Dan Andersson, Uppsala, Sweden: "Fitness constraints on horizontal gene transfer"

Beate Averhoff, Frankfurt, Germany: "The Ins and Outs of DNA transfer in Thermus thermophilus"

Chris Bayliss, Oxford, UK: "Phase variation rate: Determinants of and fitness implications for Neisseria meningitidis and Campylobacter jejuni"

Magnar Bjørås, Oslo, Norway: "The LexA regulated tisAB and dinQ genes modulate UV protection in E. Coli

Jesus Blázquez, Madrid, Spain: "Antibiotic stress and genome instability"

Josep Casadesús, Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain: “Roles of DNA adenine methylation in Salmonella virulence”

Jean-Pierre Claverys, Toulouse, France: "Interplay of DprA, RecA, and SsbB in the processing of transforming DNA in Streptococcus pneumoniae"

Fernando de la Cruz, Santander, Spain: “The conjugation machinery”

Charles Dorman, University of Dublin, Ireland: “H-NS: genome guardian and universal repressor”

Robert Fuchs, Marseille, France: "Genetic instability initiated during Nucleotide Excision Repair (NER): a new mutagenesis pathway in E. coli"

Brigitte Gicquel, Paris, France: "Evolution and diversity as told by genome stability keepers in Mycobacterium tuberculosis"

Regine Hakenbeck, Regensburg, Germany: “Genomic evolution of Streptococcus pneumoniae and Streptococcus mitis – what is a species?”

Rainer Haas, Munich, Germany: "Role of Helicobacter pylori type IV secretion systems in DNA transfer and virulence“

Stuart Hill, Chicago, US: "Pilin gene variation in Neisseria gonorrhoeae: reassessing the old paradigms"

Sigve Håvarstein, University of Life Sciences, Norway: "Acquisition of transforming DNA by naturally competent pneumococci”

Ole Herman Ambur, Oslo, Norway: "The impact of the neisserial DNA uptake sequence on genome evolution and stability"

Berenike Maier, University of Münster, Germany: "Quantitative analysis of competence development in Bacillus subtilis"

Martin Marinus, Boston, USA: "Dam methylation and enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157:H7"

Donald A. Morrison, Chicago, USA: “Regulated proteolysis in the competence pheromone response of Streptococcus pneumoniae"

Miroslav Radman, INSERM, Paris, France: “Genome dynamics and the robustness of microbes”

Eduardo P. Rocha, Paris, France: "Order and disorder in bacterial genomes"

Steven J. Sandler, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, US: "Understanding the connection between DNA replication and recombination using fluorescence microscopy and single cell analysis"

Stewart Shuman, Sloan-Kettering Institute, New York, US: “Mechanisms of bacterial NHEJ”

Pascal Simonet, CNRS, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France: “Regulation of HGT by natural transformation in Ralstonia solanacearum

Kirsten Skarstad, Oslo, Norway: “SeqA in replication”

Tone Tønjum, Oslo, Norway: “Meningococcal versus mycobacterial genome dynamics”

Graham Walker, MIT, US: “Life can be stressful: Genome stability and instability”