The 9th World Melioidosis Congress was held in Hanoi, Vietnam, on October 15-18. Four researchers and engineers involved in M-TROPICS participated to the congress: Khemngeun PONGMALA (PhD student at GET), her supervisors Olivier RIBOLZI (IRD, GET) and Alain PIERRET (IRD, iEES Paris), and Anne PANDO (IRD, iEES Paris). Khemngeun presented her current work on the occurrence of Burkholderia pseudomallei along a 3 m deep soil profile in a paddy field of central Laos and was awarded the second place for best oral presentations. Congratulations Khem!