Microbiome & Probiotic R&D & Business Collaboration Forum: Europe


23rd-24th Apr 2024


Rotterdam, The Netherlands

12th Microbiome & Probiotics R&D and Business Collaboration Forum

The 2024 meeting is in production. If you would like to speak at the meeting contact [email protected]. For sponsorship contact [email protected].

If you are a start-up we would love to hear from you. Email [email protected] or complete this form for access to a bespoke package to meet your particular needs.

The 2023 Microbiome & Probiotics R&D and Business Collaboration Forum brought together academic, industry, and investment leaders to discuss cutting-edge scientific developments in microbiome, skin & probiotic research. The attendees explored the challenges and opportunities in translating research towards commercialisation, as well as learning how partnerships and collaborations can secure investment. 

Topics covered included gut health and disease, as well as the stunning advances being made in understanding the gut-brain axis. Speakers also reported on the developments in Probiotics, Prebiotics and Postbiotic research as well as personalised nutrition and cardiometabolic disease. In 2023 there was expanded coverage of Women’s health, advances in HMO & infant health, and Cancer.

“I liked the combination of science and business”
“From an academic perspective, it was nice to see how people are commercialising their research”
“A diverse mix of different stakeholders: academia, industry, finance”

This meeting is always co-located with the Skin Microbiome & Cosmeceuticals Congress: Europe

2023 Featured speakers – Our full speaker panel can be found here

The conference at a glance

  Room 1 Room 2 Room 3 Room 4
Day 1

Gut Microbiome for Health & Disease

Business Collaboration and Investment

Gut Brain Axis

Infant Health, HMO & Nutrition Skin Microbiome & Cosmeceuticals 
Day 2 Beyond the Gut – Cancer Microbiome Urology Diseases & Women’s Health Probiotics, Personalized Nutrition & Cardiometabolic Diseases Skin Microbiome & Cosmeceuticals


How attendees benefited

• Explored the microbiome in the first 1000 days of life
• Developed a Successful regulatory strategy for probiotics and live microbiome-based drugs
• Decoded how skin commensals metabolites orchestrate healthy skin
• Discovered the Microbiome’s Role in Bowel Cancer
• Understood the Role of gut microbiota and precision probiotics in myalgic encephalomyelitis
• Debated if Binding Proteins offer a paradigm shift in gut health and stabilization
• Heard about studies that identify metabolites and neurotransmitters produced by the microbiota whichare linked to sleep and stress
• Found out about the dynamics of Bifidobacterium species in the breastfed-infant gut microbiome
• Built on existing partnerships and create new collaborations to deliver new products to market
• Gave a poster presentation with flash talk to attendees
• Joined us for a fantastic networking and drinks reception

2023 Speakers

2023 Agenda

“I had a great time speaking at the 9th Microbiome & Probiotics & Business Collaboration forum. The organisers brought together a unique mix of people from universities, industry and solution providers. There was lots of time for networking and a very comprehensive meeting program.”

ALINE DE SANTA IZABEL, Founder, YOGUT ME & Synbiotic Kitchen

“The organisation, great speakers, good ambience, nice exhibition, very good food, the possibility to sit in the conference lounge to make a call or have discussions, the quiet and clean hotel … and very efficient wifi”

AUDREY GUÉNICHE, L’Oréal Research & Innovation

Download The Agenda

The 2023 agenda in brief
• Gut Microbiome for Health & Disease
• Beyond the Gut – Cancer Microbiome
• Gut-Brain Axis
• Urology Diseases & Women’s Health
• Infant Health, HMO & Nutrition
• Personalised Nutrition, Probiotics and Cardiometabolic Diseases
• Access the Skin Microbiome & Cosmeceuticals Congress

What you will get
• 80+ presentations, panel discussions, and roundtables from industry and
academic leaders
• 7 hours of dedicated networking time and drinks reception
• Expert-led roundtable discussions
• Extended senior-level interactive panel discussions
• Poster presentation with optional flash oral presentation
• Vibrant exhibition hall featuring leading companies

2023 Sponsors

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Pricing and Registration

The conference fee includes:
  • All conference sessions
  • Lunches and refreshments
  • Access to exhibition room
  • All networking forums
  • e-documentation pack
  • Optional complimentary poster presentation for Industry, academic and start-up delegates
  • 3 for the price of 2 offer
  • 5 for the price of 3 offer
  • Discount applied automatically when registering places at once. If you do not know all the attendees complete this form
  • Not applicable for solution provider companies or compatible with any other offers or discount codes
Register now

Option 1 – Please phone +44 (0) 1865 671957 ext. 207 and we will take your details over the phone or email Maria Mirnova

Option 2 – Please complete the form below to pay online


Step 1: Click to Choose Your Delegate Package

Industry Fee


Standard registration for those not in the categories below

Academic/Student/NFP (USD)


Entrance Fee for Academic staffs / PhD students / Non-for-Profit Organisation (USD)

Solution Provider/Consultant Attendee Fee


Fee for representatives of organisations offering services and/or business & technology solutions and also to business consultants.

