9th International Meeting on Antimicrobial Peptides

Utrecht University, The Netherlands

August 28 - 30, 2019

Conference Co-Chairs

Eefjan Breukink

Utrecht University

Edwin Veldhuizen

Utrecht University

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Organising Committee

IMAP 2019 is held under the auspices of the Protein & Peptide Science Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Poster Prizes

The Protein & Peptide Scicence group of the RSC sponsors the Poster Prizes at IMAP 2019.

Continuing a Successful Series

IMAP 2019 will build on the success of the previous meetings held in Edinburgh, UK (IMAP 2018), Copenhagen, Denmark (IMAP 2017), Leipzig, Germany (IMAP 2016), London, UK (IMAP 2015), Graz, Austria (IMAP 2014), London, UK (IMAP 2013) and Leipzig, Germany (IMAP 2012 and IMAP 2008). Visit the Archive Page for details of some of the earlier conferences.

Antimicrobial Peptides (AMPs) and Host Defence Peptides (HDPs)

The 9th International Meeting on Antimicrobial Peptides (IMAP 2019) will take place over 3 days hosted by Utrecht University, The Netherlands in August 2019.

The conference will cover both the antimicrobial activity of peptides as well as their role in regulation and modulation of the immune system.

Utrecht Early Music Festival

Takes place from August 23 - September 1, 2019. This world-famous festival will mean increased demand for hotel rooms, so early booking is advised. Registration and abstract deadlines have been set with this in mind.

Abstract Deadlines

Oral presentation: May 1, 2019

Poster presentation: July 19, 2019

Visit the Programme & Abstracts page for more information.


Online registration is not yet open.


A range of sponsorship and exhibition packages are available. Contact us for details.

Scientific Programme

  • Design, synthesis and mode of action of AMPs / HDPs, including:
    • Immunomodulatory aspects
    • Biophysical aspects
  • Human and veterinary therapeutic applications of AMPs / HDPs
  • Role of AMPs / HDPs in fertility and reproduction
  • AMPs / HDPs in immune modulation

  • Peptide biomaterials, peptide-polymer hybrids
  • Susceptibility testing of AMPs
  • Hot topics in AMP/HDP research

The Programme will be available on the Programme & Abstracts page.


Confirmed Speakers

Mike Dawson, Spero Therapeutics

Discovery and development of SPR206: a next generation polymyxin analogue

Paula Gomes, University of Porto

Only a click away: antibacterial coatings upon grafting antimicrobial peptides onto chitosan using click chemistry

Bob Hancock, University of British Columbia

Development of peptides as therapeutics - the big issues
Alison McDermott, Northumbria University

Antimicrobial Peptides at the Ocular Surface: Functional Roles and Pharmaceutical Potential
Markus Weingarth, Utrecht University

High Resolution Studies of Peptide-Antibiotics in Cellular Membranes

Alessandro Tossi, University of Trieste

Cathelicidin defence peptides – variations on a variable theme

Bas Zaat, University Medical Center, Amsterdam

Antimicrobial Peptides; Selective Synergy, and Supramolecular Systems