GROWTH Network

The GROWTH consortium, funded by the European Commission (2019-2023), is made up to train a new generation of researchers working on new pathological insights, biomarker diagnostics and personalized nutritional interventions for intestinal failure in neonates and preterm infants.


Academic and industry partners, covering various disciplines ranging from fundamental research to clinical paediatrics and analytical chemistry to organoid and gut-on-chip applications, have teamed up in the European Union.

Research Programme

GROWTH aims to set-up a new European platform that trains young scientists in the industry-led exploration of innovative routes to fully exploit the potential of early life nutrition to prevent inflammatory disease. GROWTH coordinates 8 individual research projects.


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13th International Symposium on Lactic Acid Bacteria (August 23 to 25, 2021)

Aim of the symposium: Lactic Acid Bacteria play important roles in the production of food and feed throughout the world in addition to being used as health-promoting probiotics. The incessant scientific interest in these microorganisms by academic research groups as well as by industry has resulted in many important scientific breakthroughs and has led to new applications. A series of tri-annual symposia on Lactic Acid Bacteria was started in 1983 in order to communicate and stimulate research on Lactic Acid Bacteria and their application.

The 13th Symposium programme will include:

• 14 invited plenary lectures providing overviews of state-of-the-art developments in five selected scientific areas,

• 3 short plenary lectures, selected from the abstracts, that cover the most recent advances in LAB research,

• central in the programme each day: the online interactive poster session.

The scientific areas that will be covered are

[1] Microbial Communities,

[2] Genetics and Genomics,

[3] Fermentation and Metabolism,

[4] Host-Microbe Interactions,

[5] Bacteriophages and Antimicrobials.

More information you can find HERE.