Michael Bott Director of the Institute of Bio- and GeosciencesForschungszentrum Jülich Dr. Michael Bott is the Director of the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences at Forschungszentrum Jülich, as well as a Professor of Biotechnology at the University of Düsseldorf. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Marburg, and completed post doctoral research at the University of Marburg as well as ETH Zürich. At ETH Zürich, he also worked as a research associate and a group leader. His research mainly focuses on metabolism, regulation, and signal transduction in biotechnologically relevant bacteria, the development of microbial production strains, biosensors, and synthetic biology. Dr. Bott worked as the coordinator of several BMBF-funded research clusters, titled “SysEnCor: Systems biological characterisation of the energy budget of Corynebacterium glutamicum”, “Corynebacterium: improving flexibility and fitness for industrial production”, and “Primary metabolite producers”. Dr. Bott has published 150 original articles in peer-reviewed journals and 32 reviews and book articles. He is the inventor of 8 patents and 11 patent applications. He is also the editor of the “Handbook of Corynebacterium glutamicum” together with Dr. L. Eggeling.