working within human health, agrisciences and more, whether representing academia or industry. 

We welcome registrations and abstract submissions with a focus on host-microbe interactions.

The Applied Hologenomics Conference is free to attend in person or online however registration is compulsory. 

The conference dinner and social excursion is at a cost of 60€ per person and can be purchased via the registration link.

We offer two options during registration - either in person attendance or remote access.
Please note that at the moment remote access will only be available for the recorded talks of the conference.

For information on abstract guidelines please refer to the abstract information section here.

Palacio Euskalduna, the conference venue, is located in the Abandoibarra area of Bilbao. You can see the location by clicking here.

There are several transport connections to reach the venue: 
Tram stops directly in front of the venue
Bilbao Metro Lines 1 and 2
Commuter Rail Network (Cercanías Bilbao)
Various bus routes also are within close range. 

Information on local connections and fares can be found here:

Bilbao International Airport is located 12 km from the city centre (

Bilbao centre and around the conference is a walker friendly city.

There are many accommodation options within close range of the conference venue. 

A number of hotels have reserved a limited number of rooms at special rates for conference attendees. 
Please use the contact forms listed below for each hotel or quote "Applied Hologenomics 2022" when in contact with them for the special rates to be applied. 

Booking deadline is the 15th of June 2022. After this date booking will be subject to availability. 
Prices listed below include breakfast and VAT 

Melía Bilbao : Single room 140€/night, Double room 156€/night
Lehendakari Leizaola, 29, 48011 Bilbao, Bizkaia
Tel. +34 912 76 46 46
Booking form:

NH Collection Villa de Bilbao : Single room 139€/night, Double room 149€/night
Gran Vía, 87, 48011 Bilbao, Bizkaia
Tel. +34 944 41 60 00
Please book by sending an email to and quoting “Applied Hologenomics 2022” as the reference.

Abba Euskalduna : Single room 155€/night, Double room 165€/night
Ventosa Bidea, 34, 48013 Bilbao, Bizkaia
Tel. +34 946 67 31 69
Please book by sending an email to and quoting “Applied Hologenomics 2022” as the reference.

Mercure Jardines de Albia : Single room 96€/night, Double room 112€/night
Done Bikendi Kalea, 6, 48001 Bilbo, Bizkaia
Tel. +34 944 35 41 40
Please book by sending an email to HA057@ACCOR.COM and quoting “Applied Hologenomics 2022” as the reference.

Areas that are within walking distance with a decent selection of accommodation are:

Casco Viejo Area (note: this area has an active social scene)

Ensanche Area: Short walk with larger hotel chains

Deusto Area: Affordable accommodation and boutique inns 

Bilbao is a beautiful city with many cultural highlights. 

Guggenheim museum Bilbao (1km from conference venue) -

Bilbao’s medieval town Casco Viejo (2.5km from conference venue)

Explore La Ribera market (2.7 km from conference venue)

Museo Bellas Artes (Museum of fine arts) (700 metres) - 

In Bilbao lunch times are usually between 13:30h and 15:30h. 

Dinner times are usually from 9pm onwards. It is normal to enjoy some pintxos with a drink before this time (aperitivo).

There are seated lunch or dinner menus. Alternatively, it is very typical to have a selection of pintxos (Basque elaborated tapas).

Bilbao has a rich culinary scene and you can take a look at some of these highlights by clicking here.

Tipping is regular at around 10% of the bill.


Venue information: Palacio Euskalduna, Abandoibarra Etorb., 4, 48011 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
Click here for details on how to get to the venue

Funding & Acknowledgement 

The 1st Applied HoloGenomics Conference project is part of the HoloFood IA activities and has received funding from the European Unionʼs Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 817729. 
The conference is organised by HoloFood partner EHU/UPV, Spain.

Find out more about the HoloFood project by clicking here or check out our explainer video below!


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  • The 1st Applied HoloGenomics Conference project is part of the HoloFood IA activities and has received funding from the European Unionʼs Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 817729  

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