We are back from the very informative annual conference of the VAAM in the beautiful city Leipzig. This year it was a joint conference of the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM) and the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM). Our PhD students Anna, Max, Nik and Lutz as well as our Master students Wandana, Gaby and Kai presented their research. We are looking forward to the summer school “Cyano 2020" in Düsseldorf. We are hoping we can make it happen this year, despite the current crisis, and reunite with familiar faces in autumn.