This year we celebrate the 200th anniversary of birth of Louis Pasteur, the scientist whose name needs no introduction. The life story of Louis Pasteur and his groundbreaking discoveries have earned him a hallowed place in the pantheon of the most illustrious scientific luminaries of the modern era.
Already during his lifetime, Pasteur received worldwide fame and recognition among the scientific community, and more importantly, the heartfelt appreciation and sincere gratitude of millions of ordinary people.
The “father of microbiology”, the “founder of modern vaccinology”, and probably the most meaningful – the “benefactor of humanity” (bienfaiteur de l’humanité) are some of the titles Louis Pasteur is remembered by today. The contributions of Pasteur to the development of natural sciences, and more generally to the development of scientific concepts explaining the essence of life, are outstanding.
Pasteur’s life was a path of epoch-making discoveries in the fields of chemistry, biology, and medicine, and at the same time a paradigmatic example of genuine scientific intuition, research inquisitiveness, and determination.
This year’s bicentennial jubilee of Pasteur’s birth provides a unique opportunity to commemorate the life and achievements of one of the greatest minds of all time.
It is therefore my great pleasure and privilege to invite you, on behalf of the Organizing Committee, to the International Conference “The last word belongs to microbes”, a unique and globally significant event to mark the 200th anniversary of birth of Louis Pasteur.
The purpose of the Conference is to bring back the memory of Louis Pasteur not only as a true scientist, who bequeathed remarkable legacy of pioneering concepts and fundamental discoveries, but also as a man whose personal life, character, beliefs, and values epitomise the canonic ethos of science that has continued to inspire and motivate people of all scientific professions and beyond. During the Conference, the life and work of Pasteur will constitute a particularly favorable context for discussing the current state-of-the-art and progress in microbiological sciences towards the end of the first quarter of the 21st century.
With the advent of advanced technologies allowing for the genetic exploration and manipulation of microorganisms, microbiology has entered a new golden age, rendering a plethora of applications for human welfare. Today, this golden age of microbiology faces a broad spectrum of challenges, the most pressing of which are increased antibiotic resistance and (re-)emerging infectious diseases. The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized more than ever the pivotal role of microbiologists in addressing and curtailing such global health crises.
It is the intention of the organizers to bring together microbiologists from different parts of the world, representing various disciplines, career stages, and institutional backgrounds. The Conference will thus host renowned senior experts, top global figures in their fields, as well as highly talented and productive early- and mid-career scientists who have been involved in wide-ranging and innovative research projects. Many of the invited speakers come from the Pasteur Institute and other research centers affiliated with the global Pasteur Institute network. This preference was given deliberately, since the Intitute, founded by Pasteur in the dusk of his life, his last opus magnum, summarizes Pasteur’s entire prolific life and stands as a testament of his stellar work for all his successors.
The list of invited speakers reflects the scientific excellence of the conference programme, which covers a breadth of topics including microbial ecology, metabolism, genetics, and pathogenesis, along with antimicrobial drug and vaccine development. Our goal is to make the Conference a scientifically rewarding, professionally and socially invigorating enterprise, with an interdisciplinary and multigenerational environment, which will provide the best forum for stimulating discussions, confronting and exchanging ideas, and forging new collaborations.
The Conference will be held in Warsaw, capital of Poland, once called “Paris of the North”, a city with seven-century tradition and rich and heroic history. I hope you will have a chance to explore the historical and cultural sights offered by the city of Warsaw.
Once again, I cordially invite you to join us and celebrate the 200th birthday of Louis Pasteur!
Chair of the Organizing Committee
Copernicus Science Centre
Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20, 00-390 Warsaw
The Conference Centre is located in the modern building of the Copernicus Science Centre by the Vistula River, just a 15-minute walk from Warsaw Old Town (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The Copernicus Science Centre is one of the largest and most modern institutions of this type in Europe.