Scientific Spring Meeting 2021

Dear all,

We would like to invite you to the Scientific Spring Meeting of the Dutch Society of Medical Microbiology (NVMM)
and the Royal Dutch Society of Microbiology (KNVM) to be held VIRTUALLY on March 30 and 31, 2021.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, substantial uncertainties, unfortunately, remain with respect to the safety and
feasibility of many activities and events for several months ahead, both in The Netherlands and worldwide.
We have therefore taken the difficult decision to cancel our physical 2021 meeting and at the same time,
we have decided to put our best energy/effort in organizing a virtual meeting.

Although face-to-face interactions are an important aspect of any congress, the current pandemic severely limits
the possibilities. Hosting a virtual congress brings challenges and at the same time opens new possibilities.
You can expect an interactive program with renowned national and international speakers. Throughout the
program you will find sessions addressing the area of microbiology from basic research to clinical applications,
several of which are open for submitted abstracts. In response to the needs of the moment, the scientific
program will include a dedicated COVID-19 track. We cordially invite you to participate in this meeting.


An overview of the program can now be found online.


Registration is for the whole meeting. There is no one day registration. All content (only after permission of
the speakers) will be available after the congress for one month.

Due to the cancellation of the meeting in 2020, we would like to offer you the opportunity to register for the
congress in 2021 at an attractive rate. Herewith, we hope to compensate you for the loss you may have
suffered in 2020.

Early bird registration deadline: February 15, 2021

Call for abstracts

On behalf of the Scientific Committee, we would like to invite you to submit an abstract for this first
virtual congress. The abstract will be judged according to the abstract submission guidelines.
Please read carefully before writing your abstract. Abstracts can be submitted by choosing one of
the following categories:

  • Clinical/medical
  • Environmental
  • Molecular
  • Heilige huisjes/Critical Appraisal of a Topic (CAT)*

Heilige Huisjes /Critical Appraisal of a Topic (CAT)*: Abstracts submitted in this category has to cover
topics from daily practice which are critically evaluated for usefulness and necessity. Preferably an everyday
controversy recognizable to everyone. The presentation concludes with a proposition to maintain or not
(demolish the "Heilig Huisje") the daily practice in question.

Submission deadline is: Sunday 1 February 2021.

For more information, please check:


Algemene ledenvergadering NVMM: 8 april 16-17.30 uur