We accept the following cards through Worldpay
  • Visa
  • Visa Electron
  • Mastercard
  • Maestro
  • JCB

Step 2: Delegate Information

Poster with Flash Presentation


Whether looking for funding, employment opportunities or simply wanting to share your work with a like-minded and focused group, presenting a poster is an excellent way to join the heart of this meeting.

  • Poster presentations are actively encouraged at this event and as such registered academic, industry, and start-up delegates are invited to present 1 poster each for free
  • Posters are displayed for the full two days of the event – Refreshment breaks have dedicated sessions for odd or even numbered posters so you know when to be by your poster
  • We have reserved a 50-minute session in track 1 for non-vendor authors to present a flash oral presentation of their poster in order to showcase their work


  •  We also issue a poster eBook to all attendees containing your full abstract, and you can share your poster as a PDF after the meeting if you desire.
  • Please note that there is limited space available and poster space is assigned on a first-come-first-served basis
  • In order to present a poster at the forum, you need to be registered as a delegate.

Poster Abstract Submission – CLOSING DATE March 2024


2023 Sponsors


Sponsors and exhibitors at our conferences have the opportunity to meet and form partnerships with delegates on a formal and informal basis in a relaxed and professional atmosphere.

Twenty Minute Prearranged One-to-One Meetings

Select which delegates you would like to meet in a series of prearranged twenty-minute one-to-one meetings. Receive advanced delegate list from which to choose whom you’d like to meet with.  Global Engage will schedule these meetings and send you an itinerary before the event


Pre or Post Event Workshops

Host your own half or full day pre or post event workshop to a dedicated audience around a subject of your choice. Global Engage will assist with the marketing of your workshop to provide a guaranteed audience.

Pre-Event Marketing & Branding

Market to our event database and / or increase brand awareness by taking a poster position or sponsoring the poster sessions. This can be supplemented by branding options such as placing your logo on the meeting background screen.


Showcase your technologies and products throughout the conference in the dedicated exhibition areas where all refreshment breaks and lunches take place, as well as the networking drinks reception at the end of day one.

Speaking Opportunities

Options include:

  • 30-minute speaker presentations
  • Chairing / panellist positions during a 30-minute panel discussion
  • Hosting a 1-hour workshop within the conference program
Sponsorship Opportunities

For further details please contact
Gavin Hambrook, Conference Director
Telephone +44 (0) 1865 849841 or
email [email protected]

Media Partners

Please contact [email protected] for media partner opportunities

  • Rapid Microbiology
  • Clocate.com
  • Nutrients
  • Food & Function
  • ICON Outlook
  • Nutrition Insight


At Global Engage we are at the beginning of a project to make our meetings more sustainable. Last year we joined ISLA – a body created to accelerate the event industry’s transition to a sustainable future. Our goal is to measure and record the CO2 emissions of our meetings, with the ultimate goal of reducing them as far as practicable before looking at offsetting them.

Details of the green policies at the World Trade Center Rotterdam can be found here. https://www.wtcrotterdam.com/en/about-wtc/sustainability. A practical example of their efforts is the WTC is heated and cooled using a hot and cold storage system in the ground. In addition, all electricity used is certified ‘green power’. Finally, the car park was recently renovated with LED lighting.

In addition to carefully selecting meeting venues, we have made some other changes.

Plastic badge holders have been replaced with card name badges attached to a lanyard. Return your lanyard to the registration desk when you leave so it can be reused.
Printed conference documentation and agenda. All the meeting information is now available on an event app. Make sure you have it downloaded to your devices in time for the meeting. Get Agorify on Google Play and Apple App Store.

You will have some great food choices while you are with us but we have worked with the caterer to increase the proportion of plant-based items. Our aim is that you have some great meals, whilst with us, but with less environmental impact by the time you leave.

What you can do
An international meeting does involve travel but where it is practical, please consider more sustainable alternatives to flying. The app will also have a discussion space to arrange ride shares, so if you’re local or staying at a different hotel make use of it to cut the number of journeys being made.

To offset the carbon caused by attending a meeting please look at these three projects in the Netherlands.
Our analysis suggests that last year attending a two-day conference produced .65 tonnes of C02e per person which can be offset for approx.€12 per person. All Staff attending the meeting will be offset.

Social Responsibility
Where we have consent from our expert speakers the presentations will be actively promoted to developing nations and students as a free resource.

Our commitment is to make sustainable choices wherever we can.

William Baird
Conference Director
Global Engage

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Microbiome and Probiotics R&D and Business Collaboration Forum: Europe