The genus Acinetobacter constitutes a heterogeneous group of bacteria widespread in nature and known for its broad metabolic potential. Acinetobacter has been in the focus of many studies addressing fundamental biological questions as well as its virulence potential. The extraordinary competence of Acinetobacter baylyi strain ADP1 for natural transformation and its genetic and physiological properties made this strain a model organism to study nutritional versatility. Acinetobacter baumannii is of greatest clinical importance because of its association with human nosocomial infections. The success of A. baumannii as nosocomial pathogen is based on its outstanding potential to adapt to very different, also extreme environments, and persist in the host. The major threat is the rise of antibiotic resistance in A. baumannii. In the light of these growing resistance trends, the World Health Organization in 2017 has placed carbapenem-resistant A. baumannii on priority position 1 of the list of bacteria for which new antibiotics are urgently needed. Despite the emerging threat of A. baumannii our understanding of virulence and persistence mechanisms and development of novel antimicrobial targets is lagging behind.

The International Symposium on the Biology of Acinetobacter brings together medical and non-medical microbiologists as well as clinicians from all over the world to discuss the recent advances in Acinetobacter research, exchange new ideas and develop new relationships. An important focus is to promote students and young scientists to discuss their data and exchange knowledge. The major topics addressed during the current conference include population genetics and evolution, pathogenicity mechanisms, antibiotic resistance, genetics and regulation of infection, metabolism and regulation, adaptation and persistence, epidemiology and new therapeutic approaches.

The 12th International Symposium on the Biology of Acinetobacter 2019 will be held in Frankfurt, Germany, the home of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, a global finance and market place with its unique style reflected by the museums on the river Main banks and the bold high-rise architecture as well as local dishes such as Grüne Soße, Ebbelwei and Frankfurter sausages. We welcome you to join the ‛Acinetobacter family’ in Frankfurt and hope you will enjoy an exciting meeting.

Welcome to Frankfurt!


Beate Averhoff,
Professor of Microbiology, Molecular
Microbiology and Bioenergetics
Institute of Molecular Biosciences
Goethe-University Frankfurt