Conference 2012

Bacteriophages and Probiotics

Alternatives to Antibiotics

Tbilisi, Georgia, July 1-4, 2012


Dear prospective Attendee,


We would like to inform you that the Eliava Institute of Bacteriophages, Microbiology and Virology (EIBMV, Tbilisi, Georgia) is organizing a conference: "Bacteriophages and Probiotics - Alternatives to antibiotics", which will be held in Tbilisi on July 1-4, 2012.


The conference is dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the birth of Professor George Eliava, the founder of the Eliava Institute of Bacteriophages, Microbiology and Virology.


The conference will enhance the awareness of applying bacteriophages and probiotics in therapy and prophylaxis of bacterial diseases and minimizing the use of antibiotics when possible.


The Organizers strongly believe that a professional exchange of scientific knowledge and expertise between the CIS and Western colleagues will lead to new approaches in the fight against emerging or re-emerging, health threatening, multi-drug resistant bacteria and will contribute to the improvement of human, animal and plant health.


Organizing Committee:

Dr. Revaz Adamia, chair (EIBMV, Tbilisi, Georgia)

Dr. Nina Chanishvili (EIBMV, Tbilisi, Georgia)

Dr. Marina Goderdzishvili (EIBMV, Tbilisi, Georgia)

Dr. Mzia Kutateladze (EIBMV, Tbilisi, Georgia)

Dr. Manana Loladze (EIBMV, Tbilisi, Georgia)

Dr. Marina Tediashvili (EIBMV, Tbilisi, Georgia)


Dr. Martha Clokie (University of Leicester, UK)

Dr. Giorgio Giraffa (CRA-Centro di Ricerca per le Produzioni Foraggere e Lattiero-Casearie, Lodi, Italy)

Professor Thomas Haertle (INRA, Nantes, France)

Dr. Elizabeth Kutter ( Olympia State College, Evergreen, USA)

Dr. Vyacheslav Melnikov (ISTC, Moscow, Russia)

Professor Tamas Torok (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, USA)

Professor Mario Vaneechoutte (Gent University, Gent, Belgium)


The Conference will be limited to maximum 100 attendees. Therefore, early expression of interest is advised. The Organizers encourage prospective attendees to submit their abstract for oral or poster presentation in 400 words or less by April 10, 2012. Please, send your abstract to:


Confirmations will be sent by May 10, 2012.


The Conference aims to review current achievements in the following areas:

Phage Therapy

Phage Prophylaxis and Diagnostics in Medicine, Veterinary and Agriculture

Phage Ecology

Probiotics as Therapeutic Means

Probiotics in Food Production

Probiotics and Prebiotics

Genomics and Proteomics of Bacteriophages and Probiotics


Conference Programme

English (Please note, no simultaneous translation will be provided)



Eliava Institute of Bacteriophages, Microbiology and Virology, 3 Gotua Street, Tbilisi, 0160, Georgia.


Transportation and Accommodation:

Information about transportation, accommodation in Tbilisi, hotel prices and other useful details can be found at the following websites:

Participants will be asked to chose and book their hotels themselves. The Organizers recommend the "Holiday Inn", "Citadines", "Courtyard Marriott" or "Vere Palace" due to their proximity and easy access to Eliava Institute of Bacteriophages, Microbiology and Virology. The Organizers are ready to provide help with hotel reservations.



Two coffee breaks and a lunch will be provided throughout the conference days.


Social events:

Excursions to historical sites will be organized.


Registration deadline: May 30, 2012

Registration fee for the European and overseas participants: €350.00 (students: €200.00)


Registration fees to be paid to the following account:


Frankfurt/Eschborn, Deutschland, SWIFT: DEUT DE



1, Ketevan Tsamebuli av., 0103, TBILISI, GEORGIA


IBAN GE50 BS00 0000 0000 3344 95


S/A Giorgi Eliava Institute of Bacteriophages, Microbiology and Virology LEPL (Conference 2012)


Registration fee for CIS participants will be covered by the Organizers.



Ekaterina Jaiani

Natia Karumidze

Ia Kustardze

Khatuna Makalatia

Tamar Suladze


Contact person:

Dr. Nina Chanishvili,

Eliava IBMV, 3, Gotua Street, Tbilisi 0160, Georgia,

Tel: +995 32 238 10 68 or +995 32 238 27 62

E-mail: or