It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the fourth International Symposium of the Collaborative Research Centre 900 “Chronic Infections: Microbial Persistence and its Control” and the newly founded COALITION (Communities allied in infection) consortium. Now in its second funding period (2014-2018), CRC 900 was established in 2010 to investigate the multiple facets of microbial persistence, ranging from properties of persisting microbes to their interaction with host cells and the immune system. The COALITION consortium, which is funded by the State of Lower Saxony, was founded in 2016 in preparation for an application for a Cluster of Excellence and aims to investigate the dynamics of microbial and host communities as a basis for the development of better prevention and new therapeutic approaches in infection diseases. We have invited international experts on these topics to promote the interaction of our collaborative research centre and also COALITION with colleagues across the globe.
We are looking forward to two days of scientific exchange and discussions and hope to present not only the work that is ongoing in CRC 900 and COALITION, but also aspects of Hannover cultural life. I am looking forward to meeting you all and hope that you will enjoy the conference and your visit to Hannover.