Welcome to the 2017 Great Wall Symposium

After four successful Great Wall symposiums, we announce the 5th Symposium that will take place in the Hotel Atlântico São Rafael, Algarve, Portugal, from 24th-27th September 2017. The organizing committee is happy to welcome you for four exinting days focused exclusively on the latest results on bacterial cell wall and in particular its main component, the peptidoglycan layer.

The organizing committee is happy to welcome you to the Symposium. We have organized the program to free more time for networking, discussions around posters and social interactions. Also, we plan to organize on the opening day (Sunday 24th) an introduction to the field exclusively for young scientists (PhD and post-doctoral fellows) where they can interact directly with senior scientist.

Who should attend

This symposium is aimed at researchers studying aspects of peptidoglycan metabolism including academia and industry, particularly, post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students. Although not particularly aimed at clinical microbiologists and physicians, these are welcomed to embark in an extraordinary voyage to the “Great Wall”.

Note that this year Symposium is not limited in the number of participants. Potential participants need to register and pay online (check here for the registration fees). However, priority will be given to young investigators to present their work as short-talks.


Important dates for 2017

Call for Abstracts open                                                  January 1

Registration open                                                          January 1

Abstract submission deadline (for short talks)                May 1

Short talk notification                                                      July 1




The organizer would like to acknowledge the support of our sponsors without whom the meeting would not be possible.

The Institut Pasteur

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