IBCWG 2020 meeting

Dear friends and colleagues,

We are very excited  to invite you to the 22nd International Burkholderia cepacia Working Group Meeting in Toronto, Canada on April 22-25, 2020

The conference will take place at the SickKids Research Tower (Event Room 1), 686 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5G 0A4

Welcome Reception and preferred hotel:

Marriott Downtown at Eaton Centre, 525 Bay Street, Toronto, ON, M5G 2L2


Other options for hotels in the area:

Chelsea Hotel; Toronto Downtown, 33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto, ON, M5G 1Z4


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Downtown, 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto, ON, M5G 1R3


The co-chairs of the conference are Dr. Liz Tullis, Dr. Valerie Waters and Dr. Silvia Cardona.  Mohsin Akhtar is helping coordinate the conference.


A secure link will be sent to your email.  You can pay via PayPal, Credit Card or Debit.

Early Bird Rate” for Guests – $200.00 – available until February 29th, 2020 – after this date, the fee will be $220.00.

Early Bird Rate” for Trainees/Students – $150.00 – available until February 29th, 2020 – after this date, the fee will be $170.00.

Deadline for Registration is Tuesday, March 31st, 2020.

Deadline for Abstract submissions is Friday, March 20th, 2020.

Preliminary Programme

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

19:00: Welcome Reception – Adelaide Room – Marriott Downtown CF Toronto Eaton Centre, 525 Bay St

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

18:00: Dinner – Music Room – Hart House at the University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Cir

Friday, April 24th, 2020

12:00: Afternoon Out

Take a break from the Meeting and enjoy what Toronto has to offer.  Some ideas to spend time exploring the city:

Red Double-Decker Bus Tour – https://citysightseeingtoronto.com/toronto-double-decker-city-tour/

Hockey Hall of Fame – https://www.hhof.com/

CN Tower – https://www.cntower.ca/intro.html

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada – https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/

Casa Loma – https://casaloma.ca/

Art Gallery of Ontario – https://ago.ca/

Royal Ontario Museum – https://www.rom.on.ca/en

Walking Tour with the Tour Guys – http://www.tourguys.ca/free-toronto-tours

More details to follow soon!

Liz, Val and Silvia

New and worthy articles by IBCWG members

Various Evolutionary Trajectories Lead to Loss of the Tobramycin-Potentiating Activity of the Quorum-Sensing Inhibitor Baicalin Hydrate in Burkholderia cenocepacia Biofilms, by Tom Coenye, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy here

Genome mining identifies cepacin as a plant-protective metabolite of the biopesticidal bacterium Burkholderia ambifaria by Esh Mahenthiralingam, Nature Microbiology here

Periodic Variation of Mutation Rates in Bacterial Genomes Associated with Replication Timing by Vaugh Cooper, mBio here

Biosynthesis of fragin is controlled by a novel quorum sensing signal by Leo Eberl, Nature Communications, here

The involvement of the low-oxygen-activated locus of Burkholderia cenocepacia in adaptation during cystic fibrosis infection, by Siobhan McClean, Scientific Reports here

Macrophages, but not neutrophils, are critical for proliferation of Burkholderia cenocepacia and ensuing host-damaging inflammation by Annete Vergunst, Plos Pathogens here

IBCWG 2020 Survey Results

Thank you to all members that answered the survey. We received 70 responses. These are the highlights:

73% of the responders answered that they would likely or very likely attend to the next IBCWG.

51% of responders chose Toronto as their favorite location, while 19% chose Buenos Aires. 30% did not have a particular preference.

Among the reasons for choosing Toronto, responders mentioned proximity to their cities, cheaper flights, and constraints regarding funding for travel if the location was not within North America.

Among the reasons for choosing Buenos Aires, responders answered the importance of opening this opportunity for our colleagues in South America that may not be able to afford travel abroad.

Importantly, only 29% of responders voiced that they would unlikely or very unlikely attend the IBCWG meeting if the venue was NOT the preferred one.

In summary, we expect the next IBCWG 2020 to be held in Toronto with a minimum estimated number of 50 participants!

The complete results of the survey can be accessed through this link.

IBCWG 2018 Group Photo

IBCWG 2018 Abstract deadline has passed

We have received a large number of abstracts in recent days. Thank you for all your contributions. Its going to be a very interesting meeting!

The abstract deadline has passed, so we are not accepting any more abstracts at this time. Looking forward to seeing you all in Dublin!


IBCWG 2018 Registration open

Please click HERE for the registration page

IBCWG 2018

The next IBCWG meeting will be held in Dublin, Ireland on May 2-5, 2018. More details here

IBCWG 2016 group photo

IBCWG 2016 conference update

Colleagues, we are excited for the upcoming IBCWG April 27-29th in Columbus, Ohio! Key highlights and about the conference are listed below.

-Keynote lecture by Professor Miguel Valvano entitled “Burkholderia cenocepacia: the juggling act of surviving”.

-Next generation sequencing workshop with Dr. Peter White, recent winner of the 2015 international CLARITY Undiagnosed Challenge using novel Churchill technology

-Group Dinner at Z Cucina

-Group historical tour of Columbus

-Current oral presentations from the labs of Amer, Bosch, Brinkman, Coenye, Cooper, Eberl, Goldberg, Kopp, Mahenthiralingam, Partida-Sanchez, Priebe, Ramirez, Riccardi, Ryan, and Yoder-Himes. Presentations are a blend of trainees and PIs, along with established and new Bc investigators.

Registration open for IBCWG 2016

Registration is now open for IBCWG 2016 hosted by Amal Amer (chair) and Ben Kopp (co-chair) at Ohio State University in Columbus,OH.

The registration fee is $200 (USD) and includes breakfast, lunch, tour, and the group dinner.   On the registration site you can indicate if you will attend the group dinner (http://www.zcucina.com/) as well as the group tour through the Columbus Historical Society.

Registration site

Abstract  Submission Deadline Extended

The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to March 21st. Please email your abstracts directly to Tom Coene.

2016 abstract template (MS Word doc)


Hotel Information and Special Rate

The meeting will take place in the Blackwell Hotel close to the OSU campus and football stadium. The organizers have obtained a special rate of $138 USD per room per night that is available via the following URL and code.

Follow this link and enter the following group code in the form: CHID0416